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Mar 3, 2015
Tina George

Wichita loves its food festivals

Wichitans love their beer. And their chili, chocolate, coffee, wine, Lebanese food and bacon, to judge by just some of the festivals dedicated to tasty comestibles each year.

Truly, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t happily graze, nosh, sip and imbibe your way through the year. Since many benefit a good cause, you even get a pass on calories consumed – um, well maybe.

Here’s a sampling of food and drink events in 2015:

▪ March 5, Throw Down in Old Town – It’s billed as a “latte art competition” among some of the city’s top coffee artists. It’s 6-8 p.m. at the Eaton Venue. At least a half-dozen coffee shops are participating, and there’s also a cookie competition featuring several local bakers. Tickets are $15 and are available at http://throwdown2015.eventbrite.com. Beneficiary: Children First: CEO Kansas Inc.

▪ March 7, Death by Chocolate – 7-10:30 p.m., Exploration Place. All the chocolate you can eat. Need we say more? The city’s top chocolate vendors offer sweet samples along with savory food, wine, beer, a signature cocktail, live music, games and the chance to view the museum’s exhibits and captivating view of the Arkansas River. Tickets available at www.exploration.org. Beneficiary: Exploration Place

▪ March 28, Midwest Baconfest – Organizers promise you’ll be able to follow the smell to Hartman Arena for this event. Lovely cured pork from local vendors, live music and more from 1 to 4 p.m. For info, visit hartmanarena.com or www.midwestbaconfest.com. Beneficiary: American Legion Riders Post 81

▪ April 1, Shaken Not Stirred – A cocktail competition, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, cigar bar and entertainment are on tap for this get-together from 6 to 10 p.m. at Abode Venue. For tickets and more info, visit tallgrassfilmfest.com. Beneficiary: Tallgrass Film Festival

▪ April 23-25, Winefest – It’s so popular that it’s broken into three merry components: the Old Town Walkabout on April 23, numerous wine dinners around town at 7 p.m. on April 24, and the grand tasting at Century II on April 25. For tickets and more info, visit midwestwinefest.org. Beneficiary: Guadalupe Health Foundation

▪ May 3, Food Brew Fest – Beer from Walnut River Brewing, Hopping Gnome and other Kansas breweries, plus food from local food trucks, live music, raffles and other fun. It’s from noon to 4 p.m. at the southwest corner of Kellogg and Andover Road and is hosted by the Andover Advantage Foundation, which raises money for schools. Check the event’s Facebook page for other pertinent details as they are worked out.

▪ May 14, Blooms, Brews and Bloody Marys – As Botanica springs back into action, bartenders from local establishments spring into action trying to win the prize for best Bloody Mary. If that concoction isn’t your thing, there’s also plenty of good beer, live music and food, starting at 6:30 p.m. Check botanica.org for tickets and more info on this event as it approaches.

▪ May 16, WichCraft – This new event will feature craft beers, a food truck rally and seminars on topics such as home brewing and beer-and-food pairing. It’s being organized by the Wichita Craft Beer Guild, which plans to release more info as the date nears. It does have a location: the lawn of the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

▪ May 29-June 6, Riverfest — Riverfest offers more than food, of course. But you can get your fix of a wide variety of festival foods at the festival’s food courts on Century II Drive and at WaterWalk. Other food-themed activities include the Cajun Food Fest on June 4, the Ice Cream Social on June 3, the Admiral’s Pancake Breakfast on June 6 and Admiral’s Breakfast at Abode Venue on May 29 (reservations requested).

▪ June 9, Orpheum Celebrity Chef Cookoff – Professional chefs team up with local celebrities in a cooking competition, while two dozen local restaurants stock tasting stations with their tastiest morsels. It’ll be the event’s second year at Intrust Bank Arena. Look for details at wichitaorpheum.com. Beneficiary: the Orpheum Theatre

▪ Aug. 22, Battle of the Burger – This year’s beefy competition will be held at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Look for details later this year at ictburgerbattle.com. Beneficiary: KETCH

▪ Sept. 12, Zoobilee – The Sedgwick County Zoo throws together great food, drink, music, humans and wild animals for the biggest fundraiser of the year at the state’s top visitor attraction; 6 p.m.-midnight, tickets go on sale in August. For more info, visit scz.org.

