San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival named best in U.S.

Winning San Diego fest features celebrity chefs, winemakers

Mouthwatering tastings, live cooking demos, beautiful venues, celebrity chefs and sommelier-paired wine lists – these 10 North American food festivals each offer a totally travel-worthy epicurean adventure.

  • San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival
    San Diego

    Sandy beaches and sailboats set the scene for this weeklong festival in San Diego. Celebrity chefs, top notch winemakers, mixologists, Master Sommeliers, brewmasters and James Beard-winning authors join together for more than 40 events.
    Photo courtesy of San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

  • Pacific Wine and Food Classic
    Newport Beach, Calif.

    A ticket to the Pacific Wine & Food Classic covers tastings from more than 100 purveyors of food, wine, beer and cocktails, each inspired by the summer season in SoCal. Highlights include a silent disco, wine garden, a taco and beer lounge and a clam bake.
    Photo courtesy of Pacific Wine and Food Classic

  • Fire, Flour, & Fork
    Richmond, Va.

    This four-day gathering in Richmond is “for the food curious,” with a range of more than 40 events, including demos, dining events, food talks and behind-the-scenes tours. Proceeds from the event benefit a different local nonprofit each year.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Aleksandr_Vorobev

  • A Taste of Colorado
    Denver

    This festival in Denver each autumn is the largest free admission food and music event in Colorado, attracting half a million people each year. Attendees will find food from 50 of Colorado’s best restaurants and food trucks, a craft marketplace, kids activities and a stage hosting more than 25 live acts from around the region and the country.
    Photo courtesy of A Taste of Colorado

  • Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
    Hawaii

    Created by the 50th State’s two most famous culinary personalities, Chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, this festival is unusual in its breadth and scope. One of the few week-long events of its kind, it is also statewide, spanning multiple locations on OahuMaui and the Big Island of Hawaii, and often draws multiple James Beard Award Winners and Iron Chefs. The festival is focused more on marquee events than a daily roster of classes and sessions.
    Photo courtesy of Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

  • New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
    New Orleans

    New Orleans plays host to hundreds of festivals each year, with one of the most anticipated being the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience each spring. For more than two decades, NOWFE has featured Grand Tastings, Vinola the premium wine tasting, wine and food seminars, hands-on experiences, and the iconic Royal Street Stroll, which brings together rare antiques, fine art, live jazz and stunning architecture along of one America’s most famous streets. Guests get up close and personal with winemakers from around the world and New Orleans top chefs throughout.
    Photo courtesy of New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

  • The Taste Of Vail
    Vail, Colo.

    The mountain resort of Vail hosts one of the nation’s top spring food festivals each year, with events like dinners, wine tastings, cooking seminars, auctions, cooking competitions and a grand tasting.
    Photo courtesy of The Taste Of Vail

  • Taste of Chicago
    Chicago

    Billed as the world’s largest outdoor food festival, this Windy City summer staple has been held in the city’s Grant Park each July for nearly 40 years. Admission is free, with tickets sold for a huge array of foodstuffs from vendor stalls representing several dozen local restaurants, plus numerous food trucks, with enclosed beverage tents. Live music is performed throughout and locals come out in droves for the fair-like atmosphere.
    Photo courtesy of Taste of Chicago

  • Charleston Wine + Food
    Charleston, S.C.

    Perennially voted one of America’s favorite cities to visit, with a rich regional Low Country culinary tradition, Charleston Wine + Food has been popular since its inception in 2006. The event features a diverse mix of Charleston’s top chefs, along with special out of town guests. But what really sets it apart is the array of live music acts, artists, expert speakers and farmers who join the star-studded cast of chefs for four days of classes, dinners, tastings and even a chef-led fishing trip.
    Photo courtesy of Charleston Wine + Food

  • FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen
    Aspen, Colo.

    Each June brings the Food & Wine Classic to Aspen. This favorite event features three days of celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, investors, TV food personalities and winemakers gathered in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. Events include public seminars, grand tastings and private invitation-only parties. Wine seminars cover topics like Reasons to Love Riesling, Spanish Wines for Millionaires, Meatball and Wine Pairings, and Coffee Bean Meets Cuisine.
    Photo courtesy of FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen

The top 10 winners in the category Best General Food Festival are as follows:

  1. San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival - San Diego
  2. Pacific Wine and Food Classic - Newport Beach, Calif.
  3. Fire, Flour, & Fork - Richmond, Va.
  4. A Taste of Colorado - Denver
  5. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival - Hawaii
  6. New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - New Orleans
  7. The Taste Of Vail - Vail, Colo.
  8. Taste of Chicago - Chicago
  9. Charleston Wine + Food - Charleston, S.C.
  10. FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen - Aspen, Colo.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning festivals!

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