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Four Fall Festivals for Food Fans

  • Taste of Atlanta

Fall is in the air, and so are unique food festivals with something for every food lover! Dig into one (or all) of these delicious celebrations of Georgia food at festivals this fall.

Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay

Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay
Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay

Oct. 14-15 & 21-22, 2017

Everyone is invited to Georgia's Apple Capital, Ellijay, where cool mountain nights produce the best tasting, crispest apples. The 45th annual festival will include more than 300 vendors with hand-crafted items, a parade, and an antique car show, and all the apples you can eat. Consider making a side trip to one of the many apple orchards in Ellijay for the opportunity to pick your own apples, or buy fresh-pressed cider and handmade apple pies.

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, Richmond Hill

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival in Richmond Hill, Georgia
Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival in Richmond Hill, Georgia

Oct. 20-22, 2017

This will be the 18th year for the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival. It began in 1985 at the Kilkenny Fisherman's Co-op as a small community fair that showcased local seafood vendors and a venue for non-profits to fundraise. The festival has now grown to more than 35,000 attendees and features some of the best coastal Georgia seafood you can find. You'll enjoy Georgia shrimp, oysters, crawfish and crab cooked the way you like it along with premiere desserts and fan favorites like kettle corn and peach cobbler cooked by the Boy Scouts! Come for the seafood, and stay for the Saturday night.

Taste of Atlanta, Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta
Taste of Atlanta

Oct. 20-22, 2017

Known as Atlanta's "must-do food, wine, beer and cocktail festival," Taste of Atlanta showcases the diversity of Atlanta’s food scene. More than 90 neighborhood restaurants, bars, breweries and cooking schools will showcase their favorite dishes. Make sure to check out some of the Southeast’s hottest chefs as they cook their best dishes and shake up their best cocktails on four live demo stages. Grand Tasting Experience ticket holders enjoy a VIP sampling experience of craft beers, wine and creative top-shelf cocktails.

2017 Appalachian Brew, Stew and Que Festival, Hiawassee

Appalachian Brew, Stew and Que Festival in Hiawassee, Georgia
Appalachian Brew, Stew and Que Festival in Hiawassee, Georgia

Oct. 28, 2017

Enjoy unlimited barbecue, Brunswick stew and craft beer at this second annual festival at the scenic Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Don’t worry about missing the Georgia v. Florida football game – it will be televised live! And, bands will play throughout the afternoon. It's an unbeatable way to spend a beautiful fall day in the North Georgia mountains!

BONUS

Whiskies of the World, Atlanta

Whiskies of the World in Atlanta
Whiskies of the World in Atlanta

Nov. 4, 2017

Experience one of the largest whisky tasting events in the entire United States! Whisky lovers unite while enjoying more than 200 of the most sophisticated distilled spirits from around the world along with the opportunity to meet their craftsmen, distillers, whisky ambassadors, as well as other whisky aficionados. This year's Whiskies of the World will be held at the Westin Buckhead. Ticket holders will enjoy whisky tastings, whisky and food pairings, whisky and cigar pairings. This event is for guests 21 years and older.

Jennifer Hill Booker

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker is a Georgia Grown Executive Chef, Atlanta based cookbook author, and culinary educator, and believes that “food should taste like food.” Jennifer has spent her 20-year culinary career educating people about food, nutrition, and healthy cooking practices. Jennifer is Georgia’s official Culinary Explorer and the author of “Your Resident Gourmet,” full of innovative recipes, cooking trends and fun kitchen gadgets. Click here for more content from Jennifer.

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