Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

10 Georgia Food Festivals that are Worth a Trip

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

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

Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival, Tifton

One of the newest barbecue festivals in Georgia, the Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival in Tifton in March 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.

Sip & Savor Spring at Callaway Resort & Gardens

Sip & Savor Spring

Presented by Callaway Resort & Gardens, this flowery extravaganza in March (returning in 2021) presents an eyeful of sumptuous culinary creations as well as thousands of springtime blooms at every turn. Book early for the master classes and celebrity chef dinner.

Taste of Alpharetta

Taste of Alpharetta

This food-savvy city showcases more than 60 area restaurants in one fun, family-friendly night in May. Fill up on tasty bites, cooking demos, and live music, and get in on the action by voting for your favorite dish of the evening.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in May 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

Watermelon Days Festival, Cordele

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

Crush Fest Wine & Food Festival at Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland

Crush Fest Wine & Food Festival

Sure, come for the wine tastings, food trucks, and bands, but stay for the barefoot fun as festival revelers go toe to toe stomping grapes, accompanied by live accordion and guitar music. This event at Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery in August is one harvest festival you won't want to miss!

Helen Oktoberfest. Photo by @floridadonny

Oktoberfest

Helen Oktoberfest. Photo by @floridadonny

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!

Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay

Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay

If you're looking for a food festival that’s geared toward family fun, then the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay in October 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.

Shrimp & Grits Festival, Jekyll Island

Shrimp & Grits Festival, Jekyll Island

Located on the Golden Isles on the Georgia coast, Jekyll Island serves up pristine beaches, beautiful wildlife and the annual Shrimp & Grits Festival. This three-day festival in November 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!

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Experience Southern charm and hospitality during the weeklong Savannah Food & Wine Festival in November. 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.

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Published: January 2020