13 Best Food & Wine Festivals
Calling all foodies and wine lovers: For savory eats and gourmet wines, these festivals deliver with eclectic tastings, hands-on cooking demos and breathtaking venues.
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San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival
Notoriously passionate wine and food lovers descend on Southern California each November for the region’s largest festival of its kind. How notorious are we talking? Well, let’s just say any festival that lures some of the best national chefs, local culinary stars, and celebrated winemakers and brewmasters means serious gastronomic pleasure is in order.
Taste of Chicago
Head to Chicago for the world’s largest food festival. The five-day festival attracts more than 2 million visitors each year. Highlighted foods include Chicago-style pizza, the famed Eli’s Cheesecake, plus various regional foods. The annual event is held in July.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Over six weeks, this annual fall festival at Walt Disney World's Epcot park in Orlando, Florida showcases food and wine specialties from 25 countries. Explore international kiosks, cooking demonstrations, mixology classes and wine tastings, as well as live musical performances.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Held in September in Honolulu, the annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival was founded by two of Hawaii’s James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. The four-day festival also features a lineup of more than 50 leading chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers.
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
August 2017 will mark the sixth-annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. The four-day event continues to build on the success of the first year’s lineup, which showcased more than 30 different restaurants and 200 vineyards.
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
In May 2017 the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience will celebrate its 25th year -- all for a good cause. In its two and a half decades, the festival has raised more than $1 million for nonprofit organizations based in New Orleans (like the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans), while attracting an impressive roster of local food and chefs, as well as national and international wines.
Taste of Vail
Every spring the annual Taste of Vail festival in Vail, Colorado attracts more than 30 of the finest local chefs. The festival also attracts owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the country’s top wineries.
Charleston Wine & Food Festival
Every March, this South Carolina festival attracts nearly 20,000 food and wine aficionados from around the country. The four-day event most recently featured the best in wine, barbecue and tacos, using Lowcountry ingredients.
South Beach Wine & Food Festival
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival benefits Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. The festival is typically held in February each year.
Key West Food & Wine Festival
This annual four-day festival, held in January, turns up the heat in Florida. Celebrate Key West’s rich food and drink heritage with walk-around tastings at sunset, along with education wine and food seminars led by local talent.
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Eat, drink, end hunger -- that’s the mission of the NYC Wine & Food Festival. In the past, this annual fall festival has attracted more than 50,000 attendees and 200 celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. In all, 100 percent of the festivals net proceeds benefit the NYC Food Bank and Share Our Strength, a nonprofit committed to end child hunger.
Austin Food & Wine Festival
Every April the "live music capital of the world” and capital of Texas plays host to the two-day Austin Food & Wine Festival. Among the highlights: 35 cooking demos, plus wine and cocktail seminars. In between, grab a complimentary drink at the VIP Lounge. Then sample the best in local and regional restaurants at the Grand Tasting Pavilion.
Aspen Food & Wine Classic
In June 2017 the Aspen Food & Wine Classic will celebrate its 35th anniversary as one of America's top culinary events. The three-day event in Aspen, Colorado showcases cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel talks by leading wine and culinary experts.