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The Best Atlanta Food Festivals in 2023

By July 17, 2023December 8th, 2023No Comments
The Best Atlanta Food Festivals in 2023

Discover hit food festivals in Atlanta, Georgia with this Atlanta Food Festivals 2023 Event Calendar! Month by month, browse the best foodie events in the ATL – including tastings, live music, family activities, and so much more!

Whether you’re a local or visiting the city, this post is your guide to Atlanta’s top food festivals throughout the year. Read on to find can’t-miss Atlanta festivals!

Note: All dates, venues and other event details are subject to change. Please check all event information from official websites before making plans to attend an event.


In this post, you’ll find:

  • Atlanta food festivals calendar: January-December 
  • Events to enjoy Atlanta’s culinary scene 
  • Atlanta food festivals for individuals, friends, couples, and coworkers
  • Family-friendly Atlanta events
  • Fun food events to do attend across Atlanta’s neighborhoods
  • Seasonal food favorites and Southern flavor highlights

Atlanta Food Festivals 2023 Calendar

January: Recharge from the New Year

In January, Atlantans are recovering from the Peach Drop New Years celebrations, with no food festivals. Don’t fret, as you wait for the food festival season to begin in February, explore Atlanta food experiences like Unexpected Atlanta’s unique walking tours, featuring food and history experiences you won’t find anywhere else!


February Food Festivals in Atlanta

Atlanta Food Festival Oysters

1. Atlanta Oyster Festival – February 4, 2023

Each year, the Atlanta Oyster Festival is a unique and exciting event for oyster lovers! Festival-goers can enjoy a great selection of oysters, drinks, live music, a DJ, and more at Atlantic Station.

2. Atlanta Winter Beer Festival – February 11, 2023

Warm up at the Atlanta Winter Beer Fest, serving plenty of brews and fun at Atlantic Station. Purchase a ticket to sample more than 150 beers – including local brews as well as sips from breweries around the country.

3. Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – February 25, 2023

Also at Atlantic Station, the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival takes place at the end of every February. Tickets include the region’s tastiest barbecue, beer and bourbon tastings, along with a souvenir pint glass!


March Atlanta Food Festivals

 

4. Georgia Food + Wine Festival – March 23-26, 2023

Savor bites and sips at the Georgia Food + Wine Festival in Marietta. This annual festival features food and drink from across the state and the South, serving plenty of flavors and pours for every taste bud!

5. Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival – March 17-19, 2023

Join this three-day food and wine festival at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds on Lake Oconee. The lakeside festival highlights tastes from regional chefs and over 200 global wines, along with live music and performances.


April Festivals: The Tastes of Atlanta

Just one hour south of Atlanta, spend the day in Barnesville, Georgia at the BBQ & Blues Festival. With free admission, sample dishes at Taster’s Alley and place your vote for the best barbecue bite!

7. Taste of Marietta – April 30, 2023

The annual Taste of Marietta festival showcases the best of Cobb County’s restaurants and caterers. Festival admission is free, with “tastes” ranging from $1-5 each. You’ll also find musical entertainment, a Kids Alley area, chef spotlight stages, and more.

Join the thousands of festival-goers each year seeking cheesy delights at the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival. Celebrate #NationalGrilledCheeseDay with endless sandwich options or join the amateur grilled cheese competition to compete for the best grilled cheese!


May Food Festivals in Atlanta

 

9. Taste of Alpharetta – May 11, 2023

Explore the city of Alpharetta at the annual Taste of Alpharetta! Going on more than 30 years, this community festival hosts over 60 local restaurants serving everything from appetizers to desserts. Free to attend (with tastes for purchase), this May event is great for all ages with tastings, culinary demonstrations, entertainment, and more.


June Atlanta Food Festivals & Activities

Midnight Market is for the night owls and foodies 21+ looking for a great time. Hosted at Atlantic Station, this event is an all-night affair with 30+ food vendors, bars, roller skating, live music, games, and so much more.

11. Atlanta Creole Food Festival – June 25, 2023

Explore the culinary tastes of Creole cuisines and beverages from the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America at the Atlanta Creole Food Festival! Each year, this event is hosted in 5 cities nationwide to feature the unique flavors of Creole dishes, along with cooking demos, signature drinks, entertainment, and much more.


July: Atlanta Summer Food Festivals

 

12. Grand Tasting Westside – July 20, 2023

Grand Tasting Westside is a must-attend for food enthusiasts in Atlanta! Held at The Foundry at Puritan Mill, this festival is filled with mouth-watering tastings and a delightful showcase of local Atlanta cuisine from top-rated restaurants and renowned chefs.

