Food and Drink Events

Exploring the local cuisine and beverage of a city is easily the most fun and delicious way to get to know a culture. So why not take it a notch higher and attend a food and drink festival? These days, virtually every country has something special on the calendar to offer to anyone hungry, or those looking for an extraordinary experience in a foreign land. These unique festivals are much more than a reason to eat; it’s an completely sensory experience that allows travelers to engage with the people and a destination in an intimate, and usually epic, manner.

After all, the history of food has come a long way. For our ancestors, food was nothing more than an essential means of survival. Perhaps the earliest known means of celebrating food was the Harvest Festival, which is older than Christianity. Over time, harvest festivals were replaced by agricultural shows and markets that have continued to grow and evolve with the sole purpose of showcasing agricultural knowledge. Today, we’re faced with a dizzying array of cuisines that are only limited by geographical borders and our imagination. We want taste, indulgence, diversity, and choices. And the best way to do this is by exploring the mind-blowing world of food and drink festivals.

In fact, many of these events are responsible for placing destinations on the world map. From the beer-drenched Oktoberfest in Germany and the crazy tomato-tossing antics of La Tomatina in Spain, to the downright bizarre Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand and the intoxicatingly fun Kentucky Bourbon Festival, there is a culinary event to satisfy every palate. Wine festivals are the perfect opportunity to learn about this delicious elixir while meeting sommeliers, and beer festivals celebrate everything about the incredible golden nectar. Specially-curated events let you sink your teeth into the juiciest barbecue you’ve ever tasted while making friends from all over the world.

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Minnesota State Fair 2021
St Paul, Minnesota
26 Aug  - 06 Sep, 2021
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Gilroy Garlic Festival 2021
Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy, California
23 Jul  - 25 Jul, 2021
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Catalina Wine Mixer 2021
Descanso Beach Club, Catalina Island, California
04 Jun  - 05 Jun, 2021
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Lexington BBQ Festival 2020
Lexington, North Carolina
24 Oct, 2020
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West Side Nut Club Fall Festival 2020
Evansville, Indiana
05 Oct  - 10 Oct, 2020
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Bourbon and Beyond 2020
Louisville, Kentucky
25 Sep  - 27 Sep, 2020
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Texas State Fair 2020
State Fair of Texas
25 Sep  - 18 Oct, 2020
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Telluride Blues and Brews 2020
Telluride, Colorado
18 Sep  - 20 Sep, 2020
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2020
Bardstown, Kentucky
16 Sep  - 20 Sep, 2020
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Cheung Chau Bun Festival 2020
Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
27 Apr  - 01 May, 2020
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Rhythm and Vines 2019
Gisborne, New Zealand
29 Dec, 2019  - 01 Jan, 2020
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Abbot Kinney Festival 2019
Venice, California
29 Sep, 2019
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Barometer 2019
Kyiv, Ukraine
27 Sep  - 29 Sep, 2019
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Big Feastival 2019
Kingham, Chipping Norton, UK
23 Aug  - 25 Aug, 2019
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Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival 2019
Malkerns Valley, Swaziland
03 Aug, 2019
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Mundaka Festival 2019
Mundaka, Bizkaia, Spain
26 Jul  - 28 Jul, 2019
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Pinknic 2019
Randall's Island Park, New York
19 Jul  - 20 Jul, 2019
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The Bash Festival 2019
Phoenix, Arizona
02 Jun, 2019
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Bottle Rock Napa 2019
Napa Valley, California
24 May  - 26 May, 2019
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Flash Festival 2019
Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
16 May  - 19 May, 2019
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Sabroso Festival 2019
Denver, Colorado
28 Apr, 2019
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Top Taco Festival & Agave Week 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana
10 Mar  - 14 Mar, 2019
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SantaCon 2018
New York, NY, USA
08 Dec, 2018
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Beards, Brews, and Bikes 2018
, Butte, Montana, United States
19 Jul  - 21 Jul, 2018
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Not only do you get to learn about authentic cuisine, your taste buds (and liver!) will go on a journey that you will never forget. And when you pair it with live music, an electrifying atmosphere, and lovely people, you’ve got a recipe for fun that no other style of travel can hold a candle to.

From the luxurious to the ludicrous, food and drink festivals are the best way to travel. Get to know new tastes, sights, textures, and aromas. Come with an open mind, get drunk on life, and bring your appetite for life. Allow us to be your guide as you navigate the world’s most epic gastronomical events. 

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