If these food festivals don’t make you want to come out of your warm and cozy home, we don’t know what will. Some of the best American delicacies are put on display every winter, and this year’s no different. So for those of you that love ot indulge your senses no matter the temperature outside, these are the best places to be this winter.
1. Nappa Truffle Festival, January 15-18, 2016
Making this world-wide famous specialty has turned into a science and this festival gather the best truffle chefs, or scientists, to Napa Valley where they demonstrate their amazing skills. You can enjoy watching these experts at work and you can take part in numerous activities during the weekend. At the end of the festival, there is the traditional Marketplace which showcases various products, including fresh truffles and you can even win a real black truffle.
2. Frog Leg Festival, January 21-24, 2016
This odd-sounding festival in Florida has existed for 25 years, and throughout the years it has grown from hosting 400 guests at the beginning to 80,000 guests now. Even though this festival isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it is actually a combination of all sorts of foods and activities. Frog legs and gator tail are the main specialties, but there are other, more traditional types of food such as pizza and hamburger. The festival also offers live music and numerous booths with crafts.
3. Lowcountry Oyster Festival, January 31, 2016
This food festival in Charleston is the world largest oyster festival. The festival lasts only one day but it’s packed with lots of events and great food. Traditional “Oyster Eating” and “Oyster Shucking” contests take place every year. Apart from top-notch food and wine, the event is also family-friendly. Kids under 10 can get in for free and there is a Children Area so your kids can have fun while you enjoy Food Court with various delicacies and the best local restaurants put on display.
4. Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival, February 13-15, 2016
This is a truly high-class celebration of food and wine in the capital. Even though the food you will encounter there is pretty basic and local, wine in liquor are what makes the visit worthwhile. There are over 200 wines from 100 different wineries in the International Tasting event and there is a traditional Sommelier Showdown with the best sommeliers challenging each other in identifying wines.
5. Chocolatefest, January 22-24, 2016
For all those who have a sweet tooth, Portland is a place to be during this irresistible festival. Chocolatefest gathers over 80 renowned chocolate producer that gives you the opportunity to try some of the best chocolate treats from all over the world. And what a better combination than delicious chocolate and excellent wine? This is the highlight of the first day of festival open only to those 21+. The festival is also fundraiser for World Forestry Center, so you’re basically eating chocolate for a good cause.
6. Yuma Lettuce Days, February 27-28, 2016
Who says a food festival can’t be healthy? This festival in Yuma, Arizona held at an actual farm offers an authentic experience and celebrates agriculture. Here, you can enjoy only the best veggie food, salad bars and local restaurants’ specialties. The festival gives you a chance of watching cooking demonstrations and even participating in cooking contests. There are various other activities for children and adults, including a farmers’ market, vegetable carving, tasting and much more.
7. South Beach Wine & Food Festival, February 25-28, 2016
If you are looking for a winter getaway at a hot sunny beach combined with some of the most delicious food and wine you’ll ever try, Miami’s South Beach is the perfect place. In February, it becomes the host to the best international chefs and 60,000 attendees. The festival turns into on great food party with the chefs preparing their signature dishes during the day, dining in a sophisticated setting in the evening and partying the night away. It’s no wonder this festival has been named a “spring break for chefs.”
8. Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend, January 21-24, 2016
The festival that combines the joys of winter and excellent food and wine takes place at the beautiful Beaver Creek Skiing Resort. The event is perfect for those who enjoy winter, snow and skiing but still want to get warm with a glass of wine and a nice meal afterwards. Top chefs all swarm to Beaver Creek to demonstrate their skills and give you the pleasure of luxurious dining. There are also interactive cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and adventurous outdoor fairs, which make the event unforgettable.