The number of wine festivals popping up across the nation are increasing. However, not all are created equal. Here are some of America’s best wine festivals in each of the 50 United States.
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Big Spring Crush – A Downtown Wine Festival
Sept. 29, 2018 in Huntsville, AL
An annual wine festival in Huntsville, Alabama with a large assortment of wines, food and live entertainment and more. The festival features wines from across the country, including it’s own local Alabama wine. The Alabama Commercial Wine Competition takes places during the festival so you’ll have a chance to sample wines going through the judging process – test your skills to pick your own winner.
24th Annual Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival
January 19 & 20, 2018 in Anchorage, AK
A fun two-day event filled with tasting great beers and barley wines from Alaska brewers and national standouts, while also enjoying food samples, music, dancing and other entertainment. The festival supports two local charities; American Diabetes Association, Alaska Lions Club.
Annual Spring 2018 Willcox Wine Country Festival
May 19-20, 2018, at Railroad Avenue Park, Willcox, AZ
Rated by Fodro’s Travel as one of the top 10 wine festivals in North America, the Willcox Wine Country Festival is a weekend-long celebration that features Arizona wines from the Willcox region. The Annual Festival will showcase 15 Arizona Farm Wineries from Willcox Wine Country or with ties to the region, plus top music acts from Phoenix and Tucson, a Street Bistro featuring Dante’s Fire from Tucson, over 45 local artists, crafts, and locally grown pistachios and pecans. In addition, there will be a Benefit Wine Dinner with Willcox Wineries and Chef Ken Foy.
Sips & Skies Wine, Beer and Spirits Festival
May 26, 2018, Sierra Vista AZ
Enjoy a weekend discovering Sierra Vista’s extraordinary skies and uncommon ground. Whether you’re sampling wine and spirits, climbing the towering Huachuca Mountains, bicycling along the foothills, or exploring the San Pedro riparian areas, Sierra Vista, Arizona is a great Memorial Day destination! The Sips & Skies event is roaring into its second year with a new name (formerly Savor Sierra Vista) and a fresh focus. The Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival will feature some of Arizona’s best wines, micro brews, and distilled spirits, rounded out with entertainment from the state’s top performers.
Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival – 2018, March 10-11, 2018
Featuring 20 Arizona Wineries in one location, the day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great wine, food vendors, a professional two-day chili cook-off and live music.
24th Annual Wine & Roses Gala
April 14, 2018, Fort Smith, AR
A premier fundraising event in benefiting the Reynolds Cancer Support House.
Art of Wine
June 8-9, 2018, Fayetteville, AR at the Walton Art Center
Since 2000, Walton Arts Center’s Art of Wine Festival has been enjoyed by Arkansans and visitors from across the country. This annual, multi-day wine and food festival has quickly grown into one of the largest in the region, featuring hundreds of wines, food from dozens of area restaurants and live entertainment. Proceeds from the Art of Wine Festival support Walton Arts Center, a nonprofit arts presenting organization serving the region for more than twenty years. Each year more than 200,000 community members experience a variety of performing arts at Walton Arts Center and approximately 50,000 school children and teachers in Arkansas participate in our arts education and outreach programs.
California is the largest wine producing state in the United States, it’s also home to the largest number of wine festivals. With so many amazing events we creatdc a stand-alone post with California Wine Festivals not to miss.
Denver International Wine Festival
November 1-3, 2018, Denver Marriott Westminster
Named by Fodor’s Travel as one of the top 10 wine festivals not to miss, the Annual Denver International Wine Festival is a must. (I’m biased to this show as I’m als0 one of the wine judges for the winners!) The festival has become the premier International Wine & Food Festival in the Rocky Mountains.
Telluride Wine Festival
June 28 – July 1, 2018, Telluride, CO
Since 1981, Telluride has hosted the prestigious Telluride Wine Festival. The festival is a beautiful gathering of the local culinary community, enthusiastic visitors, vintners and chefs from around the world. Also happening within the four days of world-class wines and cuisine are amazing modern-cuisine, cooking classes, a “Celebration of Colorado” featuring local wines and spirits, cooking demonstrations, cocktail classes and samplings of unique and deliciously prepared foods.
Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival
July 25 – July 29, 2018
The Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival takes place each July, which is THE perfect time of year to visit this scenic and captivating area. The festival features a selection of seminars, fine dining Winemaker dinners, the signature event, the Grand Tasting, which presents over 500 select wines from 25 wineries and distributors, food demonstrations, and more.
Breckenridge Wine Festival
July 28, 2018, Breckenridge, CO
The Breckenridge Wine Festival is a unique wine and small bites festival held in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Indulge in exciting wine seminars taught by master sommeliers and food pairings that will tantalize the taste buds as you take in the amazing mountain views.
