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Hardman Farm to host Appalachia food, wine, arts festival
The Hardman Farm main house is an example of Italianate architecture, a style popular in the U.S. from around 1840 to the early 1870s.

Tempt your taste buds with small bites and dishes from award-winning Georgia chefs at the Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine & Art Festival in Sautee Nacoochee.

The free festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Ga. 17, in Sautee Nacoochee. Parking is $10 per car. Wine and food tastings will be sold for $1 on site in increments of 10.

The inaugural event will feature Georgia-grown and Georgia-made products from chefs, juried artists and craftspeople, food industry entrepreneurs, craft breweries and wineries.

Chefs are Holly Chute, chef for the Georgia Department of Agriculture; Daniel Atwood, executive chef at Corkscrew Café; Derek Dollar, executive chef at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and The Big Ketch; Savannah Haseler, executive chef at Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards and The Comet Pub & Lanes; Abby Jackson, creator and chef at Abby J’s Gourmet; Joseph Kahwach, owner and chef of Basil’s Restaurant & Tapas Bar; and Jeff McDonald, chef at 1837 Stovall House Farm to Table Dining.

Chefs will create dishes onsite for tasting using Spring Mountain Farms chicken and the ingredients of participating food and farm producers. Some of the food producers include: Mountain Fresh Creamery, Unicoi Preserves, Pappy’s Products, Abby J’s Gourmet, Oliver Farm, Honey on the Hill, Nature’s Kitchen, Bootlikker Hot Sauce and Yonah Coffee.

Wines will be recommended for each dish. The wineries include CeNita Vineyards & Winery, Yonah Mountain Vineyards, The Cottage Vineyard & Winery, Serenity Cellars and Pop’s Filling Station, all in Cleveland; Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard in Talking Rock; Habersham Winery in Helen; Kaya Vineyard & Winery in Dahlonega; Noble Wine Cellar and Stonewall Creek Vineyards, both in Clayton; Sweet Acre Farms Winery in Alto; and Sylvan Valley Lodge & Tasting Room in Sautee Nacoochee.

Local and regional entertainers will provide the soundtrack for the festival. They include Atlanta-based Men in Blues, hipster bluegrass band Radford Windham & Step Back Cadillac, singer songwriter Teddy Baker and storyteller Bobby Adams.

Artists working in pottery, glass art, oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, the written word, furniture, flint knapping, jewelry, herbal items, woodworking, metal smithing, needlework and wine-related items will show and sell their work.

The Hardman House also will be open throughout the festival for self-guided tours.

For more information, call 706-865-5356 or visit or