Top 10 Food Festivals You Should Attend This Fall

By Rachel George


Fall, one of the best seasons of the year, begins in a few weeks, and soon we’ll be able to enjoy cool weather, beautiful foliage, wine tastings, apple picking, and some of the best food festivals of the year. From the bustling streets of New York to a cornbread festival in Arkansas, we’ve compiled some of the top Fall food festivals across the country. Check out the list below. 

BBQ on the River, Kentucky

September 26-28, 2019

Save the date for three days of food, fun, and some of the best BBQ in Downtown Paducah. It’s one of the biggest events of the year, catering to all ages. Get your appetite ready and bust out your wallet because you’ll definitely be taking some food home.  

Smorgasburg, New York

September- October

Every weekend until October, Smorgasburg hosts the largest weekly outdoor food market in Brooklyn. Dubbed “the Woodstock of Eating” by The New York Times. This year’s delicious food vendor line-up is the largest and most diverse list thus far for the food festival, now in its fourth year. See their Instagram for current hours and locations throughout the month. 

Taste of Nashville: Tacos & Tequila

October 4, 2019

At the end of the night, the head honcho taco will be crowned. This year’s theme at the annual Taste of Nashville festival is Tacos and Tequila. Bring your friends and feast on the best tacos in the city. All tickets and donations will benefit the Boys & Girls Club, the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and other youth-involved charities. 

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

October 5-27, 2019

LA-based chef Nyesha Arrington and Timon Balloo of Miami were both recognized for their incredible culinary skills and for changing food in America. Chef Arrington advocates for farm-fresh food and locally sourced ingredients, while Balloo bringing his own bold, flavorful tastes to SUGARCANE raw bar grill and drawing inspiration from his Chine and Indian-Trinidadian heritage. 

Both chefs will be in attendance, but what will they be cooking?

Chef Nyesha Arrington|Getty Images

Beignet Fest in Louisiana

October 5, 2019

Celebrate one of NOLA’s sweet treats at the Beignet Fest, hosted at the City Park Fairgrounds. There will also be a complimentary happy hour and complimentary beignets from Cafe du Monde. Other local vendors in attendance will be Diva Dawg, Afrodisiac Food Truck, Ruby Slipper Cafe, and more.  VIP tickets are $40 and kids under 12 are $15.

New York City Wine and Food Festival 

October 10-13, 2019

Famed television chefs, wine connoisseurs, and a long list of celebrity and local guests will be in attendance at one of the biggest festivals in New York. Savor Caribbean cuisine by Chef Sam Davis, named Essence’s Women You Oughta Know. While you’re there, look for Chef Dallas Green, the first celebrity DJ to compete on Food Network’s Chopped

Fall for Greenville, South Carolina

October 11-13, 2019

Uncover a world of tasty food, delectable smells, and the sounds of neo-soul, country, rock, and Jazz, music at Greenville’s premier outdoor events. The three-day festival also has a kid’s area with rides and activities for all ages. If you get a chance, find Jamaica Mi’Irie, Greenville’s only Jamaican restaurant. 

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, Washington

October 11-13

Don’t miss the FREE 18th annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival next month in Washington. Enjoy art and education activities on the Olympic Peninsula, succulent seafood dishes, and large kettles of fresh-caught crab. You can fish them yourself, in the Grab-A-Crab Tank Derby. 

Taste of Atlanta

October 18-20, 2019

Chef Che Butter Jonez, Delights by Dawn, and Tiff’s Treats are a few of the featured chefs and restaurants at Atlanta’s award-winning food and drink festival, celebrating the city’s local food scene. The food festival will feature flavorful dishes, wine, and live entertainment and more at Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park. Check their website for cooking class schedules and demos. 

Arkansas Cornbread Festival

October 26, 2019

Think you’ve got the best tasting cornbread? Test it out at the cornbread competition for a cash prize. This fun festival hopes to create opportunities in the community by celebrating Southern culture through, arts, music, and tasty food from local restaurants and food trucks. 

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