Breckenridge Wine Classic
September 13-16, 2018, Breckenridge, CO
The Breckenridge Wine Classic is a premier destination event each autumn where master winemakers, culinary greats, and our distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Colorado Mountain Winefest
Sept. 13–16, 2018, Palisade, CO
Colorado Winefest has been voted the Best Wine Festival in the U.S. by USA Today’s 10Best and for good reason. The “Festival in the Park” is the state’s largest and oldest wine festival featuring dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, a grape stomp, chef demonstrations and seminars.
Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
June 15 – 18, 2018, Aspen, CO
Each year, FOOD & WINE hosts its FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, which has become one of the nations premier culinary events with the world’s most accomplished winemakers, celebrity chefs, and culinary experts coming together in one breathtaking setting – the base of Aspen Mountain. Foodies will delight in the range of food and wine offerings both in the grand tasting pavilion as well as the carefully curated seminars.
Taste of Vail
April 4 – 8, 2018, Vail, CO
In its 27th year, the Taste of Vail has been rated among the nation’s best spring food and wine festivals by Forbes, USA Today and The Travel Channel. During this year’s annual, four-day event as many as 5,000 people are expected to taste, sip and soak in the Vail Valley. The event features world-class restaurants, fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from renowned wineries throughout the world, interactive cooking seminars, the iconic Mountain Top Tasting sensory extravaganza at the top of Vail Mountain, and the famous Grand Tasting auction as well as other exciting events.
Manitou Springs Wine Festival
June 2, 2018, Manitou Spring, CO
Spend your day just outside of Colorado Springs in the charming and quirky town of Manitou Springs for the annual wine festival. Over 30 state-wide wineries offer tastings along with live music, food trucks and local vendors inside Manitou’s Memorial Park.
Great American Beer Festival
Sept. 20 – 22, 2018, Denver, CO
Ok, we know it’s not wine but it’s super fun and is the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. With Colorado being king of craft beers, it only makes sense to hit the GABF to explore craft beers from around the U.S. and the world.
Greenwich Wine + Food Festival
September, 2018, Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, Connecticut
The multi-day event features a Master Chef Dinner on Friday evening, and all-day Saturday festival featuring tastings, demonstrations by celebrity and local talent, celebrity chef book signings, Burger Battle, Top Bartender’s Showdown and a live musical performance. The event benefits local and national charitable organizations, with past beneficiaries including Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, James Beard Foundation, Greenwich Breast Cancer Alliance and more.
Delaware Wine and Beer Festival
Oct. 13, 2018, Harrington, DE
The Delaware Wine and Beer Festival is the First State’s “official” wine and beer festival. In fact, it was the first of its kind, and still the only one that features all of Delaware’s breweries, wineries and distilleries. The festival includes music, performers, games, DJ’s, and access to a select number of local eateries featuring gourmet foods and Delaware delicacies. There will be vendors and a wine store with discounted prices on bottles or cases of Delaware-made wines.
Vendemmia da Vinci Wine Festival
Oct. 7, 2018, Wilmington, Delaware
This annual one-day wine festival on the Sunday before Columbus Day is a celebration of all things Italian and is regarded as one of the East Coast’s top Italian-American wine and food events. Sample fine wines from all regions of Italy and savor mouth-watering food from Greater Wilmington’s top Italian restaurants. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, a bocce ball tournament, an Italian beer garden, vendor displays and hand-crafted wine and homemade gravy contests.
Naples Winter Wine Festival
January, 2018, Naples, FL
The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans by the Luxury Institute. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation, whose vision is to make a profound and sustaining difference in the quality of children’s lives.
South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Feb. 21 – 25, 2018
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a national, star-studded, five-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. The Festival benefits Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.
Key West Food & Wine Festival
January 23 – 27, 2019
The Key West Food & Wine Festival is a series of wine and food themed events showcasing a diverse range of wines and inventive cuisine. With more than 20 unique events including waterfront tasting, winemaker/chef collaborations and local funky events, it’s a great way to experience an authentic taste of Key West.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida
Over six weeks, this annual fall festival at Walt Disney World’s Epcot park showcases food and wine specialties from 25 countries. You can explore international kiosks, cooking demonstrations, cheese seminars, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, as well as live musical performances and wine/dinner pairings. Admission to the basic festival is included with park admission, but guests must purchase the food and drink separately.
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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Oct. 6 – 28, 2018
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. Set in the lush island paradise of Hawaii, the Festival will take place over three weekends on multiple islands, featuring a roster of more than 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. The Festival in Hawaii Island, Maui, and Oahu will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s local farmers, fishermen, and ranchers.
