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September 6-October 28, 2018
48th Annual Oktoberfest
Helen, Georgia

Sept 28-October 7, 2018
Georgia State Fair
Metro Atlanta, Hampton, Georgia


October 4-8, 2018
Saint Simons Food & Spirits Festival
St. Simons Island, Georgia
The 2018 St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival will not take place. We look forward to the festival returning in 2019!

October 5-7, 2018 - Oktoberfest - Savannah, Georgia
It’s a Wiener Dog Racing, Bratwurst Tasting, Oompah Dancing celebration at the Annual Oktoberfest on Historic River Street!

October 6, 2018  Rock Shrimp Festival - St. Mary's, Georgia
Sponsored by the St. Marys Kiwanis Club, the annual festival will include a parade, road races, arts & crafts and rock shrimp dinners.

October 13-14 & 20-21, 2018 - Georgia Apple Festival
Ellijay, Georgia
Everyone is invited to Georgia's Apple Capital, Ellijay, where cool mountain nights produce the best tasting, crispest apples. The 45th annual festival will include over 300 vendors with hand-crafted items, a parade, and an antique car show.

October 15-19, 2018 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide

October 18, 2018  Good Taste Gwinnett - Duluth, Georgia
Foodies…Grab a friend or make it a date night and join us for Dinner, Demos, Drinks and more at Good Taste Gwinnett: a cooking showcase at Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth. 5-9:30pm (Doors open at 5pm to browse & shop vendors / Tastings start at 6pm). Enjoy restaurant tastings from local establishments to fill you up, live chef cooking demos to entertain, drink tastings, a free gift bag full of goodies, vendors, over 75 giveaways and more. Presented by the Gwinnett Daily Post and Powered by Jackson EMC.

October 20, 2018  Deep Roots Festival BBQ Contest
Milledgeville, Georgia
BBQ Cook-Off, Arts & Shops, Car Show, Kid Zone, Live Music.


events waiting for new dates

October 7, 2017  Annual Savannah Food Day Festival
Savannah, Georgia
Food Day - a national movement aimed at promoting healthy, sustainable, affordable, and just food systems in America.  The national observance of Food Day is October 24th. Here in Savannah, the Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council, a coalition of local organizations focused on our local food system; and Well FED, a local organization and magazine centered around food, dining, and healthy living, will be hosting a Food Day Festival on November 2.

October 12-14, 2017 - MBAA Annual Convention - Atlanta, Georgia
Master Brewers Association of the Americas.

October 14, 2017  EGGtoberfest - Stone Mountain, Georgia
The 20th annual gathering of Big Green Egg enthusiasts. Big Green Egg: Kamado-style smoker and grill.

October 14-15 & 21-22, 2017  Blairsville Sorghum Festival
Blairsville, Georgia
Two weekends!  Festival events include sorghum cooking demonstrations, arts & crafts, games & contests and music all day.

October 15, 2017 - OCAF's 18th Annual Stein & Stem
(Formerly Wine Fest)
Watkinsville, Georgia
This year the event will showcase local culinary talent, wineries, breweries, bottle shops, live music by the Original Screw Tops, an exciting silent auction and artist demonstrations.  All proceeds benefit the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF).

October 17-19, 2017  Sunbelt Ag Expo - Moultrie, Georgia
Crowned as North America’s Premier Farm Show and the largest Farm Show in America with field demonstrations, the Sunbelt Ag Expo brings together all segments of rural living from research and education to the live farm harvest and agribusiness. Add in rural lifestyle fun, truck, tractor, and ATV test drives and sports and the venue is perfect for rural enthusiasts.

October 19, 2017 - Good Taste Atlanta - Duluth, Georgia
Foodies....Grab your friends or make it a date night and join us for Good Taste Atlanta: A Cooking Showcase, featuring some of the best local restaurants providing small plate tastes while their chefs whip up their signature dishes on the cooking demo stage. Plus, attendees can browse and shop local vendors and register to win one of over 75 prizes, including several trip giveaways.


October 20-22, 2017  Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Continuous entertainment on two stages, carnival midway, car show, the greatest seafood found anywhere, and fireworks Saturday night.  Attendance: 35,000.

October 20-22, 2017
Taste of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia
New location in Historic Fourth Ward Park.  From hot new restaurants to time-tested favorites, Taste of Atlanta encourages food lovers to explore the best the city has to offer. Experience delicious tastes from more than 90 of Atlanta's favorite restaurants, learn special recipes from national and local chefs on 3 cooking stages, explore the Family Food Zone and relax while listening to live local music.

