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Savannah Food & Wine Festival Returning to Georgia

Savannah Food & Wine Festival Returning to Georgia


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The festival is a weeklong celebration of wine and food

'Forager's Walk Salad' from Hot and Hot Fish Club, one of the many restaurants serving food at the festival.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival will return to the Southern Georgia city for the week of Nov. 11 to 17, bringing the best of industry experts, chefs, sommeliers, and more.

Festival attendees will get to enjoy a weeklong celebration of food and drinks, with extravagant wine dinners, tastings, sampling of rare wines, and cooking demonstrations from local and award-winning celebrity chefs, including Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings, Steven Satterfield, and Elizabeth Terry.

The festival will kick off Monday, Nov. 11, with an outdoor, tented, evening Farm to Table Wine Dinner at the grounds of Bethesda Academy. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m., featuring former Savannah restaurateur Elizabeth Terry, who will prepare a first course of crab-stuffed flounder, followed by the main course by chef Kirk Blaine, and dessert by Dusty Grove.

For tickets and the most up-to-date information on Savannah’s food and wine festival, visit the festival webpage.


September Food Festivals

Near Savannah

&ndash (Hilton Head, SC) Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, September 16-19 2021
Week-long celebration of wine and lowcountry cuisine. More details

&ndash (Bluffton, SC) Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival, 2021 event TBC
Adults $10, children (12 and under) free. Heyward House, 70 Boundary Street.
Annual peanut-centric food festival with boiled peanut cooking and eating contests, children&rsquos costume competition and other family-friendly activities. More details


  • All persons attending events must be of legal drinking age or older, NO exceptions
  • No dogs or pets are allowed at any event venues
  • All advance discount tickets are released in limited quantities and can sell out at any time without notice
  • All tickets sales are final & non-refundable and subject to our ticket “Terms & Conditions”
  • All events are rain or shine & event programs are subject to change without notice
  • The festival may at its sole discretion change venue locations for an event. Ticket holders should confirm event locations prior to attendance of any event.

NOTICE: The Savannah Food & Wine Festival presents events that serve alcoholic beverages. The Festival promotes and expects responsible drinking by our Patrons. The Festival may at it’s sole discretion remove Patrons from our events who are deemed excessively intoxicated or acting in an inappropriate manner. The Patron/Ticket Holder assumes all liability for any form of negligence that may arise from their consumption of alcohol. DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE.


Celebrate food and drink, Savannah style, at the 6th annual Savannah Food and Wine Festival!

Savannah Food and Wine Festival


It’s the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

This week long culinary festival features something for every foodie, bringing together some of the top chefs from across the nation. there are different events each night, from whiskey tastings to chefs dinners, a secret speakeasy and River street stroll. There are several new events this year at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival, including the East & West BBQ at the recently opened Alida Hotel. The festival culminates on Saturday with the incredibly popular Taste of Savannah. Join WTOC’s Cyreia Sandlin and Eat it and Like It’s Jesse Blanco at the Main Stage on Saturday for cooking demos with three different chefs!

For a full schedule and ticket info, click here.

Here is a rundown of this week’s events:

Tuesday at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival – Whisky on the Water

Explore the world of whisky at one of Savannah’s newest luxury hotels, The Alida Hotel. Overlooking the Savannah River, guest chefs will delight the patrons with their culinary creations which paired magnificently with the many whisky and whiskey offerings during this bespoke tasting atmosphere. Dozens of distillers and professional brand ambassadors will share their knowledge and passion for these fine spirits. Unlike any other event in the city, whisky enthusiasts meet the master blenders, sip the finest selections, learn fresh cocktail recipes and experience new labels. Savor gourmet dishes, live music and waterfront sights at this exclusive evening.

