Make sure you show up hungry to the GEORGIA APPLE FESTIVAL just outside Ellijay, the states apple capital. The annual event, now in its 34th year, spans two weekends at the height of Octobers harvest season. In addition to the obligatory regional dishes apple pie, apple butter, apple dumplings, and fried dill pickles there are more than 300 vendors offering such mountain handicrafts as log furniture, birdhouses, blown glass and quilts your memaw would kill for. Youll typically find local musicians a-pickin and a-grinnin, and you might even find a peach, if youre into that sort of thing.
Oct. 8-9, 15-16. Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds. 706-636-4500. www.georgiaapplefestival.org.