There are many types of festivals these days – from music to dance and so much more. But the best festivals have to be the food & wine ones, which combine the best gourmet dishes and superb wine brands under in one place! There are numerous food & wine festivals across the nation, but here are some of the best ones for 2018:
1.San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival
San Diego, CA, is one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. and the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is held on the city’s gorgeous bay, providing a stunning backdrop for the festival that attracts foodies from all over. It happens each year in November, with natural chefs, local foodie enthusiasts and best winemakers and brewmasters all convening for one delicious festival for locals and those who travel from far to. As one of the largest of its kind, if you don’t want to miss out on the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival!
2.Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Walt Disney World’s Epcot Park in Orland, FL, is part is a fun place to visit with the family, but it gets even better during their annual fall food & wine festival that lasts a whopping six weeks! The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival showcases food and wine from 25 different countries, allowing guests to experience not only amazing food and wine, but also cooking demonstrations, kiosks and mixology classes, in addition to wine and food tastings. There are also various musical performances for added entertainment!
3.Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
The City of Angeles is always filled with things to do, but none are as anticipated as the annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival held in summer. The festival lasts four days and continues to grow each year, despite only being in its seventh year. Each year, the lineup continues to change and grow, showcasing more than 30 different restaurants and over 200 vineyards to experience and enjoy tastings from.
4.New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
Now in its 26th year, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the longest festivals of its kind. But what makes this festival different from any of the others is the fact that it raises money for various nonprofit organizations based in NOLA. Guests not only get to partake in some amazing local food and international wine selections, but also get to do some good for their community at the same time!
5.Taste of Vail
At the tail end of each ski season, Vail hosts its signature food and wine festival, the Taste of Vail, which showcases more than 30 of the best local chefs around! The festival also features winemakers from some of the nation’s top wineries, combing delicious food with the best wine selections around! The weekend is always a lot of fun, with lots of great food, great drink and great skiing and snowboarding!
6.Charleston Wine & Food Festival
More than 20,000 food and wine enthusiasts transcend on Charleston for its annual Wine & Food Festival each March. The South Carolina attraction is a four-day festival that features the best in food – especially barbecue and tacos using Lowcountry ingredients – and amazing wine varieties from the country’s best vineyards (especially many local wineries).
7.South Beach Wine & Food Festival
South Beach is one of the nation’s most vibrant places and each February, the region celebrates with its South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The event benefits Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant, as well as the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. Guests from across the U.S. hail on South Beach to enjoy good food, wine and music!
8.Key West Food & Wine Festival
While South Beach has its own festival, so does neighboring Key West each January. The four-day Key West Food & Wine Festival celebrates the area’s rich food and drink heritage, with tastings, food seminars, wine education and local entertainment – all held at sunset for guests can soak in all the beauty Key West offers!
9.NYC Wine & Food Festival
Of course, The Big Apple would have its own festival! The mission of the NYC Wine & Food Festival is for guests to eat, drink and end hunger, which sees 100% of its net proceeds benefiting the NYC Food Bank and Share Our Strength (a nonprofit that aims to end child hunger). The annual fall festival attracts more than 50,000 guests and features celebrity chefs and culinary personalities, in addition to many local restaurants and winemakers from across the globe!
10.Austin Food & Wine Festival
Each April, the capital of Texas hosts its own two-day festival that offers guests the chance to experience amazing food and wine! As the “live music capital of the world” the Austin Food & Wine Festival not only has various tastings, but also features cooking demos, wine and cocktail seminars and the best in local and regional foods that will delight your taste buds.