Each region of the United States has its own unique culinary traditions and culture, which are celebrated annually at festivals and fairs across the country. These events, which bring together local food and beverage producers to showcase their products in front of large crowds, are very popular and often complement the food with live music and other entertainment.
Nothing is more decadent than a festival that combines food and wine, inviting dedicated foodies to sample top-notch wines and enjoy a delicious meal with foodies. If you’re visiting the U.S. soon and want to find out what food and wine festivals are near you, we’ve picked out some of the best food festivals that take place every year for you.
Seattle Wine and Food Experience
For the foodie, the Seattle Wine & Food Experience is a pilgrimage to wine, drink, food and lifestyle. Local and regional produce takes center stage, with producers from across the Pacific Northwest converging each year. Also in attendance will be some of Seattle’s finest chefs, who will be serving up delicious meals to an enthusiastic audience. There will also be a number of foodie-themed events, including chef demonstrations, workshops, sensory experiences, and more.VIP tickets allow entry an hour early, access to the VIP lounge, and a goodie bag.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
One of the city’s most anticipated annual events, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is about to celebrate its third decade as a culinary extravaganza. The event attracts more than 7,000 visitors each year and hundreds of wineries and restaurants will participate in this culinary feast with specially curated menus featuring local flavors and innovative cuisine. Dozens of restaurants and wineries host special food and wine tastings, and there are grand tastings and promenade evenings in the French Quarter of the city. The festival also has a strong focus on philanthropy, raising over $1.5 million for local causes over the years.
New Jersey Coast Wine Festival
A variety of award-winning wineries from across the Garden State attend the Jersey Shore Wine Festival each year, where visitors can enjoy wine tastings, live music and entertainment, artisans, retail vendors selling wines, wine products and services, and a variety of food truck vendors. Notable wineries in recent years include Chestnut Run Farm, DiMatteo’s Vineyards, Plagido’s Winery, Villari Vineyards and Wagonhouse Winery.The festival also prides itself on its philanthropy, with all net proceeds from the event going to Sylvia’s Children, an organization dedicated to improving the living conditions of children in Uganda.
Western Food and Wine Festival
This wine and food themed event has been held for over a decade and its primary goal is to showcase local chefs, local ingredients from the Florida Keys and premium spirits. Hosted by passionate culinary and beverage producers, the festival features waterfront tastings, winemaker/chef collaborations and a few other quirky events. One of the main events of the year is “Duval Uncorked,” when a large number of wine lovers descend on Key West’s famous Duval Street for a mile-long wine tasting, with many chic boutiques, trendy shops and galleries on the street offering wines from around the world.
Lake Michigan Wine Festival
For the past 15 years, this wine festival has attracted visitors from all directions to share, celebrate and taste award-winning wines. The festival will also feature wine tastings, local foodies, chefs and VIP wine/food pairings, providing a cultural experience for all wine lovers, from wine lovers to wine lovers. From dessert wines to dry, sparkling and rosé wines, a range of flavors will satisfy the tastes of all involved. Both varieties and blends are where the lake effect is in abundance.
International Pinot Noir Celebration
A veritable mecca for Pinot Noir and Northwest food lovers, the International Pinot Noir Festival has attracted world-renowned winemakers, Northwest chefs and wine lovers to the festival every summer for more than three decades. Held on the beautiful and historic Linfield College campus in the heart of picturesque Oregon wine country, the event features workshops, traveling wine tastings, winery tours, mouth-watering cuisine prepared by top chefs who specialize in farm-to-table cuisine, and music and dancing under the stars. Salmon roasting is a popular old tradition at the event, where wild salmon are roasted on a giant custom fire pit on an alder stake. Meanwhile, for the most devout Pinot enthusiasts, Sunday’s Passport to Pinot invites 500 wine lovers to sample wines from more than 70 specialty wineries in a relaxed, outdoor setting, with food provided by local chefs.
Pacific Wine and Dine
Hundreds of wineries, beer and cocktail makers, and more than 60 legends of the local food scene gather here each year for the ultimate summer food and wine experience against an idyllic backdrop of soft beaches and summer breezes. Here, guests can indulge in top-notch food and wine, or gather with celebrity chefs and soak up the summer atmosphere while listening to live music performances. Enjoy a dance performance at a silent disco on the beach, then relax with a glass of champagne at the bubble bar or a glass of wine at the lounge.
The Hill County Bounty Club.
This annual event has become a cultural event in Oregon, celebrating the famous wineries, esteemed chefs and sustainable family farms of Hill County. The region’s natural landscape benefits from fertile soil and a mild climate, making it fertile ground for food and beverage production. Highlights of the annual event include an outdoor al fresco dinner prepared by a renowned regional chef, a hot air balloon ride over Willamette Valley Winery, and a horseback ride through three vineyards in the Dundee Hills and wine tasting.
Music City Food + Wine
Created by award-winning rock band, Nashville residents, King Leon and celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman, Music City Food + Wine brings together two of life’s greatest passions – food and music. Held at several historic venues and outdoor plazas in downtown Nashville, the event gives people a chance to mingle with the chefs while indulging in craft food, wine, beer and spirits. There will also be more than 40 demonstrations and tastings by chefs, sommeliers and other experts, and on Sunday, celebrity chefs will serve creative brunch and hors d’oeuvres set to live gospel music.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Co-founded by two of Hawaii’s most renowned chefs, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is recognized as the premier culinary event in the Pacific. Held over three weekends on multiple islands, the event features a roster of more than 150 renowned chefs, foodies, winemakers and bartenders, designed to showcase the diversity of locally grown produce in Hawaii. The festival attracts international attention each year thanks to its series of grand tastings, lavish dining experiences, exclusive wine tastings and more.
Seed Food and Wine Week
In recent years, the plant-based food movement has grown at a faster pace as environmental and animal welfare issues have come into the global spotlight, and the success of Seed Food and Wine – the first event of its kind in the country – is further evidence that the movement is not going away, bringing together a thoughtful and passionate community dedicated to elevating the conversation about conscious lifestyles. This year’s Food & Wine Festival offers unlimited tastings from botanical and vegan restaurants from across the U.S. with a wide variety of events including cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, celebrity chef dinners, craft beer and spirits tastings, vegan burger wars, fitness regimens, workshops and panel discussions, yoga, urban gardening, garden parties, live music and more.
Denver International Wine Festival
Held in the vast event space and grand ballroom of the modern Denver Marriott Westminster Hotel, the Denver International Wine Festival showcases the largest international and domestic wine tasting in the Rocky Mountain region. Widely regarded as one of the most prestigious international wine festivals in the country, the event is packed and fun-filled, featuring a fierce food and wine pairing competition between Colorado chefs, 400 wine tastings including premium reserve wines, educational wine seminars, food tastings, and a day-long tour of three local wineries.