A huge variety of delectable foods and delicious wines in a fun, festival setting? Um, yes please. At Natura wines, we love a good party! Here are 10 can’t-miss gastro fests to try.
1. Feast Portland. Part festival, part movement, Feast Portland captures the energy and revolutionary vibe of that’s taking place in the culinary world of the PNW. Even though it’s only 6 years old, Feast has been lauded as one of the greatest culinary festivals in the world. And yum. Go.
2. Taste of Chicago. Since 1980, this event has been attracting the best chefs and winemakers. But even if you’re not an expert, you can enjoy the diversity of palate-pleasing offerings, live music, and other fun activities set against the backdrop of Lake Michigan
3. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. A divine culinary journey, where master chefs and renowned vintners come together to provide a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Bonus: a portion of the proceeds go to helping local charities!
4. New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. This Big Easy festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and hundreds of restaurants and wineries are slated to participate. There will be over 1,000 different wines, including organic wine varieties that you’re sure to love.
5. Taste of Vail. With the Rockies looming in the background, the Taste of Vail is a treat for your tastebuds and your eyes. Thirty of the city’s top chefs are on hand, whipping up delectable dishes alongside 50 of the world’s best vintners.
6. Charleston Wine & Food Festival. Renowned for its genteel Southern charm, the Charleston Wine & Food Festival has made it a mission to put this city on the culinary map. The event features renowned chefs, beer and wine professionals, and local farmers promoting the farm-to-table lifestyle.
7. South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Incredible food? Check. The smoothest wine and spirits? Check. Stunning location right on South Beach? CHECK. This festival sponsored by the Food Network showcases the talents of more than 400 chefs, winemakers, and culinary personalities in an event that attracted 65,000 people last time it was held.
8. Taos Winter Wine Festival. This New Mexican paradise is known for its stunning beauty among the Sangre de Cristo mountains – and its wine! With special seminars and dinners, the event is informative for sommeliers and newbies alike, not to mention delicious.
9. Austin Food & Wine Festival. Good people, good food, and good libations come together for a weekend of fun and experimentation. There are cooking demos for those interested in the process, and plenty of samples for those interested in simply eating!
10. Big Sur Food & Wine Festival. Part eating, part drinking, and part excursion, this festival combines touring with wining and dining to give you a glimpse of Big Sur you won’t find anywhere else. Featuring dozens of wineries and restaurants, this festival includes hiking and coastal home tours that you can enjoy with a glass in hand.
Where will your appetite take you?