With winter reluctantly waning and spring break season upon us, it's a good time to get outside or take a road trip, and a new season of festivals offers delicious destinations. April kicks off seafood celebrations from Arkansas to Oregon, food truck fetes from Kansas to South Carolina, and barbecue bashes from Alabama to Maryland. Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/food-and-wine/2017/03/27/spring-food-festivals/99582554/
Arizona's Scottsdale Culinary Festival will take place on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, April 8-9. Taste from more than 30 local eateries, and sip at a wine garden, beer garden, lounge or vodka deck. The festival provides its guests with a series of fine dining dinners, a picnic with chef’s demonstrations and various cocktail parties. Additionally, the event also serves as the largest fundraiser for the Scottsdale League for the Arts, which supports many of Arizona's arts programs.
The Festival features a 1,000 guest sell-out VIP Experience that includes meet and greet with celebrity chefs, exclusive demo seating, unlimited food and wine tasting in the special tasting tent and an all access pass that will make you feel like royalty around the Festival. There truly is something for everyone at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival!
Arkansas' Hot Springs Gumbo & Crawfish Festival takes place at Hill Wheatley Plaza in Downtown Hot Springs on April 22. Guests can purchase tickets for unlimited samples of gumbo and/or crawfish and sides while enjoying live music.
The crawfish are brought to you by John Dean and the crew from Crosswalk Bar & Grill.
These mudbugs are sure to be tasty. Throw in some fine fixin’s like corn and potatoes and it’s your own fault if you don’t get full!
Enjoy free live entertainment while you suck the heads and pinch the tails!
Gumbo teams will be fighting it out for the title of Best Gumbo in the World (at least in Hot Springs).
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and for People’s Choice.
California's 11th annual Malibu Food & Wine Festival will be held at The Commons at Calabasas, June 8-11. Taste from more than 40 restaurants, 19 wineries, spirits brands, breweries and more vendors.
General admission includes entry and access to all food and wines tastings; VIP ticket gets you in an hour early, therefore giving you an extra hour of fun! The event is 100% charity and benefits Parents & Teachers Together PATT. All the money raised will benefit Arts & Education programs at local schools from Calabasas to Woodland Hills.
The Colorado Chocolate Festival will be held at the Denver Merchandise Mart, May 12-13 with more than 80 vendors.
Like chocolate? Then you’ll love the Colorado Chocolate Festival, which turns Mother’s Day weekend into one long, miasmic cacao high, as hopped-up chocoholics snake from booth to booth tasting chocolate of every ilk, from dark and pure to sweet and milky, gooey to waxy smooth, with wine, with nuts, infused with tea, slathered on cakes, baked into brownies and artfully rolled into rich, melty truffles. Last year, there were chocolate contests, baking demonstrations and a Miss Chocolate crowning, and Willy Wonka strolled the room; there was even a Mother’s Day gift market of non-chocolate items
Connecticut's 12th annual Taste of Wethersfield will take place at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center on April 8. The Keeney Center will come alive once again with the tastes and aromas of the area’s finest food and drink, the sounds of great music and fun times! Pay one price and visit local restaurants, breweries wine vendors and caterers who will be providing samplings of their signature dishes (all you care to eat and drink) with live entertainment, and a silent auction. “Taste” is a party for those 21 and over only.
Delaware's Fork + Flask at Nage will host its 9th annual Food and Wine Festival on April 23 in Rehoboth Beach.
The festival is set-up by wine region with over 10 regions and more than 50 wines to taste and enjoy. Each region is paired with foods from Nage as well as a plethora of passed hors d' oeuvres and desserts.
In addition, they have a ‘Not Wine’ section with beers and liquors.
2 live musicians in 2 separate areas to set ‘the mood’.
This year, the fundraising efforts will benefit Children & Families First of Delaware.
Florida's Las Olas Wine & Food Festival will take place on Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas Blvd.
Over 20 years ago, the first Las Olas Wine & Food Festival took place to benefit the American Lung Association.
This year’s event will take place on Friday, April 21, 2017, where more than 2,000 attendees will come together to enjoy the fantastic culinary talents of
South Florida while raising money for a good cause. Guests will sip, sample, and enjoy dishes from 70 of South Florida’s finest restaurants and more than 45 wineries, spirits brands, and breweries. This year will be one for the ages as Las Olas Wine & Food Festival gets a brand new look and is infused with more fun and excitement.
Georgia's 7th annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival takes place June 1-4 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. More than 180 chefs, barbecue pit masters, mixologists and sommeliers host dinners, parties, classes and tastings.
