10 Georgia Food Festivals That Are Worth a Trip
Taste Georgia's best barbecue, sweet shrimp, locally brewed beer and much more at these highlights on the food festival calendar.
Taste Georgia\'s best barbecue, sweet shrimp, locally brewed beer and much more at these highlights on the food festival calendar.
City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival
It\'s time once again for festival fans and music lovers to converge in Kennesaw for two days of smoked and seasoned barbeque bliss!
Check out up-and-coming artists and established talent on three stages of entertainment while chowing down on some of the best festival food in the Southeast. Stroll around and savor the smells. Shop, eat, drink and interact with over 200 vendors and exhibitors. Keep the little ones laughing and playing for hours in the Kid Zone - a family-friendly playground of inflatable jumpers, amusements and attractions.
The festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, recognized as a Georgia State Championship event, as well as Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert Contests. New for 2016 is a Kids\' Que cook-off for budding young pitmasters. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.
The festival will be capped off on Saturday with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9:30pm.
Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival
The Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival, Tifton\'s newest festival, brings the smell of BBQ cooking and the sounds of bands jamming from the stage! This festival partners with the Georgia BBQ Association to host a BBQ Competition, featuring professional and backyard cooking teams. The festival also features arts and crafts vendors, informational booths, a kids area and tons of free entertainment all day long! This event will be held in Fulwood Park on the first Saturday in March. It promises to be a day full of fun and food! For more information or to enter the competition, visit www.tiftonribsfest.com or call (229) 386-0216.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Get ready to eat, drink, and indulge as the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival! Venture South for a decadent weekend of Southern food and drink while exploring the traditions and global influences that make the South the destination for culinary explorers. The first festival to celebrate the South as a culinary destination, this four‐day event is designed to lead guests on a culinary journey through the region with a weekend of learning experiences and tasting tents, as well as dinners and events.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com. The South has never tasted so good.
Watermelon Days Festival
Revered as the watermelon capital of the world, Cordele in South Georgia grows bigger and more luscious fruit than anywhere else. To celebrate the watermelon harvest — and all good things grown in the South — Cordele’s Watermelon Days Festival (June 2016) has parades; watermelon eating, seed spitting and chucking contests; and sweet, cold wedges of watermelon.
Shrimp & Grits Festival
Georgia Apple Festival
If you’re looking for a food festival that’s geared toward family fun, then the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay (Oct. 8-9 & 15-16, 2016) is the perfect fit. Families from all over the country flock to this North Georgia town for two exciting fall weekends. Vendors offering food, art and crafts, and all things apples are ready to serve you. Stick around for the craft and apple cooking demonstrations, parade and the annual classic car show.
Taste of Atlanta October 2016
Decatur Craft Beer Festival
Tucked in the North Georgia mountains, you will find a little slice of Bavaria and the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States in the Alpine town of Helen. It\'s Helen\'s biggest celebration! Enjoy German music, food, drinks and dancing, including waltzes, polkas and the chicken dance! Oktoberfest will run from Sept. 8-11, 2016, then Sept. 15-18, 2016, and then reopens daily beginning Sept. 22 and continues through Oct. 30, 2016.
Savannah Food & Wine Festival
Delight in a mix of unique gift ideas, old-world charm, and holiday cheer as the Dublin Christkindlmarket brings a taste of Germany to Dublin during weekends in November and December.
Located in the Dublin Carnegie in beautiful Downtown Dublin, Christkindlmarket Christmas cheer will spill over into Bicentennial Plaza and Downtown\'s neighboring shops. The cheer extends throughout the season on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Chriskindlmarket or Christmas Market is a place where friends and family come together for good food and drinks, fun, fellowship, and of course to find the perfect holiday gifts. All decorations and gifts are festive and related to Christmas and Advent. Per German tradition, stollen, cookies, waffles, fried sausages, hot spiced wine, apple cider and more scent the crisp air. Punch and hot apple juice are given to the children to enjoy. Santa will appear on selected dates for added joy!
When you think of old-world charm and traditional holiday cheer, then you’re probably thinking of Christmas in Dublin, Georgia. In November and December, downtown Dublin transforms itself into Christkindlmarket, a holiday bazaar complete with festive decorations and holiday treats like hot spiced wine, mulled cider, German-style waffles, pastries, and fried sausages.