Jul 5, 2012 —
It’s time to break out the sweatpants, because food festival season is upon us. For some, the summer and fall means going on that awesome water and air diet to keep up that beach body. But for those of us who have nightmares at the thought of missing a meal, the seasons are a magical time where mouth-watering food vendors miraculously congregate in one place for thousands of hungry citizens to experience.
Some of these festivals are celebrations of the cultural heritage of their neighborhoods. Others focus on locally grown fresh foods and dishes. And then there are the massive multi-day feasts that attract millions with enough deliciously unhealthy offerings to fuel America’s obesity epidemic for the next decade.
Whether you’re looking for fried, stuffed, glazed, local, street, greasy, healthy, land, or sea food, these five incredible festivals in the US are guaranteed to have you embracing your gluttony.
Every year in September
The Feast of San Gennaro is the US incarnation of the centuries-old San Gennaro Festival in Naples, Italy, and has been a popular – and free – New York food and cultural festival since 1926.
Not surprisingly, its States-side beginnings found root in NY’s Little Italy, and originally comprised of a one-day religious commemoration
Little Italy NYC
109 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10002
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Every year in August
Every August since 2009, the San Francisco Street Food Festival has seen several blocks in the Mission District closed off to traffic so organizers can feature some of the best food SF has to offer.
And with over 80,000 people attending the one-day event each year, they must be doing something right!
San Francisco Street Food Festival typically
Throughout the city
Food & Drink Event / Food Festival
Every year in October
Organized by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, the Boston Local Food Festival is a free annual October event that attracts more than 30,000 people despite its relative infancy, having first burst (sustainably, of course) onto the scene back in 2010.
Normally held at The Rose Kennedy Greenway overlooking historic Boston Harbor, the
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
Every year in June/July
Launched in 2010, the LA Street Food Fest provides visitors a chance to sample from a huge assortment of amazing food from all over town – without having to drive all over town to find it.
Held at the famous Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena every year in July, the LA Street Food Fest hosts more than 100 vendors, including gourmet
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
Food & Drink Event / Food Festival / Music Festival
Every Year in July
The largest food festival in the world and one of the most-visited tourist attractions in the entire state of Illinois, Taste of Chicago is a multi-day event that routinely attracts more than a quarter-million people to Grant Park for a chance to stuff their faces with a whole lot of delicious grub.
Normally held for ten days in July, Taste of