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Oct 19, 2014
Tina George

All the Winners, Action at Food Network’s 7th Annual NYC Burger Bash

PHOTO: TV Personality Rachael Ray and John Cusimano sample food at Brindle Room station at the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray during the New York City Wine  Food Festival on Oct. 17, 2014 in New York City.

Food Network came to life Friday night at Rachael Ray’s 7th annual Blue Moon Burger Bash for the New York City Wine Food Festival.

Robert Irvine, Anne Burrell, Adam Richman, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Andrew Zimmern and more came out for the celebrity chef studded affair with 32 contenders vying for the best burger of the year.

Murphy ended up taking home the top prize of judge’s favorite with his unique “Lamb-Marc” burger, made with spiced ground lamb meat and mint chimichurri on a Martin’s Famous Potato Roll.

PHOTO: Marc Murphy took top prize at the 2014 NYCWFF Burger Bash.

“I’ve been doing this a while and wanted to switch it up a bit,” Murphy said of why he went with a lamb burger, and added that he hadn’t expected to win. “I had no idea. It was a very big surprise. It was a lot of fun.”

Burrell, Richman, Zimmern and Jets football player Nick Mangold judged the event, looking for the best burger of the bunch in a blind tasting.

“I always say a good burger is a team effort, so it has to be about the meat, the bun, the toppings and how everybody works together,” Burrell said. “[Marc Murphy's] was just the most delicious burger with the lamb and the feta. I’m a big salty, meaty, lamby girl.”

PHOTO: Josh Capon won Peoples Choice burger for the 5th year in a row.

Josh Capon, executive chef of NYC’s Burger Barrel, won people’s choice burger for the fifth time in six years. His beef “Bash Burger” came on a Martin’s Famous Potato Roll with caramelized onion and bacon jam, shaved pickles, American cheese and “secret sauce” — which Capon spilled to ABC News was really just a seasoned ketchup and mayonnaise mixture.

“I’m not going to lie to you — this is the award-winning bash burger. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Capon said. “Everybody’s trying to come up with something new to beat me. Until they beat this burger, I’m not changing a freaking thing.”

Ray sounded surprised when she announced that Capon had yet again taken People’s Choice Award, calling it a “Rocky” moment.

“I feel on top of the world,” Capon said of the win.

PHOTO: Marc Murphys winning burger and Josh Capons peoples choice winning burger.

Other favorites included Robert Irvine’s Oktoberfest-themed contender, Alex Guarnaschelli’s Parisian Santa Fe burger and national chain Shake Shack’s famous patty.

This year was the 16th time Ray has hosted a Burger Bash between NYC and South Beach’s food festivals.

PHOTO: General view of the atmosphere at the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray during the New York City Wine  Food Festival at Esurance Rooftop Pier 92 on Oct. 17, 2014 in New York City.

“The chefs keep it fresh. They bring new and different burger ideas each year putting new stuff between the buns,” she said. “I think the concept is really simple, but beautiful — the world’s greatest chefs put their talents between a bun making it accessible and fun and welcoming for everybody. There’s definitely no food snobbery going on in a burger tent with lots of beer.”

PHOTO: Burgers are prepared at the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray during the New York City Wine  Food Festival at Esurance Rooftop Pier 92 on Oct. 17, 2014 in New York City.

All of the proceeds from the event are going to hunger-relief programs of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank for New York City.

The Food Network New York City Food Wine Festival has raised more than $7 million to date.

