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Euphoria: Phenomenal Food Festival 2 Hours from Atlanta

Why is it that big cities like Atlanta get all the praise for food festivals, when smaller cities like Greenville do it so much better? Euphoria Food, Wine and Music annual festival is this month: 9/21 – 9/24.

If you are around and can visit the festival in Greenville (only a 2 hour drive from Atlanta), I highly recommend it. I’ve attended several years in a row and loved it! I’m not much of a food festival fan, but this is one notable exception. Why? The crowds are reasonable. There aren’t ridiculously long waits for anything. The weather is perfect as fall is in the air. Festival events are within walking distance of Greenville hotels. Read my thoughts on Euphoria from past visits here, here, here and here.

Here are some of the highlights:

euphoria Greenville Wychee

Wyche Pavilion at Reedy River Downtown Greenville

Euphoria Taste of the South

Friday Entertainment at Euphoria Taste of the South

Friday: The Taste of the South is the perfect start to the weekend. Mosy on down to the Wyche Pavillion, the beautiful brick open air center where lots of restaurants are serving tastes of their best dishes. Then find a spot on the lawn to listen to the musical acts. This year, for 80s music lovers, Kim Carnes will be one of the performers.

Saturday Explore Downtown Greenville:

The Falls of the Reedy Downtown Greenville

The Falls of the Reedy Downtown Greenville

Saturday: Wine Seminars

wine seminar wayne belding

Best Wines on a Budget

Led by Master Sommelier, Wayne Belding, we learned how to pick some of the best wines on a budget. Half of it seems to be knowing other names that famous wines are referred to. For example, a Tempranillo may also be known as a Tinto or Cencibel. A Malbec may also be known as a Portillo. He favors Old Vine Zinfandel over a Merlot or Cab. Why? The root structure of their vines is longer and deeper, which yield fewer yet more fruitful grapes. Now you know!

Saturday Evening: Wine Dinner
Euphoria Wine pairing dinner Breakwater

Guest Chef: Linton Hopkins

Guest Chef: Linton Hopkins

Sunday: Sunday Supper

Euphoria Sunday Supper

Euphoria Sunday Supper

Sunday Supper Bluegrass Band

Euphoria food festival greenville

Wild Salmon, Blackberry Farm Fried Chicken, Okra

Alas, this is sold out for this year unless you get the VIP pass. In a previous year, the fried chicken from Blackberry Farm was just heavenly!

Here are just some of the things you can experience at Euphoria Greenville

  • Complimentary transportation to euphoria events upon request provided with VIP Pass
  • Sunday brunch tasting with live musical entertainment
  • Wine pairing dinner by guest chef
  • Wine Seminars by Master Sommeliers
  • Sunday Supper


Get your tickets to Euphoria here.


About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!