▪ Sept. 26, Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff – Douglas Avenue turns into a giant street party as chili lovers sample the work of about 70 chili-making teams from near and far. The jalapeno-eating contest alone is usually worth the price of a ticket.

▪ Oct. 2-3, Midwest Beerfest – Like vino, brewskies are celebrated first with beer dinners around the city, then a grand tasting at Century II. Last year’s festival featured more than 350 beers, a special “Reserve” room for certain beers, wings and more. Beneficiary: Make-A-Wish

▪ October, St. George’s Lebanese Food Festival – A date hasn’t been officially set yet, but it is usually held the second week of October. This is a church dinner on an epic scale, as members of the Greek Orthodox Church cook enough kibbe, stuffed grape leaves, hummus and more to feed about 5,500 people. It’s the granddaddy of all local festivals, going back 82 years.

▪ October, Wichita Wine Opener, date TBA – Part of a national wine-tasting series held in more than 30 cities, the event also features food and music. Beneficiary: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

If you know of other events that should be part of this list at Kansas.com, email them to mwerts@wichitaeagle.com.

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Mar 2, 2015
Tina George

Wichita loves its food, festivals and fun

Wichitans love their beer. And their chili, chocolate, coffee, wine, Lebanese food and bacon, to judge by just some of the festivals dedicated to tasty comestibles each year.

Truly, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t happily graze, nosh, sip and imbibe your way through the year. Since many benefit a good cause, you even get a pass on calories consumed – um, well maybe.

Here’s a sampling of food and drink events in 2015:

▪ March 5, Throw Down in Old Town – It’s billed as a “latte art competition” among some of the city’s top coffee artists. It’s 6-8 p.m. at the Eaton Venue. At least a half-dozen coffee shops are participating, and there’s also a cookie competition featuring several local bakers. Tickets are $15 and are available at http://throwdown2015.eventbrite.com. Beneficiary: Children First: CEO Kansas Inc.

▪ March 7, Death by Chocolate – 7-10:30 p.m., Exploration Place. All the chocolate you can eat. Need we say more? The city’s top chocolate vendors offer sweet samples along with savory food, wine, beer, a signature cocktail, live music, games and the chance to view the museum’s exhibits and captivating view of the Arkansas River. Tickets available at www.exploration.org. Beneficiary: Exploration Place

▪ March 28, Midwest Baconfest – Organizers promise you’ll be able to follow the smell to Hartman Arena for this event. Lovely cured pork from local vendors, live music and more from 1 to 4 p.m. For info, visit hartmanarena.com or www.midwestbaconfest.com. Beneficiary: American Legion Riders Post 81

▪ April 1, Shaken Not Stirred – A cocktail competition, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, cigar bar and entertainment are on tap for this get-together from 6 to 10 p.m. at Abode Venue. For tickets and more info, visit tallgrassfilmfest.com. Beneficiary: Tallgrass Film Festival

▪ April 23-25, Winefest – It’s so popular that it’s broken into three merry components: the Old Town Walkabout on April 23, numerous wine dinners around town at 7 p.m. on April 24, and the grand tasting at Century II on April 25. For tickets and more info, visit midwestwinefest.org. Beneficiary: Guadalupe Health Foundation

▪ May 3, Food Brew Fest – Beer from Walnut River Brewing, Hopping Gnome and other Kansas breweries, plus food from local food trucks, live music, raffles and other fun. It’s from noon to 4 p.m. at the southwest corner of Kellogg and Andover Road and is hosted by the Andover Advantage Foundation, which raises money for schools. Check the event’s Facebook page for other pertinent details as they are worked out.

