Best Food Festivals & Events of 2018

Do you love visiting exciting cities and towns throughout the year, and appreciate delicious food and drinks in a variety of cuisines? Well, here are our picks for the best Food events across the US in 2018.

Key West Food & Wine Festival, Key West, FL
January 24-28, 2018

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The only food festival with the tagline “flip flops required,” the Key West Food & Wine Festival is as kick back and fun as you’d expect. The festivities include more than 30 unique events hosted in iconic island locations and include winemaker/chef collaborations, culinary explorations and waterfront tastings all showcasing authentic local cuisine.

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Oregon Truffle Fest, Eugene, OR
January 26-28,2018

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Oregon is hoping to move its truffle game from the cottage industry column to the world stage this year, and aims to make the annual truffle festival the centerpiece of the movement. While the native truffles are highly sought after, their cultivation and harvest is shrouded in mystery and lore. The Festival will offer a selection of James Beard award winners cooking amazing truffle-centric meals. Tickets available on the official website.

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San Francisco Beer Week, San Francisco, CA
February 9-18, 2018

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San Francisco Beer Week takes over the Bay Area with a full week of premier beer events and entertainment. Boasting over 600 events, this festival offers a chance to savor the rarest and most sought after crafts, attend delicious beer dinners prepared by culinary experts and become immersed in one of the best beer cultures in the nation.

Charleston Wine & Food Festival, Charleston, SC
February 28-March 4, 1018

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The Charleston Wine + Food Festival touts itself as an annual celebration of Southern culture and cuisine. The festival showcases some of the city’s best restaurants as well as celebrity chefs and libations experts. Live entertainment at the Music Stage adds to the laid-back party vibe. Also featured at the event is a Hands-On Kitchen, a Grand Tasting Tent, the Rosé Garden + Grilling Area, artisan markets, and a Biergarten. Charleston really knows how to throw a party.

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Austin Food + Wine Festival, Austin, TX
April 27-29, 2018

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The Austin Food + Wine Festival is a convergence of some of the best culinary masters on Earth. The weekend event includes a wide range of exciting activities from interactive grilling demos with world-renowned chefs to wine tastings with the most seasoned of sommeliers. The event also boasts a variety of live music and other attractions to keep the party going after the sun goes down.

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New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, New Orleans, LA
May Dates TBD

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This will be the 26th year for the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. Top chefs from around the city will 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 local wineries. Attendees will enjoy grand tasting events, evenings in the French Quarter, and seminars taught by industry titans.

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Taste of Chicago, Chicago, IL
July 11-15, 2018

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The Taste of Chicago is truly the people’s festival, held every year in Grant Park. Food snobs may find themselves feeling a bit “fish out of water,” since the vibe is big, busy and diverse. You’ll definitely have to queue up to wait for your various samples, but the good news is that this festival is tailor-made for people watching. While you wait to try the best dishes the city has to offer, you can watch a parade of humanity go by.

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Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Los Angeles, CA
August 24-27, 2018

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The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival gathers culinary personalities from around the world to Grand Avenue in DTLA, one of the country’s foremost cultural destinations, for an event that spans the entire city and offers attendees the opportunity to sample dishes from the most prominent chefs. Past ndustry leaders that have shown off their skills at the festival include Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Ginor.

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Hatch Chili Festival, Hatch, NM
September, 2018 (Exact dates TBA)

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If you’re a cook with a love of spice, have we got a festival for you! Hatch, New Mexico is one of the premier chili growing regions in the country and the annual chili festival showcases the famous hatch chili known all over the country. It’s a niche festival, with just about 50,000 people traveling to the little village annually to support the crop, along with news and food outlets like the Food Network and the BBC. Attendees sample famed chili recipes, watch the crowning of the festival queen, participate in contests and visit food booths and a carnival!

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Fire, Flour & Fork, Richmond, VA
November 1-4 2018

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The 4th year of the Fire, Flour & Fork Festival has taken a global turn. Though everything is being prepared locally (with locally sourced ingredients, the inspiration is worldwide. Southern hospitality will meld with an international exploration of food and drink from around the world, highlighting cuisines from India, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jamaica and Latin America over the course of four days and more than 40 events.

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Tamale Festival, Houston, TX
December 2018 (Exact dates TBA)

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Tamales are a Mexican holiday tradition, so we’re pretty psyched to find out that Houston has a party in celebration of this delicious comfort food. The two-day event features dozens of local chefs, taquerias and restaurants slinging their signature tamales in addition to creative culinary takes on masa and meat dishes. The smorgasbord is paired perfectly with the finest craft beers from the Woodlands region, and the Best Tamale Competition and Tamale Eating Contest are among the can’t-miss attractions.

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Food festivals not your cup of tea? Check out our other Best of Events lists for the year: Music Festivals, Sports, and Family Fun. Happy travels in 2018!

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One Comment

  1. Good Day. I am the organizer for one of the largest single day Food Festivals in the U.S. Virgin Islands, in the form of our Texas Society Chili Cook Off. We will be celebrating the 34th year of our event in 2018. We traditionally welcome over 6,000 guests to the event that features over 80 beef chili competition teams and half as many vegetarian entries. The event features live music, plenty of parking, tee shirts and refreshments. After the two devastating hurricanes we have experienced this last September, it is so very important that we welcome back our annual visitors to our island and it’s wide variety of Foof related events.My question is, hoe can we promote our Chili Cook Off on this site? I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.

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