Fall has arrived, which means the best of Atlanta food festivals is here.
Sink your teeth into some of the Southeast’s best cheese, celebrate all things Greek, or chow down on Atlanta’s best homemade chili.
These are the Atlanta food festivals you should attend this fall.
Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook Off
Nov. 4 at Cabbagetown Park
Cabbagetown’s annual Chomp & Stomp features a competitive chili cook-off, bluegrass music and artist market. last year, over 70 teams signed up to compete plus over 25 restaurants, so get your appetite ready for an afternoon full of tastings.
Atlanta Hot and Spicy Festival
Nov. 4 at Brookhaven Park
This is the place to test your spice limits. Restaurants from across the Southeast will show off their spiciest foods in a competition for charity. There’s also a beer garden, live music and more at this year’s Atlanta Hot and Spicy Festival.
Atlanta Veg Fest
Nov. 11 at Cobb County Civic Center
The Atlanta Veg Fest celebrates a vegan and plant-based lifestyle. Here you can listen to speakers and chefs, sample food, and talk to vendors about going vegan.
(PAST) October Festivals
Atlanta Chili Cook Off
Oct. 7 at Brookhaven Park
It’s the sixth year for the Atlanta Chili Cook Off in Brookhaven. More than 75 amateur and restaurant teams are competing for the best chili and Brunswick stew. There’s also live music, plus children 12 and under get free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Taste of Tucker
Oct. 7 at Tucker’s Main Street
Over 20 local restaurants and 60 specialty dishes will be at this year’s Taste of Tucker. It’s a family-friendly festival highlighting the best of the area’s local restaurants and flavor. You can sample food, listen to live music, or take the young ones to the kids’ zone for some play.
Taste of Atlanta
Oct. 20 through 22 at Historic Fourth Ward Park
The main event of Atlanta food festivals is Taste of Atlanta. It heads to a new location this year at Historic Fourth Ward Park. This festival is for everyone from genuine foodies to those just looking to sample some of the area’s best flavors. You can try your hand at making gnocchi at the special workshops, Learn to cook small plates from Atlanta’s Westside restuarants, or introduce the kids to cooking at the Family Food Zone. There’s also the Taste of Atlanta Barcraft Competition and the Grand Tasting Experience for those looking to sample the best of the city’s offerings.
Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival
Oct. 22 at Brook Run Park
Taste the best of amateur barbecue at the Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival. All competitors are on a level playing field by using the same smoker, meat, spices and other ingredients. But each competitive plate of food is different. Get ready to sample beef brisket, chicken, ribs and beans, all of which are Kosher and regionally sourced.
(PAST) September Festivals
The Cheese Fest Atlanta
Sept. 23 at Historic Fourth Ward Park
Get ready for unlimited samples at this annual Atlanta event. You can taste some of the best domestic and artisan cheese, talk to the makers and distributors, and purchase your favorites. But the main event of The Cheese Fest Atlanta is the Macdown and Meltdown Competitions. Here you’ll sample the best of local chef creations and vote for who makes the best mac and cheese as well as grilled cheese sandwiches.
Atlanta Greek Festival
Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation
Opa! The 44th annual Atlanta Greek Festival is back with four days of Greek culture and delicious food. The main festival (Friday through Sunday) includes live dance performances, music and activities for the whole family. But starting early on Thursday, you can pick up a gyro or two at the festival’s popular drive-thru.
Alpharetta Brew Moon Octoberfest
Sept. 30 at Historic Downtown Alpharetta
Head to downtown Alpharetta for a night of local food, drink and music at Brew Moon Octoberfest. Area restaurants will be serving some of their best dishes, and Alpharetta’s own Jekyll Brewing will have their beers on tap. Don’t forget your own chair for this festival, if you want to sit and listen to the live bands all night long.