October 21, 2017
24th Annual Bremen Towne Festival - Bremen, Georgia
The 24th Annual Bremen Towne Festival, sponsored by the GFWC Bremen Junior Woman’s Club, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Bremen. There will be arts and crafts, numerous activities and rides for children, train rides, a variety of food exhibitors, great entertainment all day on two stages, parade at 11 a.m., and much more!

October 21, 2017 - Crane Creek Vineyard’s Annual Harvest Festival
Young Harris, Georgia
Join us for our annual Harvest Festival at Crane Creek Vineyards as we celebrate the completion of the year's harvest. There will be hayrides, grape stomping, tours of the winery, a kiddie tent and fun for the whole family!

October 21, 2017  Annual Georgia Peanut Festival
Sylvester, Georgia
Activities include one of the largest parades in the Southeast and a beauty pageant with up to 100 contestants.  Craftsmen from all over the state showcase their creations.  Most importantly, you’ll experience peanut treats to delight everyone in the family.  Did you know that every jar of Peter Pan peanut butter is made in Sylvester, Georgia?

October 21, 2017  Cochran-Bleckley Country Fest - Cochran, Georgia
Held annually on the third Saturday in October, this event offers tons of family-friendly fun. Visitors can delight in the splendor of handmade crafts, delicious festival food, enjoy live musical entertainment, children's inflatables and entertainment, and live animals.

October 24, 2017  Great Pumpkin Caper - Buchanan, Georgia
Held on the square in Buchanan around the Historic Courthouse. Features over 100 pumpkins, food, children’s games and safe trick or treating. There will be a costume parade this year instead of a  contest.  All kids are winners.  Beginning at 6 p.m.

October 27-29, 2017  50th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival
Dawsonville, Georgia
This festival explores Dawson County's history during the prohibition era when liquor was illegal and the Great Depression of the 1930's when running moonshine through the Georgia Mountains was a way of life. Visit an old moonshine still or listen to stories from both "trippers" and "revenuers". Parade, huge car show including race cars, music, kids' games and rides, exhibits, crafts and food. (also:  )

October 28, 2017  Hawkinsville Harvest Fest - Hawkinsville, Georgia
Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Bake-Off - Arts & Crafts - Spooktacular - More.

October 28, 2017  Annual Georgia Sweet Potato Festival
Ocilla, Georgia
Arts and crafts, parade, motorcycle rally, antique car & tractor show, 1 mile fun run & 5K run, NBHA Jamboree equestrian event, sweet potato cooking contest and lots of other fun events.

October 28-29, 2017  Toccoa Harvest Festival - Toccoa, Georgia
As always, the Festival emphasis is on homemade, handmade, home baked and homegrown items.  Two stages are set up for entertainment for the weekend. Downtown shops and restaurants are open, and several activities are available for children. The festival offers regional and international foods, a Classic Car cruise-in, a petting zoo, horse and buggy rides, puppet shows, farm displays, the Currahee Artist Guild's art exhibit and sale. There are a variety of food options, from complete dinners to snacks.  The festival features hundreds of craftsmen, performing dancers, jazz, rock and roll, and country music, an antique and classic car show. Children and youth activities include rides, face painting, rock climbing, moon walk and more.


events waiting for new dates

October 3, 2015 - Das Best Oktoberfest - Atlanta, Georgia
All The Show Features Are Under Cover- so Rain or Shine-  you are totally wunderbar! As you enter the show, you’ll receive a souvenir tasting glass for All You Care To Taste Sampling … Just drink responsibly. There is nothing worse than a professional person (dressed in a German outfit) slurring their words as they sing drinking songs!  All You Care To Taste Over 100 International, Domestic And Local Beers, Domestic Wines And Schnapps. All Of Your Favorite Craft Beers And Perfectly Paired Wines Will Be Served To Highlight The Great Beer Hall Theme.  Oompah Bands And Live Music Abound!  Roll out the barrel! Authentic oompah and polka bands will keep you moving along with great live music from your favorite regional bands.  Show us your best Chicken Dance moves.  Great Food. There will be several brat concessionaires who will be offering the best sausages and German food in Georgia!  Enjoy all your favorites!! Food will be purchased ala carte.  Fun Contests. Beef up your forearms for the Stein Holding Contest. Eat that extra bratwurst for the chance to win the Biggest Beer Belly Competition.

October 10, 2015 Chili Cookoff! - Canton, Georgia
You asked for it! The Chili Cook Off returns to Cannon Park. There is a $10 fee to enter your famous chili in the contest. The judging is “blind” and in addition to the traditional 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, there is a renowned “People’s Choice” winner. That’s right…even if you don’t enter, you can come on out, sample an array of yummy chilies, and even get a vote!

