Atlanta's Best Fall Food Festivals

Fall in Atlanta means food festivals galore. Are you ready?
  • Get ready for all the fall food festivals coming to Atlanta.
    Get ready for all the fall food festivals coming to Atlanta.
  • Great Southern Food Truck Rally promises to be tasty, bite after bite.
    Great Southern Food Truck Rally promises to be tasty, bite after bite.
  • No need to worry about running out of cheese at the Cheese Festival.
    No need to worry about running out of cheese at the Cheese Festival.

As summer wears on, most of are looking forward to cooler weather. Besides the weather, what's another reason to be excited for fall? Food festivals!

  • Great Southern Food Truck Rally (Aug. 27) – Yes, it’s in August, but we had to mention an event that promotes food trucks. This food truck smack down includes food trucks from all over the Southeast. Taking place at the 88-acre Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park, the festival includes live music, lawn games and craft beer, too. Tickets are $10.

  • Forks & Corks Avalon (Sept. 8) – Celebrate Alpharetta eats at this inaugural festival. Ticket prices start at $75. All proceeds help emergency assistance programs and services to North Fulton County families in need. The festival takes place in Alpharetta’s Avalon complex.

  • Southern Chefs Potluck (Sept. 11) – Taking place at Serenbe, the potluck features food from King & Duke, No. 246, Revival, Oak Steakhouse, Watershed and many more. The  cost is $150 per ticket.

  • Atlanta Greek Festival (Sept. 22 - 25) – An Atlanta tradition for more than 40 years, the Atlanta Greek Festival is a wonderful outing for the whole family. Besides tasty Greek dishes like moussaka, gyro and lamb, there’s music and Greek dancing. Don’t leave without having some baklava. Order tickets online to avoid waiting.

  • Atlanta Cheese Festival (Sept. 30) – Atlanta is but one stop on this multi-city tour. Sample artisan cheese from around the world. In addition to cheese, look for craft beer and wine as well as pairing seminars for beer and wine.

  • Atlanta Chili Cookoff  The event draws more than 10,000 people and about 300 competitors. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the $10 entrance fee goes to kids facing medical challenges at Camp Twin Lakes.

  • Atlanta Mac & Cheese Festival (Oct. 8) – For just one day, mac and cheese enthusiasts can converge in Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood. One $20 tasting tickets gets you five samples.

  • Taste of Atlanta (Oct. 21 - 23) – The largest food festival in Atlanta features tastes from the best Atlanta restaurants. There will be plenty of beer and wine to wash down on the goodies. Cool off indoors with chef demos and seminars. Prices start at $20.

  • Chomp and Stomp (Nov. 5) – Taking place in Cabbagetown, this chili cook-off also celebrates bluegrass music. Local restaurants participate in a chili cook-off and offer tastings to all the guests. The festival features unique events including contests in bobbing for Brussels sprouts, cabbage shredding and slaw eating contests.

Atlanta's festival scene is more than food, glorious food. Get the scoop on the city's Fall Festivals before they pass you by.

Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta, Food Blogging 101 and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She has been a contributing writer to USA Today and has been featured on HGTV, Huffington Post and About.com. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. She is the president of the Association of Food Bloggers and her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

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