For more detail on Southern Food Festivals and other events of note,
please check out these helpful sites:
www.southfest.com   and   www.festivalnet.com


JANUARY:

  • Low Country Oyster Fest - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Central Florida BBQ Fest - Sebring, Florida
  • Frontier Days Chili & BBQ Festival, Breckenridge, Texas
  • Oyster Scavenger Hunt - Lafitte, LA (Added 03/01/2002)

FEBRUARY:

  • Chocolate Festival - Charleston, SC
  • Pig In The Park - Winter Park, Florida
  • Palmetto Prestigious Pig Pickin' - Charleston, SC
  • Chili Cookoff - Mobile, AL (February 3 - Cathedral Square)
  • Big Squeeze Juice Festival - Palm Bay, FL (February 2-4; visit www.thebigsqueeze.com for details)
  • Boudin Festival - Carencro, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Florida Citrus Festival in Winter Haven, FL (Added February, 2003)
  • Hold 'em and Hit 'em BBQ Competition in Houston, TX (Added February, 2003)
  • Mullet Festival in Goodland, FL (Added February, 2003)
  • S.A.L.E. Mesquite BBQ in San Antonio, TX (Added February, 2003)
  • Lakeland Pig Festival in Lakeland, FL (Added February, 2003)
  • Homestead Winterfest in Hot Springs, VA (Added February, 2003)
  • Market Days in South Padre Island, TX (Added February, 2003)
  • Spring National BBQ Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL (Added February, 2003)
  • Strawberry Festival in Panama City, FL (Web Site) (Added October, 2003)

MARCH:

  • Best Butt In Georgia - Moultrie, Georgia
  • Ozark Hawg BBQ Fest - Batesville, Arkansas
  • Batesville Ozark Hawg BBQ Championship, Batesville, Arkansas
  • Oyster Festival - Amite, LA (Added 03/01/2002)

APRIL:

  • Spring Pig Ribbin' - Hawkinsville, Georgia
  • Vidalia Onion Festival - Vidalia, Georgia
  • World Catfish Festival - Belzoni, Mississippi
  • The World's Biggest Fish Fry - Paris, Tennessee
  • Hog Wild - Pig Crazy - Lake City, Florida
  • Blues and BBQ - Savannah, Georgia
  • High Cotton Cookin' - Greenwood, Mississippi
  • Pig Jig Cookoff - Columbus, Georgia
  • Poteet Strawberry Festival - Poteet, Texas (Home of the 7 foot tall, 1600 pound strawberry monument!)
  • Fire House BBQ Contest - Kings Mountain, NC
  • Seafood Festival - St Augustine, FL
  • BBQ and Shag Festival - Hemingway, South Carolina
  • World Grits Festival - St. George, South Carolina
  • Pleasure Island Seafood Chowder Cook-Off - Carolina Beach, North Carolina
  • Catfish Festival - Winnsboro, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Strawberry Festival - Pontchatoula, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Etoufee Festival - Arnaudville, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Crawfish Festival - Breaux Bridge, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Sugar Festival - Clewiston, FL (Added March, 2008)

MAY:

  • Flopeye Fish Festival - Great Falls, South Carolina
  • Poultry Festival - Batesburg, South Carolina
  • Low Country Shrimp Festival - McClellenville, South Carolina
  • Blue Crab Festival - Little River, South Carolina
  • Blessing of the Fleet - Bayou La Batre, Alabama
  • World BBQ Festival - Owensboro, Kentucky; www.bbqfest.com
  • Memphis In May - Memphis, Tennessee
  • Crawfish Festival - Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • Jambalaya Festival - Gonzales, Louisiana
  • Mudbug Madness – Shreveport, Louisiana (318 222-7403)
  • Crawfish Creole Fiesta - Pensacola, FL
  • Tomato Festival - Chalmette, LA
  • Jambalaya Festival - Gonzales, LA
  • Crawfish Festival - Lake Charles, LA
  • Crawfish Festival - Leland, MS
  • River Roast - Chatanooga, TN
  • Strawberry Festival - Delaplane, VA;  www.delaplanestrawberryfestival.com. (Added May, 2004)
  • Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival - Zellwood, FL (407 886-0014)
  • Ware Shoals Catfish Festival - Ware Shoals, SC (864 456-7664)
  • Great Southern Food Festival - Memphis, TN (901 525-4611)
  • Blessing of the Inlet - Murrells Inlet, SC (Added 07/01/2002)
  • Spamarama - Austin, Texas; www.spamarama.com. (Added January, 2003)
  • Blue Crab Festival --- Palatka, FL; www.bluecrabfestival.com (Added June, 2004)
  • Strawberry Festival --- Reynolds, GA; www.ga-strawberry.org (Added June, 2004)
  • Vidalia Onion Festival --- Vidalia, GA; www.vidaliaonionfestival.com (Added June, 2004)
  • Tri-Stae BBQ Festival, Dothan, AL (May 16 & 17 2008) www.tristatebbq.com (Added March, 2008)
     

