America's Best Food Festivals
Got a foodie fantasy? Consider planning a vacation around a city's spring or summer food festival, when dozens of local restaurants and chefs prepare small bites for smaller fees, often as little as $2 a taste. These festivals range from the casual (tents with street food and food carts) to the exclusive (gourmet restaurants with exquisitely prepared samples combined with perfectly paired wine). Whether you want to hobnob with culinary celebs in Los Angeles or chow down on Chicago street food, these festivals offer the perfect way to indulge in a city’s greatest restaurants without breaking the bank or stuffing yourself silly either.
Valerie Conners is a former senior interactive producer at the Travel Channel. She has written for Discovery Communications properties, including Curiosity.com, Discovery.com and Animalplanet.com as well as publications including the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and Frommer's Travel Guides.