The US is a vast country, and with your US visa in hand, be ready to have a wonderful experience. While traveling across the US, you will feel as if you are visiting many countries. Each place has its own identity, culture, and food. The tourist destinations are good but the food and drink festivals are a great way to learn about a place’s culture and to try out different foods. For a really unique experience, you should visit some of the following food events which are a food lover’s delight.
Taste of Chicago:
This food festival offers the eclectic and delicious flavors and food of Chicago. Generally, it is held for five days during July. In 2021 this festival will be held from July 7th to 11th. This is one of the biggest food festivals in the US, and every year it attracts more than 1.4 million people. You can relish diverse culinary experiences with celebrity chefs and enjoy the various musical shows with renowned singers. Pop-up restaurants and food trucks delight the foodies.
New York City Wine and Food Festival:
This food festival takes place for four days in October each year. This year it will be held from 14th October to 17th October. The net proceeds of this food festival go to benefit the ‘Food Bank for NYC’ and ‘Share Our Strength’s No Child Hungry’ campaign. The events include tasting wine, attending seminars, dining with television chefs, savoring the best foods in America, enjoying at parties, and more. The most popular event here is the walk-around Grand Tasting events on Saturday and Sunday. You get to visit tasting stations from hundreds of chefs from around the country and also mingle with celebrity chefs.
Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival:
It is a five-day festival that spotlights the finest in food and drinks culture throughout Los Angeles. It showcases leading chefs, top wineries, and culinary icons. There is plenty of live entertainment, including cooking demonstrations and spirit tastings. The festival is affordable with pop-up food stalls and food trucks. The event helps support the Berkeley Foundation – a charity that distributes funds to various L.A-based organizations helping the youth of today. The dates for 2021 have not been finalized.
The dates for this three-day festival have not been announced but are expected to be in July this year. The pickle capital Picklesburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hosts this festival every year. There will be pickle pizza, pickled seafood, pickle-themed cocktails and, fried pickles for the pickle lovers. There were plenty of vendors for food, souvenir, and novelty products. This is an entry-free, family-friendly event and includes child-friendly games and activities.
Eat Drink SF:
This is a celebration of the Bay Areas’ food culture. With tasting sessions, food and drink classes, and cooking demos, the festival weekend kicks off with Taco Knockdown, which is a creative battle for chefs. A single ticket enables the visitor to experience everything at the festival. During the weekend there are four grand tasting events featuring restaurants, beer, spirits, and cocktails. Guests can taste the food, watch the demonstrations by celebrity chefs, learn about winemaking, and more. The dates for August 2021 have not been decided.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience:
This is a five-day annual culinary extravaganza scheduled for June 9-13, 2021. Events include seminars and specialty food and drink “experiences,” wine tastings, and festive meals. The festival has donated over $1.2 million to local charity organizations. “Vinola” is a popular event for true wine connoisseurs, where they can enjoy the opportunity to sample rare and highly valued wines. “Tournament of Rosés” is another event where you taste premier rosés from France, Spain, Italy, United States, and other places.
The Barbecue Festival – Lexington, North Carolina:
The Barbecue festival is scheduled for 23rd October 2021. If you want to feast on the best, juiciest, and most flavorful barbecue head to Lexington, North Carolina. Other than this, there is plenty of food stalls, souvenirs, presents, and handmade craft stands, street shows, entertainment, and music shows to make this festival a memorable one. For the meat-eaters, the world-famous Lexington barbecue is typically made by barbecuing pork shoulder in a seasoned vinegar-based sauce and served with coleslaw.
As you travel across the US and visit such food events, it opens your eyes and your taste buds to new authentic flavors and foods. Food also helps you meet new people. It’s wonderful to experience new food with others who are just as enthusiastic about it as you are. Before you set out, it’s better to update yourself about the events from their official state websites as there may be changes due to the pandemic. Stay safe, healthy, and enjoy your visit to the food events in the US.