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Eat It and Like It: Savannah Food & Wine Festival expands on Taste of Savannah

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Eat It and Like It: Savannah Food & Wine Festival expands on Taste of Savannah

09 Nov 2017

If you try to keep up with everything going on in downtown Savannah this time of the year, you might just short circuit.

I mean, we had Chamber of Commerce weather for another successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and concert in Forsyth Park last weekend. The SCAD Savannah Film Festival just wrapped up a huge star-studded week. Hugh Jackman was spotted enjoying some time at The Collins Quarter and Miley Cyrus posed for a selfie while furniture shopping at 24e on Broughton Street. This week alone. That’s pretty darn awesome.

But it’s officially now time to eat.

We beat the drum about the Savannah Wine & Food Festival almost year-round around here. With good reason, though. It is by far the best week of the year in food. It all culminates with Savannah’s biggest food-related party of the year, Taste of Savannah.

From the earliest discussions of this food festival, Taste of Savannah was always supposed to be the one event that everyone could enjoy. Yes, there are a lot of high-priced tickets for events in Savannah this week, but Saturday’s Taste, at the historic Georgia State Railroad Museum, is everything a fan of food in Savannah would want.

The Georgia Grown Village is a collection of more than two dozen vendors, all featuring products made here in Georgia. The Big Green Egg stage offers tips (yes, and tastes) of some wonderfully prepared products on the Egg. The Publix Taste Makers in the Round stage will offer three chefs preparing bites you can sample. One of those chefs is none other than Sean Brock of Husk, who is set to open a restaurant here in Savannah on Dec. 4. What’s that all about? This is your chance to come see it for yourself.

Of course, Savannah restaurants will be well represented, including Pie Society, The Hyatt’s Moss + Oak, Kitchen 320, 45 Bistro and more. The samples from those spots aren’t unlimited, but there will be dozens of booths with food to try.

Beer, wine and spirits are a different story. Distillers and beer makers from all over the South descend on Savannah this week. Saturday is their biggest showcase. You can sip from any of a few dozen vendors there, but more importantly, you can educate yourself about what makes them different. That is what those guys and gals are here for.

All of that is to say nothing about the VIP Lounge, a perfect hideout of unlimited bites and sips with private seating and restrooms. (Hope you bought those tickets early, because they’re sold out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

Really, what more can you ask for?

A quick glance at a preview layout of this year’s Taste of Savannah reveals the footprint is probably the biggest they’ve had at the museum. I haven’t confirmed this with anyone because frankly I don’t think I need to, but Taste of Savannah, now in its fifth year, will likely be the biggest and best party this city has ever seen. It continues to expand to allow room for everyone to enjoy comfortably.

If you’re a longtime reader of this space, then you know I say that most years, but I say it because it is true. Taste of Savannah continues to get better and better, as evidenced by the size of the crowds eating and liking their way around one of the most beautiful historic open spaces in this city.

Yes, it is a party. Yes, you are reminded to enjoy responsibly. I will also remind you that people are traveling here from all over the country to partake in what your city has to offer. Last year we met dozens from Atlanta, some from Charlotte and other spots in North Carolina, Washington state and California.

This food festival is quite the regional event, and it’s right in your front yard. If you love trying different foods and drinks, then why wouldn’t you want to be a part of it?

See you at Taste,

Jesse

QUICK BITES

Of course, Thursday night is the Secret Savannah Speakeasy at the Georgia State Railroad Museum — always a great time. An unofficial after party will be at American Prohibition Museum.

Totally Baked, a sandwich and grab-and-go deli concept brought to you by Noble Fare, is now open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 348 Jefferson St.

Shout out to the coffee geeks among us! Cup to Cup Coffee at 140 Abercorn St. downtown is hosting a special event Nov. 16. Franklin Garbanzo will be in town talking about his Geisha variety of coffee. The stuff sells for $35 for 12 ounces, but they will be discussing the beans and offering samples. Find out more at cuptocupcoffee.com.

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