October 10, 2015  Woodstock Lions Fall Festival - Woodstock, Georgia
Fall festival with Food tasting from unique local Woodstock restaurants. Free entry includes live music, art, craft and much more.

October 24, 2015  Annual Savannah Food Day Festival
Savannah, Georgia
Food Day - a national movement aimed at promoting healthy, sustainable, affordable, and just food systems in America.  The national observance of Food Day is October 24th. Here in Savannah, the Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council, a coalition of local organizations focused on our local food system; and Well FED, a local organization and magazine centered around food, dining, and healthy living, will be hosting a Food Day Festival on November 2


events waiting for new dates

October 3, 2014  Oktoberfest - Canton, Georgia
Cannon Park.  Beer, Brats and Sweet, Southern Rock N Roll Sponsored by Canton Tourism and Audio Intersection.

October 4, 2014  The Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off
Conyers, Georgia
The event is expected to draw over 250 teams from across the U.S. It is the premier chili cook-off east of Texas. Total attendance last year exceeded 10,000 people. The cook-off has something for all ages, from great music to great food and games for the whole family.
Attendance: 10,000.

October 4-11, 2014  Battle of the Burgers Restaurant Week
Atlanta, Georgia
Dine at one of the participating restaurants during the Restaurant Week, October 4th – 11th, and get $5 off a ticket to Battle of the Burgers (see Oct 18).  Some of the restaurants are offering Restaurant Week specials.  Benefiting Embraced Atlanta which provides used wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches to those in need.

October 18, 2014  Battle of the Burgers - Atlanta, Georgia
Battle of the Burgers is Atlanta's beefiest festival.  Restaurants battle it off for the best burger title in Atlanta.  Burgers, beer, live music and great competition make this festival a must-do!

October 25, 2014  Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off - Canton, Georgia
Join us for the first Main Street Inferno and Fall Festival.  It all starts at 10am at the last Farmer's Market of the season with trick or treating, a scarecrow contest, and a costume competition. Then stick around till 1pm for the Main Street Inferno Chili Cook-Off! It will be free to enter the cook-off with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize, plus people's choice! We will have live music, vendors, and lots of great food, in addition to some great chili! Tasting tickets will be sold at $5 and $10, which will determine the People's Choice Award!

Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 5-13, 2013  Vinings Restaurant Week - Atlanta, Georgia
Dig into culinary delights this fall during the second annual Vinings Restaurant Week presented by Vinings Jubilee. The lifestyle center will spotlight the Vinings neighborhood's best restaurants and excellent cuisine from local favorites. Atlantans and visitors are invited to fill their plates with a plethora of dining options at three affordable price points of $15, $25 and $30.

October 20-22, 2013  World Tea East - Atlanta, Georgia
World Tea East will not be held in 2014 and we plan to return to the northeast US in the fall of 2015.

October 21-26, 2013  The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival
Atlanta, Georgia
The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival is Atlanta's first ever multi-day event celebrating the past, the progression and the artistry of the entire culture surrounding hooch and its evolution to the cocktails of today. Straight from the Prohibition era 'speakeasies' with secret compartments and drop-shelves filled with alcohol, the 1920's resurrects for a week long celebration. To be held annually, this international trade and consumer event is an innovative approach to exploring the world of cuisine, cigars and cocktails, inaugurating a large-scale tribute with the most respected industry goers and enthusiasts.

Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

waiting for new dates

October 1, 2011  Levee Fest-BBQ Cook-Off & Fall Festival
Macon, Georgia
Event has been cancelled for 2012

October 22, 2011  Red Door Festival - Cumming, Georgia
Join us in this annual, community-wide event.  There will be a pig roast, live music, crafts, children's games, homemade baked goods, and much, much more.  Proceeds will benefit our community outreach projects.   Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit.

Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

Oct 15-16, 2010  2nd Annual Ware County BBQ Cookoff Festival
Waycross, Georgia
BBQ Cookoff-2 day event.  Brunswick Stew and Bakeoff Competition on Friday with BBQ Cookoff on Saturday.


events still waiting for new dates

October 24, 2009  Chili Pepper Festival - Atlanta, Georgia
The festival will feature booths with chili pepper-inspired food from The Original El Taco, DBA BBQ and Mali Thai & Sushi Bar, a smokin' hot line-up of live music, a chili pepper eating contest and, of course, specialty cocktails from each restaurant and ice-cold 16 oz. beers to wash it all down!



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