June 10, 2018 at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, ID,
For 10 years, The Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission has hosted the annual Savor Idaho, which has become Idaho’s Premier Wine and Food Event. The event features a vast array of Idaho wineries and restaurants giving consumers a unique opportunity to savor the best Idaho has to offer in wine and food while enjoying live music.
Interested in learning more about Idaho wine? See our Idaho wine travel guide.
2018 Winter Wine Festival
February 23, 2018, Crowne Plaza Springfield, Springfield, IL
This is not a traditional wine festival. While really great Illinois wine is assured, this is one of the few opportunities to taste alongside the producers, as this event coincides with the annual educational conference of the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association.
Chicago Wine Fest
April 14, 2018, Lincoln Park Zoo
The Annual Chicago Wine Fest is an elevated wine tasting experience that aims to stimulate all of your senses with great food and live musical performances, all while sampling some of the best varietals from around the world.
Saturday June 2, from 1 to 9 p.m.
Wine aficionados will have a unique opportunity to sample over 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries and taste locally-produced artisan foods at Downtown Oak Park’s annual Uncork Illinois event.
Lynfred Winery Oktoberfest
September 30 & October 1, 2018, Lynfred Winery in Roselle, Illinois
Lynfred Winery is located in Roselle, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and just west of O’Hare Airport. For more than three decades the winery has hosted its annual Oktoberfest, Pig Roast and Grape Stomp. The fest is two days of crazy fun and might be the only Oktoberfest with no beer – wine only! The two days festival is filled with German sing-a-longs, grape spitting and grape stomping contest as well as the pig roast.
September 15 – 16, 2018, Matthiessen State Park, IL
The state’s largest wine festival is held at the picturesque Matthiessen State Park. The festival began in 2003, and each year more than 25 Illinois wineries pour the fruits of their labors at Vintage Illinois. The event is hosted by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the viticulture and enology interests of Illinois.
Illinois State Fair Wine Experience
August 9 – 19, 2018, Illinois State Fairground, Springfield, IL
At the Wine Experience during the Illinois State Fair you can taste wines from several Illinois wineries.
Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival
June 2, 2018, Military Park in Indianapolis
This award-winning festival will take place at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. The festival celebrates Indiana wineries as they offer samples of more than 200 award-winning wines.
The Indiana Wine Fair
Saturday, May 12, 2018, Story, Indiana
The Indiana Wine Fair is one of Indiana’s oldest and largest wine events. For more than a decade, Indiana’s vintners have descended upon the little town of Story, Indiana to dole out one-ounce pours of their finest Reislings, Malbecs and Cabernets to an appreciative audience. You’ll be able to sample and purchase wines from over 30 of the state’s vintners. The fair will include a variety of food trucks and live chamber music from Indiana University’s school of music.
Art of Wine
July 2018, Carmel, Indiana
The annual Art of Wine festival blends art and wine in Carmel, Indiana – just north of Indianapolis. The event takes over Main Street in the charming Arts & Design District, which is filled with local shops, galleries, art studios and eateries. It makes perfect sense that this is the location for a festival featuring local and international wines, wine-related art and live music.
June 2 – 9, 2018, Des Moines, Iowa
Hosted by The Des Moines Wine Festival Foundation, WineFest is an annual event that celebrates fine food and wine while bettering the community. The event has grown into one of Des Moines’ most anticipated weekends of the year and has raised more than $400,000 for local charities and cultural organizations.
Iowa State Fair Wine Experience
The Iowa State Fair Wine Experience is a partnership between the Iowa State Fair, Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Wine Growers Association. The Iowa Wine Experience is hosted in Grandfather’s Barn up on the hill at the Iowa State Fairgounds in Des Moines, Iowa, and features educational displays, wine sampling, the Commercial Wine Competition display and more. Outside, the infamous Grape Stomp competition takes place four times a day and industry speakers talk twice a day about various topics such as wine making, tasting tips, craft beer and mead, growing grapes, hop production, etc. The whole family is welcome up on the hill, where children can learn more about grapes at the “Grape Get-a-Way” or play outdoor yard games, while parents relax at the end of a long day at the Fair with a glass of local Iowa wine, beer or craft soda and enjoy live music each evening!
This annual three-day event is held every spring on the last weekend in April. It features the Old Town Walkabout – a food and wine sampling stroll through Wichita’s historic Old Town warehouse district; various wine dinners throughout Wichita; and concludes with the Grand Tasting and Auctions. Proceeds benefit the Guadalupe Health Foundation.
The Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest
2018 Date TBD
The Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest, is the Official Wine Festival of Kentucky where visitors can sip and savory their way through all of the 15 Kentucky wineries. The festival is held in historic downtown Nicholasville (home of First Vineyard, the first commercial vineyard in the United States) and Chrisman Mill Vineyard. It’s a celebration of all the wonderful things that make the Kentucky Good Life so darn good–especially the unique blend of history, heritage, and modern wine making available at Kentucky’s vineyards and wineries.
