Food & Wine Festivals in USA

More than 1,000 food and wine festivals are held annually across the United

States.

The largest food festival is the 5-day Taste of Chicago, held annually in June and attended by more than 2.5 million people. The festival has an economic impact of over $100 million.

One of the grandest food festivals is the three-day Food & Wine Classic (www.foodandwine.com/classic), held in Aspen, Colorado, which celebrated its 35th year in 2016. Approximately 5,000 participants pay $1,000 or more to sample wine, attend cooking seminars, and rub elbows with celebrity chefs at the event.

The Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival (www.sobefest.com) is a four-day, star-studded destination event. Over 30,000 people attend the main events and another 20,000 attend separate, lower cost family-oriented festival events.

Vegfest, a series of annual vegetarian food festivals, are held in Boston, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York City, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and several other cities.

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The following are other popular food and wine festivals, many of which have annual attendance of 100,000 or more:

• A Taste of Colorado (Denver, CO; www.atasteofcolorado.com)

• Bite of Seattle (Seattle, WA; www.biteofseattle.com)

• Bridge City Gumbo Festival (Bridge City, LA; http://bridgecitygumbofestival.org)

• Charleston Wine & Food Festival (Charleston, SC; www.charlestonwineandfood.com)

• Culinary Festival (Scottsdale, AZ; www.scottsdalefest.org)

• Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Lake Buena Vista, FL;

https://disnevworld.disney.qo.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/)

• Finger Lakes Wine Festival (Watkins Glen, NY; www.flwinefest.com)

• Food Network Wine & Food Festival (New York, NY; www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com)

• Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest (Rhinebeck, NY; www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com)

• Minnesota Monthly Food & Wine Experience (Minneapolis, MN; www.foodwineshow.com)

• Mohegan Sun Winefest (Uncasville, CT; www.sunwinefest.com)

• National Shrimp Festival (Gulf Shores, AL; http://alagulfcoastchamber.com/pages/ShrimpFestival)

• Pebble Beach Food & Wine (Carmel, CA; www.pbfw.com)

• Pensacola Seafood Festival (Pensacola, FL; www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/pensacola-seafood-festival)

• RoadKill Cook-Off (Marlinton, WV; http://pccocwv.com/roadkill)

• Sugarland Wine & Food Affair (Houston, TX; www.sugarlandwineandfoodaffair.com)

• Taste of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA; www.tasteofatlanta.com)

• Taste of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY; www.tasteofbuffalo.com)

• Taste of Dallas (Dallas, TX; www.tasteofdallas.org)

• Taste of Main (Bellevue, WA; http://tasteofmainbellevue.com)

• Taste of Vail (Vail, CO; www.tasteofvail.com)

• Taste Washington (Seattle, WA; www.tastewashington.org)

• Vintage Ohio Wine Festival (Kirtland, OH; www.visitvintageohio.com)

• Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival (Centreville, VA; www.vintagevirginia.com)

• Wine & Food Experience (New Orleans, LA; www.nowfe.com)

• Wine Festival (Nantucket, MA; www.nantucketwinefestival.com)

• Winter Wine Festival (Naples, FL; www.napleswinefestival.com)

• World Chicken Festival (London, KY; www.chickenfestival.com)

• Zinfandel Festival (San Francisco, CA; www.zinfandel.org)

Directories of food festivals are available online at the following websites:

• www.festivals.com/food beverage.aspx

• www.foodreference.com/html/upcomingfoodevents.html

The 2016 Readers Choice Awards poll by ranked the best food festivals as follows:

General Food Festivals

• Vegas Uncork’d (Las Vegas, NV)

• Bounty of Yamhill County (Dayton, OR)

• Music City Food + Wine Festival (Nashville, TN)

• Park City Food & Wine Classic (Park City, UT)

• Food and Wine Classic (Aspen, CO)

• Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival (Honolulu, HI)

• New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (New Orleans, LA)

• Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (Atlanta, Ga)

• Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend (Beaver Creek, CO)

• New York City Wine & Food Festival (New York, NY)

Specialty Food Festivals

• Keene Pumpkin Festival (Keene, NH)

• Mushroom Festival (Kennett Square, PA)

• National Cherry Festival (Traverse City, Ml)

• Whoopie Pie Festival (Strasburg, PA)

• Bayfield Apple Festival (Bayfield, WI)

Louisiana Seafood Festival (New Orleans, LA)

• Hatch Chile Festival (Hatch, NM)

• Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (Kona, HI)

• ChocolateFest (Portland, OR)

• Maine Lobster Festival (Rockland, ME)

BBQ Festivals

• Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off (Sparks, NV)

• World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (Memphis, TN)

• International Bar-B-Q Festival (Owensboro, KY)

• Tupelo BBQ Duel (Tupelo, MS)

• Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational (Lynchburg, TN)

• Colorado BBQ Challenge (Frisco, CO)

• Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que Music Festival (Evans, GA)

• I Love BBQ and Music Festival (Lake Placid, NY)

• Big Pig Jig (Vienna, GA)

• The Barbecue Festival (Lexington, NC

Beer Festivals

• Great American Beer Festival (Denver, CO)

• Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival (Atlantic City, NJ)

• Great Taste of the Midwest (Madison, WI)

• Field of Beers (Jupiter, FL)

• BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival (Galveston, TX)

• North American Belgian Beer Festival (Westland, Ml)

• Tailspin Ale Fest (Louisville, KY)

• Belgium Comes to Cooperstown (Cooperstown, NY)

• Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers (Chicago, IL)

• Decatur Craft Beer Festival (Decatur, GA)

Oktoberfest

• Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest (Reading, PA)

• Wurstfest (New Braunfels, TX)

• Oktoberfest U.S.A. (La Crosse, WI)

• Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (Cincinnati, OH)

• New Ulm Oktoberfest (New Ulm, MN)

• Mount Angel Oktoberfest (Mount Angel, OR)

• Oktoberfest Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg, TX)

• Frankenmuth Oktoberfest (Frankenmuth, Ml)

• Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)

• Alpine Village Oktoberfest (Torrance, CA)

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