▪ May 14, Blooms, Brews and Bloody Marys – As Botanica springs back into action, bartenders from local establishments spring into action trying to win the prize for best Bloody Mary. If that concoction isn’t your thing, there’s also plenty of good beer, live music and food, starting at 6:30 p.m. Check botanica.org for tickets and more info on this event as it approaches.

▪ May 16, WichCraft – This new event will feature craft beers, a food truck rally and seminars on topics such as home brewing and beer-and-food pairing. It’s being organized by the Wichita Craft Beer Guild, which plans to release more info as the date nears. It does have a location: the lawn of the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

▪ June 9, Orpheum Celebrity Chef Cookoff – Professional chefs team up with local celebrities in a cooking competition, while two dozen local restaurants stock tasting stations with their tastiest morsels. It’ll be the event’s second year at Intrust Bank Arena. Look for details at wichitaorpheum.com. Beneficiary: the Orpheum Theatre

▪ Aug. 22, Battle of the Burger – This year’s beefy competition will be held at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Look for details later this year at ictburgerbattle.com. Beneficiary: KETCH

▪ Sept. 12, Zoobilee – The Sedgwick County Zoo throws together great food, drink, music, humans and wild animals for the biggest fundraiser of the year at the state’s top visitor attraction; 6 p.m.-midnight, tickets go on sale in August. For more info, visit scz.org.

▪ Sept. 26, Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff – Douglas Avenue turns into a giant street party as chili lovers sample the work of about 70 chili-making teams from near and far. The jalapeno-eating contest alone is usually worth the price of a ticket.

▪ Oct. 2-3, Midwest Beerfest – Like vino, brewskies are celebrated first with beer dinners around the city, then a grand tasting at Century II. Last year’s festival featured more than 350 beers, a special “Reserve” room for certain beers, wings and more. Beneficiary: Make-A-Wish

▪ October, St. George’s Lebanese Food Festival – A date hasn’t been officially set yet, but it is usually held the second week of October. This is a church dinner on an epic scale, as members of the Greek Orthodox Church cook enough kibbe, stuffed grape leaves, hummus and more to feed about 5,500 people. It’s the granddaddy of all local festivals, going back 82 years.

▪ October, Wichita Wine Opener, date TBA – Part of a national wine-tasting series held in more than 30 cities, the event also features food and music. Beneficiary: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

If you know of other events that should be part of this list at Kansas.com, email them to mwerts@wichitaeagle.com.

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Mar 2, 2015
Tina George

Event in North Carolina makes list of ’10 fantastic food festivals for 2015′


Winston-Salem barbecue team wins top prize at Ribfest (WGHP)

Winston-Salem barbecue team wins top prize at Ribfest (WGHP)

An event in North Carolina has made a recent list of “10 fantastic food festivals for 2015.”

CNN Money recently posted the list to its website, saying “these celebrations of local food aren’t just great excuses to eat, they are also great vacation destinations.”

The Blue Ridge BBQ Festival in Tryon, N.C. made the unranked list. It takes place June 12 and 13 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and features food, music, games and more.

“We have music on two stages all for the $8 price of admission,” said publicist Brenda Bradshaw.

Read more, see full list: CNN Money

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Feb 26, 2015
Tina George

Nom Nom into the Night at These 6 Food Festivals in 2015

But it’s not just grilling up American classics. Another crowd-pleaser was the Best of the Best showcase, where a gaggle of chefs ― including Chicago-based “Top Chef” winner Stephanie Izard, Miami’s Angel Leon (Seaspice) and local New York faves Marc Meyer (Cookshop), Anita Lo (Annisa), as well as Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth (root bone) ― served up gourmet fare. Of particular note was the latter pair’s sweet tea-brined and lemon-dusted fried chicken.

And after, at exclusive late-night events, culinary celebs Andrew Zimmern, José Andrés, and Robert Irvine were spotted nibbling bites and mixing with the crowd.

