You know it's fall in coastal Georgia when the Savannah Food and Wine Festival commences. This weeklong festival showcases the best of the city's chefs, restaurants and locally grown food with events like the Grand Reserve, Silent Auction, Taste of Savannah and the River Street Stroll. Visiting Savannah is always fun, with its rich history from colonial days and the various recreational activities available to you on the rivers and coastal areas. Coming to Savannah during the Food and Wine Festival adds even more fun to your week. There will be winemakers, culinary experts, beverage brewers and all types of food and drink to sample.
The festival is hosted by the Savannah chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier and is presented by the Tourism Leadership Council, the Coastal Hospitality & Education Fund nonprofit organization and the Adfish Group. The proceeds from the festival benefit CHEF and the Tourism Leadership Council Scholarship Fund. Every year, culinary and wine experts come together to teach and present their specialties and knowledge to the public. Both locals and visitors look forward to this event, and the city is full of people all weeklong. Southern traditions are at the forefront of the event.
The Savannah Food and Wine Festival is an annual event that happens every November. It's a weeklong festival, and multiple events are presented during the days and in the evenings. Some of the events are present every year. Here are some that were presented in 2019:
• Whiskey on the Water at the Westin Savannah Harbor lets you explore the world of whiskey at the hands of chefs who create paired whiskey and other offerings in a tasting atmosphere. Along with these presentations, distillers and brand ambassadors share their knowledge of spirits for your benefit.
• The Friends of James Beard Dinner features some of the finest chefs around, including award-winning James Beard Foundation chefs, local chefs and chefs from around the country who all work together in one event that is a spectacular celebration of fine food. These artists present six courses served with six wine pairings in a food adventure unlike any other.
• Taste of Savannah is held at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. It's a combination enhanced tour of the Railroad Museum and a huge assorted offering of wine, beer, spirits and artisanal food from the finest restaurants in Savannah. There are also demos and presentations. Ticket holders will receive unlimited beverage tastings in a souvenir leaded-crystal wine glass.
• The Jazz & Bubbles Brunch, which takes place at the Westin Savannah Harbor, is the Grand Finale of the Savannah Food and Wine Festival. This is an annual favorite, and everyone enjoys the innovative dishes that are served alongside classic breakfast fare and the accompanying mimosas and live jazz music.
The Savannah Food and Wine Festival is composed of several events that take place on the various streets in the city's Historic District. These events are at different times and different days, and you can get a schedule for the current year's events at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival website when it is finalized for the year. There are shops and restaurants along the streets that take part in a small manner during the festival, and there are dedicated venues for large events at locations like the Westin Harbor, River Walk and Railroad Museum.
There are no RV parking spaces in Savannah's Historic District. However, there are several RV parks, resorts and campgrounds in other areas all around Savannah as this is a popular coastal destination for many. Taking a road trip to the festival can be combined with visiting many of the campgrounds and RV parks in the area. If you don't own a motorhome or camper trailer, consider getting a rental via RVshare. Here are some of the top local RV campgrounds.
• River's End Campground: Located on Tybee Island, this campground is next to Calibogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. There is a large swimming pool that is open in the summer, and amenities include a vending room with food, drinks and necessities like batteries, shampoos and other items. Other amenities are a laundry facility, free Wi-Fi and propane. All the sites offer 30/50 amp service and sewer, water and cable TV.
• Savannah South KOA: Savannah South KOA is located in Richmond Hill, which is on the southwestern corner of Savannah. It's only minutes away from Interstate 95, and you can reach downtown Savannah in 45 minutes or less. There is a swimming pool and wading pool, and you can take a non-motorized boat on the small lake and fish. There are showers, a laundry, free Wi-Fi and a recreation room.
• Skidaway Island State Park: Georgia has a reputation for maintaining their state parks, and Skidaway Island State Park is no exception. This park is close to both Savannah and the Atlantic Ocean. The Skidaway River feeds directly into the Vernon River and Wilmington River, both of which flow into the Atlantic. You can fish, boat, kayak, canoe and paddleboat on the rivers that surround this pristine park and hike on the nature trails. There are full-hookup RV sites with 30/50 amps.
There are multiple great hotels in the downtown Savannah area. Some of your choices include the Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Regency, River Street Inn, Marshall House, Hampton Inn, Alida, Hamilton-Turner Inn and many others. Other choices include Airbnbs and bed-and-breakfast lodgings, and there are lots of convenient RV campgrounds and resorts where you can stay in your RV.
Savannah is on the east coast of Georgia, between Brunswick to the south and Hilton Head to the north. From Macon in the east, you would take Interstate 16. From Cordele in the east, you would take Highway 280. From the north or the south on the coast, you would take I-95. The Savannah Historic District centers around Louisville Road, which runs off Route 17.
Parking can be difficult in the downtown areas of Savannah for large events of this type. Many people recommend using Uber to get around, or you can stay in a downtown hotel and walk to the various events. If you drive yourself, arrive early for each day's events.
The Savannah Food and Wine Festival offers free food and beverage samples that are included in event tickets and food and drinks that are available for purchase with special "Festival Food Tokens," which can be purchased at the festival. Visitors can purchase tickets to the Savannah Food and Wine Festival's various events. There are general tickets, and there are also VIP packages that are offered. These tickets are not available until close to the event as the schedule will not be finalized until then. You can keep notified of when tickets will be available by visiting the Savannah Food and Wine Festival site.
Attending the Savannah Food and Wine Festival in your RV lets you experience the week of foodie fun in a unique trip that's tailored to your personal inclinations. You can stay at a nearby campground and choose to either just visit this event, or you can make this one stop on an itinerary of all your favorite places in the Peach State. RVshare loves to see and hear about fellow travelers' experiences on the road and would enjoy seeing all the pictures of your trip to downtown Savannah and the surrounding areas. Send your best photos to [email protected] to share your adventures on the RVshare blog or other social media sites.
Be sure to visit the Savannah Food and Wine Festival pages at @SAVFoodWineFest on Twitter, @savfoodwinefest on Instagram and @SavannahFoodandWineFestival on Facebook for all the latest news and updates on this exciting culinary event.