Kick your year off with some deliciously made fun in the sun at the Taste of Cayman event in the Cayman Islands. Though it’s right after the holiday season, the event — which usually takes place the last weekend of the month — will help eliminate your post-holiday blues. Noted as one of the largest events to be hosted in Cayman, Taste of Cayman offers patrons a vendor booth carnival-style experience with over 40 restaurants and bars available for your indulgence. Bringing in over 5,000 visitors yearly to get a taste of what culinary blessings the island has to offer, the Cayman Airways sponsored event gives you the opportunity to eat like the locals and savor a bit of paradise while doing so.
With local based restaurants like the Burger Shack (who serves the best set of burger and fries you’ll probably ever taste) and drink mixtures from Cayman grown brands such as Seven Fathoms, adding the Taste of Cayman to your list of food festivals to attend will soon become a tradition that you won’t want to break. Ideal for a girl’s getaway, a trip away with the family, or even just to attend by yourself, Taste’s Caribbean flare mixed with a fresh spin on Americanized eating will make you regret not visiting sooner.
Purveyor of seafood? Why haven’t you been to the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival then? Featuring a week of non-stop seafood satisfaction, the Publix presented annual event is a culinary and cultural explosion guaranteed to leave your taste buds wanting more. Hosting a list of celebrity guest chefs, live music events, local seafood, and more family friendly highlights, the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is one you should keep your eye on.
Need a little fun in the sun to take away from the freezing weather in February? Take a trip down to Miami for the annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience South Beach like this, you’re sure to turn in your annual Spring Break trip for this unique, mouthwatering extravaganza that any foodie would love. Featuring booths from nationally renowned chefs as well as local culinary heroes, cooking experiences, wine seminars, intimate dinners, and more, the SOBEWFF is guaranteed to take your typical Miami visit up a few notches.
Aptly taking place during Napa Valley’s “Cabernet Season,” Flavor! Napa Valley celebrates CIA and Nappy Valley graduate chefs and winemakers with exclusive food and wine experiences that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Fulfill your culinary ambitions and inspire your taste buds to live freely with this annual five-day event well worth the coins you’ll spend to get there.
Though a trip to Melbourne may seem randomly placed, planning in advance to hit this long-standing festival just may be the way to go. Bringing in thousands of food and wine lovers every year to peruse the options presented by Melbourne’s best, the 10-day event is sure to surprise and tantalize your taste buds well after it’s done.
Taking over Philly for a full week, the Philly Wine Week provides an exciting experience for culinary enthusiasts all throughout the nation. Offering wine tastings, wine/food pairings, wine dinners, power lunches and more, this enjoyable week of food and wine deserves a minute of your time if you happen to be in the area during its week-long run.
Escape to paradise this April by booking your flight to St. Croix for the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience and A Taste of St. Croix. Combined into one solid week of delightful eats, both festivals will take you on a culinary journey throughout the island’s most prized and tasteful possessions. Take your palate on a four-day trek featuring a BBQ feast, dinner prepared by celebrity chefs and wine pairing experiences with the former event, while the latter delivers a one-day jam packed experience with more than 50 local chefs and restaurants showcasing their cooking talents for patrons to enjoy.
Showcasing distinct and memorable tastes from across the country, the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend is one festival you don’t want to miss out on. Whether you’re attending the Grand Dinner, a cooking demonstration, or a farm-to-table luncheon, the three-day event will help you take your festival freshness to the next level.
Hanging around Houston in April? Fall through the Houston BBQ Festival to see why they always say “It’s better in Texas.” Featuring more than 100 BBQ joints found in and around the city, the typically sold out event will be heaven on earth for those whose palate is considered professional when it comes to downing southern made BBQ.
If you were planning a trip to Vegas this April be sure to budget in the price of your tickets to Vegas Uncork’d. A premiere culinary event for every food aficionada out there, the Bon Appétit hosted event is one that is incomparable when it comes to food festivals. Give yourself — and your taste buds — a real Vegas vacation by stopping by the Vegas Uncork’d event one April.
Looking for a reason to stroll through Martha’s Vineyard every spring? We’ve found your answer with the annual Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival. Filling four days in the month of May with wines from the U.S., Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Piedmont, Rioja, and more as well as a list of talented local chefs to produce exceptional tastings, the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival is one that you won’t want to miss. Intimate wine dinner on Martha’s Vineyard with the girls? Check, please.
If you live in, around, or plan to visit Harlem during the year, May would be a great time to go. Hosting a celebration of Harlem-based chefs, restaurants, culture, and legacy, Harlem Eat Up is designed to bring the taste of the area to the forefront of New York’s culinary scene. Bringing together over 30 restaurants and chefs, the event will keep you busy all weekend.
Nestled in San Antonio, Texas, the Culinaria Festival Week is the optimal food festival for those looking for an overwhelming culinary experience. Bringing in internationally renowned vintners, top wine producers and the hottest chefs from the city, this event gives you everything you could ever ask for and more. Prepare to savor every minute!
