One of the best things about the summer is that most people will want to come together and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of the country, and this also means that there are a lot of people who are also passionate about food coming together. The summer is perfect for food and drink, and these food festivals are the perfect way to enjoy a day or two of relaxation and indulgence. Wherever you are in the country you won't be too far away from a great festival, and here are twenty of the best worth looking at.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Colorado Rockies, this Aspen festival is a wonderful blend of celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations and the sharing of some of the best ingredients and dishes that this part of the country has to offer. In 2019, the Food and Wine Classic will be held Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16. The festival also comes with plenty of other things to do as well, with a charity fun run, and plenty of evening events to allow everyone to let off a little steam in the fantastic parties.
Facing on to the Atlantic Ocean, Boston is a real maritime city, and although it has a history of tea parties, this festival is one that really celebrates the fantastic seafood that is caught all around the area. In 2019, the Boston Seafood Festival will be held on Sunday, August 4. There is a great range of seafood available, from shellfish through to beautifully cooked fish, and the lobster events are also a real highlight, while there is plenty of entertainment including dancing, live music and great cooking demonstrations.
A great tradition in this part of Michigan, the celebration of the cherry blossoms and anticipation of the harvest to come has led to this event celebrating its 94th anniversary. In 2019, the National Cherry Festival will be held Saturday, June 29 through Saturday, July 6. The 'Cherry Queen' is the winner of the local pageant, who opens the event, and as well as the natural cooking events and tastings, there are a range of other events including cherry pit spitting and pie eating competitions, as well as an impressive airshow.
There have been people distilling bourbon here for over two centuries, and Bardstown's festival has been held since 1992 as a good way of celebrating the heritage and developments in this tasty drink. In 2019, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival will be held Thursday, September 18 through Monday, September 22. There are plenty of tastings available along with vendors offering great food, while there are also live music performances and the famous barrel rolling relay between the town's distilleries.
Held in Grant Park in the city, this is the world's largest food festival, and celebrates some of the best in cuisine in the city, including Polish sausage, In 2019, the Taste Of Chicago will be held Wednesday, July 10 through Sunday, July 14. Chicago pizza and hot dogs, served by over 70 vendors to over three million visitors who come to the festival to enjoy the food along with the great music events during the five days.
Held in the town of Fargo, this festival draws chefs with an expertise in cooking ribs from across the state and beyond. In 2019, Happy Harry's Ribfest will be held Wednesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 8. Along with the chance to try ribs cooked in a variety of different ways and with different marinades and sauces, the festival also has live music and a carnival.
This event is held in the town that was hailed as the 'Spinach Capital of the United States' in the 1930s, and this legacy is actually prominent in the festival which has a good range of historical exhibits. In 2019, the Spinach Festival will be held on Saturday, September 7. There is a recipe contest to see how creative people can be in including spinach in cuisine, while the annual 'World's Largest Spinach Salad' is over 150 pounds!
This two day event is designed to promote the fantastic salmon that are caught in this part of the world, and the two day festival has plenty of cooking demonstrations, and with the cooking comes the tasting of this fabulous ingredient too. In 2019, the Copper River Jam will be held Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. There are two nights of great live music, arts and crafts events and some great running races on the Saturday morning that will really get your appetite going!
Taking its cues from 'La Tomatina' in Spain, one of the big parts of this event is the tomato fight where thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes that are a little past their best. In 2019, the Pittston Tomato Festival will be held Thursday, August 15 through Sunday, August 18. There is also a fun run and a parade during the festival, and naturally there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy tomatoes in all kinds of different dishes.
An end of the summer festival that combines food, music and entertainment, this lovely community celebration features over fifty of Denver's favorite restaurants and food producers providing a good selection. In 2019, the Taste of Colorado will be held Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2. There is also a carnival with plenty of rides and live music stages, down to the calmer arts and crafts markets with nearly three hundred stalls.
This four day event is aimed at those who enjoy the finer end of food and wine, and brings together some of the best chefs, sommeliers and wine experts in the city for a culinary experience. In 2019, the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival will be held Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25. There are wine samplings and food tastings, along with a series of celebrity chef demonstrations during the four days, while the after party events are well worth staying out for.
The Atlantic coast of Maine is a great spot for seafood, so it is no surprise to see one of the state's iconic ingredients being celebrated with its own festival. In 2019, the Maine Lobster Festival will be held Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, August 4. There are plenty of chances to try the local lobster, while there is also a grand parade, and in the Rockland harbor there is a lobster crate race, as people try and dance across the unsteady floating lobster crates to get as far as they can before falling in the water.
The Pacific Northwest is one of the areas of the country where great food and the restaurant scene is truly thriving, and this festival brings together some of the brightest chefs and food producers in and around the city. In 2019, Feast Portland will be held Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15. Starting off with the Sandwich Invitational competition for people to design the best sandwich, there are a series of cooking classes, big events and smaller intimate dinners to enjoy.
Peaches have been grown in this part of Georgia for nearly a century and play an important part in the local economy, with this festival celebrating that role. In 2019, the Peach Festival will be held Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 in Ft. Valley and on Saturday, June 15 in Byron. There is a wonderful pageant and plenty of musical entertainment, while one of the highlights is the annual attempt to make the world's largest peach cobbler.
The Chile capital of the world is home to this festival that celebrates the hottest crop in the country, with a traditional event that has a great community spirit. In 2019, the Hatch Chile Festival will be held on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1. The carnival and parade is a great opening to the event, while the chile eating contests and the watermelon eating contests are among the highlights of the schedule, and there are plenty of vendors cooking up the local chile in many different dishes too.
Many people will not be too familiar with the slugburger, which is a type of burger made with beef combined with soy to make a patty, which is a food that was designed to be tasty and inexpensive. In 2019, the Slugburger Festival will be held Thursday, July 11 through Saturday, July 13. This festival celebrates these burgers, and has plenty of opportunities to try different recipes, along with competing in the singing competition for the chance to be 'Slug Idol'.
In 2019, the Lower Hudson Valley Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, June 1. This event celebrates some of the best breweries in New York State and brings together people who enjoy the varied brews that are produced in the region. There are live music performances throughout the day, along with over fifty breweries offering tastings and some great barbecue vendors offering tasty snacks and meals to enjoy too.
First held in 1945, this annual event is held to mark the importance of the watermelon to this part of the country, and is a wonderful community event. In 2019, the Watermelon Festival will be held on Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. There is a large parade that travels through the town, while there are also plenty of watermelon eating contests and events to help this weekend go with a bang.
This three day event is dedicated to one of the most divisive foods in the world, and all of the different ways in which garlic can be enjoyed. In 2019, the Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. The flame-ups see garlic calamari being speed cooked in huge flaming iron containers, while there are also plenty of live music events over three stages, and displays showing off how best to cook with garlic.