2014 Food and Wine Festivals
Tom’s Foodie Blog’s Food and Wine Festival Top Picks and Tips
If you are planning a vacation this year and you love food, then I suggest you consider adding a food and wine festival to your travel plans. Most touristy cities in North America are hosting Food and Wine Festivals in 2014, so you might as well make it a Gastronomic Trip. See Bottom of post for a list of Food and Wine Festivals by date.
I love food and wine festivals and attend as many as I can every year, as it tells me a story about the culture of that city and a chance to network with the local culinary scene.
Food and Wine Event Structures
Each event is very different, so be sure to do your homework before you get impulsive and charge it on your credit card. There are three basic structures to these events:
1) All-Inclusive Tasting Day – All-inclusive for a set price for unlimited tastings and are generally unstructured. These tasting events typically last 3-6 hours and can be a cattle rush on the most popular stations.
2) Structured Events – These events are extremely structured and you pay separate fees for each demo, seminar, class, and Chef dinners.
3) Pay per bite – These events are very similar to the all-inclusive tasting, but you pay per bite. Typically, you typically load up an event card with money and each vendor charges you a sliding scale price based on what they are cooking. The last scenario is my least favorite and should be avoided.
Most food events operate in a combination of these scenarios, with pricing to reflect the quality and inclusiveness.
2014 Food and Wine Festival Ideas
BB& T Charleston Food and Wine Festival – March 6th-9th
Forth Worth Food and Wine Festival- March 27th- 30th
Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival – April 10th-13th
California Wine Festival – Orange County –
Austin Food and Wine Festival – April 25-27th
Vegas Uncorked by Bon Appetit - May 8-11 2014
Atlanta Food and Wine Festival - May 29th – June 1
Food and Wine Classic in Aspen June 20-22
Taste of Chicago - July 9th-13th
Bite of Seattle - July 18ty-20th
Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival – August 2014 (TBD)
Feast Portland - September (TBD)
Music City Eats – Nashville Food Wine Spirits Festival – September (TBD)
Epcot Food and Wine Festival September (TBD)
New York City Food and Wine Festival – October 16th-19
Taste MTL – Montreal – November 1-11 tl
South Beach Food and Wine Festival February 20-23
Cancun Food and Wine Festival – March 14-17
Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival March 21-23rd