Traveling into a new city is all about getting to know its popular landmarks and sightseeing, but you can’t end at that. Much of a town’s culture is best experienced through its food and wine offerings and how the locals festively celebrate these occasions. All over the United States, there are dozens upon dozens of festivals that are close to the heart of foodies and wine lovers. The awesome venues are also an added advantage so if you want to plan your trips for the rest of the year, here are four festivals that should help you out.
Hudson-Berkshire Wine and Food Festival
The 3rd annual festival will be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, NY during the May 23 and 24 weekend. Besides the beer, cider, and wine, expect amazing food such as cheeses, baked goods, and grass-fed meat from local farmers. A one-day tasting ticket is for $25 and that includes tons of wine, beer, and spirit samples plus a souvenir-tasting glass. If you decide to go, a great option is to stay at a bed and breakfast so you’ll have that breakfast ready for you while you’re healing from a hangover. Check out the Gateways Inn in the Berkshires.
BottleRock Napa Valley
Like a smaller version of Coachella, the BottleRock at the Napa Valley expo is held from May 29 to 31 featuring astounding concerts and of course — food, wine, and beer. The lineups include eclectic bands, such as No Doubt, Silverado Pickups, Grass Child, and more. The tickets can be pricey but you’ll appreciate their decent selection of craft brews. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Napa Valley, try out the historic Churchill Manor in Napa.
Portland Eat Mobile Festival
Get to know the best of Portland’s beloved food carts at the Willamette Week’s 8th Annual Eat Mobile Festival on April 26. Besides the admission tickets, check out the pre-tasting tickets so you can get your hands on the samples an hour and a half before the event. That means no lines at each cart!
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
Save the date for the best NOWFE experience this 2015, from May 20 to 23. Now on its 22nd year and attracting more than 10,000 gourmands, connoisseurs, as well as art and music lovers, NOWFE showcases hundreds of participating wineries and restaurants. Imagine 1,000 wines from all over the world that are right within your reach. So attend New Orleans’ grand tasting events, hangout in the French Quarter and attend a gala as a finale!