Summer Food Festivals: Best Food Festivals In The US

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Why not try a food festival? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best summer food festivals in the country—take a look and see what food festivals are happening in your city!

Uptown Food Truck Festival: June 23rd

This unconventional food fair finds its home in Minneapolis, right on Hennepin Avenue. 65 food trucks, local craft beer, and live music are all part of this free event. Play games, win prizes, and nosh on dishes ranging from crispy pork belly and green papaya salad to gourmet mini doughnuts and wood fired pizzas.

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Learn more about the Uptown Food Truck Festival.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: August 29th – November 23rd

Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is a summer food festival that the whole family can enjoy, with lots of delicious bites, wine for the grown-ups, and “candy sushi” workshops for youngsters. After reading about the cheese and beverage seminars, exotic burgers, and the food and beverage pairings from France, Italy, Japan, and Mexico, I had one thing to say:

Learn more about the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Taste of Chicago: July 10th – July 14th

One of the most famous food festivals in the world, the Taste of Chicago is part music festival, part culinary adventure—and better yet, entry is free. Purchase tickets in the festival, and try samplings from Chicago staples like Chicago’s Dog House, Billy Goat Tavern, Lou Malnati’s Pizza, and many more.

Learn more about the Taste of Chicago.

LA Food and Wine Festival: August 22nd– 25th

One of the more star-studded food festivals, the LA Food and Wine Festival is one you won’t want to miss. Last year’s event featured celebrity chefs Curtis Stone, Aarón Sánchez, Robert Irvine, and many more. The lineup for 2019 is yet to be announced, but you can be sure that it will be a delicious offering.

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Learn more about the LA Food and Wine Festival.

Picklesburgh Festival: July 26th – 28th

Prefer sour to sweet? Get your pucker on at the Picklesburgh food festival, featuring lots of—you guessed it—pickles! This quirky Pittsburgh food festival even has a pickle juice drinking contest for the brave of heart.


Learn more about the Picklesburgh Food Festival.

Bourbon and Beyond Festival: September 22nd and 23rd

Rock n’ roll, bourbon, and BBQ abound at the Bourbon and Beyond Festival in Kentucky. With an impressive musical lineup featuring artists like Foo Fighters, Hall & Oates, and the Zac Brown Band, this festival is made for music lovers and gourmands alike. If you’re gluten-free, fear not—the Bourbon and Beyond Festival includes a number of gluten-free options, along with gluten-free bourbon.

Learn more about the Bourbon and Beyond Festival.