JUNE:

  • Mississippi State BBQ Contest - Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • Cookin' Up The Blues - Jackson, Mississippi
  • High On The Hog - Winchester, Tennessee
  • WC Handy Blues and BBQ - Henderson, Kentucky
  • Virginia Pork Festival - www.vaporkfestival.com; 800 482-7675
  • Blueberry Festival - Brewton, Alabama
  • Pink Tomato Festival - Warren, Arkansas
  • Watermelon Days - Cordele, Georgia
  • Peach Festival - Ruston, Louisiana
  • Blue Ridge BBQ Contest - Tryon, NC
  • Great French Market Tomato Festival - New Orleans, LA
  • Bayou Lacombe Crab Festival - Lacombe, LA
  • Seafood Festival - Mandeville, LA (www.seafoodfest.com)
  • Hog Wild Festival - Jackson, MS
  • Blueberry Festival - Nacogdoches, TX
  • Blueberry Festival - Mansfield, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Crab Festival - LaCombe, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Purple Hull Pea Festival - Emerson, AR (www.purplehull.com) (Added 05/01/2002)
  • Mississippi Broiler Festival - Forest, Mississippi; call 601 469-4332 for more info. (Added January, 2003)

JULY:

  • Peach Festival - Clarksville, Arkansas
  • Cajun Food Festival - Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Watermelon Festival - Mize, Mississippi
  • Peach Festival - Gaffney, South Carolina
  • Holly Springs Kudzu Festival - Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • Pork, Peanut, and Pine Festival - Surry, VA
  • Watermelon Festival - Franklinton, Louisiana
  • Peach Festival - Knotts Island, North Carolina
  • Peach Festival - Weatherford, Texas
  • International Apple Festival - Medina, Texas
  • Blue Crab Music Festival - Cape Charles, Virginia
  • Seafood Festival - Mandeville, LA (Added March, 2002)
  • Slugburger Festival - Corinth, MS (Added October, 2003)
  • International Texas Apple Festival - Medina, TX; Held July 31st, 2004 (Added April, 2004)

AUGUST:

  • BBQ Beach Party - Jonesboro, Georgia
  • Pig Polishers Contest - Pocahontas, Arkansas
  • International Cityfest BBQ Cookoff - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Pecos Cantaloupe Festival - Pecos, Texas
  • Bluegrass and BBQ - Dillard, GA
  • Bubbafest BBQ - Spartanburg, SC
  • Taffy Pull, Chili & BBQ Cook-off, Lajitas, Texas
  • Cityfest BBQ Cook-off, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Watermelon Festival - Russellville, Alabama
  • Great Pig Out - Morrilton, Arkansas
  • Watermelon Festival - Cave City, Arkansas
  • Grape Festival - Tontitown, Arkansas
  • Shrimp Festival - Delcambre, Louisiana
  • Shrimp & Petroleum Festival - Morgan City, Louisiana
  • Watermelon Festival - Water Valley, Mississippi
  • Apple Festival - Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Grape Stomp & Harvest - Tow, Texas
  • ShrimpFest - Port Arthur, Texas
  • Peach Festival - Stuart, Virginia
  • Lafitte Seafood Festival - Lafitte, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet - Delcambre, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Livermush Expo - Shelby, NC; 704 484-3100 (Added August, 2006)

SEPTEMBER:

