Savannah has plenty to offer when it comes to food fests, from humble but delicious bacon dishes to exotic offerings from across the world.
Before schedules get hectic with the busy fall season, pencil in some of these dates to get your foodie fix on:
Aug. 26-28 at The Westin Savannah Harbor
Now in its third year, this celebration of gourmet seafood and spirits features a Chefs' Showcase dinner, competitions for seafood recipes as well as cocktails and wraps up with a jazz brunch. Don't miss this smorgasbord of coastal flavors. Details at www.aquacurean.com.
Savannah Craft Brew Fest
Sept. 3 at Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
While not technically a food fest, we know many Savannah foodies are also craft beer aficionados. Along with a cornhole tournament, silent disco, live music and other fun, this annual festival offers the chance to sample craft brews from across the state and nation, as well as meads and cider. Get tickets at www.savannahcraftbrewfest.com.
Savannah Bacon Fest
Sept. 2-3 on River Street
As host organization Savannah Waterfront Association says on its website about the third annual Savannah Bacon Fest, "Need we say more?" Savannah restaurants will be serving up tasty bacon creations along the waterfront. Past years have seen bacon popcorn, chocolate-dipped bacon and of course, bacon-wrapped shrimp. Full details at www.riverstreetsavannah.com.
Savannah Greek Festival
Oct. 6-8 at Hellenic Community Center, 14 W. Anderson St.
This annual festival, coming up on its 66th year, features Greek music, dancing and a marketplace. But that's just the icing on a cake made of gyros, souvlaki, dolmades, spanakopita and lots of other dishes you might not pronounce correctly, but definitely want to get in your belly. Learn more at www.savannahgreekfest.com.
Sept. 24 on River Street
This yearly event is a celebration of the culture, music and dance of many Latin American countries, including, of course, food! Eat It and Like It columnist Jesse Blanco wrote last year about the fest, "... I've seen Puerto Rican food, Peruvian, Ecuadorian and things you won't typically find in a restaurant around town. A fantastic opportunity to sample the foods and the cultures that make up the American melting pot." Learn more by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-428-6831.
Oct. 7-9 on River Street
While the Savannah Wiener Dog Races are no doubt the highlight of this weekend, there is also plenty of music, food and beer to be found every year. German beer gardens offer a variety of thirst-quenchers, while vendors will have plenty of brats, pretzels and other classic German dishes for sale. Check it out at www.riverstreetsavannah.com.
Food Day Festival
Oct. 29 at Daffin Park
The sixth annual Savannah Food Day Festival highlights sustainable, accessible and healthy foods. This free event features a farmers' market, workshops, bands and artists, along with plenty of good fresh food. It's also a great chance to teach the little ones about where their food comes from, and the importance of making healthy choices. Learn more at www.wellfedsavannah.com.
Shalom Y'all Jewish Food Festival
Oct. 30 at Forsyth Park
This popular annual event (seriously, get there early or you might miss out) features a taste of Jewish cuisine including blintzes, challah, latkes, noodle kugel and much more made by the members of Congregation Mickve Israel. Pro tip: Check out those tasty deli sandwiches (corned beef, pastrami and tongue). More info at www.mickveisrael.org.
Savannah Food & Wine Festival
Nov. 7-13, various locations
This is a week featuring the best of Southern charm and hospitality, with Savannah's best local chefs and a host of out-of-town talent offering wine dinners, wine tastings and some new events, including Whisky and the Whitman and more. Can't-miss events include the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner, Secret Savannah Speakeasy and Taste of Savannah. Tickets at www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com.