Each spring, Vidalia anticipates the harvest of Georgia's Official State Vegetable, the internationally known Vidalia Sweet Onion. The occasion is celebrated with an array of fun-filled activities. The Vidalia Onion Festival has been featured on The Food Network and recognized as one of the Five Don't-Miss Festivals Across the U.S. by MSNBC. The festival is a four-day event that offers something for everyone. Pre-festival activities begin with a youth boys' baseball tournament, the Miss Vidalia Onion Pageant, the Golden Onion Chef Competition, Battle of the Bands, and much more. A children's parade and opening ceremonies kick off the weekend's activities, which include a fireworks show, arts & crafts festival, Sweet Saturday Downtown Sidewalk Sale, and the famous onion eating contest.
The excitement builds with the Vidalia Onion Festival concert. Sports fans will enjoy the Kiwanis Onion Run. For those who wish to celebrate the onion in all of its culinary glory, there is a Vidalia Onion Recipe Contest and Public Tasting and Culinary Extravaganza. This is only a taste! You'll have to come to Vidalia to experience the "whole onion."