The Most Important Food Festivals This Summer

If you’re planning on travelling around the country this summer, you’re sure to work up an appetite along the way. But an amazing vacation deserves amazing food, and that’s why we’ve picked out some of the most important food festivals happening across the country this summer.

Taste Of Chicago (Wednesday, 5th – Sunday, July 10th)

This outdoor food festival is about so much more than just the grub, as Taste Of Chicago is also home to a number stages where you can see some of the best bands in the US as well as up and coming artists from the Windy City. But don’t think for a second that the food takes a backseat, as the festival has been playing host to the best food around since 1980!

A photo of the entrance to the Taste Of Chicago festival

Set right on the waterfront, Taste Of Chicago is one of the best places to be when the sun’s out as its warm atmosphere and welcoming staff make it one of the best food festivals in the world.

Boston Seafood Festival (Sunday, August 13th)

Held right in the heart of the Seafood District (where else!), the Boston Seafood Festival is a celebration of the all the seafood found in the Boston area. The festival was started in 2012 by a man named Christopher Basile who has always placed a strong focus on sustainability and the festival looks to create a healthy attitude towards fishing.

Trays of shrimp with sauce and lemon wedges from the Boston Seafood Festival

There’s loads of activities to check out with regular chef demos held throughout the day as well as competitions and plenty of delicious food stalls.

Cherry Festival (Saturday, 1st – Saturday, July 8th)

All of you out there who love to vape Cherry will definitely want to check out the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City in northern Michigan. The self-proclaimed “Cherry Capital Of The World” began informally around 1910 and has since grown into one of the country’s most loved food festivals.

A close-up of many plastic trays of cherries

The National Cherry Festival has a number of great traditions including parades and the crowning of a National Cherry Queen. The festival has also managed to make it into the record books as in 1987 it helped set the record for the world’s largest cherry pie. The pie was over 17 feet wide and weighed 28,350 lbs – we hope they were hungry!

Maine Lobster Festival (Wednesday, 2nd – Saturday, August 6th)

Rockland will host the Maine Lobster Festival for the 70th year in a row this summer, and it’s easy to see why the festival has lasted such a long time. Over 30,000 people attend the Maine Lobster Festival every year to try some of the most mouth-watering lobster in the state with more than 20,000 pounds of lobster eaten each year!

A huge lobster float from the Maine Lobster Festival

The Maine Lobster Festival is also home to an amazing carnival complete with everything you need for a real slice of Americana.

Happy Harry’s Ribfest (Wednesday, 7th – Saturday, June 10th)

Barbecue-lovers will want to make sure that they don’t miss Happy Harry’s Ribfest in Fargo, North Dakota. Home to some of the finest barbecue from across the country since 1996, Happy Harry’s Ribfest also has live music in the evening and great activities for kids during the day.

A plate of ribs from Happy Harry's Ribfest

Rib cookers come from as far as Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida, and they’ll all want to make sure their ribs come out on top so you can be sure it’ll be a feisty affair!

LA Food Fest (Saturday, June 10th)

Purveying some of the best food trucks and pop-ups from across the country, LA Food Fest is enjoying its eighth year this summer and it doesn’t take long to figure out why! A ticket gets you into the event for five hours, during which time you can eat and drink as much as you can handle. There’s also a prize drawing, five different craft beer gardens and tons of cool attractions to check out.

A burger and fried chicken platter from the LA Food Festival

Vapers heading to the event need to bear in mind that vaping isn’t allowed inside the venue and there’s no readmission, so you won’t be able to head outside for a vape break.

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