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Dahlonega, GA

24th Annual Mountain Flower Fine Art and Wine Festival

The 24th Annual Mountain Flower Fine Art and Wine Festival will be held Saturday May 15 and Sunday May 16th on the Dahlonega Public Square. Come out and enjoy over 70 artists of all varieties and even watch some of them as they create their art on the spot. From pottery to two dimensional artwork, to photography, we have something for everyone. Along with all the fine art, there will be the Garden Expo located in Hancock Park. This is produced by the Master Gardeners of Lumpkin County along with the support of MFAF. The Expo will include large plant and seed sales, as well as speakers hosting programs on a variety of garden related topics. A demonstration garden featuring native plants and wildflowers will be on display. The Garden Expo will have “Future Gardeners” activities for children. New for this year, will be the Georgia Temptations Wine Garden, a sampling of the best wines in Georgia. The Garden will be located in the Park Place Pavilion. You must be 21 or older to enter. This is a wonderful way to sample a variety of our Georgia grown and produced wines. There will be a minimal entrance fee to enter the Garden. The Garden hours are Saturday: 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Sunday 12:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. The Dahlonega Farmer’s Market kicks off its season this weekend in Hancock Park. Locally grown vegetables and fruits along with homemade jams and other items will be available for purchase. The Dahlonega Farmer’s Market will be open every Saturday and Tuesday mornings. On Saturday, there will be a 5K race benefiting the Free Clinic of Dahlonega. For more information on the race and to pre-register, please visit Parking is free and located around the square and just off the square. The parking garage at North Georgia College and State University is also available for $5 per day. If you plan to stay the weekend, check out our B&B’s at www.dahlonegalodgi The Dahlonega Merchants invite you to enjoy a weekend of fine dining, shopping, art and wine! This year’s festival is produced by the Dahlonega Merchants Association and sponsored by the Dahlonega Arts Council. For more information, please visit: www.dahlonegamerch  (Apr 27, 2010 | post #1)

Dahlonega, GA

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Craigslist is great too. As always, be cautious though.  (Aug 14, 2009 | post #3)

Dahlonega, GA

Rebecca's - Purveyor of Gourmet Foods Review

Whoops. Pardon any spelling errors. I occasionally get fingers on wrong keys. Dahlonega Food Diva AKA DAH Food Diva for short.  (Jul 28, 2009 | post #2)

Dahlonega, GA

Rebecca's - Purveyor of Gourmet Foods Review

I'm in heaven. Not sure how I got here, but I think I was started in that direction when I walked on the charming walkway to the door of our new restaurant, Rebecca's, Purveyor of Gourmet Foods. I know I'm not the only one who's heard that the building they are in is cursed, but I'm willing to bet more than likely, all those previous businesses are no more because the food was no good and they did not have business acumen. As far as I can tell, Rebecca has both of those covered. This is her third restaurant - she sold the first two. She knows what she is best at food wise and the decor is a reflection of the down home goodness in the food. As a person who can get overwhelmed with choices, I appreciate the simple, to-the-point menu. There are 8 sandwiches, a salad, soup/chili, sides and desserts. And a mini breakfast menu on the back. Keep it simple and you will succeed. I ordered the chicken salad sandwich on 9 grain (unfortunately I got sourdough - no biggie because it was some toasted buttery delicious goodness in itself), with the pasta salad, strawberry fluff, and sweet tea. While I waited for my order they let me try the cucumber water. That was delicious and refreshing. I was told the other day they had oranges in the water. I can't wait to see what else they put in the water. While I waites, I gave into my urge to sniff and lifted all the lids on the cookie jars to inhale their baked goodness scent. Ahhh. I just gained 5 pounds when I did that. My sandwich was just the right amount of creamy with grape halves throughout for sweetness and pecans and celery for that lovely crunch that makes a great chicken salad. Even better? The chicken was not dry in the least. Now, I know most people don't consider the extras when they get a sandwich, but I have to say, as someone who's not a huge fan of lettuce on my sandwiches, I left it on. It was the most perfectly green and well shaped piece of lettuce. My tomato was red all the way through and not just "almost" ripe that some places give you. I was unfortunately only able to eat half because of the pasta salad and needing to leave room for fluff. Now onto the pasta salad. Once again, just the right amount of creamy, with little flecks of red onions, red peppers, celery and what's this? Ooooh cheddar cheese bits? Oh yes, I'm down with that. I never thought to put something like that in pasta salad. I ate all of it before I even thought of the sandwich. I wished I had more now. It was delicious and addicting. Strawberry fluff - sliced strawberries with a marshmallow fluffing on top of a crumbly, nutty, carmely (yeah, I made it up) chewy (the good kind) bottom. That's the best I can describe it. Whatever the crumby stuff really is, trust me, it's fluffy divine all the way. All that came with a drink, which meant sweet tea and that was just right. Pricing structure: sandwich, drink, side and dessert - $12. Everything except for the breakfast items are $12. Makes it easy to remember and you get a lot for that price. There are also items in the deli area that are for sale that you can take home. Everything was looking scrumptious in there. From chicken tetrazzini casseroles to pickled squash. Delivery is available along with corporate box lunches, take and bake casseroles, picnic baskets, cakes, cookies, pies and wedding cakes. Did I mention the chicken salad sandwich won best chicken salad sandwich according to Esquire magazine? They are open Tuesday - Saturday 8-8 and Sunday 8-3. Closed on Mondays. Full breakfast is served on weekends only. I give them 4 nuggets out of 4. Rebecca's 135 N. Chestatee Stree  (Jul 28, 2009 | post #1)

Dahlonega, GA

Review: Johnny B's

Johnny B's is a great place to hang out, but the food is only so-so. If you like your food frozen, then nuked and a served to you bland, then I recommend Johnny B's. However, there are plenty of other bar's that serve much better bar food here in Dahlonega. Their burgers are decent, but I'm fairly certain they are frozen by the way they taste. I thought I'd have soup and a salad one day....boy was I wrong. Nasty nasty salad and the chicken noodle soup was gelatinous and so bland I had to send it back. On the other hand they serve really good wings and the pizza is OK, but nothing special. Take it home and add salt and some spices to it and it tastes somewhat better then. It really is hit and miss with the food at this bar, so why bother wasting your money on food there? Eat some great food elsewhere, and then go party at Johnny B's. That's what I do. Depending on when you go...service is either great or your better watch your money. I had a friend ask for change back and the bartender kept all of it.  (Jul 20, 2009 | post #12)

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Shenanigan's, Naturally Georgia - Tasting Room Tiger Mountain Wines, Bleu Art Gallery, Cranberry Corners, Gabee's, The Holly Theatre, Hiiro's

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