Food Festivals to try in the USA

If you’re a big food fan, the chances are eating is an essential part of any trip you take. Whether it’s your summer holiday or a weekend away, it’s likely that planning where you’re going to eat is almost as important as completing your visa application! We’ve put together a list of all the mouth-watering food festivals across America which are well worth a visit next year.

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

If you’re after a long weekend of indulgence with over 10,000 likeminded foodie fans, don’t miss New Orleans’s biggest food festival. The three-day festival, which takes place on the 25th-27th of May 2018, gives visitors the chance to try dishes from more than 100 local restaurants, try wines from around the world and even learn about the history of food and wine at seminars given by industry professionals. If you can move after all of the eating you’ll be doing, it’s well worth heading to the Royal Street Experience, a parade featuring live music and entertainment.

Taste of Chicago

This festival celebrates everything that the ‘Windy City’ has to offer in terms of culinary delights. Local restaurants showcase their best dishes, from baked cheesecakes to pulled chicken burgers, so there’s no shortage of food to try. Aside from all the eating you’ll be doing, the festival has a lively atmosphere and regularly hosts big music acts like Billy Idol, Weezer and Robin Thicke. If you weren’t already convinced, entry to the festival is completely free, although if you want to take part in any courses or seminars you’ll need a ticket. Head to Chicago next July to enjoy the best of the food scene!

Happy Harry’s Ribfest

The meat-eaters among us will love this all-American extravaganza, which sees a four daylong celebration of all things BBQ related. You can tuck into ribs, chicken, pulled pork, hotdogs and more from some of the best rib cookers in the country! This summer festival takes place in North Dakota’s biggest city, Fargo, and has been running since 1996. It’s something of a tradition in the local area so don’t miss out on this true taste of the laid-back American lifestyle.

Eat Drink SF

On the stunning waterfront at the Fort Mason Centre, with views across Alcatraz, the Eat Drink SF festival hosts over 120 of the city’s best restaurants. You’ll find some top quality dishes and some of the best wineries and spirt distillers on tap to help wash down the caviar. This is one of the most exclusive events in comparison to some of the family-friendly or casual festivals found in America, as you must be at least 21 to enter. The event has been described as “a foodie dream”, so if you’re serious about your grub this is definitely one not to miss. Plus, San Francisco is jam-packed full of things to do in August, from free museum days to catching a basketball game or even simply relaxing on Ocean Beach.


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