Mouthwatering tastings, live cooking demos, beautiful venues, celebrity chefs and sommelier-paired wine lists – USA TODAY 10Best went on a mission to find the nation's best general food festivals. A panel of food and festival experts selected 20 nominees for Best General Food Festival, and after four weeks of voting, the polls are closed and the winners have been chosen.
It was a close and hard-fought fight between the top three finishers, but in the end, Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit snagged the first place spot. It's no surprise that a city with so many celebrity chef-owned restaurants would throw a food-centric party featuring tons of celebrity chefs – from Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay to Joel Robuchon and Gordon Ramsay.
Oregon's Bounty of Yamhill County and Nashville's Music City Food + Wine Festival finished second and third respectively.
The top 10 winners in the category Best General Food Festival are as follows:
- Vegas Uncork'd
- Bounty of Yamhill County
- Music City Food + Wine Festival - Nashville
- Park City Food & Wine Classic
- Food and Wine Classic - Aspen, Colo.
- Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival
- New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
- Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
- Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend
- New York City Wine & Food Festival
Other nominees included Flavor! Napa Valley, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in Orlando, Feast Portland, Austin Food + Wine Festival, Taste of Chicago, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Charleston Wine + Food Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Savor Sonoma Valley and the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.
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