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10 Best Food Festivals in the U.S.

Everyone loves going out to grab a bite to eat, whether it's fast food or fancy fare. Did you know the United States also has some of the best food festivals around the world? Here are the top 10 food festivals in the United States.

  1. South Beach Wine & Food Festival
    This festival is hosted by the Food Network, so you know it's good. Whether you're into food or sunbathing, you'll love this festival. It's officially called Sobefest, and it takes place in late February. The price of tickets varies based on when you want to go, which stage you want to visit, and whether you want general admission or VIP. 
  2. Charleston Wine & Food Festival
    This festival takes place in March. In 2016, it's March 2–3. This festival has it all—it offers pasta dishes, beer tasting, a champagne luncheon, bourbon testing, and so much more. You can even learn to knead bread. Tickets range in price based on what you want to do at the festival. 
  3. Austin Food & Wine Festival
    Southern states know how to do food and wine right. Austin’s festival, an American culinary celebration, has been the shining glory of food festivals for years. It features local talents and international guests while allowing guests to experience all types of foods, from savory to sweet. The food is delicious, and the people are raving happy. This festival is held in late April. This year it will take place April 22–24. Prices will be updated closer to the festival date. 
  4. Vegas Uncork'd
    Vegas is the heart of glam, fabulousness, and gourmet cooking. This festival is hosted by Bon Appétit magazine, and it will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2016. After 10 years, this festival has to be good. While the lineup for this year hasn't yet been announced yet, last year featured chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Gordon Ramsay, François Payard, Masa Takayama, Michael Mina, and Giada DeLaurentiis. With a lineup like that one, you know the food is superb. This festival also takes place in late April, and in 2016 will be April 28–May 1. Ticket prices will be revealed closer to the festival date. 
  5. The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
    This delicious festival is the second best thing you'll experience in New Orleans—second only to Mardi Gras. Dubbed a “feaster’s fantasy,” the epicurean experience goes beyond restaurant walls where guests browse art galleries, eat at food trucks, and sip glasses of grape in a street party atmosphere. This festival takes place in late May, and this year it will be May 26–29. Tickets are based on which events you wish to attend. 
  6. Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
    This festival, sponsored by Food & Wine magazine, has been going on for 31 years. It allows guests to take in the crisp mountain air while eating some of the best food imaginable. In the past, it has featured guests such as Bobby Flay and Mario Batali. This festival takes place in mid-to-late June, and this year it will be June 17–19. Ticket prices and schedules will be published closer to the festival date. 
  7. Taste of Chicago
    Chicago is the origin of many delicious foods, such as the deep dish pizza. It also features one of the largest food festivals in the United States, mainly because entry is free. Taste of Chicago has been serving delicious food to people from all over the world since 1980. This festival takes place in early June and in 2016 will be June 6–10. 
  8. Bite of Seattle
    Bite of Seattle is a local event dedicated to the delicious food around the city. It's a three-day event where you can listen to music, eat all types of food, and enjoy a party atmosphere. There are eight stages to enjoy and various booths for food. This festival is also free and is held in July. This year, it will take place July 15–17. 
  9. Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
    This city knows how to party and is home to several star chefs. When it comes to food and wine festivals, Los Angeles doesn't play around. It features local and celebrity guests—a full list can be found on the festival website. This festival takes place in late August, and this year it will be August 27–30. Prices vary depending on which events you want to attend. 
  10. Music City Eats: Nashville
    Southern food festivals are simply some of the best in the world. This festival offers so many different types of food, you’ll be drooling. It also features amazing guests, such as last year's talent, Andrew Zimmerman and Marcus Samuelsson. The festival takes place in September, and in 2016 will be held September 17–18. Tickets, prices, and programs will be released closer to the festival date. 
Last Updated: January 08, 2016