The festival brings renowned culinary masters and wineries together with their appreciative audience, who can explore many different food and beverage choices. Tickets are available for food and wine, as well as special events, dinners and tasting tents. The festival supports non-profit organizations aiming to improve the communities that they reach. Whether you are looking to get into the culinary industry, support a good cause or just taste some delicious food and drinks, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will deliver satisfaction.
Hawaii's 15th annual SPAM Jam takes place on Honolulu's Waikiki beach on April 29. More than 15 area restaurants serve their takes on SPAM with live entertainment and other vendors.
The festival celebrates the people of Hawaii’s love for SPAM®, a canned meat from Hormel Foods. In Hawaii, you will find SPAM® at all grocery and convenience stores, many restaurants and in most homes in Hawaii.
This street festival is great for all ages, as the event includes Hawaii’s top restaurants, two stages with free entertainment, and a variety of Hawaiian retailers. This is also a special event that benefits the Hawaii Foodbank, the largest non-profit in Hawaii that feeds the needy.
Idaho's 83rd annual Emmett Cherry Festival returns to Emmett City Park, June 14-17 with food vendors, a pie eating contest, carnival rides and more family-friendly entertainment.
Illinois' Wingout Chicago will be held in the parking lot of St. Michael’s in Old Town, June 3-4. Wingout • Chicago is an outdoor chicken wing block party offering all you can eat wings from the top vendors in the city. Patrons can indulge in a variety of flavors from sweet teriyaki to Korean, the spiciest habanero to umami, smoked to grilled while also enjoying adult beverages and live reggae music.
Indiana's 48th annual Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival will take place in downtown Wakarusa, Ind., April 28-30. Taste from more than 20 food vendors, see a parade, contests, entertainment and tours. This rural Indiana town is gushing with maple syrup once the spring season shoves winter aside. Family fun is easy on the wallet at the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival because mostly everything is free to do. The squad can look forward to educational tours of the sugar camp and museum, an entertaining lumberjack show, mind-blowing magic acts and buffet-style food smothered in fresh maple syrup.
Iowa's Amana Colonies host Take a Bite: A Three Day Food Festival, April 21-23. Local restaurants, hotels and shops host a variety of food events, from dinners to tours and tasting classes. “Take A Bite: A Four Day Food Festival” is a combination of old Amana Colonies food favorites and some new dishes. It is an event that any foodie will be crazy about. The event features seminars, hands-on demonstrations, special foods to sample and purchase, along with special dinners. It will be four days of foodie fun from our old friends in the Amana Colonies.
Special seminars include coffee, beer, wine, charcuterie, and beef to name a few, while hands-on demonstrations will offer instructions on making bread, pasta, mozzarella, and bacon treats. There will be flavors of fudge, a variety of pizzas, and German specialties to sample, not to mention five unique dining experiences to choose from, including:
The 4th annual Kansas Food Truck Festival takes place May 6 in the city of Lawrence's Warehouse Arts District. Taste from more than 30 food trucks with live music performances and activities.
Kentucky's 39th annual International Bar-B-Q Festival takes place in Owensboro, May 12-13. Teams compete in mutton, chicken and burgoo competitions, amateur home cooks barbecue in the backyard cookoff, and guests can participate in a sandwich eating competition or pie eating contest.
Louisiana's 25th New Orleans Wine and Food Experience takes place May 25-28 with dinners, tastings, seminars, a pastry competition and more.
Each year, hundreds of wineries and restaurants participate. Menus feature local flavor and innovative new creations inspired by diverse cuisines. Top chefs from around the city create culinary experiences like no other. Over two dozen restaurants feature special dining evenings throughout the New Orleans festival. The weekend also features over 1,000 wines from around the world, with special tasting events from wineries. You can enjoy grand tasting events, promenade evenings in the French Quarter, and seminar series to hone your palate. For the grand finale, attend the gala at the end!
They also care about our community and want to make New Orleans a better place to live. Over the past 25 years, they have raised more than $1.2 million for local non-profit organizations. From food banks to culinary schools, the beneficiaries have been able to help the community and the culture thrive. They are proud to support the city in this way and look forward to announcing this year's partnering organizations.
If you're looking for a culinary getaway, want to rub shoulders with top chefs and winemakers, or simply enjoy the good food and wine, then book your ticket to this year's New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. Gather all the information you need here on our site to help get you prepared. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!
Maine's Taste of Bar Harbor takes place June 8-11 with special menus at local restaurants, a chef's table, a pub tour, a dessert night and more.
