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Top 5 Food Festivals in North America

For perpetually hungry travelers, there’s no better way to know the soul of a destination than through the food it offers. Add a craft cocktail to the edible art and you will be dared to not salivate!

Just like Indian, Thai and Continental, North America represents with some lip-smacking food options. Famous for its food festivals, the continent offers you with an opportunity to sample tiny bites from giant places that you generally overlook. After our journey of this continent from as far as Hawaii to as high as Canada, we’ve handpicked some most scrumptious Food Festivals for the epicureans.

1. NYC Wine and Food Festival

Beginning with the cosmopolitan capital of the planet, this four-day feast brings to the floor every segment from hands-on demonstrations to exquisite diners prepped by world-famous chefs. It is held at the ideal time when the leaves are vibrant, weather is favorable for an all-day stroll and food is cooked to perfection. What sets it apart is its 100% donation of the net proceeds to the No Kid Hungry Campaign and the Food Bank for New York City. No wonder this world’s greatest economic engine and gourmet city savors celeb chefs and homegrown talent with a philanthropic bent.

2. Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

A brainchild of the local master chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, this one’s the most mouthwatering gourmet ticket of the tropics. Hit Oahu and other shores to savor and sip in the beach sands as Hawaii exhibits its homegrown food stars along with other palate pleasers from the Pacific Rim. HFWF is a traveling fest that switches islands in its two week sojourn. Beside the flavorful harvest of Hawaii, you can try a bunch of crisp wines and culinary demonstrations!

3. Taste of Chicago

The eclectic and yummy flavors of the Wind City are well executed in the World’s Largest Food Festival, a five day food extravaganza held at the Grant Park. This lakefront fest can be savored by all pockets, thanks to its free entry. Au Courant gourmands as well as tiny taste buds are welcomed in this almost vintage annual fiesta. And the best part- if you aren’t up for fancy eating, there’s hotdogs and pizza right there! Besides the unavoidable food, Chicago hosts a fantastic musical layout showcasing the likes of Roots, Elle King, Billy Idol to name a few. And what’s more, Food Trucks have been added recently to the evening concert scene!

4. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Trying to make it big? Leave it to Disney! While Disney Walt’s empire takes care of the kid in us with its rides, malts and Mickey, Epcot International Food and Wine Festival blends in food, festivity and fantasy in its 62 Day gourmet getaway exhibiting 1.5 million bites prepared by 270 international chefs! The fest is a Pandora’s Box of British, African, Greek and Moroccan delights. Get your family a Dining Plan that circumscribes a plethora of participating restaurants, use your ‘magic band’ to redeem meals and snacks and get a whole lot of other entitlements!

5. Charleston Food + Wine Festival

South Carolina’s delectable culinary culture is rightfully celebrated by Charleston in a Five-day gala. You can slurp over its unmatched Southern Atlantic cuisine apart from the cliché chicken and waffles, seafood, pork and spirits. Besides the Culinary Village offering chefs, authors and wine makers, you will come across tastings, demos, book signings, music and a lot more! This festival aims to raise funds to grant scholarships to those studying hospitality and culinary professions.

Now stop daydreaming of the yummy food and set your next itinerary to one of these food and fun filled locations! Bon appétit!

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