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Oct 19, 2014
Tina George

America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals

Fall is a time for loosing pant strings and gearing up for the most American form of celebration: eating and drinking. Travel around the country feasting on an abundance of seasonal eats like apple pies and pumpkin brews, while sampling the local flavors of each state and region. Here are ten food festivals across America to keep you nice and full, just in time for Thanksgiving.
National Apple Harvest:October 4-5 and 11-12
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the National Apple Harvest Festival has something for all ages. Strolling musicians and entertainers set the tone of the day, while activities like petting zoos, chainsaw carving, and Native American dancers ensure constant fun. Dont forget to experience the main reason you attended: the apples. Choose your favorite way to enjoy this seasonal treat, whether its bobbing for candied apples, enjoying a warm slice of homemade pie, or visiting the apple pancake patio.
Welfleet Oysterfest:October 18-19
The end of summer doesnt mean an end to seafood. Head to Welfleet, Massachusetts for some of the Capes finest oysters. Originally founded to spread awareness for the towns fishery industry, Oysterfest is a delicious way to support a local economy. Whet your appetite with the annual shucking contest and then gather your friends to see who can make their own record.
New York City Wine and Food Festival:October 16-19
Now in its seventh year, the annual Food Network hosted culinary event returns to New York City, bringing together famed chefs from around the world. Armed with their goal of ending child hunger, the New York City Wine and Food Festival donates all of its profits towards this end. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of the greatest talents in the culinary and spirits industries through dinners, tastings, and panels.
Harvest on the Harbor:October 22-25
Portland, Maines Harvest on the Harbor event is a push to promote Maine as a culinary destination. With picturesque harbor views, lobster as fresh as it comes, and over 160 culinary vendors, the harbor festival makes its mark on the food festival scene. For a special experience, sign up for the Harvest Dinner, a tasting accompanied by the Kotzschmar Organ as you sample the best of Maines local flavor.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta:September 24-28
Get a taste of the west with Santa Fes five day Wine and Chile Fiesta. Enjoy chef demonstrations, wine seminars, luncheons, and dinners, followed by the Gran Fondo 50 mile bike ride to get back into fighting shape. With options from over 90 wineries and 75 Santa Fe based restaurants, youll have no trouble filling five days of endless tasting.
Great American Beer Festival:October 2-4
Youd be hard pressed to find a beer not represented at the Great American Beer Festival. Come with your tank empty and be prepared to enjoy one of Americas favorite pastimes. Worried about your resilience? Stop for a snack at the Farm to Table Pavilion, try a new flavor from the American Cheese Society, or join one of the many pairings of the day, like hot dogs ales.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair:October 3-5
Now in its 40th year, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair offers wine connoisseurs the chance to experience the best of the annual harvest. Sample vintages from over 150 wineries around the Sonoma region and purchase your favorites in the wine country marketplace. Sweet toothed visitors can enjoy the port and chocolate pairing, while live demonstrations, grape stomping, and harvest workshops ensure there is something for everyone.
 
Feast Portland: September 18-21

Now in its third year, Feast Portlandbrings a taste of the Pacific Northwest to the public, hosted by Bon Appetite Magazine. Mixing local talent with worldwide culinary masters, visitors can imbibe and indulge while supporting a good cause; all profits go towards feeding hungry children throughout Oregon.
Music City Food + Wine Festival:September 20-21
Now in its second year, Nashvilles Music City Food and Wine Festival shares a taste of the south through culinary bites and music selections, curated by festival co-founders and Kings of Leon band mates Caleb and Nathan Followill. Learn the art of burning food, discover the proper way to shuck an oyster, and gain tips on turning a culinary disaster into a success.
Columbus Oktoberfest:September 26-28
Cant make it to Munich? Columbus, Ohio has you covered with their recreation of the annual Oktoberfest. Don your dirndl and lederhosen as you sip foamy beers, enjoy warm pretzels and sausages, and walk among the strolling musicians. Prost!
This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals on Honest Cooking.
This article originally appeared as America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals on Relish

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Oct 18, 2014
Tina George

11/8-9: Litchfield Park Fest of the Arts brings food, music

Good eats are coming to the West Valley as festival season gets underway.

The Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts marks its 44th year as one of the area’s premier celebrations of art, music and food. The festival runs Nov. 8-9 in downtown Litchfield Park. Meanwhile, Glendale Glitters, the harbinger of the holiday season, kicks off Nov. 28-29 with the Spectacular Weekend in Historic Downtown Glendale.

In Litchfield Park, more than 250 visual artists and craft artisans will exhibit and sell their work. Music will be provided by guitarist Esteban and his daughter, violinist Teresa Joy. Their playlist covers music from classical and flamenco to classic rock and roll. Also performing is musical ensemble Estun-Bah, which features the sounds of the Southwest highlighted by the Apache flute and acoustic guitar. Other shows include the traditional sounds of Inka Gold, Hawaiian music from Patrick Ki and hoop dancing from champion Tony Duncan.

Glendale Glitters literally glitters with its spectacular lighting display that boasts some 1.5 million lights illuminating 16 downtown Glendale blocks. Events change week to week and include arts and crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Winter Wonderland and appearances by Santa Claus. The series ends with the Glitter Glow Block Party on Jan. 10.

Pat Murphy, who owns the Papa’s Grill concession, has been participating in the Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts for almost two decades and now is in charge of lining up vendors.

“It’s an event we’ve been doing 19 straight years,” Murphy said. “It’s a great event, family-friendly, no gate fee, great music and kids’ activities, and great artists from affordable to high end.”

Murphy tries to arrange a “nice mix of food.” His criteria for inviting a vendor include quality of product, presentation and cleanliness of the booth.

