The 15th Annual National Grits Festival will be held in Warwick, Worth County, Georgia on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Warwick is located on beautiful Lake Blackshear. Nestled close to the lake is the town square of Warwick (pop.500) which swells to thousands during the National Grits Festival.

I’m from Warwick, Georgia
And I know what I want to eat.
I don’t want no oatmeal and
I don’t want Cream of Wheat.
Give me some grits, baby,
Give me some grits, baby,
You can eat it with butter,
You can eat it with cheese,
You can eat it anytime with
Anything you please.
As long as its grits, baby,
Just give me some grits, baby!
Warwick, Georgia,
Grits Capital of the World.

This song, adopted by the National Grits Festival, was written by Michael McDaniel, age 5, from Warwick, GA.
This festival is significant to Warwick and Worth County because of House Bill 1297 that was sponsored by Rep. Doug Everett of Albany, Georgia. Gov. Roy Barnes signed that House Bill into law on April 20, 2002, in Warwick. The new law, which is Georgia Code 50-3-78, reads as follows: "Grits are recognized as the official prepared food of the State of Georgia." On Feb. 12, 2002, Rep. Johnny Floyd of Cordele, Rep. Ray Holland of Ashburn lead the Georgia House of Representatives to approve a Resolution that made Warwick "The Grits Capital of Georgia." On March 19, 2003, Governor Sonny Perdue recognized Warwick as The Grits Capital of the World. The Food Channel Network filmed the festival in 2004.
The Resolution
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On Saturday, April 14, 2012, our famous Quaker® Grits Breakfast will begin at 7:30 am at the Grits Station in Warwick. The Arts and Crafts show will begin at 9:00 am. Food vendors and crafters will be open until 5:00 pm.

Throughout the day, there will be live entertainment, food vendors, craft dealers, pony rides and lots, lots more. Other events unique to our festival are the corn-shelling event, the Quaker® Grits eating event, the Quaker® Grits cooking event, and our antique tractor and antique car show. At noon, we will have a parade of the "Grits Queens." Later in the afternoon, we will host the famous and unprecedented “Roll in the Quaker® Instant Grits Event”! There is nothing like rolling around in a cattle trough full of cooked Quaker® Instant Grits to entertain you--no charge for events.

This festival is family oriented, no admission, and something every budget can afford. Kids roam on the town square, aromas of good food fill the air, dogs are barking as the crowd meanders around enjoying the crafts and events.

In February of 2011 The National Grits Festival received the wonderful news of having its own “official” jingle. Provided by our dear friends at Quaker Grits this snappy tune will be something you’ll be toe tapping to and singing all day during the festival. Click the audio button to have a listen.

Everyone is invited to join us for a
day of southern food, fun and entertainment at the
15th National Grits Festival!