Vidalia Onion Festival parade in Vidalia, Georgia
Vidalia Onion Festival parade in Vidalia, Georgia

5 Georgia Food Festivals Perfect for Families

Georgia is known for its fresh fruits and vegetables like peaches, watermelon and Vidalia onions, as well as a long list of iconic Southern dishes like pecan pie, fried chicken, and shrimp and grits. Combine Georgia’s culinary variety with communities that enjoy a good celebration, and you have some delicious food festivals throughout the state. Pack up the car, grab the kids and head to Georgia for one (or all) of these family-friendly food festivals.

Find many more family-friendly festivals and events at ExploreGeorgia.org/calendar-of-events.

Peanut Proud Festival (Blakely, March)

Georgia peanuts

Peanut lovers rejoice! The annual Peanut Proud Festival honors Georgia's peanut industry and the city of Blakely. The day is jam packed with the ever-popular Peanut Proud Parade, free concerts, arts and craft vendors, activities for the kids, a 5K Fun Run and a Street Dance. And, of course, you’ll find delicious treats made with Georgia peanuts and peanut butter. Make sure to grab a bag of peanuts and a jar (or two) of Georgia-grown peanut butter while you're in town.

Vidalia Onion Festival (Vidalia, April)

Chefs showcase Georgia's official state vegetable in creative dishes at the Vidalia Onion Festival in April.

Every spring, onion lovers across the nation wait with anticipation for the first Vidalia onion to make its appearance. The official state vegetable is sweet, crunchy and virtually tear-free. To celebrate its arrival, Vidalia puts on the four-day Vidalia Onion Festival packed with parades, pageants and the much-loved Vidalia Onion Culinary Extravaganza, during which competitors showcase Vidalia onions in everything from ketchup to onion rolls. Named as one of the "Five Don’t-Miss Festivals Across the U.S." by MSNBC, this onion festival is a huge draw for foodies and families alike.

Georgia Peach Festival (Peach County, June)

Measuring 11 feet by 5 feet long and 8 inches deep, this sweet treat is prepared annually at the Georgia Peach Festival in June.

This festival is as unique as it tasty! Attracting more than 10,000 visitors, the Georgia Peach Festival splits events between two weekends and two cities, Byron and Fort Valley, which doubles your peach-eating fun. On the final Saturday morning of the festival, a team of volunteer bakers present Peach County's renowned culinary masterpiece, The World's Largest Peach Cobbler. Coming in at a whopping 11 feet by 5 feet long and 8 inches deep, people line up by the dozens for a sample of this sweet treat. Made with 90 pounds of butter, 150 pounds of sugar, 150 pounds of flour, 32 gallons of milk and 75 gallons of Georgia peaches, this giant dessert is the highlight of the festival.

Shrimp & Grits Festival (Jekyll Island, September)

Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Voted 2017 Best Festival by the Southeast Festivals & Events Association, this favorite on the Georgia Coast, presented by Southern Living, combines the iconic Southern dish of shrimp and grits with a weekend of family fun. The three-day Shrimp & Grits Festival has a unique mix of things to see, including shrimp-inspired artwork, family-friendly entertainment, a kids’ zone and Georgia wildlife demonstrations. Throughout the festival weekend, chefs and home cooks share their favorite shrimp and grits recipes. The highlight of the festival is the Shrimp & Grits Cookoff, where top chefs from restaurants through the state battle for the title of "Georgia's Best Shrimp & Grits."

Taste of Atlanta (Atlanta, October)

At the Taste of Atlanta, more than 90 neighborhood restaurants showcase their most popular dishes, while hot Atlanta chefs offer cooking classes and demonstrations on festival stages. Sample craft beers, wine and creative cocktails along with delicious bites from restaurants throughout the city.

Published: June 2019