To find Murphy’s own tent, follow your nose to the aroma of Italian sausages. His family’s 50-year-old recipe sizzles on the grill and then slips into a fresh roll with peppers and onions. Papa’s Grill sausages have become popular around the Southwest, he says, as he travels through Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and California.

Among the vendors appearing at the festival are Greek specialties from International Foods, barbecue from Shane’s Rib Shack and ice cream creations from Karen’s Kreamery.

For some hardy fare, stop by the Shane’s Rib Shack tent, where co-owner Bruce Stork promises a menu of pulled pork sandwiches, chopped chicken sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, garlic fries and chicken tenders. (Ribs can be too messy for an outdoor festival, he noted.)

The Litchfield Park fair is one of Stork’s favorite festivals. They’ve participated seven times. With stores in Glendale and west Phoenix, the company prefers West Valley events. And this time of year, having fun al fresco is ideal, he said.

“It’s perfect walking-around weather,” said Stork, a chiropractor who is cutting back on his practice to devote more time to Shane’s Rib Shack. “With all the vendors and the little (art) shops, it works out quite nicely.”

The Arizona Stronghold winery, with vineyards in Cochise and Graham counties, will host a wine garden at the festival. In a fenced-in area, guests age 21 or older can purchase Arizona Stronghold wines by the bottle, the glass and samples, then take their drinks to the nearby stage and listen to music. Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc will be served.

Arizona Stronghold does 25 to 30 such festivals a year, according to wholesale manager Justin Ove. Guests “get to talk to someone from the winery and answer questions,” he said.

Wine experts also will debunk myths about viticulture, including the notion that Arizona is too hot and dry for growing wine grapes.

“There are no great wines coming out of the rain forest,” Ove said.

The best wine regions are, in fact, arid lands like Arizona, where acid levels are enhanced by the drop in temperature from day to night.

One vendor who is doing double duty with appearances at both festivals is Bill Hardy and his Tornado Fries concession. Spear an Idaho potato on a stick, run it through a machine that cuts it into a spiral, deep-fry it, add seasonings and you’ve got Tornado Fries. Hardy is also offering buckets of crispy potato chips.

How many calories? He laughs.

“When you’re at a fair and you’re enjoying yourself, you’re not going to count calories.”

Tornado Fries, inspired by a South Korean street food, come with your choice of a dozen seasonings including powdered Cheddar cheese, white Cheddar cheese, salt and vinegar and, the most popular, “schmutz” — a German-Yiddish word meaning “dirt” that here means a combination of sweet, salty, garlic and other flavors. Shake it on at the seasoning station.

Hardy was able to snag the Arizona Tornado Fries franchise of the New Jersey-based company and has found his treat a popular one. “It’s unique in the look — what is it? — and it tastes good.”

Another vendor working both fests is Karen Gagne of Karen’s Kreamery in Avondale. Gagne will be selling her award-winning ice cream in cups and waffle cones, as well as frozen lemonade, hot pretzels, sundaes and root beer floats.

Though Karen’s Kreamery works events across the Valley, the West Valley is still home, she said. “A lot of people are familiar with us. We’ve been in the Valley 18 years.”

Gagne once had a shop in Glendale, but that has closed. Now her longtime customers must enjoy her wares at food festivals or find her special creations at Papa Ed’s Ice Cream in Glendale.

Details: Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-9. 100 S. Old Litchfield Road. Free. 623-734-6526, vermillionpromotions.com.

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Oct 18, 2014
Tina George

Caribbean Food Festivals Worth the Splurge

Move over Paris and Rome, the Caribbean is quickly becoming a gourmet dining epicenter. Beckoning to international award-winning chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert and José Andrés, the Caribbean boasts an impressive array of acclaimed resort restaurants and foodie festivals. Care to pair your umbrella-laden drink with a mouthwatering meal? Found everywhere from St. Barts to Turks Caicos, here are four splurge-worthy culinary festivals you won’t want to miss.

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St. Barts
Between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3, the Taste of St. Barth Gourmet Festival will tempt the palates of hungry visitors, with Jean-Georges Vongerichten of NYC’s Jean-Georges as the festival’s honoree. Along with Vongerichten, seven of the world’s finest award-winning chefs (with nine Michelin stars among them) hailing from France, Brazil, Japan, the U.S. and Sweden will create multi-course menus at seven host restaurants. Alongside the delicious menus, there will also be two professional cooking competitions — the St. Barth Chef Challenge by Taittinger and a traditional Saint Bart “galettes” and cake competition. Guest barman, Stephane Ginouvès from Fouquet’s Barrière Hotel, Paris will preside over the Bartender Competition to decide who creates the best, original “Taste St. Barth Cocktail.”

