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Georgia Food Festivals

Eat, drink and be merry at these celebrations of Georgia foods.

  • Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest, Helen's biggest celebration, kicks off in September and runs through early November, featuring German music, food and drinks.

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If there’s one universal truth about the South, it’s that we love food — really, really love food. You’d be hard-pressed to find any time of year without a flavor-focused festival. Here are just a few festivals that showcase Georgia’s local specialties. If you leave hungry, you have only yourself to blame.

  • Classic City Brew Fest

    Taste how malt, hops and yeast can transform water into ales, porters, bocks, stouts and more at the Classic City Brew Fest, an annual April festival in Athens, which features 300 rare, regional and world craft beers. Sample unique ales at this annual shindig that has been voted one of the nation’s top 10 beer festivals. 
  • Georgia Apple Festival

    The crisp bite of a fresh, just-picked apple makes taste buds dance. The Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay celebrates North Georgia’s harvest season each October with more than 300 vendors selling hand-crafted arts and crafts and, of course, food. A parade, antique car show and kiddie play area ensure fun for all.

  • Georgia Wine Country Festival

    Treat your palate to wines from dry to sweet at the Georgia Wine Country Festival in Dahlonega. This June event is hosted at Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery and featuring wineries from around the state. Expect lip-smacking barbecue with sounds from foot-stomping bluegrass to smooth jazz.  

  • Oktoberfest

    Show off your mastery of the chicken dance then bite into a bratwurst and sip some beer at Oktoberfest, an annual fall shindig in Alpine Helen. Lederhosen is optional. 

  • Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

    You may end up ear-to-ear and elbow deep in tangy barbecue sauce at the Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival in Kennesaw, and you won’t mind a bit. Each August, alongside the featured smoked meats you will find sweet peach desserts, live musical entertainment, an arts and crafts fair, and a Kid Zone of inflatable fun.

  • Saint Simons Food & Spirits Festival

    Bite into sweet wild Georgia shrimp, hickory-smoked barbecue, sharp pimento cheese and more prepared by leading chefs at the Saint Simons Food & Spirits Festival. Wash it all down with creative cocktails shaken and stirred by top bartenders. The multi-day October feast of coastal Southern flavor is comprised of various events on St. Simons Island.

  • Savannah Food & Wine Festival

    Join wine connoisseurs and aficionados in November in Savannah at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival, which combines fine food with fine wine. Sip and spit a full range of varietals, from crisp dry whites to bold jammy reds, at a tasting. Cooking demonstrations, silent auctions and seminars help expand your wine and food knowledge or simply blow your mind.

  • Shrimp & Grits Festival

    The toothsome bite of shrimp is a heavenly match with creamy corn grits. Each September Jekyll Island pays homage to this ubiquitous low-country dish with cooking competitions and tastings at the Shrimp & Grits Festival. Demonstrations help demystify the process while the beer wets your gullet.

  • Taste of Atlanta

    From fried chicken to fish tacos, pad Thai to pizza, and gyros to ribs, more than 90 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants serve the cuisine of nearly every culture on earth at Taste of Atlanta. Taste the diversity while rubbing elbows with local foodies at this October feeding frenzy.

  • Vidalia Onion Festival

    Sweet Vidalia® onions only grow in a 20-county region in South Georgia near Vidalia, and the Vidalia Onion Festival celebration honors the April harvest. Events include outdoor music concerts, arts and crafts, an onion eating contest and the Golden Onion professional chef competition, which challenges 12 of Georgia’s leading chefs to wow judges with what they can do with the official state vegetable. 

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