Wednesday at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival – Celebrity Chef Tour

With some of the country’s best chefs, award-winning and nominated James Beard Foundation chefs coming together for one night, in one place, coupled with a selection of local Savannah chefs. These celebrated local and national chefs will take you on a truly exquisite dinging adventure where you will enjoy six courses served with six wine pairings. Perfectly curated with every flavor in mind, this event is a must attend for foodies and wine lovers alike. SOLD OUT

Thursday at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival – Bistro Savoir Interactif, Grand Reserve Tasting, Secret Savannah Speakeasy

Bistro Savoir Interactif: In partnership with the Savannah Food and Wine Festival, Savannah Technical College Foundation brings you a culinary travel adventure with elegant tasting opportunities, take-home recipes and great wine selections at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in the Eckburg Auditorium (5717 White Bluff Road).

Grand Reserve Tasting: Showcasing a masterful collection of premium wines, the Grand Reserve Tasting is an all-inclusive, walk around wine tasting event where wine lovers have an elite opportunity to sample premium and super-premium wines from around the world. Always a popular event, this is an evening of show-stopping wines and expertise from over 50+ vintners and wine representatives. Delicious bites will be prepared for sampling with your wines – pairing perfectly for each of the various stations. SOLD OUT

Secret Savannah Speakeasy: The ultimate prohibition celebration takes place at this event. Patrons step back to the 1920’s for an evening of swanky speakeasy eats and artisanal drinks with small-plate tastings and live music. The event takes place at our “secret” location inside the historic Georgia State Railroad Museum. Dress the part and sip your way through Savannah’s best hand-crafted cocktails while you dine and dance.

Friday at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival – Riverboat Lunch Cruise, River Street Stroll, Q-Masters Chefs + Vets

Riverboat Lunch Cruise: The Riverboat Luncheon Cruise will offer its guests the opportunity to see the beauty of Savannah from the river. This is an event that everyone aboard the ship is guaranteed to enjoy and remember. Hosted by Virginia Willis, celebrity guest chef and cookbook author, the Luncheon Cruise will feature an interactive cooking demonstration on board as the riverboat cruises down the Savannah River. Virginia will be creating her “Mexican Chocolate Pudding with Bourbon Cream”.

River Street Stroll: Join us for a front row seat to maritime views and hundreds of specialty curated libations with samplings of everything from hand-crafted cocktails to wines, spirits and craft beers from around the world. As the sun sets, sip with friends at the picturesque Rousakis Plaza.

Q-Masters Chefs + Vets: This special event brings together the country’s best award-winning chefs and Pitmasters, each with unique regional tastes of barbeque from southern sauce to dry rubs, combined with craft beers, spirits and other favorites. Presented by the Big Green Egg and benefiting local Savannah Veterans, Q-Masters, Chefs and Vets showcases live music (best of rock and blues) and gives guests a first-hand look at the art of grilling.

Saturday at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival – Rise & Shine, Taste of Savannah, A Chef’s Collaborative

Rise & Shine: An outdoor event on Harbor Lawn at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. A great way to get the day started off right with a fantastic array of beverages including fresh squeezed juices, specialty coffees and teas, Champagne, a variety of vodka libations including Mimosas, Screw Drivers and Bloody Mary’s. Delicious buffet offerings will include chicken biscuits, waffles, burritos, crepes, pancakes, French toast, quiches and more! A special pop-up artisan market will feature some of Savannah’s favorite specialty items, from handmade soaps and jewelry, to gourmet treats – all made in Savannah!

Taste of Savannah: This marquee event is held at the historic Georgia State Railroad Museum. As you take in a piece of history, explore the grounds and indulge in wine, artisanal food, beer and spirits from hundreds of our purveyors. Your ticket will get you unlimited beverage tastings in your souvenir leaded crystal wine glass, demos and tastings sessions with extraordinary kitchen secrets, chef stories and more. Savannah’s best restaurants and chefs will be participating with culinary delights served from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Food is available for purchase using Festival Food Tokens.

A Chef’s Collaborative: Join exceptional Kimpton Chefs from across the southeast on Saturday, November 10th at PACCI Italian Kitchen + Bar for A Chefs Collaborative: Return to Southern Provisions! This five course dinner is a delicious opportunity to taste exceptional flavors steeped in tradition and thoughtfully curated ingredients.

