Georgia is such a wonderful state, sometimes I feel like I don’t represent it enough in my writings. Last month I wrote about Horseback Vacations in England, but let’s talk about something closer to home: Food Festivals in Georgia. I’ve complied a list of my Top Five Favorites for you; if you’re driving a measurable distance to any of them consider using RoadTrippers to plan some fun side stops along the way! I love this travel app; how else would I have found the Lunchbox Museum on a road trip with my best friend? For fun, I’ve noted for you some off-the-beaten-path places near each festival that I found using the RoadTrippers app.
Georgia’s Best Food Festivals
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Practically in our backyard, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is top of my list. It’s close to Stonehurst Place, obviously a plus if you stay with us because you can just stroll over, but also at the top because it’s world famous and for serious foodies. The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival celebrates Georgia’s culinary successes between June 2–5, 2016. The festival weekend is full of fun, with a variety of different experiences and something for everyone. The 2015 festival boasted 243 award winning chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, distillers and microbreweries, more than 100 different food-based classes and nearly 10,000 guests. Definitely worth a visit! RoadTrippers find: the Telephone Museum.
Shrimp and Grits Festival
Nothing sounds quite as amazing to me as a weekend celebrating Georgia’s two most beloved foods – shrimp and grits. Like any good Southern girl, I would go to this festival in a heartbeat. I love shrimp and grits! Moreover, the Georgia Shrimp and Grits Festival features many fun activities: cook-offs, shrimp boat tours, cooking demonstrations and so much more. I’m getting a craving for shrimp ‘m grits as I write! RoadTrippers find: The Tree Spirits of St Simon’s Island.
Taste of Atlanta
Taste of Atlanta is another food festival right in our neck of the woods. Stay at Stonehurst Place while you enjoy Taste of Atlanta’s premier food, wine, beer and cocktails, all showcased in the festival. The diversity of Atlanta’s restaurants and the wealth of its culinary spirit have attracted thousands to Atlanta for the last 14 years. Taking place in the heart of Midtown at Tech Square, and spreading as far as Spring Street and 5th Street, patrons of the festival will be spoiled with the rich variety of foods. RoadTrippers find: The Tree That Owns Itself
Decatur Craft Beer Festival
Located about 15 minutes outside of Atlanta, the Decatur Craft Beer Festival is an easily accessible, fun, autumnal event for all beer connoisseurs. Showcasing more than 100 local and American Craft beers, as well as offering festivities in the form of live music and food from local restaurants, this festival is a treat! RoadTrippers find: Scream 2 Film Location.
Savannah Food & Wine Festival
The famous Savannah Food and Wine Festival takes place in November. Celebrated for its attraction of celebrity chefs as well as blending together local and national culinary talent, the festival has gained a lot of traction in the last decade. It draws international winemakers, top wineries and experts to its ranks, earning its reputation as one of the best food festivals in the South. Road Trippers find: Stoney-Baynard Plantation.
It was not a shameless ploy to get you to book; the festivals in Midtown Atlanta are so much fun but parking is not. Neither is having to scale back on wine drinking at a food and wine festival because you’re driving home! Do consider a stay at Stonehurst Place if you attend the festival, you will be so happy you did!