Georgia on My Mind

Northeast Florida food enthusiasts are planning their trips north for two of the finest festivals offered this fall.

The St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival is a five-day event featuring coastal cuisine, wine, beer, spirits and entertainment taking place October 5-9. The festival takes place in several beautiful, historic venues throughout St. Simons Island in Georgia's Golden Isles. The main goal is raising funds and awareness for Hospice of the Golden Isles. Guests can enjoy special events including BBQ Pro-Am, Expert Learning Experiences, Pier Crawl & Village Stroll, Oyster Fest & After Party and Spiritual Sunday Brunch. The entertainment goes on with celebrity guest chefs, local culinary superstars and beverage experts featured throughout the festivals. ssifoodandspirits.com.

A month later, Savannah Food and Wine Festival is a week of signature events, celebrity chef appearances, tastings and more. On November 7-13, festival goers can expect to experience southern charm and hospitality at its finest, Savannah style. The week long event takes place among historic landmarks such as the Whitman Mansion and Georgia State Railroad Museum. Guests can enjoy special events like Celebrity Chef Tour, Secret Savannah Speakeasy, River Street Stroll and Jazz & Bubble Brunch. Want to experience all of Savannah? Get your hands on the Premier Patron Package which gives you entry to each event, before they run out. savannahfoodandwinefest.com.