Held on the grounds of the illustrious Prague Castle, the Prague Food Festival delivers a fresh take on festival hopping as those who choose to go will be opening their palate to a new taste with each booth they stop by. Running the last weekend in May, the annual event is a lavish feast offering appetizers, soups, main courses, and desserts surrounding the program’s theme. Not convinced that you’re ready to head over to Czech just to eat? Check out photos of the Prague Castle and that just might change your mind.
Planning the ultimate girls trip to the south this summer? Be sure to stop by the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival if so. Quickly becoming one of the south’s go-to festival for foodies and wine lovers alike, the AFWF should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for good eats mixed with an incredible time. Inclusive of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and a ridiculous number of Southern food and beverage talent, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t attend this festival at least once in your lifetime.
With over 30 years of delivering satisfaction to taste buds, the Food & Wine Classic — which is annually hosted in Aspen — is in the top tier of food festivals found throughout the nation. Widely noted as the superstar of culinary festivals, this standout event is one that will take over your summer and have you counting down until its next installment. If there was one festival you had to hit every year for the rest of your life, this would be it.
You didn’t think Canada would be left out, did you? Mark your calendar for the Taste of Toronto festival that graciously touches down every June. Transforming the Fort York Historic Site into a culinary wonderland for the four days that it operates, the event gives festival goers a taste of what the city’s hottest restaurants have to offer. From master classes to delectable drinks, the festival is sure to leave a lasting impression on any foodie willing to make that trip.
Want a festival filled with fine dine and even better wine? You may want to consider visiting the Mammoth Food & Wine Festival in July. Set in front of scenic vistas and created to support higher education and cultural enrichment, the two-day festival brings you live music, cooking seminars and competitions, a charity auction, and more.
Need more than just a weekend away to enjoy some delicious food? Make plans to hit the Taste of Edmonton then. Featuring a 10-day lineup of sample-sized entrees, appetizers, and desserts created by local eateries, top chefs, and delicious food trucks, this culinary experience is one that you won’t regret traveling for.
Though Wichita may not automatically be an eye-catching location for you to visit, now knowing that it’s home to the Grub & Groove Festival may make it a little more appealing. Cheap in price and delivering a mix of good vibes and great dines, this festival could very well make its way to become a new tradition.
What better way to indulge in the remnants of summer than to do it with some fresh lobster? Well, if you’re in Maine in August, you’ll be able to do that. Hosting their annual Lobster Fest filled with professional and amateur cooking competitions, an array of lobster rolls, and plenty more, this just may be the top lobster festival around.
If you need a solid reason to visit Hawaii this year, attending the annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premiere reason to do so. Aside from it being a utopian destination for vacation, the epic event gives visitors of the island the opportunity to be spoiled in sweet and savory treats both local to the destination and spread out around the nation.
Gumbo just isn’t gumbo if it isn’t from Louisiana. So, if you consider yourself a connoisseur of all things gumbo, hitting up Chackbay in October for this premiere and hearty family event would be the best option for you.
If you haven’t taken a trip to the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean,” this is your chance to earn some bragging rights. Renamed to place emphasis on the indigenous spirit of rum, the Barbados Food & Rum Festival is a multiple day event that celebrates the culture of the Caribbean through tantalizing eats and drinks. Spoil your taste buds with a little Caribbean love before you enjoy those Thanksgiving plates.
Though young in age, the Peter island Caribbean Food Festival is quickly becoming a Caribbean festival worth your time. Featuring celebrity and world renown chefs and mixologists, local chefs, a chef beach relay, cocktail challenge, and of course, tastings incomparable to any other, heading to this festival will be an early gift to you and your crew.
If visiting Barbados or Peter Island aren’t the parts of the Caribbean you’ve dreamed of visiting for a culinary getaway, why not head down to the Grace Bay Caribbean Food & Wine Festival in beautiful Turks and Caicos instead? Including gourmet cooking, fine wines, and welcoming culture, the festival will serve as the culinary adventure you’ve been waiting for.
Not sure what gift to ask for this Christmas? Tickets to Sabor a Cabo could be a great option! Founded in 2005, the food and wine festival has garnered international attention because of its ability to deliver first class eating. Bringing together top chefs and featuring highly innovative selections of wines from the region, Sabor a Cabo will give you the perfect send off to another successful year.
If chocolate is your thrill, heading out to Jade Mountain in St. Lucia for the Discover Chocolate Festival will pique your interest. Delivering an interactive, hands on experience for those wanting to know more about cacao and chocolate, the interesting festival will take you to a place that you never imagined going. With teachings on wine and chocolate pairings, menus of decadent dining, chocolate workshops, and more, every proclaimed chocolate connoisseur will want to pack their bags for a trip to this unique festival.
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