The inaugural Savannah Food and Wine Festival kicked off Nov. 11 with the Farm to Table Dinner at Bethesda Academy, and food and wine lovers have enjoyed first-rate connoisseur wine dinners, a celebrity chef tour dinner at 700 Drayton, movie screening of "SOMM," and Big Green Egg's and Beringer's Great Steak Challenge.

So, what's left?

Festival goers are still looking forward to the sold-out the Michael Mondavi Family Estate Dinner at the Westin, the Grand Reserve Tasting and at the Westin, three more connoisseur wine dinners, Sysco Learning Experiences at the convention center, the sold-out River Street Wine Stroll, the sold-out Riverboat Wine and Dinner Cruise and the sold-out Jazz and Bubbles Brunch at the Westin.

One more happening that may seem like an old tradition rather than a new festival event is the Taste of Savannah from noon-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Ellis Square.

But this year's Taste of Savannah is bigger and better than ever, and according to event organizers, almost too big to fit in Ellis Square.

Michael Owens, president of the Tourism Leadership Council, said his group has been putting on Taste of Savannah for 12 years.

He said they had talked about expanding Taste of Savannah into a larger food and wine festival for years, and TLC felt it was finally time to do that.

"When I saw that Savannah was one of the top 10 best cities for foodies in Travel and Leisure in 2012, I said, 'Yeah, it's time,'" said Jamie Parks, the festival's steering committee co-chair and former chair of Taste of Savannah.

He's an executive chef by trade and knows a lot of the local chefs, so he was tasked with coordinating the food side of the festival.

"We brought in a group of restaurants that belong to TLC and asked which ones would be interested in participating in the food and wine festival," Parks said.

"Fourteen of those agreed to participate in Taste of Savannah this year."

He also said they are already looking to expand the Taste of Savannah event for next year and that they may outgrow Ellis Square.

"We want to be nationally known for this event," he said.

Owens added the Taste of Savannah After Party will be next door at City Market.

City Market's assistant director, Kimberly Phillips, said the band Tokyo Joe will be rocking the stage along with Clear Channel Radio until 10 p.m., and all the bars and restaurants in City Market will have drink and food specials.

Before the After Party begins, artists will set up their work in the courtyard of City Market for demonstrations and sales from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

According to Parks' co-chair, Diane Rousakis, the festival creators are sensitive to the needs of the community and tried to arrange the timing of many events so visitors to the city could spend time and money in local businesses and restaurants.

"The Taste of Savannah, for instance, is from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, which leaves Saturday night open for all the visitors and locals who aren't attending the Michael Mondavi Family Estate Dinner to enjoy City Market for the After Party and go out to eat and browse the shops," she said.

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