Food Festivals To Visit This Summer

May 21, 2010 at 9:45 am , by

47b9d622b3127cce98548ae651aa00000045102AaNGzhwzYslLooking for some tasty treats to indulge in this summer? All over the country, cities are having food tastings to show off all their delicious cuisine. From bar-b-que, to seafood and wine tastings, there is absolutely a festival out there for any and all food junkies. Find one near you and eat up!

East Coast:

Washington D.C.- The Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor on June 12-13 will feature distinctive food, beer, wine and spirits from nations all over the world, and will educate its guests in all the latest culinary trends.


Houston, Texas- Wine and Food Week runs from June 14-20, and has several different events to celebrate the food of the south. Events during the week include H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street, Sips, Suds and Sliders-A Texas Experience, and Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting and Chef Showcase presented by Texas Monthly.

New Orleans, Louisiana- June 11-13, at the Louisiana Seafood Festival, local chefs will be cooking up local favorites such as crawfish, oysters, crab and even alligator. Grilled, fried, baked or barbequed, there will be something for everybody to enjoy!

Owensboro, Kentucky- May 7-8, the International Bar-B-Q festival features some sizzling, hickory-smoked fun that people come back for every year.

In The West:

San Diego, California- More than 9,000 tastemakers come together for this five day wine and food showcase from November 17-21. Present for the festivities will be 170 world-class wineries and producers, as well as 70 of San Diego’s fine dining restaurants. The week will be jam packed with tastings, classes, auctions, and samplings.

The Midwest:

Chicago, Illinois- The Near North Chicago Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour runs from April to October, and has plenty of culinary treats to be offered throughout the day. Local artisans and classic Chicago food will be available for the tasting, to showcase the history of this city’s cuisine.

Kenosha, Wisconsin- The 2nd Annual Taste of Wisconsin on July 30-August 1 celebrates all the best food and beverages that Wisconsin has to offer, especially cheese, brats, and beer.

Cleveland, Ohio- The 15th Annual Taste of Cleveland from September 3-6 is a 4-day-feast that toasts all the flavors and fare that this city encompasses. Ethnic cuisine, comfort food, desserts, cooking demonstrations and entertainment will be featured.

Grand Rapids, Michigan- The 3rd Annual Grand Rapids International Food and Wine Festival from November 18-20 is the perfect event for the most experienced culinary connoisseur as well as the novice wanting to learn about wine and food. There will be wine tastings, samplings, seminars, and workshops for all culinary types. Want to go to a food festival near you? Click here to see what tasty treats your closest city is cooking up.