The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is proud to showcase many of their wonderful local restaurants, breweries and chefs, and the diverse cuisine that they offer. Food lovers and residents will have a chance celebrate the rich culinary traditions of our community at the Taste of Bar Harbor Food Festival, from Thursday, June 8th through Sunday, June 11th.
The festival kicks off on Thursday, June 8th with Dessert Night, from 6-9pm, Ticket holders will be able to sample the sweet offerings of a select number of local restaurants and businesses, and to then place a vote for their favorite.
On Friday, June 9th, a Pub Tour, will feature a commemorative glass to sample a beer, wine or cocktails at many participating restaurants and bars.
Saturday, June 10th is the popular Chef’s Table Series, sponsored by Pine State Trading Company. Featuring some of the area’s finest chefs and restaurants. Guests will be treated to a unique five-course dinner with wine pairings. Seats are limited.
Other restaurants will also be offering a $20.17 menu of their choosing during the festival. There will be other events during the festival. For more information on these events, please visit our website
The traveling Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival stops in Maryland twice this spring: Timonium, March 31-April 1 and National Harbor, June 16-17. The event boasts 60 beer and 40 bourbon selections to pair with brisket, chicken, pulled pork, ribs, sausage and more barbecue. Enjoy seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.
Massachusetts' 25th annual Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival will be held on March 30 at the Westin Waltham Hotel. Taste from 20 local restaurants paired with craft wine and beer, and live music.
Michigan's 10th annual Michigan's 10th annual Taste of Ann Arbor takes place on the city's Main Street on June 4. Ann Arbor's Main Street Area Association hosts Taste of Ann Arbor to bring local eateries together with the community. Restaurants featured at the event run the gamut of cuisines and styles, giving guests an opportunity to taste the vibrant Ann Arbor food scene. The event also hosts a variety of fun attractions for kids.
The traveling Bacon and Beer Classic lands in Minnesota on April 15. Try unlimited bacon creations and craft beer at Minneapolis' Nicollet Island Pavilion. Indulge in delicious suds and grub at the Bacon and Beer Classic: Pop-Up Edition! Sample 50+ craft beers from regional breweries, eat original bacon-infused dishes and unlimited bacon strips, play giant Jenga and cornhole, compete in a bacon eating contest and more.
Mississippi's 5th annual Pass Christian Wine & Food Festival returns returns to Oak Crest Mansion Inn on April 8. Local food is paired with live music and a silent auction.
Missouri's 18th annual Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival will be held at The Ozark Empire Fair Grounds in Springfield, April 21-22. Barbecue teams compete and attendees can taste barbecue and food from various vendors with live music and a kids zone.
What’s delicious, mouthwatering and benefits 7 local Children’s Charities? The Annual Rock and Ribs Barbeque Festival! 80 teams from all over come together to compete for the best Barbeque in a ‘Kansas City BBQ Society’ Sanctioned event. Be one of the thousands of samplers who enjoy chicken, pork and beef starting at 1:00. There’s 11 hours of Live music, a Kids Play Zone and of course: plenty of Food and Drinks. And yes, it’s ok to wear a bib!
The Montana State University Billings Foundation's Wine & Food Festival will take place May 15-20. The 25th annual event hosts a dozen restaurants and caterers, and a silent auction to raise funds for the university.
To help Montana State University Billings achieve excellence
Montana State University Billings Foundation advances the goals of Montana State University Billings through the solicitation, investment, and stewardship of financial support for the university. The foundation promotes philanthropy, campus and community partnerships, and educational opportunities.
Nebraska's 20th annual Taste of Omaha will take place in the Heartland of America Park and Lewis & Clark Landing, June 2-4. More than 45 local eateries serve food in riverfront parks with live music, family activities and a culinary stage for demonstrations. Take a tour through the local culinary scene and discover some of the finest restaurants in the area at Taste of Omaha. Held each May, this event invites guests to delve into the delicious world of Omaha cuisine with a daylong food festival. Attendees can taste the specialty dishes of local eateries, meet local chefs and enjoy live music performances across the festival’s multiple stages.
Nevada's annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit returns to Las Vegas, April 27-30 with celebrity chefs, more than 30 events, and the grand tasting at Caesars Palace's Garden of the Gods pool.
New Hampshire's 14th annual Chili Cook Off will take place at the North Conway Community Center and Gibson Center for Senior Services on April 8. Professional and amateur chefs compete for the best chili with samples for attendees and area activities, including a 5k run.
The New Jersey Seafood Festival takes over Belmar's Silver Lake Park, May 19-21 with seafood and craft vendors, a wine and beer tent, live music, activities and contests. Stay and divulge in a spectacular array of creative dishes, all showcasing the wonders of the sea. Enjoy kid's activities and live music! FREE.