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Of course each individual festival has its own roster of stars and agenda of food-centric programming. From coast to coast, here’s a selection of our favorites.

Pebble Beach Food Wine

This fest gives foodies another good reason to descend upon the Pacific shore with a number of events pairing comfort food and adult-friendly beverages: a grilled cheese and champagne seminar, another focused on bacon and bourbon.

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto returns to the festival with a cooking demo of the classic Japanese comfort/drunk food staple, ramen.

Hot ticket: the weekend’s golf tournament starts the morning right with a glass of champagne at the first tee and leads to food and wine tents placed along other parts of the course.

(April 9-12; tickets, $100-$4,750)

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BBT Charleston Wine + Food

This Charleston, S.C., food and culture-centric festival celebrates its 10th year with 200-plus local and national chefs in attendance, including Union Square Cafe’s Carmen Quagliata, Andrew Zimmerman of Chicago’s Sepia and Gabrielle Hamilton from the East Village’s Prune.

Quagliata and Hamilton will lend their hands to the festival’s most high-end dinner, dubbed North + South + East + West ($750). This year includes a nighttime barbecue event served up by grillmasters Taylor Garrigan and Aaron Siegel, among others.

Hot ticket: Stay up late for the festival’s most popular event, the Waffle House Smackdown.

(March 4-8; tickets, $45-$750)

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Chef Andrew Wiseheart (Photo: Austin Food + Wine Festival)

Austin Food Wine Festival

Packing some Texas-sized heft into its three-day schedule, this year’s fest brings back co-founder Tim Love’s grilling classes ― billed as the world’s largest ― and the rotating fire pit, whose participants will be announced next month.

But it’s not just Texas-centric fare on offer: Jonathan Waxman of “Top Chef: Masters” will show off a spread of international seafood plates, and “Top Chef” season 9 winner Paul Qui will demonstrate Cambodian dishes to make at home.

Hot ticket: the Saturday night Rock Your Taco showdown in Republic Square Park lets attendees sample tacos from a strong roster of competing chefs.

(April 24-26; tickets, $75-$550)

Relais Chȃteaux GourmetFest

The Relais Chȃteaux group of hotels and restaurants hosts its second-annual festival in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., with Michelin-starred chefs Annie Féolde (of Florence’s Enoteca Pinchiorri) and Michel Bras (of Laguiole, in the South of France).

Eighteen events will be held over four days; highlights are a grand women chefs and winemakers lunch/cooking demo with a four-course meal and the Grand Chefs dinner where attendees can also get a taste of Diego Muñoz, Lanshu Chen and Justin Cogley.

Hot ticket: the 10-course Rarities Dinner featuring rare wines from the Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé cellars.

(March 5-8; tickets, $175-$5,500)

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Photo: Food WineGaldones Photography

Food Wine Classic in Aspen

This Rocky Mountain fest is always a huge draw for celeb chefs: Andrew Zimmern, Marcus Samuelsson, Danny Meyer and Carla Hall are just a few; newcomers include pastry chef Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar) and cocktail whiz Anthony Bohlinger.

Five thousand foodies attend this weekend event, which this year includes a paella party with Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette and panel discussions hosted by Food Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin.

Hot ticket: New this year is an invite-only sommelier conference with seminars and wine tastings.

(June 19-21; tickets, $1,350 before March 15)

New Orleans Wine Food Experience

It ain’t New Orleans without a heavy dose of Big Easy fun. For instance, why have a comparatively bland Friday night pastry competition when you can have one featuring burlesque performers for some spicy sights?

Dubbed the Big Gateaux Show, this event will pit four pastry chefs (names include Deden Putra of The Peninsula New York and Christopher Cwierz of The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas) against one another for a $5,000 prize. It all kicks off with a city-wide wine dinner held at over 40 top restaurants.

