Table with white plates of Burekas - tomato and cheese, feta and spinach, mushroom flavors.
Delectable delights from The Nosh Fest, ABQ.

Food Events and Festivals:

Food Events and Festivals:

Food events and festivals are as varied as the places that host them and they often are something the whole family can enjoy. Ranging in size, many are held yearly (some twice a year) and they bring revenue to the communities or organizations that host them.

Food events and festivals number in the thousands. Historically they celebrated the harvest and its bounty. Food festivals in the USA really took hold in the early 1900s and the Great Depression to showcase and preserve local culinary traditions and bring together communities. Today there’s a food event or festival for almost every type of food under the sun. You can celebrate ethnic foods (e.g. Baltimore’s St. Leo’s Annual Ravioli & Spaghetti Dinner (held twice a year) provides 13,000+ raviolis and 8,000+ meatballs), or local harvest (e.g. Maryland’s Seafood Festival), or a worthy cause (e.g., Charleston Wine + Food Festival® which raises money for hospitality industry scholarships), or try yours skills at a cooking competition or bake-off.  If you want to venture outside the USA, there’s the Le Grand Poutine Fest which is dedicated to the treasured dish poutine (French fries, gravy and cheese curds) in Québec, Canada (usually held in August). Or travel to Tuscany, Italy and attend the White Truffle Exhibition in San Miniato where you can enjoy dishes prepared with truffles, purchase truffle products and even join in truffle hunting. Be sure to check-out the food events and festivals in your region and it just might be the reason to plan a wonderful trip to somewhere new!