The third annual Great New Mexico Food Truck Festival takes place outside Albuquerque's Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum on April 8 with more than 25 local trucks.
New York's third annual Harlem Eat Up! Festival returns May 16-21 with a dozen events at Harlem restaurants and two days of grand tastings in Morningside Park.
Offering an exciting sampling of Harlem's sights, flavors and sounds, from artists of the kitchen, canvas, stage and streets. Enjoy Dine In Harlem, Eat Up's signature one-night-only multi-room dinner party experience, featuring Harlem's hottest restaurants and chefs hosting some of the biggest national culinary stars in their kitchens. Get your eat on as you spend the day Uptown at The Harlem Stroll, where food, art and culture will converge all in the backdrop of one of the neighborhood's most beautiful parks. Watch Harlem and national top chef cooking demos on the EatUp! Main Stage. It's a celebration of culture and good eats you won't want to miss!
North Carolina's Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend returns April 19-22 with a dozen events such as pairing dinners at area restaurants.
Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend brings together leading wine makers and chefs from around the world to celebrate and advance public knowledge of and appreciation for great wine and food, while making significant contributions to charitable organizations that benefit children and their families in the Charlotte community.
In 1989, a group of civic-minded wine and food enthusiasts had a vision of creating a series of events to raise money for charity. Out of this vision, the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend was born and we have contributed over $4 million to the community over the last quarter century. With time and care, the event has grown in stature and notoriety, attracting the best winemakers and chefs from around the world. In fact, Forbes Travel Guide ranked Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend one of the top five in the United States in 2014.
In North Dakota, Happy Harry's Ribfest returns to the Fargodome, June 7-10 with ribs, chicken, pulled pork and more from seven barbecue restaurants. Guests can enjoy live music and a carnival for the whole family!
Ohio's 39th annual Taste of Cincinnati takes place on the city's 5th Street, May 27-29.
Taste of Cincinnati is held every Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati by the Corporate and Community Events division of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Started in 1979, it is now the nation's longest running culinary arts festival.
Approximately 500,000 now attend the annual food extravaganza, making Taste one of the nation's largest street festivals. Taste of Cincinnati was named Food Event of the Year for 1997 by Events Business News, the recognized authority of the special events business in the United States, selecting it out of 40,000 special events across the nation.
Taste of Cincinnati features more than 40 fine restaurants serving up delicious and delectable menu items. In the weeks leading up to Taste each year, menu items are previewed and judged for prestigious Best of Taste Awards.
Taste of Cincinnati is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment featuring local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages throughout the event.
Oklahoma City's Uptown 23rd District will host its fourth annual Uptown Uncorked event on March 30 at the Oklahoma History Center. The fundraiser showcases food, wine and beer from local businesses with live music and more vendors.
The monies raised from the event support the beautification of medians and public spaces along 23rd Street, Uptown 23rd events and programming efforts, all of which help to improve the appearance and livability of Oklahoma City’s urban core.
During the event, patrons will sample food, wine and beer, be entertained by great music, participate in a raffle and have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other Uptown 23rd friends and fans.
Oregon's 35th annual Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival will take place at the Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center, April 28-30. Taste from more than 10 food vendors and 60 alcohol vendors.
The Philly Farm and Food Fest will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on April 8. Attendees can taste from 150 exhibitors and choose from 16 workshops showcasing mid-Atlantic farmers, artisans, chefs and makers.
Rhode Island's Eat Drink RI festival takes place in Providence, April 26-29 with a brunch, dinner, food trucks and grand tasting.
The 2017 Festival kicks off with a new event, the Fiestaval with The Backyard Food Company! This exclusive VIP experience will introduce the next BYFC product to the world with small bites and custom cocktails at Easy Entertaining.
The 3rd annual South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival will be held at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia on April 29. More than 30 area food trucks will participate, along with regional beers.
South Dakota's Forks, Corks and Kegs event will take place in historic Deadwood, April 7-8. Events include a grand tasting, dine around, wine tasting, appetizer crawl and more from local chefs, beverage makers and specialty food vendors. Sample a variety of beer and wine from all across the country as well as the Black Hills favorites as you make your way to various tasting venues across town. Each location will feature their chef's finest culinary creation paired with the perfect complimentary beverage. Then head to the grand daddy finale, a Grand Tasting, featuring dozens of beer and wine varieties, light hors d'oeuvres, and even dessert samples!