Kentucky Bourbon Festival
September 10 – 16, 2018, Bardstown, KY
I know it’s not wine but Kentucky is home to Bourbon. This annual festival is a must. Today it is one of the Commonwealth’s leading community festivals, saluting and showcasing the Bourbon making process and the storied history of Kentucky’s renowned industry. Many distilleries, plus genuine Kentucky arts and crafters, display their wares.
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
May 28, 2018
Every Memorial Day weekend hundreds of wineries and restaurants participate in the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. Menus feature local flavor and innovative creations inspired by diverse cuisines. Over two dozen restaurants feature special dining events throughout the New Orleans festival. The weekend also features over 1,000 wines from around the world, with special tasting events from wineries. You can enjoy grand tasting events, promenade evenings in the French Quarter, and seminar series to hone your palate.
Maine Craft Beverage & Wine Pavilion
August 18 – 25, 2018, The Union Fair
During The Union Fair, you can enjoy wines from over 20 Maine wineries. If wine is not your thing, the pavilion also offers select Maine made beer, and spirits from some of Maine’s best craft distillers.
Harvest on the Harbor
National Harbor Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor MD
April 29, 2018
The Annual Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor brings together world-renowned chefs, artisanal craftsmen, and culinary pioneers with thousands of Metro DC’s foodies. More than 150 different international and local wines, beers and spirits will be served in an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE affair. The title says wine but there are all types of adult beverages offered, sampled, and compared. Make sure to pop into the Cooking Kitchen for hands-on cooking demonstrations and wine pairings.
Maryland Wine Festival
Sept. 15-16, 2018, Westminster, Maryland
The Maryland Wine Festival is one of the oldest wine festivals in the country – 2018 marks its 35th year. Set at the Carroll County Farm Museum, the festival is surrounded by rolling hills and pastoral scenery – and features an incredible variety of local wines from across Maryland. More than 150 Maryland wineries will be onsite for you to sip through! Fine artisanal cheeses produced by creameries in Maryland, live music and local chefs will also be featured at the event.
Wine in the Woods
May 19 – 20, 2018, Symphony Woods in Columbia, Maryland
The annual Wine in the Woods is one of the
premiere events in the region and a source of pride for Howard County. The festival has been voted Best Outdoor event by Columbia Magazine in 1997 and 1998 and awarded Best Annual Festival in Howard County by Howard Magazine for the past five years. The venue- Merriweather Post Pavilion – Symphony Woods – sets this festival apart from other similar events as it can make attendees feel transported. Columbia is conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington D.C. but Symphony Woods is a beautiful green space that can help visitors feel much farther away than they are from big cities, traffic and the like. The festival features more than 35 local Maryland wineries, wine education seminars, food, fun and several more events.
May 16 – 20 , 2018
Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country. Thirty miles off the coast of Cape Cod – the world’s historic whaling capital becomes the nation’s wine capital every May. Famous for its vast array of featured winemakers and talent, the Nantucket Wine Festival began in 1996 as a one-day Grand Tasting event held on the beach in Siasconset, the eastern-most tip of the island. It has since grown. The festival now draws over 3000 attendees to the island for this annual spring fête and boasts a continually growing family of vintners, wineries, renowned chefs and restaurants.
Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival
Launched in 2007, the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival proudly brings together the culinary talent of Martha’s Vineyard, and the farmers, fishermen, oyster producers and artisans with whom they work. Guest chefs and vintners from around the world are all there, too, celebrating the Island’s rich tradition of farming and fishing that has helped make it the culinary gem that it is today. A highlight each year is the Grand Tasting held on iconic Harbor View Hotel’s Great Lawn. The event features more than 300 winemakers, distillers, brewers, gourmet food venders and restaurants, and provides attendees access to top chefs from Martha’s Vineyard, Boston and beyond. During the four-day event, Harbor View’s Great Lawn and signature restaurant Lighthouse Grill, led by Executive Chef Richard Doucette, also provide the backdrops for an array of culinary seminars, tastings and dinners.
Oct. 2018 (TBD)
One of Michigan’s largest wine tasting events, Detroit Uncorked features more than 250 wines, Michigan beers and premium spirits.
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest
June 16, 2018, Warren Dunes State Park
The festival features fantastic regional live music programming, a big top tent that houses locally-grown-and-produced wine varietals from The Lake Michigan Shore AVA including 12 Corners, Baroda Founders, Cody Kresta, Cogdal, Contessa, Dablon, Domaine Berrien, Fenn Valley, Gravity, Hickory Creek, Karma Vista, Lawton Ridge, Lazy Ballerina, Lemon Creek, Round Barn, St. Julian, Vineyard 2121, Warner and White Pine. Visitors have access to the beach and beautiful Lake Michigan, an enviable sunset all below the backdrop of the towering sands of Warren Dunes.