Where to stay: Hôtel Guanahani Spa — the largest resort on the island. It boasts two white-sand beaches, colorful cottage-style suites and an expansive Spa by Clarins. The resort’s executive chef, Philippe Messeglia, oversees Le Bartolomeo and Indigo restaurants, considered some of the best dining locales on the island. Hôtel Le Toiny, Relais Chateaux exudes total privacy, elegant villa-style accommodations outfitted with private pools, and in-room spa services and a French gourmet dining experience at Restaurant Le Gaiac. Eden Rock-St. Barths, an Oetker Collection hotel, sits on St. Jean beach with stylish suites and ultra-luxe villas. Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, with its idyllic setting on Baie de Flamands, touts freshly redesigned suite interiors and bungalows evoking the glamour of 1960s-era St. Barts.

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Turks Caicos
Providenciales (better known as Provo), home to white-sand beaches and brilliant turquoise sea, will once again play host to the Caribbean Food Wine Festival. From Nov. 6 to 8, James Beard finalist chef David LeFevre, Leah Cohen and Hans Peter Haider will join Provo’s finest chefs for a culinary celebration of classic Caribbean cuisine. Guests will satisfy their Caribbean cravings and sample island fare — including native conch — at a variety of food and wine events. Each event is priced individually, and for $250 you can take a jaunt around the island on a Gourmet Safari. Whet your palate with libations at the Grace Bay Club followed by dinner at the Coyaba Restaurant, Seven Stars Resort, Regent Palms and Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, a Wymara Resort.

Where to stay: At the Regent Palms, whitewashed coral stone offers a striking contrast with the turquoise sea views at this 72-suite beachfront resort. After indulging at the festival, head to the 25,000-square-foot spa for a little detox. Gansevoort Turks + Caicos suits travelers looking for contemporary chic accommodations on a pristine stretch of white-sand beach. Grace Bay Club, Provo’s first all-suite luxury resort, boasts villas and the ultra-luxe estate, a space so indulgent you’ll probably wish you could move in.

St. Lucia
Jade Mountain, one of St. Lucia’s best hotels, will once again play host to the Spices of the Caribbean, a five-day festival devoted to the island’s signature flavors. From Dec. 12 to 16, James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser will lead guests in a series events, including a cocktail party with complimentary tropical rum punches, tours of the resort’s own Emerald Estate organic garden, 18th century historic plantations, and live interactive cooking demonstrations led by Susser himself. Some events do cost money, but most are free to Jade Mountain guests.

Where to stay: Take advantage of the complimentary events by bedding down at Jade Mountain — an architectural marvel with rooms the hotel refers to as “sanctuaries” (accommodations are missing a fourth wall — putting you even closer to St. Lucia’s tropical paradise). Start each day with a swim in your private pool overlooking the majestic Pitons. Also consider Anse Chastanet — Jade Mountain’s sister resort. This classic beachfront Caribbean outpost offers a technology-free getaway: With no TVs or radios to distract you, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the spectacular sunsets and bevy of activities the resort offers, including snorkeling and kayaking.

Cayman Islands
If your New Year’s resolutions do not include refraining from caloric food and wine, then make your way to the Cayman Islands for the annual Cayman Cookout. From Jan. 15 to 18, celebrity chefs the likes of Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés and Daniel Boulud flock to Grand Cayman for over-the-top wine tastings, culinary demonstrations and gala dinners. Plan to resume your New Year’s resolutions when you get home. Tickets go on sale Oct. 15.

Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman sits on famous Seven Mile Beach and is considered by guests and experts to be one of the most luxurious oceanfront outposts on the island. It’s also home to the coveted Blue by Eric Ripert — a seafood restaurant helmed by the same New York chef behind Le Bernardin, and a recurring guest judge on “Top Chef.” Stay here if you want to be close to the Cayman Cookout action — the hotel will host all of the event’s festivities.

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About the author: Tiffany Dowd is the founder and president of Luxe Social Media and a global luxury hotel expert. You can follow her on Twitter @LuxeTiffany, Facebook and Instagram, connect with her on LinkedIn and add her to your circles on Google+.

