Culinary Extravaganza

Sponsored by Reedy Creek Meat Company and Prime Cut Steak House

Richard Wayne Williams

Richard, the Executive Chef at Prime Cut Steak house, relocated from Baltimore Maryland where he was a Managing Chef at Towson University. His career path was turned upside down when Portallis a fine Italian restaurant, where he began his career, flooded along with the entire downtown of Ellicott City, Maryland. It was then that he began looking to move back south and met Tony Lopez. He trained under award winning chefs and former White House chefs at Stratford Culinary School in Baltimore where he graduated with honors.

Richard has loved cooking since he could reach the stove. If he wasn’t playing a sport or the piano, he was cooking. His specialties at home were smoked ribs, brisket and lemon meringue pie. Richard went from feeding his family to feeding the football team and youth groups. He is a Kansas City Barbeque Society Certified Judge. His home continues to be the place where friends from around the country gather for food and fun.


Door prizes, goody bags for the first 125 participants. Vendors in the lobby one hour prior to the show.

  • Tuesday, April 20; 6 pm
  • Southeastern Technical College, 3001 E. First Street, Vidalia
  • Tickets: General $10; Reserved Seating $15 NOTE: Reserved seating tickets must be purchased by April 14
  • Tickets available for purchase beginning April 1 at Phillips Pharmacy and Merle Norman in Vidalia or by calling Jan or Lindi
  • For more information, call 912-293-2407 (Jan) or 912-293-3630 (Lindi)

Sweet Onion Rings

Enjoy sweet onion rings & fare cooked by our Downtown Vidalia Association team adjacent to the downtown souvenir/information tent.

  • Fri. April 23,   10 am to 5 pm 
  • Sat. April 24,   10 am to 3 pm 
  • Hwy 280 East at Corner of Jackson Street South
  • For more information, call 912-537-8033

Recipe Contest & Public Tasting

Think you’ve got a winning Vidalia onion recipe?  Prove it!  Enter your best Vidalia Onion dish, to be judged on use of onions, taste, and presentation. You’ll cook at home then bring your creation in for judging and public tasting.  Categories include Main Dish, Side Dish, and Miscellaneous. $500 Cash Prize to Overall Winner. Pre-registration is required by Noon, Friday, April 23, 2021.

  • Sat. April 24,   Turn dishes in by 10:00 am
  • Public Tasting opens at 12 pm
  • $3 per person includes tasting privileges (while quantities last)
  • Vidalia Community Center, 107 Old Airport Road (behind KFC)
  • For more information, call 912-293-0159
  • See 2021 Recipe Contest Application on Applications page

World Famous Onion Eating Contest

Sweeten up by participating or just come see who can eat the most sweet baby onions.  This competition takes place inside the Arts and Crafts Show. Age categories are 11 and under, 12-16, and 17 & older. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Want to participate? Be there by 3:30 p.m. to register back stage of the Pavilion.

  • Sat. April 24
  • Competition begins 4 p.m.
  • Inside the Arts and Crafts Show on Airport Road in Vidalia