If you try to keep up with everything going on downtown Savannah this time of the year, you might just short circuit. I mean, we had Chamber of Commerce weather for another successful Rock and Roll Marathon and concert in Forsyth Park last weekend and the SCAD Savannah Film Festival just wrapped up a huge star-studded week. Hugh Jackman was spotted enjoying some time at The Collins Quarter and Miley Cyrus posed for selfie while furniture shopping at 24e on Broughton Street. This week alone. That’s pretty darn awesome.
But it’s officially now time to eat.
We beat the drum about the Savannah Wine Food Festival almost year-round around here. With good reason, though. It is-by far-the best week of the year in food. It all culminates with Savannah’s biggest food related party of the year, Taste of Savannah.
From the earliest discussions of this Food Festival, Taste of Savannah was always supposed to be the one event that everyone could enjoy. Yes, there are a lot of high priced tickets for events in Savannah this week, but Saturday’s Taste, at the Georgia Historic Railroad Museum, is everything a fan of food in Savannah would want. The Georgia Grown Village is a collection of more than 2 dozen vendors all featuring products made here in Georgia. The Big Green Egg stage offers tips, yes and tastes, of some wonderfully prepared products on the egg. The Publix Taste Makers in the Round Stage will offer three chefs preparing bites that you will be able to sample. One of those chefs is none other than Sean Brock of Husk, who is set to open a restaurant here in Savannah on December 4th. What’s that all about? This is your chance to come see it for yourself.
Of course, Savannah restaurants will be well represented. Including Pie Society, The Hyatt’s Moss and Oak, Kitchen 320, 45 Bistro and more. The samples from those spots aren’t unlimited, but really, with dozens of booths to sample food from, how many times will you go back? Not that many when you think about it.
Beer, wine and spirits are a different story. Distillers and beer makers from all over the South descend on Savannah this week, Saturday is their biggest showcase. You can sip from any of a few dozen vendors there, but more importantly, you can educate yourself about what makes them different. That is what those guys and gals are here for. All of that is to say nothing about the VIP Lounge Presented by Publix, a perfect hide out of unlimited bites and sips with private seating and restrooms. Really, what more can you ask for?
A quick glance at a preview layout of this year’s Taste of Savannah reveals the foot print is probably the biggest they’ve had at the Railroad Museum. I haven’t confirmed this with anyone because frankly I don’t think I need to, but Taste of Savannah-now in its 5th year, will likely be the biggest and best party this city has ever seen. It continues to expand to allow room for everyone to enjoy comfortably. If you’re a long time reader of this space, then you know I say that most years, but I say it because it is true. Taste of Savannah continues to get better and better, as evidenced by the size of the crowds Eating and Liking their way around one of the most beautiful historic open spaces in this city.
Yes, it is a party. Yes you are reminded to enjoy responsibly. But I will also remind you that people are traveling here from all over the country to partake in what your city has to offer. Last year we met dozens from Atlanta, some from Charlotte, others from North Carolina, Washington state and California. This food festival is quite the regional event and it’s right in your front yard. If you love trying different foods, then why wouldn’t you want to be a part of it?
Come on out to Taste of Savannah on Saturday, you will Eat It and Like It.
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