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Oct 16, 2014
Tina George

Quezon City to mark 75th anniversary with parades, food festivals, and more

A home for many, Quezon City is multifaceted: it is an entertainment capital, a shopping destination, a health and wellness center, a locus of government operations—and it will be celebrating its Diamond Jubilee starting next month. The city-wide birthday bash will celebrate 75 years of growth, and toast to more ahead. Besides the food festival, there will also be street parties in all six districts of Quezon City. Everyone will be treated to a night of music, performances, food, and fireworks as they countdown to the city’s anniversary. Simultaneously, there will be a city-wide medical mission, job fairs, fun run, Senior Citizens’ Program, Sports Exhibition by the PSC, Skateboard Competition, Volleyball Tournament, Rock Concert, Martsa ng Musiko, among others.

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Oct 16, 2014
Tina George

America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals

Fall is a time for loosing pant strings and gearing up for the most American form of celebration: eating and drinking. Travel around the country feasting on an abundance of seasonal eats like apple pies and pumpkin brews, while sampling the local flavors of each state and region. Here are ten food festivals across America to keep you nice and full, just in time for Thanksgiving.
National Apple Harvest:October 4-5 and 11-12
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the National Apple Harvest Festival has something for all ages. Strolling musicians and entertainers set the tone of the day, while activities like petting zoos, chainsaw carving, and Native American dancers ensure constant fun. Dont forget to experience the main reason you attended: the apples. Choose your favorite way to enjoy this seasonal treat, whether its bobbing for candied apples, enjoying a warm slice of homemade pie, or visiting the apple pancake patio.
Welfleet Oysterfest:October 18-19
The end of summer doesnt mean an end to seafood. Head to Welfleet, Massachusetts for some of the Capes finest oysters. Originally founded to spread awareness for the towns fishery industry, Oysterfest is a delicious way to support a local economy. Whet your appetite with the annual shucking contest and then gather your friends to see who can make their own record.
New York City Wine and Food Festival:October 16-19
Now in its seventh year, the annual Food Network hosted culinary event returns to New York City, bringing together famed chefs from around the world. Armed with their goal of ending child hunger, the New York City Wine and Food Festival donates all of its profits towards this end. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of the greatest talents in the culinary and spirits industries through dinners, tastings, and panels.
Harvest on the Harbor:October 22-25
Portland, Maines Harvest on the Harbor event is a push to promote Maine as a culinary destination. With picturesque harbor views, lobster as fresh as it comes, and over 160 culinary vendors, the harbor festival makes its mark on the food festival scene. For a special experience, sign up for the Harvest Dinner, a tasting accompanied by the Kotzschmar Organ as you sample the best of Maines local flavor.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta:September 24-28
Get a taste of the west with Santa Fes five day Wine and Chile Fiesta. Enjoy chef demonstrations, wine seminars, luncheons, and dinners, followed by the Gran Fondo 50 mile bike ride to get back into fighting shape. With options from over 90 wineries and 75 Santa Fe based restaurants, youll have no trouble filling five days of endless tasting.
Great American Beer Festival:October 2-4
Youd be hard pressed to find a beer not represented at the Great American Beer Festival. Come with your tank empty and be prepared to enjoy one of Americas favorite pastimes. Worried about your resilience? Stop for a snack at the Farm to Table Pavilion, try a new flavor from the American Cheese Society, or join one of the many pairings of the day, like hot dogs ales.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair:October 3-5
Now in its 40th year, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair offers wine connoisseurs the chance to experience the best of the annual harvest. Sample vintages from over 150 wineries around the Sonoma region and purchase your favorites in the wine country marketplace. Sweet toothed visitors can enjoy the port and chocolate pairing, while live demonstrations, grape stomping, and harvest workshops ensure there is something for everyone.
 
Feast Portland: September 18-21

Now in its third year, Feast Portlandbrings a taste of the Pacific Northwest to the public, hosted by Bon Appetite Magazine. Mixing local talent with worldwide culinary masters, visitors can imbibe and indulge while supporting a good cause; all profits go towards feeding hungry children throughout Oregon.
Music City Food + Wine Festival:September 20-21
Now in its second year, Nashvilles Music City Food and Wine Festival shares a taste of the south through culinary bites and music selections, curated by festival co-founders and Kings of Leon band mates Caleb and Nathan Followill. Learn the art of burning food, discover the proper way to shuck an oyster, and gain tips on turning a culinary disaster into a success.
Columbus Oktoberfest:September 26-28
Cant make it to Munich? Columbus, Ohio has you covered with their recreation of the annual Oktoberfest. Don your dirndl and lederhosen as you sip foamy beers, enjoy warm pretzels and sausages, and walk among the strolling musicians. Prost!
This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals on Honest Cooking.
This article originally appeared as America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals on Relish