13. Atlanta Ice Cream Festival – July 22, 2023

Beat the summer heat by attending the beloved Atlanta Ice Cream Festival! Hosted in Piedmont Park, enjoy a full day of tasting more than 85 ice cream options and other fun activities.

14. Peachfest – July 23, 2023

This peach-themed food festival is unique to Atlanta unlike any other! Hosted at the Peachtree Center Plaza, Peachfest is a vibrant celebration featuring peach-centric dishes and desserts, cocktails, beers and wines, all from local Atlanta chefs and artisans.

15. Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival – July 30, 2023

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival is Atlanta’s love letter to all things tomato. Hosted by Georgia Organics, this standout food festival features 30+ bars and restaurants, music, and an amazing auction. Purchase tickets early to learn more about local farmers, organic foods, and the farm-to-table movement!


August Atlanta Food Festivals To Explore

Wings Food Festival

16. Black Restaurant Week – August 5-14, 2023

With its diverse selection of African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisine, Atlanta’s Black Restaurant Week showcases the best in culinary arts! Across ten days, taste, connect, and celebrate these influential flavors at participating restaurants across the city serving weekly specials.

17. Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival – August 18-19, 2023

The Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival is a must-attend event that captures the essence of Southern flavors and community spirit. Attracting over 60,000 attendees annually, immerse yourself in two full days of delicious food and engaging entertainment just north of the city in Kennesaw, Georgia!

AgLanta Eats Festival is a premier Atlanta festival that celebrates hyper-local foods by local chefs and growers. Purchase a ticket to enjoy farm-fresh food tastings, beverages, and live music, all with access to the event location’s beautiful grounds at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

19. Georgia Vegfest – August 26-27, 2023

The Southern Wing Showdown is THE wing festival of the year in Atlanta. Experience flavors ranging from sweet to fiery hot from the top wing connoisseurs of the city. For the brave, sign up to compete in a wing-eating contests, or submit your own wings for judging of the festival’s “Best of Fest” trophy.


September: Food Festivals in Atlanta

Hosted along Atlanta’s M.L.K. Jr. Drive, spend the afternoon and evening at Taste of Soul Atlanta. With ticket packages ranging from free admission to VIP passes, join this family-friendly festival featuring soul and Southern food, along with live music, art, and more!

22. Grand Tasting Alpharetta – September 7, 2023

Grand Tasting’s food festival traveling events head to Alpharetta in September. At The Hotel at Avalon, dig into a wide array of food, desserts, and drink tastings!

23. Porches and Pies – September 9, 2023

Porches and Pies is Atlanta’s epic pie festival featuring tastes from countless bakers. Located in Adair Park, this festival will allow you to enjoy bites, pie bake-offs, a beer garden, artist markets, and family fun for all ages!

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is one of the city’s top fall events! Across 4 days, devour tastes of the South and beyond through a broad array of food, wine, beer, and spirits. Be sure to purchase your tickets early – this event sells out fast! 


October Food Festivals Across Atlanta

 

25. Dessert Wars – October 7, 2023

Don’t miss the largest dessert festival in America! Dessert Wars travels to Atlanta in October, offering festival-goers samples from over 50 local dessert vendors. From cookies to ice cream, to donuts and more, get your sweet tooth fix at this fall Atlanta food festival!

26. EGGtoberfest – October 7, 2023

Do you have a grillmaster in your family? If so, head to EGGtoberfest at Coolray Field for a day full of Big Green Egg grilled delights! Your ticket includes food sampling, beverages, cooking demos, plus a commemorative event t-shirt and more!


November: Month of Chili Food Festivals

Chili Atlanta Food Festival

27. Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp – November 4, 2023

Calling all chili aficionados and lovers of live music! The Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp is a must-attend event in the heart of Atlanta with its chili cook-off, cornbread competition, kids’ activities, a festive parade, and more!

28. Atlanta Chili Cook Off – November 4, 2023

Located more north of the city? No worries, the Atlanta Chili Cook Off is the place to be! This annual chili competition features 50+ chili cooks in Dunwoody. Sign up to submit your best chili recipe or opt for general admission or VIP tickets, all providing a day full of warm bites and good fun.


December: End the Food Festival Year with Champions

 

29. Dessert Wars – December 2, 2023

This October event returns to the ATL in December for the Dessert Wars National Championship. Attend in December for the opportunity to taste the top 48 dessert vendors from around the country and see who is crowned champion at the Cobb Galleria Centre!


For more Atlanta food experiences, check out our unique walking tours – including food and history experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Unexpected Atlanta is officially the #1 Atlanta activity on TripAdvisor, with nearly 1,500 five-star reviews!