Sunday at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival – Jazz & Bubbles Brunch, East + West BBQ

Jazz & Bubbles Brunch: Join us for our Grand Finale, the Jazz + Bubbles Brunch has become an annual favorite of our patrons. Our jazzy champagne brunch redefines the all-day breakfast scene in Savannah, providing guests a unique and exclusive new way to dine. Experience innovative dishes that are boldly flavored with a bountiful brunch of classic breakfast favorites as well as chef-selected specialties, accompanied by free-flowing mimosas and jazz band.

East + West BBQ: A chance to literally pig-out at this smokin’ whole hog BBQ showcase, from two of the south’s most legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones. East + West BBQ is a collaboration – not a competition, with each Pitmaster preparing a whole hog their style along with a variety of their signature sides from Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Sam Jones Wood Fired, NC Whole Hog BBQ.

With all this and so much more, you don’t want to miss the 6th annual Savannah Food and Wine Festival.


  • All persons attending events must be of legal drinking age or older, NO exceptions
  • No dogs or pets are allowed at any event venues
  • All advance discount tickets are released in limited quantities and can sell out at any time without notice
  • All tickets sales are final & non-refundable and subject to our ticket “Terms & Conditions”
  • All events are rain or shine & event programs are subject to change without notice
  • The festival may at its sole discretion change venue locations for an event. Ticket holders should confirm event locations prior to attendance of any event.

NOTICE: The Savannah Food & Wine Festival presents events that serve alcoholic beverages. The Festival promotes and expects responsible drinking by our Patrons. The Festival may at it’s sole discretion remove Patrons from our events who are deemed excessively intoxicated or acting in an inappropriate manner. The Patron/Ticket Holder assumes all liability for any form of negligence that may arise from their consumption of alcohol. DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE.


Savannah Food & Wine Festival Early Bird Tickets Now Available!

SAVANNAH, GA (June 2, 2020) – One of Savannah’s most anticipated fall events, the Savannah Food & Wine Festival, presented by Publix will take place November 9 – 15, 2020. Limited quantities of the lowest priced advance discount tickets on the festival’s signature events are now available for sale online through June 30, 2020.

According to festival organizers, “Now is the time to buy tickets for the festival, as all of the signature events and especially the Taste of Savannah’s general admission ticket is priced at the deepest discount ever – 33% savings. There are limited quantities of tickets being released at the Early Bird pricing, with the signature events only currently on sale. This means in order to take advantage of the lowest ticket prices available for the entire year, we are advising our patrons to act quickly. The full festival line-up of tickets will be on sale July 15, 2020. The festival will be implementing a series of health and safety measures in planning for the festival, “Staying Safer & Smarter Together”. In addition, the festival is introducing contactless culinary booth payments for the Taste of Savannah, with RFID wristbands. Culinary credits are $1 in value each and discounts are currently available online for the RFID wristbands with the Early Bird discounts. This fall, more than ever before we are looking forward to Savannah’s most epic week of food and drink.”


10 Georgia Food Festivals that are Worth a Trip

Experience the state's most delicious flavors at these showcase events.

Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival, Tifton

One of the newest barbecue festivals in Georgia, the Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival in Tifton in March has done it right! Pairing local bands with barbecue results in family-friendly fun with arts and crafts, vendors, a kids’ zone, tons of free entertainment, and pounds of smoky barbecue.

Sip & Savor Spring

Presented by Callaway Resort & Gardens, this flowery extravaganza in March (returning in 2021) presents an eyeful of sumptuous culinary creations as well as thousands of springtime blooms at every turn. Book early for the master classes and celebrity chef dinner.

Taste of Alpharetta

This food-savvy city showcases more than 60 area restaurants in one fun, family-friendly night in May. Fill up on tasty bites, cooking demos, and live music, and get in on the action by voting for your favorite dish of the evening.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in May does an exceptional job of preserving and promoting Southern food and drink traditions. Introducing new and exciting food trends, using products unique to the South, and providing delicious food and drink samples, makes this one of Georgia's best.

