Georgians enjoy their food. There is not an event that is planned or a party that is thrown without a large spread. Any fare is fine but it is best enjoyed in the company of family and friends.

Georgia’s cuisine includes a variety of different foods ranging from seafood and chicken and dumplings to Brunswick stew and fried chicken. Other well known and loved foods in the state include pecans, peaches, and peanuts.

Another mainstay of Southern cuisine is barbecue. Generally made with either pork or beef, barbecue is slowly cooked in a pit and then covered in sauce.

Typical side dishes include coleslaw, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and greens such as okra, turnip, mustard or collard greens, French beans and sweetcorn. The bread is also a key ingredient in a successful Southern meal. Cornbread (sometimes sweet, sometimes savoury) and/or biscuits (scones) are staples on Southern tables. The state prepared food is grits.