Hot ticket: the Thursday evening Royal Street Stroll, with food and wine tents running down the middle of the popular thoroughfare.

(May 20-23; tickets, $50-$175)

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Feb 25, 2015
Tina George

Food Truck Festivals are on a roll

Whats the appeal of a food truck rodeo or rally? When food trucks gather en mass, its really more of a street festival a mobile food court with artisanal foods ranging from noodle bowls, cannolis, and mac and cheese. The idea of eating from a food truck caravan rather than at a brick-and-mortar restaurant gives an urban edge to the foodie experience, said Anne-Marie Aigner, executive producer of Food Truck Festival of America, which recently expanded from its regional New England focus. And these meals on wheels have become the purveyor of entrepreneurial chefs, who are happy to gather for these large-scale food cart gatherings, which expand their loyal audiences even more, said Aigner. Aigner talked to Globe correspondent Cindy Atoji Keene about the logistics of putting on a dozen food festivals a year in locations ranging from the Arnold Arboretum to Albuquerque.

Its tough to produce a food truck festival in three feet of snow, so late last summer, we decided to chase the sun in the off-season and expand to warm weather destinations. We wanted to do spring training but were worried that it was too close to Tampa, which has one of the largest food truck festivals in the country. But it was clear that combining two trendy passions, baseball and food trucks, would be a hit. The Saturday, March 21 festival will be located in a large grassy area right outside the ball park and feature 20 of the regions most popular food trucks serving Cuban sandwiches, ice cream, barbecue and more. After three years of creating food truck festivals throughout New England, my marketing partner, Janet Prensky and I think we know the formula. Typically we try to bring our food truck festivals to locations like Worcester where people dont already have a density of food trucks; work with the vendors to keep prices low, around $4-$5 per menu item; and keep lines moving. And beer gardens. Guests want to have a drink while they are grazing, although this does complicate our venue requirements, because it requires a liquor license in compliance with state and local ordinances. For many festivals, we need about 50 thousand square feet to accommodate all the trucks, tables and chairs, and the queues of people. I started this food truck venture three years ago as an experiment and if you told me then that I would still be doing it today, I would have laughed. Today we have a database of over 450 trucks in New England and also act as a clearinghouse to match up food trucks with private events like weddings, block parties, and office luncheons. Whats my favorite food truck? I have many favorites but I do love the Whoopie Pie Wagon it has red velvet, chocolate chip, and even gluten free whoopies, but unfortunately you cant make a meal out of whoopee pie.

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Feb 24, 2015
Tina George

10 food festivals in North Wales your belly will thank you for

1. Menai Seafood Festival

This year’s Menai Seafood Festival will be held on August 29 2015.

More than 25,000 people visited Menai Bridge last year for cooking demonstrations, local produce and the town’s brass band.

The event celebrates North Wales’s coastal heritage and the seafood available around the shores of Anglesey.

Again, there will be local produce available, demonstrations by North Wales acclaimed chefs and education about maritime conservation and the environment.

Food stalls were swamped with customers at the Menai bridge seafood festival

Entry to the food festival is free and no booking is required.

Tickets for the concert cost £12 for adults and £8 for children or concessions.

2. Gwledd Conwy Feast

Conwy Feast Food and Drinks Festival: Caterers Tracey and Pippa of the Wrapshack cooking delicious traditional Indian dishes

This year’s Gwledd Conwy Feast will be held on October 24-25, 2015.

Thousands visited Conwy last year where a spectacular show including fireworks and fire juggling took place on the river.

This year there will be more than 15- food stalls, tips from Wales’ best chefs, music and art.

Call 01492 338083 for more information.

3. Beaumaris Food Festival

Lots of pickles to try at the Beaumaris Food Festival

Beaumaris’ food festival was its first last year and was a hit with visitors.

This year, it will take place on September 12-13, 2015 on the banks of the Menai Straits.

New for 2015, the venue will be behind the Canolfan Beaumaris Leisure Centre.