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Oct 15, 2014
Tina George

America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals

Fall is a time for loosing pant strings and gearing up for the most American form of celebration: eating and drinking. Travel around the country feasting on an abundance of seasonal eats like apple pies and pumpkin brews, while sampling the local flavors of each state and region. Here are ten food festivals across America to keep you nice and full, just in time for Thanksgiving.
National Apple Harvest:October 4-5 and 11-12
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the National Apple Harvest Festival has something for all ages. Strolling musicians and entertainers set the tone of the day, while activities like petting zoos, chainsaw carving, and Native American dancers ensure constant fun. Dont forget to experience the main reason you attended: the apples. Choose your favorite way to enjoy this seasonal treat, whether its bobbing for candied apples, enjoying a warm slice of homemade pie, or visiting the apple pancake patio.
Welfleet Oysterfest:October 18-19
The end of summer doesnt mean an end to seafood. Head to Welfleet, Massachusetts for some of the Capes finest oysters. Originally founded to spread awareness for the towns fishery industry, Oysterfest is a delicious way to support a local economy. Whet your appetite with the annual shucking contest and then gather your friends to see who can make their own record.
New York City Wine and Food Festival:October 16-19
Now in its seventh year, the annual Food Network hosted culinary event returns to New York City, bringing together famed chefs from around the world. Armed with their goal of ending child hunger, the New York City Wine and Food Festival donates all of its profits towards this end. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of the greatest talents in the culinary and spirits industries through dinners, tastings, and panels.
Harvest on the Harbor:October 22-25
Portland, Maines Harvest on the Harbor event is a push to promote Maine as a culinary destination. With picturesque harbor views, lobster as fresh as it comes, and over 160 culinary vendors, the harbor festival makes its mark on the food festival scene. For a special experience, sign up for the Harvest Dinner, a tasting accompanied by the Kotzschmar Organ as you sample the best of Maines local flavor.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta:September 24-28
Get a taste of the west with Santa Fes five day Wine and Chile Fiesta. Enjoy chef demonstrations, wine seminars, luncheons, and dinners, followed by the Gran Fondo 50 mile bike ride to get back into fighting shape. With options from over 90 wineries and 75 Santa Fe based restaurants, youll have no trouble filling five days of endless tasting.
Great American Beer Festival:October 2-4
Youd be hard pressed to find a beer not represented at the Great American Beer Festival. Come with your tank empty and be prepared to enjoy one of Americas favorite pastimes. Worried about your resilience? Stop for a snack at the Farm to Table Pavilion, try a new flavor from the American Cheese Society, or join one of the many pairings of the day, like hot dogs ales.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair:October 3-5
Now in its 40th year, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair offers wine connoisseurs the chance to experience the best of the annual harvest. Sample vintages from over 150 wineries around the Sonoma region and purchase your favorites in the wine country marketplace. Sweet toothed visitors can enjoy the port and chocolate pairing, while live demonstrations, grape stomping, and harvest workshops ensure there is something for everyone.
 
Feast Portland: September 18-21

Now in its third year, Feast Portlandbrings a taste of the Pacific Northwest to the public, hosted by Bon Appetite Magazine. Mixing local talent with worldwide culinary masters, visitors can imbibe and indulge while supporting a good cause; all profits go towards feeding hungry children throughout Oregon.
Music City Food + Wine Festival:September 20-21
Now in its second year, Nashvilles Music City Food and Wine Festival shares a taste of the south through culinary bites and music selections, curated by festival co-founders and Kings of Leon band mates Caleb and Nathan Followill. Learn the art of burning food, discover the proper way to shuck an oyster, and gain tips on turning a culinary disaster into a success.
Columbus Oktoberfest:September 26-28
Cant make it to Munich? Columbus, Ohio has you covered with their recreation of the annual Oktoberfest. Don your dirndl and lederhosen as you sip foamy beers, enjoy warm pretzels and sausages, and walk among the strolling musicians. Prost!
This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals on Honest Cooking.
This article originally appeared as America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals on Relish

