Editors over at Lonely Planet have come up with a list of what they’re calling the best US food festivals this summer, a list that spans the country and foods. Here are a few highlights:
National Cherry Festival, Traverse City, Michigan July 5-12
Known as the cherry capital of the world, for eight days Traverse City becomes one giant cherry pit (pun intended), with cherry pie-eating contests, pit spitting contests, music, entertainment and a smorgasbord of foods made with this summer fruit.
Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, Shelburne, Vermont July 20
As the state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita in the US, Vermont’s festival celebrates local artisanal cheese with wine and beer pairings. One interesting cooking workshop to look out for? Cooking with chocolate and cheese.
Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy, California July 25-27
No need to worry about garlic breath at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, where everyone is tucking into garlic everything, including garlic ice cream. Some of the most anticipated events include a garlic recipe contest and cook-off.
Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine July 30 – August 3
Lobster lovers, get your bib on. At the Maine food festival, food vendors sell lobster rolls, lobster wraps, lobster salads and whole lobster dinners that come with the only accoutrement one needs: butter.
Early visitors can also partake in all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts, while aspiring chefs can try for lobster glory with a cooking contest.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Hawaii August 29 – September 7
The seven-day festival features food from more than 80 internationally renowned master chefs, with wine and spirit producers and even a few culinary personalities also in attendance.
Choose from a variety of events including wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, exclusive dinners and unique excursions, all of which highlight Hawaii’s local produce and cultural influences.
For the full list, visit http://bit.ly/1pF0Sc9.