People can learn so much about a culture or destination through the deliciousness food it creates. Seek out a food festival where the best of the best often gather to showcase their incredible eats. From the West Coast to the East Coast and places in between, we’ve put together a list of our 10 favorite food festivals in the USA.
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival takes place on the beautiful and sunny Miami Beach, Florida. With two programs at the Florida International University, the event is a five-day affair that brings out famous personalities from the culinary and wine-making world and hosts over 80 events, including dinners, presentations and classes.
Charleston Food + Wine Festival celebrates Charleston, South Carolina’s bounty and delectable culinary culture. This food festival raises money for scholarships for those studying culinary and hospitality professions. This five-day festival is complete with a Culinary Village that features chefs, winemakers, and authors. You’ll also find demonstrations, tastings, book signings, music and much more.
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience welcomes over 10,000 gastronomes. This epicurean celebration also supports culinary education, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support various different establishments. During the four-day event, guests can visit participating restaurants who serve special menus; sample an impressive array of wines from all around the world, attend seminars and enjoy the Royal Street Stroll.
Taste of Chicago hosts an array of businesses offering the eclectic and delicious flavors of the Windy City. There a fantastic musical lineup; previous years have seen the likes of The Roots, Kongos, Elle King, The Decemberists, and Billy Idol, to name a few.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival delights foodies and Mickey Mouse lovers alike. A family-friendly event, this 62-day gastronomic celebration is brimming with tasty events featuring flavors from all over the world – think British, African, Greek, and Moroccan. Visitors can enjoy concerts and mixology sessions.
In previous years Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival has seen 100 celebrity chefs, along with with over 250 wines from around the globe and plenty of live entertainment, including cooking demonstrations and spirit tastings. The event helps support the Berkeley Foundation – a charity that distributes funds to various L.A.-based organizations helping the youth of today.
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival lasts for two weeks, with events taking place on multiple islands: no matter where you’re at, you’re sure to find a tasty treat near you. The festival offers plenty of opportunities for wine tastings, culinary demonstrations and unique excursions allowing you to sample the flavorful bounty of Hawaii.
NYC Wine & Food Festival has over 100 events and supports excellent causes, donating 100 percent of the net proceeds to the Food Bank For New York City and the No Kid Hungry® campaign. From exquisite dinners prepared by world-renowned chefs to hands-on demonstrations, this once one-day event has grown into a four-day celebration.
LA Food Fest is one of the most affordable foodie celebrations. Featuring food purveyors from food trucks to pop-ups, the LA Food Fest focuses on smaller, independent businesses. Attractions include a wine garden, ‘Food Porn’ cinema, a live culinary stage, plus live music and DJ sets.
Bounty of Yamhill County is nestled in the beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon – a short drive away from Portland. It is a land of wineries, talented chefs and family-owned sustainable farms. At the festival you can participate in brunches, lunch, dinners, and picnics, and enjoy recreational activities such as hikes and yoga.