Watermelon Days Festival, Cordele

In the South Georgia community of Cordele, you’ll find the biggest, sweetest watermelons in the world. To celebrate the watermelon harvest in June — and all good things grown in the South — Cordele's Watermelon Days Festival has parades watermelon eating, seed spitting and chucking contests and sweet, cold wedges of watermelon.

Crush Fest Wine & Food Festival

Sure, come for the wine tastings, food trucks, and bands, but stay for the barefoot fun as festival revelers go toe to toe stomping grapes, accompanied by live accordion and guitar music. This event at Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery in August is one harvest festival you won't want to miss!

Oktoberfest

Helen Oktoberfest. Photo by @floridadonny

Tucked in the North Georgia mountains, you will find a little slice of Bavaria and the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States in the Alpine town of Helen. It's Helen's biggest celebration! In September and October, visit to enjoy German music, food, beer and dancing — including waltzes, polkas and the legendary chicken dance!

Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay

If you're looking for a food festival that’s geared toward family fun, then the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay in October is the perfect fit. Families from all over the country flock to this North Georgia town for two exciting fall weekends. Vendors offering food, art and crafts, and all things apples are ready to serve you. Stick around for the craft and apple cooking demonstrations, parade and the annual classic car show.

Shrimp & Grits Festival, Jekyll Island

Located on the Golden Isles on the Georgia coast, Jekyll Island serves up pristine beaches, beautiful wildlife and the annual Shrimp & Grits Festival. This three-day festival in November offers up shrimp, family fun, shrimp, live entertainment and more shrimp! You can even show off your shrimp cooking skills in the amateur and professional cooking competitions — or at least taste the winning teams!

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Experience Southern charm and hospitality during the weeklong Savannah Food & Wine Festival in November. Savannah is the perfect backdrop for this festival, offering hundreds of foods to sample, regional and international wine and cocktail tastings, and dozens of culinary events — like the largest low country boil, master cooking classes, and bubbles and brunch — in between tastings.


Grand Reserve Tasting

5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa

Showcasing a masterful collection of premium wines, the Grand Reserve Tasting is not only an annual sell out, but also one of our most popular presentations. Each of our wineries offer their exclusive brands, many of which have a retail value exceeding $50. This is the patron’s opportunity to have the finest tasting experience, talk one on one with winemakers and their representatives.

Presented on the beautiful grounds of the Westin Savannah “harbor lawn”, with the the Savannah River and historic Savannah as your back drop, there is little wonder that the Grand Reserve Tasting is one of the “hottest” festival tickets year over year. Delicious small plate tastings prepared by the talented Westin culinary team..


Savannah Food and Wine Festival Postpones all events until 2021

A huge disappointment, not entirely surprising, but absolutely the right thing to do.

The Savannah Food and Wine Festival announced on Friday that all of their events scheduled for November 2020 would not be held. Instead, the focus now turns to 2021.

“With so many future unknowns for the rest of this year, we have chose to err on the side of caution.” was a portion of the statement released on Friday.

The reality is, planning and logistics for Savannah Food and Wine happen almost year round. Restaurants are recruited to participate, vendors are secured and sponsors are lined up.

We spoke to SFWF Co-founder Jan Gourley about 2020 last month and there was cautious optimism about the ability to deliver another fabulous week of food and drink in the heart of Savannah. Clearly, the landscape has shifted across the South in the last 30 days.

If you purchased tickets for any events this year, you can receive a full refund. Guests who choose to hold on to their tickets for the 2021 event will receive a 20% discount code for other events during the Savannah Food and Wine Festival to be held November 8-14, 2021.

Jesse Blanco

Eat It and Like It launched in Savannah, Georgia with television personality Jesse Blanco as the host. His passion for food and travel has made Eat It and Like It a two-time EMMY nominated program about contemporary and traditional Southern food.

About Author

Eat It and Like It launched in Savannah, Georgia with television personality Jesse Blanco as the host. His passion for food and travel has made Eat It and Like It a two-time EMMY nominated program about contemporary and traditional Southern food.


Watch the video: Savannah Food and Wine Festival, presented by Publix (November 2022).