Leland Wine & Food Festival
Saturday, June 9, 2018, Leland, MI
Enjoy tasting local award-winning wines from 12 Leelanau Peninsula wineries and one local brewery, delicious specialties from eight local food vendors while soaking up beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands from our Leland Harbor venue. Live music, artist booths and the beach will all be a part of the festivies.
Wine & Harvest Festival
September 7-9, 2018 – Downtown Paw Paw
The festival offers something for everyone including tastings and tours for wine enthusiasts; a 5k, grape stomping competition, kayak race, and other contests for the active members of your family; four stages of entertainment for music-lovers; and carnival rides, fireworks, and the parade for all ages. This is one weekend you won’t want to miss.
March 17, 2018, Bloomington, MN
The annual event is hosted but the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and features 40 of the best local wine makers to pour samples for you. Artisan cheeses and gourmet small bites will also be offered, to create an evening full of mouth-watering experiences. Jazz music will fill the Grand Ballroom all night, with annual Awards presented to Minnesota’s best wine makers.
April 7 – 8, 2018, Ridgeland, Mississippi
Since 2006, Santé South has grown into the largest wine and culinary extravaganza in the state of Mississippi. A signature for the capital city of Jackson, it has generated more than $650,000 in proceeds for Alzheimer’s Mississippi, Inc.. Truly Mississippi’s top luxury wine and food experience! Epicureans and connoisseurs in the greater Southeast revel in the fresh and flavorful cuisine. Boutique vintners from across the globe travel to Mississippi to present their annual new release wines. Santé South affords a rare opportunity for the wine enthusiast to speak directly with the winemaker and features more than 120 exceptional wines and fine food samplings from more than 20 top Mississippi restaurants. World-class wine offerings reveal the highest quality available from all corners of the winemaking-world stemming from a passion for wine and the desire to share it with others.
The 2nd Saturday in September, Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence, MO
Independence Uncorked is the largest wine festival in Missouri. It features 25 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller, and over 2600 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes. The festival is hosted at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate, an 1852 mansion and estate once owned by George Caleb Bingham, the famous Missouri artist. Proceeds from the events will go towards various national and local charities supported by the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence.
The Montana State University Billings Foundation’s Wine & Food Festival
May 14 – 19, 2018
The Montana State University Billings Foundation’s Wine & Food Festival has become a signature event in Montana and the region for wine and culinary enthusiasts.
Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival
August 10-11, Omaha, NE
This wine festival soars to new heights as festival participants sample some of wines from more than 18 of Nebraska’s best wineries, all under the soft glow of colorful hot air balloons.
Toast Nebraska Wine Festival
June 8 – 9, 2018, Omaha, NE
Held at Tala’s Pumpkin Patch, this inaugural summer event celebrates Nebraska’s vintner scene featuring more than 150 wines from 20+ Nebraskan wineries. In addition to wine tasting, visitors can enjoy live music, shopping, food samples and more.
Annual Grape Stomp
Saturday, October 6 – Sunday, October 7, 2018
An hour west of Las Vegas and an hour east of Death Valley National Park you’ll find the town of Pahrump, otherwise known as the heart of the desert. Who knew it was also home to the Pahrump Valley Winery and Sanders Family Winery. Every year, Pahrump Valley Winery hosts the annual Grape Stomp, which has become a traditional fall celebration in Pahrump. The stomping of the grapes starts in the afternoon around 1 p.m. (You must sign up for the grape stomping in advance.) There is usually seven two-person teams stomping every 15 minutes for a four hour period. At the festival, visitors will find craft booths, food, and live music and yes wine tasting. People can enjoy the park like atmosphere, beautiful trees and fall weather as they sit and enjoy a glass of refreshing wine.
Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival
The Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of the senses, featuring an eclectic selection of elegant fare from locally renowned celebrity chefs. Feast on an enormous array of delicious foods, invigorate yourself with sensational spirits, and enjoy the good life.
New Hampshire Wine Week
Whether you’re new to wine, an expert or anywhere in between, New Hampshire Wine Week offers opportunities not to be missed. For a full week each winter, the Napa Valley comes to New Hampshire, bringing wine industry giants, educational seminars, hundreds of varietals, gourmet food and more. It all revolves around northern New England’s largest wine event – the Winter Wine Spectacular to benefit Easter Seals.