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Oct 14, 2014
Tina George

America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals

Fall is a time for loosing pant strings and gearing up for the most American form of celebration: eating and drinking. Travel around the country feasting on an abundance of seasonal eats like apple pies and pumpkin brews, while sampling the local flavors of each state and region. Here are ten food festivals across America to keep you nice and full, just in time for Thanksgiving.
National Apple Harvest:October 4-5 and 11-12
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the National Apple Harvest Festival has something for all ages. Strolling musicians and entertainers set the tone of the day, while activities like petting zoos, chainsaw carving, and Native American dancers ensure constant fun. Dont forget to experience the main reason you attended: the apples. Choose your favorite way to enjoy this seasonal treat, whether its bobbing for candied apples, enjoying a warm slice of homemade pie, or visiting the apple pancake patio.
Welfleet Oysterfest:October 18-19
The end of summer doesnt mean an end to seafood. Head to Welfleet, Massachusetts for some of the Capes finest oysters. Originally founded to spread awareness for the towns fishery industry, Oysterfest is a delicious way to support a local economy. Whet your appetite with the annual shucking contest and then gather your friends to see who can make their own record.
New York City Wine and Food Festival:October 16-19
Now in its seventh year, the annual Food Network hosted culinary event returns to New York City, bringing together famed chefs from around the world. Armed with their goal of ending child hunger, the New York City Wine and Food Festival donates all of its profits towards this end. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of the greatest talents in the culinary and spirits industries through dinners, tastings, and panels.
Harvest on the Harbor:October 22-25
Portland, Maines Harvest on the Harbor event is a push to promote Maine as a culinary destination. With picturesque harbor views, lobster as fresh as it comes, and over 160 culinary vendors, the harbor festival makes its mark on the food festival scene. For a special experience, sign up for the Harvest Dinner, a tasting accompanied by the Kotzschmar Organ as you sample the best of Maines local flavor.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta:September 24-28
Get a taste of the west with Santa Fes five day Wine and Chile Fiesta. Enjoy chef demonstrations, wine seminars, luncheons, and dinners, followed by the Gran Fondo 50 mile bike ride to get back into fighting shape. With options from over 90 wineries and 75 Santa Fe based restaurants, youll have no trouble filling five days of endless tasting.
Great American Beer Festival:October 2-4
Youd be hard pressed to find a beer not represented at the Great American Beer Festival. Come with your tank empty and be prepared to enjoy one of Americas favorite pastimes. Worried about your resilience? Stop for a snack at the Farm to Table Pavilion, try a new flavor from the American Cheese Society, or join one of the many pairings of the day, like hot dogs ales.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair:October 3-5
Now in its 40th year, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair offers wine connoisseurs the chance to experience the best of the annual harvest. Sample vintages from over 150 wineries around the Sonoma region and purchase your favorites in the wine country marketplace. Sweet toothed visitors can enjoy the port and chocolate pairing, while live demonstrations, grape stomping, and harvest workshops ensure there is something for everyone.
 
Feast Portland: September 18-21

Now in its third year, Feast Portlandbrings a taste of the Pacific Northwest to the public, hosted by Bon Appetite Magazine. Mixing local talent with worldwide culinary masters, visitors can imbibe and indulge while supporting a good cause; all profits go towards feeding hungry children throughout Oregon.
Music City Food + Wine Festival:September 20-21
Now in its second year, Nashvilles Music City Food and Wine Festival shares a taste of the south through culinary bites and music selections, curated by festival co-founders and Kings of Leon band mates Caleb and Nathan Followill. Learn the art of burning food, discover the proper way to shuck an oyster, and gain tips on turning a culinary disaster into a success.
Columbus Oktoberfest:September 26-28
Cant make it to Munich? Columbus, Ohio has you covered with their recreation of the annual Oktoberfest. Don your dirndl and lederhosen as you sip foamy beers, enjoy warm pretzels and sausages, and walk among the strolling musicians. Prost!
This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals on Honest Cooking.
This article originally appeared as America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals on Relish

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Oct 13, 2014
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Food festivals of the season: Britain’s best places to expand your taste this …

MUSSEL MAD

Gwledd Conwy Feast, Conwy, north Wales

October 25 and 26

Situated on the historic quayside with a spectacular backdrop of Conwy’s magnificent medieval castle, it’s hard to beat the location of this annual celebration of food, music and art.

The event coincides with the beginning of the town’s mussel season. Renowned for their distinctive flavour, the mussels are gathered just as they were 400 years ago: hand raked from small wooden boats in the Conwy estuary.

In the demonstration kitchens local chef-turned-celebrity Bryn Williams, patron of London’s Odette’s, will be joined by Cardiff’s Great British Bake Off contestant Beca Lyne-Pirkis, as well as other Welsh chefs such as Hywel Jones, now at Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa in Bath.

One of the festival highlights will be a water-borne display of fire and light to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas on October 27.

01492 338 083/conwyfeast.com; adult tickets from £6, children under 16 free. Castle Hotel, Conwy (01492 582 800/castlewales.co.uk) offers doubles from £146, BB.

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APPLE FESTIVAL

Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire

October 17-19

Celebrate the British apple at this three-day event featuring displays of old and new varieties and lots of tastings in the grounds of this picturesque Cotswold manor house. See a juicing machine in action before tucking into home-cooked apple recipes in the restaurant, which also serves lunch and cream teas.

