Here Are 5 Upcoming Food Festivals You Need To Attend
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
From New Orleans to Los Angeles, if there is one thing that brings people together in this country, it’s food. If you love sampling cuisine from some of the best chefs in the country while sipping local wines, and crooning along to live entertainment, then here are some food festivals in which you should most definitely hop on board.
Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival (LAFW)
This is LA’s ultimate food and wine event where cuisine and culture collide, bringing some of the most celebrated culinary talents in the country together for a four day, city-wide, epicurean extravaganza. According to the website, at Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival, guests have the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents during world-class wine and spirit tastings, strolling marquee events, one-of-a-kind lunches, book signings, after parties and much more.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE)
There is still time to grab your tickets to New Orleans Wine and Food Experience coming to the Big Easy this March. This New Orleans festival has become one of the most incredible culinary events in the nation, attracting over 7,000 gourmands and connoisseurs as well as art and music lovers from around the world. Menus feature local flavor and innovative new creations inspired by diverse cuisines. Ticket packages range in price from $340 to $995 for The VIP Package which allows you to experience the event at the highest level.
Food & Wine Classic in Aspen (FWCA)
The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is the premier culinary event that consists of three incredible days of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel discussions by world-class chefs and wine experts. Passes for the June event are on sale now ranging from $1,600 to $4,295. The growing roster of talent currently includes three black chefs: Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at The Brooklyn Brewery, Jabari Paul, leader on the Social Mission team at Ben & Jerry’s, and Kwame Onwuachi, James Beard Award-winning executive chef at Kith/Kin in Washington D.C.
New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF)
The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival is a star-studded four-day event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned chefs, wine and spirit producers, culinary personalities, lifestyle experts and America’s most beloved television chefs while raising funds to support the fight to end hunger with No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City. NYCWFF is considered the largest wine and food festival in New York City with more than 80 events and widely recognized for its tastings in celebration of America’s favorite foods, intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, late-night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, wine tastings and more.
Taste of Chicago
Every summer since 1980, the Taste of Chicago has been the nation’s premier free-admission food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining scene, alongside a smorgasbord of cooking demonstrations, music concerts, art activations, and family fun. Did we mention, It’s FREE? Spend four days this July in Chicago at beautiful Grant Park on the lakefront, indulging in the city’s best culinary options and live entertainment.