Winter Wine Festival
Perched on New Hampshire’s 18-mile seacoast, the historic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa opened its doors in 1874. After an extensive $30 million restoration in 2003, the Wentworth maintains its legacy as New Castle’s grandest hotel. Every January, the hotel hosts its annual Winter Wine Festival, a month-long celebration of wine, food, and song. Events include a multi-course Grand Vintner’s Dinner, a Big Tasting in the Grand Ballroom, weekday Flight Nights, Shell-Shocked – an oyster event in SALT’s lounge – and Bubbles and Jazz Brunches.
Jersey Shore Wine Weekend
February 23 – 24, 2018, Locations throughout the Jersey Shore
Sponsored by Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, this is a weekend event featuring wine at different restaurants and hotels in the Jersey shore area.
New Jersey Wine & Food Festival
May 4 – 6, 2018, Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, NJ
The annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival is one of largest independent wine and food festivals in the U.S.
Annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival
June 9 – 10, 2018, FirstEnergy Park; 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, NJ
Festival goers can look forward to sampling wines from a nice variety of award-winning Garden State wineries. In addition to wine tastings, there will also be live entertainment, as well as crafters, retail vendors and food vendors.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta
September 26-30, 2018
The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta celebrates five days of events featuring 90 national wineries and 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants. The festivities include cooking demos, wine seminars, and winery luncheons and dinners. The fiesta culminates with the Grand Tasting at the legendary Santa Fe Opera venue where all participating restaurants and wineries will serve samples. The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is a one-of-a-kind event and a great way for visitors to get to Santa Fe in the fall season to experience the famous green chile harvest/roasting season as well as the inventive pairings of Santa Fe’s gourmet cuisine with wines from around the country.
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Oct. 11-14, 2018
The NYC Wine & Food Festival is considered the largest food and wine festival in New York City. With more than 100 events, it is widely recognized for its tastings in celebration of America’s favorite foods, intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, coveted wine tastings and more. Headed into its 11th year, guests return year after year to sip, swirl and savor world-class cuisine, wine and spirits served up by the industry’s finest and America’s most beloved television chefs all in support of the fight to end hunger. To date, the festival has raised$11.5 million to help fight hunger, with 100 percent of the net proceeds benefiting the No Kid Hungry® campaign and Food Bank For New York City.
Finger Lakes Wine Festival
July 13-15, 2018, Watkins Glen, NY
The Finger Lakes Wine Festival—named “Best Wine Festival in the USA” by USA Today readers—is held each July at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY—also named “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. The event fuses wine tasting with regional artisans, music, culinary classes, cooking demonstrations, and breweries and draws thousands of visitors each year. Camping, glamping, and pace car rides at Watkins Glen International are also available during the event.
Ice Wine Festival
February 24th, 2018
This unique winter festival, hosted by Casa Larga Vineyards, celebrates the sweet dessert wines produced from grapes that have been left to freeze naturally on the vine. The festival offers visitors ice wine samples from a variety of New York wineries, an ice wine infused menu, horse-drawn wagon rides through the vineyard, ice wine tours, seminars, chef cook-offs, and more.
Long Island’s Winterfest
February 22 – March 18, 2018
Entering its 11th year, Winterfest is a must-experience wine festival this season. The festival takes place on Long Island’s East End on the famed North and South forks home to dozens of vineyards, charming B&B’s and pristine beaches. From February to March, the four-week long Winterfest combines locally-made wine selections with live music, dance and theater performances and farm-to-table culinary delights. Featured events include private tastings with winemakers, VIP tours, exclusive specials and yoga/wine activities all paired with transportation and luxurious hotel accommodations.
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest
September 8-9, 2018
The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest is a celebration of the bounty of New York. The food and wine festival features hundreds of wines from Hudson Valley wineries, NY distilled spirits, craft beers and gourmet specialty foods from all over the country. Visitors can learn more about wine through the festivals educational seminars and brush up on their culinary skills with cooking demonstrations from regional celebrity chefs throughout the weekend.
New York Wine Experience
Oct. 18 – 20, 2018, Marriott Marquis, New York, NY
Hosted by Wine Spectator, the event includes sit-down seminars, and a VIP Critic’s Choice Grand Tasting, a two-night event featuring 250+ wines from the world’s best wine-growing regions. Guests will also enjoy wine pairing lunches and a grand award banquet featuring the wining wines from the Grand Tasting.
North Carolina Wine Festival
The longest-running and largest wine festival in North Carolina travels to three cities throughout the year – Clemmons, Midtown Park at North Hills and Selma – bringing with it North Carolina wines, breweries, spirits, and ciders paired up with chef-inspired treats too.
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August 3 – 4, 2018
This annual two-day festival boasts dozens of wines from all over the state, local artisans, live entertainment, food trucks and more. For those who want even more variety, there is a craft beer section to enjoy. Voted by USA Today 10 Best.
