Saturday, April 7, 2007

Eat Your Heart Out, Tallahassee!

April is rich in the Tallahassee Foodshed*. Check out this calendar of events!

Seafood Festival: Tallahassee (0 miles). This "Springtime Tallahassee" event has already passed, but it still happened in April!

Grits Festival: April 14th. Warwick, Georgia (113 miles). I was disappointed to read that this is a Quaker Brand Grits sponsored festival, and Quaker grits are what's on the menu. If you'd like to buy real local grits, try them from Ed and Joah Hart (Pavo, Georgia (229) 859-2278; please use respectful times when calling) and from Bradley's Country Store (Tallahassee).

Worm Gruntin Festival: April 14th. Sopchoppy (30.8 miles). Why are worms on a food-lover's calendar? These are our native worms -- reputedly great for fishing and great for the garden! Read about Worm Gruntin in Sopchoppy.

Marianna Arts Festival and BBQ Cook-off Friday, April 13, from 12 noon until 10 pm and Saturday, April 14, from 10 am until 7:30 pm. (66 miles) The grounds of the Citizens Lodge Park, Caverns Road, Marianna, Florida Tart contests, BBQ cook-offs, food vendors, entertainment.

Slowfood Tallahassee Dinner: April 21st. Tallahassee (o miles): SarahKeith and Rubin are hosting "The Baker, The Musician, The Dinner!," a Slow Food Tallahassee potluck to remember. Bring something Slow to share and bring the recipe!

24th Annual National Mayhaw Festival: April 20th and 21st, starting at 10:00 a.m. each day. Colquitt, Georgia (61.8 miles). Stock up on Mayhaw jelly and other mayhaw treats, enjoy the parade, live music, 5k run and theatrics. Mayhaws were featured in this month's Saveur Magazine.

Rose Festival: Thomasville, Georgia (34.6 miles). Parade, flowers, music, and probably some good food.

Sweetgrass Dairy Market Days:
April 28th. Thomasville, Georgia (34.6 miles). Sweetgrass Dairy's world-class cheeses for sample and purchase, free educational tours, baby animals, produce and treats from other local farmers.

National Homebrew Competition: Tallahassee. On April 21st, Tallahassee will host first-round regional judging. This event is not open to the public, but we ought to be getting lots of good beer vibes from all of the good beer and beer gurus in town. If you want to enter beer in the competition, now's the time to do it!

*Foodshed: generally within 100-250 miles of your locality.
Know about other food events in our area this month? Please share!

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