  • Seafood Festival - Pensacola, FL 9/22-24
  • Peanut Festival - Plains, GA 9/23-24
  • Kentucky Bourbon Festival - Bardstown 9/13-17
  • World Chicken Festival - London, KY 9/21-24
  • Sorghum Festival - West Liberty, KY 9/22-24
  • Country Ham Days - Lebanon, KY 9/23-24
  • Sugar Cane Festival - New Iberia, LA 9/21-24
  • Seafood Festival - Biloxi, MS 9/16-17
  • Pecan Festival - Richton, MS 9/30-10/01
  • Apple Festival - Hendersonville, NC 9/01-04
  • Possum Town Pigfest - Columbus, MS 9/21-23
  • Alabama Catfish Festival - Greensboro, Alabama
  • Sorghum Festival - Huntsville, Alabama
  • Peanut Festival - Plains, Georgia
  • Seafood Festivals in Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida
  • Rice Festival - Winnie, Texas
  • Chicken Festival - London, Kentucky
  • Sugarcane Festival - New Iberia, Louisiana
  • Seafood Festival - Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Possum Pigfest - Columbus, Mississippi
  • Pecan Festival - Richton, Mississippi
  • Catfish Festival - Hardeeville, South Carolina
  • Peanut Festival - Emporia, Virginia
  • Fayette County Hogmania - Somerville, Tennessee
  • Smokin' By The Lake - Millington, Tennessee
  • World Championship Goat Cook-off, Brady, Texas
  • Waylon’s West Texas BBQ, Littlefield, Texas
  • Riverfest BBQ Cook-off, Decatur, Alabama
  • BBQ on the River, Paducah, Kentucky
  • Louisiana Folklife Festival – Monroe (318 324-1665) www.louisianafolklife.org
  • Louisiana Sugarcane Festival and Fair - New Iberia, LA - 9/25-29, www.hisugar.org (Added 08/01/2002)

OCTOBER:

  • Shrimp Festival - Gulf Shores, Alabama
  • Chitlin Hoedown - Yatesville, Georgia
  • Yam Festival - Tabor City, North Carolina
  • Oyster Festival - Chincotegue, Virginia
  • Hog Wild - Corinth, Mississippi
  • Big Pig Jig - Vienna, Georgia
  • Uniquely Union BBQ Festival - Union, SC
  • Arlington BBQ Burnout, Arlington, Texas
  • Jack Daniel’s World Championship BBQ , Lynchburg, Tennessee
  • Bean Fest - Mountain View, Arkansas
  • Kentucky Apple Festival - Paintsville, Kentucky
  • Sorghum and Tobacco Festival - Springfield, Kentucky
  • Gumbo Festival - Bridge City, Louisiana
  • Gumbo Festival - Thibodeaux, Louisiana
  • Seafood Festival - Morehead City, North Carolina
  • Cracklin' Festival --- Bourg, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Rice Festival - Crowley, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Pepper Festival - St. Martinville, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Yambilee Festival - Opelousas, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Indian Summer Seafood Festival - Panama City, FL (Added 10/01/2002)
  • Blairsville Sorghum Festival - Blairsville, GA (Added 10/01/2002)
  • Pumpkin Festival - Pumpkintown, SC (Added 10/01/2002)
  • Black Eyed Pea Festival - Athens, TX (Added 10/01/2002)
  • SC Sweet Potato Festival - Darlington, SC (Added 10/01/2002)
  • Taste of Brunswick Festival - Lawrenceville, VA (Added 10/01/2002)
  • Cajun Catfish Festival - Conroe, TX (Added 10/01/2002)
  • Kingstree Pig Pickin' - Kingstree, SC (Added 10/01/2002)
  • Haywood Co. Apple Festival - Waynesville, NC (Added 10/01/2002)
  • Loris Bog Off - Loris, SC (Added 10/01/2002)
  • NC Oyster Festival - Ocean Isle, NC (Added 10/01/2002)
  • Juliette Green Tomato Festival - Juliette, GA (Added 10/01/2002)

NOVEMBER:

  • Pecan Festival - Colfax, Louisiana
  • 17th Century Foods - Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Ham Jam - Middleburg, Florida
  • Pig Fest - Richland, Georgia
  • Home Builders BBQ - Shelby, NC
  • BBQ, Balloons, and Blues – Clermont, Florida
  • National Peanut Festival - Dothan, AL
  • Gumbo Cook-Off - Ville Platte, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Cracklin Festival - Port Barre, LA (Added 03/01/2002)
  • Wurstfest (New Braunfels, TX; 800 221 4369) www.wurstfest.com (Added March, 2008)

DECEMBER:

  • Soybean Festival - Jonesville, Louisiana
  • Catfish Stomp - Elgin, South Carolina
  • Alabama State Championship, Demopolis, Alabama

    

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