Geneva Grape Jamboree
September 29 – 30, 2018
This year will mark the 55th anniversary of the event, situated right in the heart of Ohio’s rich northeast wine region along Lake Erie. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the grape harvest in the area, and activities range from wine sampling to live entertainment — and of course, grape stomping. Most importantly, it’s a completely free event.
Toast of Ohio
June 30, 2018
The annual Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival features Ohio wineries, gourmet food, live musical entertainment, and an art show.
Oklahoma Wine Walk & Brew Fest
October 13, 2018
The Oklahoma Wine Walk and Brew Fest feature wineries and breweries from across the state allowing you to sample the vast selections of true Oklahoma wine and beer.
International Pinot Noir Celebration
July 27-29, 2018, McMinnville, Oregon
The three-day event is famous around the globe, as a mecca for lovers of Pinot noir and northwest cuisine. During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures, and wine lovers will gather in McMinnville, Oregon, for three days of exploring Pinot noir, savoring unforgettable meals, and learning and celebrating with luminaries of the food and wine world. Along with the speakers and chefs, it is the relaxing and festive atmosphere that sets it apart from all other wine events. Whether tasting Grand Cru Burgundy or walking through Oregon vineyards with the grower who planted them, guests find themselves unwinding in picturesque Oregon wine country for what wine legend Jancis Robinson described as “one of the most enjoyable wine weekends in the world”.
Spring Barrel Wine Tasting Event Weekends
April 20-22 & 27-29, 2018, Yakima Valley
Yakima Valley wine tasting from the barrel is a unique experience. Expect wines to taste different than you are used to out of the bottle. The vintages are brand new – giving tasters a sneak peek in to how they could mature. Will it be an award-winner? You be the judge at Spring Barrel celebrations. You have two weekends to participate: On April 20-22nd, many wineries are open for “pre-barrel.” This is an opportunity for a bit slower pace and more education from the wine-maker as crowds are smaller. The weekend of April 27-29th is Spring Barrel Weekend, where droves of people gather in the Yakima Valley for the largest wine festival in the Pacific Northwest to experience the new vintages straight from the barrel. Many wineries have local food pairings, live music and festivities.
Northwest Food and Wine Festival
Nov. 10, 2018, Portland, OR
The annual Northwest Food and Wine Festival has become the definitive wine festival in Portland with a targeted half-day wine and food celebration. The festival brings the highest quality regional wines, spirits, beers, foods and prominent chefs and restaurants. It’s designed to present a rich and rewarding experience for wine lovers, gourmet food enthusiasts and industry experts.
Taste of Pennsylvania
May 19 -20, 2018
A family-friendly weekend of Pennsylvania wines, 250 to be exact, unique vendors, local food, and live bands. If wine isn’t your thing, head over to Brew Kids on the Block, the festival will offer a tour of Pennsylvania’s 20 or so newest breweries.
Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival
June 23 – 24, 2018
Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony, PA
Uncork summer with the Annual Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine and Food Festival. This two-day outdoor festival features food and craft vendors, live musical entertainment, and samples from an estimated 30 Pennsylvania wineries.
New Port Mansions Wine & Food Festival
September 20-23, 2018, Newport, RI
Sophisticated and sublime, this festival features a two-day grand tasting of hundreds of wines and food samples on the lawn of one of Newport’s historic mansions. The festival attracts top wineries from around the globe and offers visitors the opportunity to view cooking demonstrations and seminars, join in a collectible wine dinner, and gala.
Charleston Wine + Food Festival
Feb. 28 – March 4, 20178
The annual festival infuses homegrown flavor with top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe for a five-day event that spans the first full weekend each March.
Great Dakota Wine Festival
Aug 25, 2018 – Aug 26, 2018, Vermillion, SD
Wine and distillery tastings, wine tours, toga competition, grape stomping, music, farmers market, art, cooking demonstrations and amateur wine making competition.
Forks, Corks and Kegs Food and Wine Festival
April 6 – 7, 2018, Historic Deadwood, SD
If you love fine food, wine and distinctive brews, don’t miss the annual Forks, Corks and Kegs Food and Wine Festival. Sample a variety of beer and wine from all across the country, as well as the Black Hills favorites as you make your way to various tasting venues across town. Each location will feature their chef’s finest culinary creation paired with the perfect complimentary beverage. Then head to the granddaddy finale, a Grand Tasting, featuring dozens of beer and wine varieties, light hors d’oeuvres, and dessert samples
A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival
April 28, 2018, Wilson County Exposition Center, Lebanon, TN
A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival is a celebration of local wineries. At the festival, each winery offers complimentary samples, as well as wine for sale by the bottle or the case. Stroll from booth to booth sipping Tennessee wines, savoring gourmet specialty foods, shopping for handcrafted items from local artisans, enjoying music, and attending the wine and food sampling seminars.