Explore the honey-coloured manor, home to Charles Wade’s thousands of treasures including Samurai armour, model ships, tiny toy tin soldiers and penny farthings.

01386 852 410/nationaltrust.org.uk/ snowshill-manor.org; free (normal admission charges apply, members free, £10.80 per adult, £5.40 per child (under 16). Snowshill Farm Estate (01386 853 959/snowshill-hill.co.uk) near Moreton-in-Marsh offers doubles from £80, BB.

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America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals

Fall is a time for loosing pant strings and gearing up for the most American form of celebration: eating and drinking. Travel around the country feasting on an abundance of seasonal eats like apple pies and pumpkin brews, while sampling the local flavors of each state and region. Here are ten food festivals across America to keep you nice and full, just in time for Thanksgiving.
National Apple Harvest:October 4-5 and 11-12
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the National Apple Harvest Festival has something for all ages. Strolling musicians and entertainers set the tone of the day, while activities like petting zoos, chainsaw carving, and Native American dancers ensure constant fun. Dont forget to experience the main reason you attended: the apples. Choose your favorite way to enjoy this seasonal treat, whether its bobbing for candied apples, enjoying a warm slice of homemade pie, or visiting the apple pancake patio.
Welfleet Oysterfest:October 18-19
The end of summer doesnt mean an end to seafood. Head to Welfleet, Massachusetts for some of the Capes finest oysters. Originally founded to spread awareness for the towns fishery industry, Oysterfest is a delicious way to support a local economy. Whet your appetite with the annual shucking contest and then gather your friends to see who can make their own record.
New York City Wine and Food Festival:October 16-19
Now in its seventh year, the annual Food Network hosted culinary event returns to New York City, bringing together famed chefs from around the world. Armed with their goal of ending child hunger, the New York City Wine and Food Festival donates all of its profits towards this end. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of the greatest talents in the culinary and spirits industries through dinners, tastings, and panels.
Harvest on the Harbor:October 22-25
Portland, Maines Harvest on the Harbor event is a push to promote Maine as a culinary destination. With picturesque harbor views, lobster as fresh as it comes, and over 160 culinary vendors, the harbor festival makes its mark on the food festival scene. For a special experience, sign up for the Harvest Dinner, a tasting accompanied by the Kotzschmar Organ as you sample the best of Maines local flavor.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta:September 24-28
Get a taste of the west with Santa Fes five day Wine and Chile Fiesta. Enjoy chef demonstrations, wine seminars, luncheons, and dinners, followed by the Gran Fondo 50 mile bike ride to get back into fighting shape. With options from over 90 wineries and 75 Santa Fe based restaurants, youll have no trouble filling five days of endless tasting.
Great American Beer Festival:October 2-4
Youd be hard pressed to find a beer not represented at the Great American Beer Festival. Come with your tank empty and be prepared to enjoy one of Americas favorite pastimes. Worried about your resilience? Stop for a snack at the Farm to Table Pavilion, try a new flavor from the American Cheese Society, or join one of the many pairings of the day, like hot dogs ales.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair:October 3-5
Now in its 40th year, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair offers wine connoisseurs the chance to experience the best of the annual harvest. Sample vintages from over 150 wineries around the Sonoma region and purchase your favorites in the wine country marketplace. Sweet toothed visitors can enjoy the port and chocolate pairing, while live demonstrations, grape stomping, and harvest workshops ensure there is something for everyone.
 
Feast Portland: September 18-21

Now in its third year, Feast Portlandbrings a taste of the Pacific Northwest to the public, hosted by Bon Appetite Magazine. Mixing local talent with worldwide culinary masters, visitors can imbibe and indulge while supporting a good cause; all profits go towards feeding hungry children throughout Oregon.
Music City Food + Wine Festival:September 20-21
Now in its second year, Nashvilles Music City Food and Wine Festival shares a taste of the south through culinary bites and music selections, curated by festival co-founders and Kings of Leon band mates Caleb and Nathan Followill. Learn the art of burning food, discover the proper way to shuck an oyster, and gain tips on turning a culinary disaster into a success.
Columbus Oktoberfest:September 26-28
Cant make it to Munich? Columbus, Ohio has you covered with their recreation of the annual Oktoberfest. Don your dirndl and lederhosen as you sip foamy beers, enjoy warm pretzels and sausages, and walk among the strolling musicians. Prost!
This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals on Honest Cooking.
This article originally appeared as America’s 10 Best Fall Food Festivals on Relish

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