Hungry for something truly memorable? Food festivals are one of the ultimate cultural experiences, especially during the summer and fall, when the weather is ideal for being outdoors. From savory eats to quaffable beers, cooking demonstrations to wine seminars, food festivals offer a window into a place or city and its most creative makers. Here are three worth checking out.
SF Street Food Festival
This La Cocina-backed one-day extravaganza is the food truck festival that started it all. Meet the chefs behind La Cocina success stories, like Sabores del Sur and James Beard-nominated Reem’s, and sample their goodies. The festival, which takes place at the Potrero Power Station, has grown over the years but organizers have kept it affordable and family-friendly. Tickets are $10, compared to the hundreds it costs to attend other food festivals. Oct. 13. 420 23rd St., San Francisco; www.sfstreetfoodfest.com
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Push your summer Tahoe trip into September to indulge in this three-day gathering of chefs, artisanal purveyors, brewers and winemakers at Northstar California Resort. Watch chef demonstrations, like last year’s Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-off, try hands-on cooking, attend a farm-to-table dinner, wine seminar or luncheon. Tickets and details for 2018 still pending. Sept. 7-9. 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee. Check back for more information or visit www.gotahoenorth.com.
Arguably the most creative and multi-faceted food festival in the country, Feast PDX is four days of frenetically-paced food and drink fun featuring leading and emerging national culinary talent in more than 40 unique dining experiences.
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The Bon Appetit-backed Feast literally takes over Portland, shutting down streets and venues for Night Markets, cooking competitions, insider parties and more. New this year: An 80s vs 90s cooking throwdown among 20 celebrated chefs and a Pacific Rim-themed Night Market.
Look for appearances by Dominique Crenn, Sean Brock, Andrew Zimmern and other celebrity chefs. Ticket prices vary. Multi-day packages including hotel accommodations available. Sept. 13-16 in and around Portland. For tickets and lineup, visit www.feastportland.com.
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