Austin Food + Wine Festival
April 27-29, 2018, Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX
The Austin Food + Wine Festival, sponsored by FOOD & WINE, brings an array of taste, talent and culinary entertainment to the Capital City while helping to support the nonprofit, Austin Food & Wine Alliance. The three-day weekend is the epitome of high spirits, with a packed schedule of hands-on grilling demos, up-close tastings with top chefs and sommeliers, and a Grand Tasting event like few others.
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Rootstock Wine Fest
April 14, 2018, Waco, TX
Located in the picturesque Indian Spring Park, Rootstock will feature 16 of Texas’ best when it comes to wines grown and produced in the Lone Star State. The festival will also feature a half-dozen local chefs and restaurants competing to create the best small bite to pair with Texas Tempranillo – visitors get to vote for the winner!
Sept. 14 – 17, 2018, Grapevine, TX
The Annual GrapeFest is truly a Texas wine experience. Attendees will enjoy wines not only from Texas, but as well as wines from Finger Lakes region of New York and Niagara-on-the-Lake region of Canada. (This is also located in my hometown! I grew up attending every year and my parents did a lot of volunteering at the wine booths… I promise, it’s A LOT OF FUN!)
Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest
TBD, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT
From creatively crafted cocktail experiences, eclectic progressive dinners, to wine education events, Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest brings you a week-long culinary festival filled with top restaurateurs, wine educators, mixologists and food lovers.
The Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival
Sept. 21 – 23, 2018, Wilmington
The Annual Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival has been designated as one of North America’s Top 100 events by the American Bus Association, the only Vermont event to have made the list. The festival is set in the backdrop of the Vermont fall foliage, attendees will discover, savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, photographers and farmers.
Virginia Wine Expo
February, 2018 Richmond, VA
Lonely Planet named Richmond to its 2018 Top Ten must-visit list of the U.S. destinations you “need to see”. The amazing craft beverage and food scene were mentioned prominently. If there is one event in Richmond that encapsulates the amazing craft beverage and food scene in Richmond – and Virginia – it’s the 2018 Virginia Wine Expo
Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival
May 7 – 12, 2018, Charlottesville, VA
The Charlottesville area may be known for its renowned historic sites like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the prestigious University of Virginia (both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites), but more recently, the destination has been receiving top accolades for its wide variety of wines. Wine Enthusiast recently dubbed the Charlottesville area as one of the top wine destinations in the world. With all of these recognitions and 30+ wineries, there is a festival that celebrates and embodies the area’s affinity for a good glass of vino – the annual Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival. The festival includes special winemaker events, a Monticello Cup Awards celebration, and it culminates with a huge wine tasting where attendees can sample a large variety of local wines from the area’s 30+ wineries.
March 22 – 25, 2018, Seattle, WA
Four days chock-full of some of the best wine and food Washington State has to offer are at the Taste Washington. Sip exclusive pours from world-class vintners, eat gourmet bites from some of the nation’s most-talented chefs and partake in private food and farm tours – all for the pleasure of your taste buds.
West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival
Sept. 15 – 16, 2018, Morgantown, WV
West Virginia Wine and Jazz Fest is just what it sounds like, a weekend filled with wine and jazz in West Virginia. The festival is more than just a good time though, it’s for a good cause. To date, the festival has raised/donated $459,602 to various local organizations in need.
Wine & Harvest Festival
Sep 15 – 16, 2018, Cedarburg, WI
Enjoy the bounty of fall at Cedarburg’s Annual Wine & Harvest Festival. Farmer’s market, Arts on the Avenue, grape stomp, grape spitting contest, hayrides and live music are uncorked at this event in Cedar Creek Park.
Kohler Food & Wine Experience
Oct 18, 2018 – Oct 21, 2018, Kohler, WI
Mark your calendar for the 18th annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience – a four-day extravaganza of food, wine and fun. This interactive culinary event features celebrity chefs, libations specialists, wine experts and epicurean enthusiasts from around the world for dynamic culinary seminars, tastings and signature festivities.
Annual Wine Fest
March 2, 2018 Sheridan, WY
The Annual Wine Fest features more than 100 different wines and beer from across Wyoming and Montana. With so many participating vintners and brewers, it’s guaranteed there will be something for everyone who attends.
Wild West Wine Fest
March 3, 2018, Sheridan, WY
The he Elks Lodge in downtown Sheridan transforms into a huge wine tasting room complete with fine wines, gourmet food and a silent auction offering various unique items. This premier event offers its guests the opportunity to taste over 100 different wines and beers from various vendors and distributors. All proceeds from the Wild West Winefest benefit the Downtown Sheridan Association.