The United States has a unique history when it comes to food. The melting pot culture has created a recipe for variety, and the variety of food festivals in the U.S. is pretty mind-blowing. There are 5 that stand out for unique food, scenery and culture.
Vampires flee from the Gilroy Garlic Festival. It’s held in Gilroy, California from July 24 to 26. Gilroy garlic is at the heart of the festival , which is celebrated every year with live music, parade, arts and crafts and of course, food.
Lots of food. It takes more than 2 tons of garlic to create all the offerings that will be available at the Garlic Festival. It’s in everything you might want to eat. Garlic fries, stuffed mushrooms and garlic bread aren’t so strange. The ice cream is a bit more bizarre, but it’s a very popular item. Stay to watch the Great Garlic Cook-Off or the Garlic Showdown, two exciting cooking competitions. Millions are raised for charity every year at the festival.
If you’re really a chocoholic, make your way to Burlington, Wisconsin May 22 to May 25. The Burlington Chocolate Fest isn’t just about eating the sweet treat. While you’re there, you’ll see clothing made of chocolate and chocolate turned into artwork. You can even get suggestions for how to pair chocolate with wine. Parades, fashion contests, treasure hunts and many other events are used to celebrate chocolate during this event. Chocolate demonstrations and bake-offs will also be conducted.
The weed you hate is actually a tasty food source. That’s right: the Breitenbach Dandelion Festival is a food festival. Go to Dover, Ohio during May 4 and 5 to taste dandelion sausage, dandelion bread with dandelion jelly, dandelion ice cream and all sorts of other things you didn’t know you could eat with weeds. Watch the dandelion cook-off and shop for dandelion arts and crafts before you go.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania considers itself to be the mushroom capital of the world. If you visit during the Mushroom Festival, you may agree. The mushroom festival highlights fungus, everything from shiitake to oyster to portabellos. Cook-offs, mushroom ice cream, eating contests and tastings make the festival a fun event. The festival is held on September 8 and 9.
Visit Portland, Oregon any time of year and you’ll find amazing food trucks in the main parts of the city. Visit during the Portland Eat Mobile Festival, and you can try them all in one place. More than 400 food carts will come together to offer unique edibles . While you’re there you can also watch food demonstrations.
A Festival of Food
Food festivals invariably offer local flavors and culture along with all the other fanfare. Visit the best and most unique food festivals in the United States to see and taste the cultures that make America such an interesting melting pot.