Trip Ideas

10 Georgia Food Festivals that are Worth a Trip

Experience the state's most delicious flavors at these showcase events.

  • Savannah Food & Wine Festival

    Photo Credit: John Alexander Photography, 2016

Taste Georgia's best barbecue, sweet shrimp, locally brewed beer and much more at these highlights on the food festival calendar.

  • Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival

    One of the newest barbecue festivals in Georgia, the Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival in Tifton March 4, 2017, has done it right! Pairing local bands with barbecue results in family-friendly fun with arts and crafts, vendors, a kids’ zone, tons of free entertainment, and pounds of smoky barbecue.

  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

    The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (June 1-4, 2017) does an exceptional job of preserving and promoting Southern food and drink traditions. Introducing new and exciting food trends, using products unique to the South, and providing delicious food and drink samples, makes this one of Georgia's best.
  • Watermelon Days Festival

    In the South Georgia community of Cordele, you’ll find the biggest, sweetest watermelons in the world. To celebrate the watermelon harvest — and all good things grown in the South — Cordele’s Watermelon Days Festival (June 2017) has parades; watermelon eating, seed spitting and chucking contests; and sweet, cold wedges of watermelon.

  • Shrimp & Grits Festival

    Located on the Golden Isles on the Georgia coast, Jekyll Island serves up pristine beaches, beautiful wildlife and the annual Shrimp & Grits Festival (September). This three-day festival offers up shrimp, family fun, shrimp, live entertainment and more shrimp! You can even show off your shrimp cooking skills in the amateur and professional cooking competitions — or at least taste the winning teams!
  • 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. 14-15 & 21-22, 2017) 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.

  • Oktoberfest

    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! In September and October, visit to enjoy German music, food, beer and dancing — including waltzes, polkas and the legendary chicken dance! 

  • Taste of Atlanta

    Prepare yourself to taste all of Atlanta’s top restaurants and neighborhood favorites at Taste of Atlanta (October). This food festival takes you on a culinary adventure with blocks upon blocks of food stalls, live cooking demonstrations, and celebrity chef sightings. Come early, try your favorites and find some new ones.
  • Decatur Craft Beer Festival

    Celebrate all things beer at the annual Decatur Craft Beer Festival (October). A ticket will get you a souvenir glass and tastings from more than 80 craft breweries. While you’re there, be sure to grab a bite at one of the outstanding local restaurants just a few steps from the festival. 
  • Savannah Food & Wine Festival

    Experience Southern charm and hospitality during the weeklong Savannah Food & Wine Festival (Nov. 6-12, 2017). Savannah is the perfect backdrop for this festival, offering hundreds of foods to sample, regional and international wine and cocktail tastings, and dozens of culinary events — like the largest low country boil, master cooking classes, and bubbles and brunch — in between tastings.
  • Christkindlmarket

    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. 

  • Find more food festivals on the ExploreGeorgia.org Events page, and subscribe to the ExploreGeorgia.org enewsletter to receive the latest event updates and travel deals directly in your inbox.

    Jennifer Hill Booker is Explore Georgia’s Official Culinary Explorer. Find more dining recommendations from Jennifer on the Explore Georgia blog.