Oh, fall. The time for more cozy layers and eating an excessive amount of food to distract us all from the start of the new school year or going back to work after a vacation. That's not just me, right?
Check out our top picks for upcoming food festivals this fall across the states to satisfy all of your food and beverage needs!
626 Night Market: Arcadia, California
Get into this awesome night market in Santa Anita Park for $3 admission on Fridays and Sundays, and $5 admission on Saturdays. You can pop around to hundreds of different food, craft, merchandise, art, and entertainment booths for a great night with family or friends. The 626 Night Market is open through Labor Day Weekend, from 4 PM- 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 4PM- 11PM on Sundays. So yes, be sure to grab your midnight snack here.
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival: Kailua- Kona, Hawaii
This festival started in 1970 to promote the 200- year old coffee heritage in Kailua- Kona, Hawaii. Every November, this festival hosts a variety of festivities that honor pioneers, farmers, artisans, and of course... coffee! The festival this year starts on November 3rd, and ends on November 12th. If you've been waiting for an excuse to use up those extra vacation days of yours, here's your shot.
National Buffalo Wing Festival: Buffalo, New York
Over the past 15 years, the Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival has drawn in almost one million people and had served almost 5 million wings. Since this festival donates some proceeds to charity, you can feel even better getting however many orders of wings as you please. This year, the festival is on September 2nd and 3rd with $5 admission. If you're in the area or don't mind a road trip for some of the best chicken wings, be sure to check it out!
The Taco Festival
Lucky for all you taco lovers, The Taco Festival is featured in several cities! Here are the locations and dates for this fall:
Lafayette: September 9th
Nashville: September 30th
Des Moines: October 7th
Knoxville: October 21st
El Paso: November 11th
In other words, those of us on the East Coast and West Coast are out of luck... but I'll be bitterly happy for everyone who can attend. This festival has got everything from $2 tacos (be sure to bring cash) to chihuahua beauty pageants and Lucha Libre wrestling. If you haven't gotten your tickets here yet, I don't know what you're waiting for.
Smorgasburg: Brooklyn, New York
Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open- air food market in America. Each weekend, it attracts up to 30,000 people with 100 local vendors. And get this... it's FREE. The market is open every weekend from 11 AM to 6 PM from April through November, rain or shine. And honestly, where else can you find spaghetti donuts? Get back to me.
Feast Portland: Portland, Oregon
Feast Portland was created to showcase innovative and hands- on culinary classes, engaging panels, and of course enjoy delicious food. The festival this year goes from September 14th through 17th. Be sure to check online here which tickets are still available- they go VERY fast!
Music City Food and Wine Festival: Nashville, Tennessee
The Music City Food and Wine Festival was founded by music artists Kings of Leon, chef Jonathan Waxman, C3 Presents, and Vector Management. The variety of food, drinks, and entertainment reflects the diverse creation of this festival. The festival occurs in the historic venues and outdoor spaces in Nashville from September 15th to 17th. This year, you can catch a number of world- renowned chefs here including Andrew Zimmerman.
So there we have it! Some of the best events to tickle your tastebuds. Whether you’re an all-round foodie, a vegetarian, or someone who enjoys a sugar-free diet, hit up one of these food festivals and you definitely won’t be disappointed.
What's the best food festival you've ever been to? Let us know in the comments below!
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