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Pacific Wine & Food Classic named best in North America

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This SoCal festival serves up the tastes of summer

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.

  • Pacific Wine & Food Classic

    Pacific Wine & 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

  • San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

    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

  • World Food Championships

    World Food Championships
    Dallas

    The World Food Championships represent the largest competition in Food Sport, an event with 1,400 cooks from 42 states and 15 countries competing across 10 categories. Since the event debuted in 2012, it has launched the careers of more than 30 television food stars and awarded more than 2.5 million in prize money.
    Photo courtesy of World Food Championships

  • Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

    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 Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival/Reid Shimabukuro

  • A Taste of Colorado

    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

  • Bounty of Yamhill County

    Bounty of Yamhill County
    McMinnville, Ore.

    This annual summer festival is a favorite thanks in large part to its setting in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a prime spot for both winemaking and farm to table cuisine. The schedule is built around a triumvirate of chefs, farmers and wineries, almost all of them local, and many classes and events are held at the wineries and farms themselves, rather than in more typical hotel ballrooms.
    Photo courtesy of Bounty of Yamhill County

  • New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

    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

  • New York City Wine & Food Festival

    New York City Wine & Food Festival
    New York

    The Big Apple puts on a big festival, with more than one hundred events throughout the city, featuring over 500 participating wineries, restaurants and food suppliers. There is a large slate of A-list chefs, experts, food personalities and even professional athletes. Large events such as the grand tastings are intermixed with intimate specialty dinners, demos, seminars and many hands-on classes, all held at various locations and famed restaurants throughout the city.
    Photo courtesy of New York City Wine & Food Festival

  • Finger Lakes Wine Festival

    Finger Lakes Wine Festival
    Watkins Glen, N.Y.

    For three days each July, some of the best Finger Lakes wineries come together in Watkins Glen for a weekend of fun in the sun, live music, cooking demos and the largest showcase of wines from New York state. More than 80 wineries attend the event at Watkins Glen International.
    Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Wine Festival

  • South Beach Wine & Food Festival

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival
    Miami

    Sponsored by the Food Network, this large festival spans four days in Miami Beach and surrounding locales. There is a huge lineup of walk around tastings, seminars, brunches, late night parties, intimate theme dinners and even outdoor events ranging from yoga to golf. Many are held at iconic Miami Beach hotels, featuring locally famed eateries, a slate of Food Network personalities and dozens of guest chefs.
    Photo courtesy of South Beach Wine & Food Festival

  • Pacific Wine & Food Classic
  • San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival
  • World Food Championships
  • Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
  • A Taste of Colorado
  • Bounty of Yamhill County
  • New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
  • New York City Wine & Food Festival
  • Finger Lakes Wine Festival
  • South Beach Wine & Food Festival

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

  1. Pacific Wine & Food Classic - Newport Beach, Calif.
  2. San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival - San Diego
  3. World Food Championships - Dallas
  4. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival - Hawaii
  5. A Taste of Colorado - Denver
  6. Bounty of Yamhill County - McMinnville, Ore.
  7. New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - New Orleans
  8. New York City Wine & Food Festival - New York
  9. Finger Lakes Wine Festival - Watkins Glen, N.Y.
  10. South Beach Wine & Food Festival - Miami

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

Congratulations to all these winning events!

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