Tickets aren’t available yet, but watch this space.

4. Wrexham Food and Drink Festival

The Wrexham Food and Drink Festival will be on May 16-17, 2015 in aid of Nightingale House.

The event will promote local and nationally produced food and drink, live entertainment and cookery demonstrations and workshops.

Call 01978 314292 for more information.

5. Conwy Honey Fair

Conwy Honey Fair 2014: Julie Dean in her Welsh outfit

The Conwy Honey Fair will be on Monday, September 14, 2015 from 9am until 4pm this year.

The fair will be held on the high street and Lancaster Square and is an opportunity for beekeepers to sell honey, and for the public to meet beekeepers, talk about bees and buy local honey and more.

Call 01492 650851 for more information.

6. The Good Life Experience

Hawarden Estate hosts the Good Life Experience Festival

This year’s The Good Life Experience will be on September 18-20, 2015.

After a successful maiden year last year, the festival returns with music, books, food, the great outdoors and activities.

Early bird adult tickets cost £40 each and early bird children’s tickets cost£19.50.

At full price, adults tickets cost £45 and children aged 9-16 cost £22.50.

Children aged 0-8 go free.

Call 01244 784122 for more information or to buy tickets.

7. Mold Food and Drink Festival

Mold Food Festival 2014. Pictured here l to r: Castlemoor Farm Hog Roast team from Ludlow; Heidi Evans, Jude Daniels and Chris Yapp.

Last year, more than 13,000 turned out to Mold’s annual food and drink festival.

This year’s festival will be on September 19-20, 2015 and will be celebrating its tenth year.

There will be a mixture of celebrity and local chef demonstrations, interactive cookery workshops, children’s activities and live music.

It costs £5 for adults and £2 for children.

Call 01352 741466 for more information.

8. Anglesey Oyster Produce Festival

Oyster festival IN Trearddur Bay: Anglesey MP Mr Albert Owen trying the oysters

This year’s Anglesey Oyster Produce Festival will be on October 10-11, 2015.

It will be held at the Trrearddur Bay Hotel.

Last year the festival was hailed as “fantastic” by a festival spokeswoman as attendance was up on last year.

Opening times are Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

It costs £1 for adults to enter and under 16s can enter for free.

Call 01248 725700 for more information.

9. Hamper Llangollen

Hamper Llangollen: Efan Williams and Osian Saunders along with Brendan Williams are fascinated by the chocolate sausages on offer with butcher Brin Kelly

The festival will be celebrating its 18th anniversary on October 17-18, 2015.

Sample food and speak to producers at the festival as well as enjoying live cookery classes and taking part in workshops.

Last year the festival was hailed as one of the best ever as thousands flocked to Llangollen.

Entry costs £5.

For more information call 01978 860111.

10. Portmeirion Food and Craft Festival

Portmeirion Food Festival 2014: Family team mother and daughters Vickey William Griffiths, Anna Livingston and Angela Williams with their new business, Caru cawl a Beri Du, which was launched last week at the Winter Fair

Portmeirion’s Food and Craft Festival will be on December 5-6, 2015.

There will be more than 90 exhibitors, cookery and craft demonstrations, entertainment, mulled wine, Father Christmas and more.

Celebrity chefs will also be giving cooking demonstrations in the exhibition pavilion using local produce.

For more information call 01766 770000.

A version of this article first appeared on the Daily Post

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Feb 23, 2015
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USA Today: Giant Omelette celebration named one of the top strangest food …

Credit: Giant Omelette Celebration, Abbeville Louisiana, Facebook page
Credit: Giant Omelette Celebration, Abbeville Louisiana, Facebook page

An Abbeville food festival has been named one of the top in the country.

USA Today named the Giant Omelette celebration one of the top strangest food festivals in the US. The Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission submitted the local festival and worked with the publication on the details of the unique Acadiana event.

The Giant Omelette fest is an Abbeville tradition that brings in visitors from all over the world.

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