Five Fun Food Festivals in the US

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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.

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    Feast of San Gennaro

    Food Festival Every year in September

    Feast of San Gennaro - Food Festival in New York.
    New York Little Italy NYC

    109 Mulberry Street
    New York, NY 10002

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    San Francisco Street Food Festival

    Food Festival / Music Festival Every year in August

    San Francisco Street Food Festival  - Food Festival | Music Festival in San Francisco.
    San Francisco Throughout the city
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    Boston Local Food Festival

    Food & Drink Event / Food Festival Every year in October

    Boston Local Food Festival - Food & Drink Event | Food Festival in Boston.
    Boston Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

    Boston, MA 02210

    617‑292‑0020

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    LA Street Food Fest

    Food Festival Every year in June/July

    LA Street Food Fest - Food Festival in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles Rose Bowl

    1001 Rose Bowl Drive
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    626‑577‑3101

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    Taste of Chicago

    Food & Drink Event / Food Festival / Music Festival Every Year in July

    Taste of Chicago - Food & Drink Event | Food Festival | Music Festival in Chicago.
    Chicago Grant Park / Millennium Park

    Between South Michigan Avenue to Lake Michigan and East Roosevelt Road to East Randolph Street.

    312‑742‑7648

User Comments

Alex K. Jul 31, 2012
The Grilled Cheese Truck is the best! Mac&Cheese inside a grilled cheese is where it's at!
Anonymous Jul 28, 2012
Feast of San Gennaro is the best - love Italian ice. There's one in LA too, but it's just not the same.
Matt Y. Jul 28, 2012
My bucket list just grew a little bit longer. And a little bit heavier.
Danny M. Jul 28, 2012
I want to go to the Grilled Cheese Invitational in LA next year.
Paula P. Jul 27, 2012
I tried poutine for the first time at the LA street food fest. I'm moving to Canada.
Chad F. Jul 27, 2012
Always think about Taste of Chicago...someday I will make it to the midwest for this...
Sara G. Jul 26, 2012
Reading this article gives me a stomach ache! I've been intrigued by Taste of Chicago ever since I first learned about it. Is fasting prior to attending a rookie or expert move?
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
Joey Chestnut would absolutely dominate! That guy is a beast.
Sridevi R. Jul 26, 2012
Yesss!!! Eating should be in the Olympics. The LA street food fest is heaven!
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