Tennessee's annual Nashville Wine & Food Festival returns to Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park on May 20. Taste from more than 20 local restaurants, 50 wineries, 10 breweries and an artisanal market.
Aside from its well-deserved reputation as Music City, Nashville continues to receive national recognition for its delicious local eats and bustling festival scene. Experience the best of both worlds at the Nashville Wine & Food Festival, where dishes from the city's top restaurants are paired with over 150 of the finest wines from around the globe. At this intimate, educational affair, guests can look forward to mingling with prominent chefs and sommeliers during various cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. Oh, and it's Nashville - so expect top-notch performances from local bands.
The Taste of Texas Food Festival takes place on April 20 at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio as part of Fiesta San Antonio. A dozen chefs serve a culinary tour through Texas' six food regions, such as South Texas' Tex-Mex tradition.
Utah's Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days take place at the city's Rodeo Grounds, June 10-18 with plenty of Strawberries & Cream. The festival includes a rodeo, parade, pageant, athletic events, pet show, pie eating contest and more.
The Vermont Maple Festival takes place in St. Albans, Vt., April 28-30. Events include a maple syrup and products contest, craft and specialty foods show, a barbecue, cooking contest and entertainment.
Virginia's Chincoteague Seafood Festival will take place at Tom's Cove Park on May 6. An assortment of clams, oysters, shrimp and fish is served along with beer and ice cream.
This event is held to promote the seafood industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and offers fresh, local offerings and signature dishes including little neck clams, raw oysters and clams, clam fritters and strips, single fried oysters, fried fish, steamed shrimp, clam chowder, appetizers, salad bar, grilled chicken, sweet potato fries, Boardwalk fries, hush puppies, cornbread and non-alcoholic beverages. Beer available for purchase. Live entertainment, Arts & Crafts tent, and Extravaganza Raffle for everyone’s enjoyment. This is an advance ticketed event that is typically sold out before festival day. Order e-tickets online at www.chincoteaguechamber.com. The Chamber accepts all major credit cards and there is a $6 shipping and handling fee per order. Gates open at 10 am for admission and set-up. Appetizers served at 11 am and full menu available at 12:00 noon. Festival ends at 4:00 pm.
Washington's Feast Walla Walla takes place April 8 with 40 local restaurants, wineries and breweries showcased in a tent downtown on Main Street.
Feast Walla Walla is the big party under the tent. Over forty of your favorite local restaurants, wineries and breweries will once again tempt your tongue with their special crafted treats. Buy your tickets online and receive 10 tokens, a Feast plate and a Feast wine glass. Exchange your token for a bite or sip from your favorite restaurant or winery. The beauty of Feast is that you can buy the wines you taste, right there on the spot! Any half case (mixed or not) is 10% off, and a full case is 20% off. Stock up your cellar for the season.
The 24th annual Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food Festival will take place at Berkeley Springs' Ice House on April 22. Taste state-grown and made products from wine to produce, honey, sauces and confections.
Tasting vintages from state wineries may give the event its name but this year ramps are the starring product both raw and prepared. The one-day tastebud-stimulator event is scheduled for 10am to 4pm on Saturday, April 22 at the Ice House in downtown Berkeley Springs. The show offers a free opportunity for the public to sample and buy dozens of state-grown products as well as meet the faces behind these products.
Wisconsin's Brat Fest takes place in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center, May 26-29. Food vendors present bratwurst and other meats alongside live music and tons of activities.
Since 1983, the World’s Largest Brat Fest has sold more than 3.8 million brats to help raise almost $1.75 million to benefit 100+ local charities. Brat Fest brings the community together each Memorial Day weekend—rain or shine—for 4 days of free music, fantastic food and family-friendly fun to help kick off the start of summer in the heart of downtown Madison, Wisconsin.
In Wyoming, Cheyenne Restaurant Week returns April 2-8 with special menus at more than two dozen local restaurants. Seven days of your favorite restaurants, and the ones you've always wanted to try, offering exceptional pricing on special menu items.
Alabama's WhistleStop Bar-B-Que Weekend takes place May 5-6 at the Historic Huntsville Depot. The event hosts amateur and professional barbecue competitions and the Alabama Chili Championship among family-friendly activities and entertainment.
Alaska's Kodiak Chamber of Commerce has hosted the Kodiak Crab Festival since 1958 with crab and family-friendly activities Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-29 this year. Crab Fest is a time for the community to celebrate the abundant resources that we receive from the sea. It is the intent of the Chamber of Commerce, Crab Festival Manager and the Crab Festival Committee to coordinate a variety of family oriented activities that will provide men, women and children a festive and fun recreational outlet.