Gather around Vidalia onion lovers! Join us as we discover new tastes around the annual Vidalia onion festival in Vidalia, Georgia. This series is sponsored by the Vidalia Onion Committee. Vidalia Onions are available from late April through early September in grocery stores across the country. The season is short and sweet just like the delicious onions themselves, so make sure you look for them in your local retailer and learn more at www.vidaliaonion.org.
The Vidalia Onion Festival happens in Vidalia, Georgia every Spring at the very beginning of the Vidalia onion harvest. It’s been going on for 39 years and 2017 will be a big 40th anniversary bash. The festival has been featured on the Food Network and was recognized as one of top 5 festivals in the United States by MSNBC. So you know it’s gotta be pretty great.
There’s fireworks, a big carnival, a craft show, pagents, cook-offs, a big concert, a Vidalia onion eating contest (yes, really!) and so much more.
I had the chance to go to the festival a couple of years ago. It was a blast. One of my favorite parts was the culinary competition. Chefs from Georgia restaurants gathered, cooked and competed with their best Vidalia onion recipes.
It was really cool to walk from station to station and see what the various chefs were making and watch their onion expertise. It was definitely a fun event.
So if you’re looking for something unique to do in the Spring, definitely consider making a trip over to the Vidalia onion festival. And make sure to get yourself a bag or two of onions while you’re there!