As well as “playing with my food” Â I love to visit food and cooking shops and of course I always try to visit every food festival in my area.
Here are a few food festivals that are going to be held in different areas over the next month or soâ€¦
March 15-17, 2007Â FI – Food Ingredients Asia-China
Shanghai, ChinaMarch 15-18, 2007 Washington Catfish Festival
Washington,Â 16-18, 2007Â Taste of Tillamook County
Taste of Tillamook County is a culinary event celebrating the countyâ€™s finest.Â The event features local restaurants, micro-brewers, wine cellars, food producers, food processors, local agriculture, arts and entertainment and will benefit Community Food Security programs in Tillamook County.March 16-25, 2007 International Cherry Blossom Festival
Macon,Â Â 16-30, 2007Â 15th Annual Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
Melbourne, AustraliaMarch 17, 2007Â Agricultural Appreciation Day
Mountain View, Arkansas
The Chamber, FSA and Extension Office will host this event for the agricultural community. Activities will include guest speakers in break-out seminar sessions and a luncheon.March 17, 2007Â Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival 2007
Paso Robles, CaliforniaMarch 17-18, 2007Â 17th Annual Festival of The West
Pace Chuck Wagon Cooking CompetitionMarch 17-18, 2007Â Highland Maple Festival
Also March 10-11, 2007March 18, 2007Â 3rd Annual Deering Seafood Festival
Escape to Deering Seafood Festival and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Caribbean â€“ the Bay Roots Steel Drum Band, the Bahamian Junkanoo, scrumptious seafood, cooking demos, art exhibits, canoe and boat rides, nature hikes and the Lilâ€™ Shrimps Kidsâ€™ Zone at the Deering Estate at Cutler, Old Cutler Road at SW 168 St., Miami.
March 18-20, 2007Â Prowein
Wine and Spirits
March 18-20, 2007Â Alles fur den Gast – Spring
International trade fair for the catering, restaurant, hotel trade and food industries with area of Biogast
March 18-21, 2007Â IFE 07 – International Food Exhibition
March 18-21, 2007Â HOSTEX CAPE
Cape Town, South Africa
International Hotel and Catering Exhibition
March 19-20, 2007Â HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conferences
New Orleans, Louisiana
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals
March 20-22, 2007Â International Pizza Expo
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 20-24, 2007Â National Institute of Oilseed Products Annual Convention
Palm Springs, California
March 21-23, 2007Â HotelExpo 2007
March 21-24, 2007Â 6th Annual Kona Chocolate Festival
Includes a multi-day, variety-filled Chocolate Symposium concluded by a decadent evening Gala.
March 21-25, 2007Â Nature Hunting & Fishing International Exhibition
Plovdiv, BulgariaMarch 22-24, 2007Â Produce Solutions Conference
Charlotte, North Carolina
Consumer Trends â€˜07March 22-24, 2007Â 11th Annual EuroGastro Intâ€™l Food Service & Hotel Equipment Trade Fair
Warsaw, PolandMarch 22-25, 2007Â Festival of Food and Wine
Lake Placid, New York
March 22-25, 2007Â SAPORI Dâ€™ITALIA
Exhibition of Italian Food ProductsMarch 23-24, 2007Â Michigan International Wine Expo
The Michigan International Wine Expo is a unique fine wine and gourmet food experience, featuring wine tasting and seminars along with sampling from the area’s premier restaurants.March 23-24, 2007Â Southern Breeze Wine + Culinary Festival
(formerly known as the Coastal Wine Tour) is growing rapidly and will highlight the best global wines, regional food and Gulf Coast cultureMarch 23-24, 2007Â 21st Bluebonnet Brew-Off
The Bluebonnet Brew-off is one of the largest single site homebrew competitions in the United States. It is the first leg of the Lone Star Circuit of homebrew competitions.
March 23-25, 2007Â The Toronto Wine and Cheese Show
March 24, 2007Â Kona Chocolate Festival
March 24, 2007Â Junior Achievementâ€™s 9th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction
San Francisco, California
featuring gourmet food, premium wine and beer tasting, live jazz, cooking demonstrations and an extensive live and silent auction.Â The Junior Achievement Wine Tasting & Auction is one of four annual fundraising events that will enable Junior Achievement of the Bay Area, Inc. to reach more than 100,000 students throughout the Bay Area this year.
March 24, 2007Â The Ultimate Regional Wine Tasting – “BC to BC”
Designed to showcase the world-class wines of various appellations, our association has invited other regional wine associations to come to Temecula Valley to pour the wines that best represent their unique appellation.
March 24-25, 2007Â West of Western Culinary Festival
The two-day garden party, to be held in the heart of the rapidly growing downtown Phoenix arts and cultural scene, features over forty chefs who have collectively redefined the image and understanding of Western cuisine.Â Wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, childrenâ€™s cooking classes, SlowFoodUSA, Grand Tasting, Wine Table, culinary art, lectures, educational venues.
March 24-25 & March 28-April 1, 2007Â Pennsylvania Maple Festival
Celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring by journeying to Meyersdale and the Pennsylvania Maple Festival. Living history tours, learn about the maple industry, enjoy live entertainment, Maple Queen Crowning.
March 24-25, 2007Â 27th Annual Wurstfest, Wurst Competition & Exhibition
Stone Hill Winery. Sample & Purchase Gourmet Sausages from our State’s Finest Sausage Makers. Also featuring: Sausage Making Demonstration. Professional & Amateur Sausage Competition. Display of Old-Time Sausage and Wine Making Equipment
March 24-27, 2007Â SNAXPO 2007
March 25, 2007Â 4th Annual Weston Wine and Food Festival
Weston, Florida (no information on website yet)
Over 80 wine booths, sampling more than 300 wines from around the world, with 30 local restaurants and caterers sampling their cuisine.Â Call 954-660-0777 for tickets and more information.Â Tickets go on sale March 1, 2007
March 25-26, 2007Â Pennsylvania Restaurant & Foodservice Expo West
March 25-27, 2007Â ACF Central Regional Conference
American Culinary Federation Annual Regional Conference. Chefs, cooks and Foodservice Industry Professionals from all walks consistently attend these shows, which are highly regarded for their distinctive regional flavors.
March 25-27, 2007Â Fine Food Perth – Hospitality Perth
March 25-27, 2007Â Wine Pleasures International Organic Workshop
Cardona, Barcelona, Spain
Wine Pleasures Workshops bring together small to medium sized wine producers who do not usually take part in the large wine & food trade fairs with buyers (importers, wholesalers, agents/brokers and retailers), with the aim of establishing business relationships between them.
March 26-27, 2007Â Northern Restaurant and Bar 2007
Northern Restaurant and Bar is the exhibition for the regions restaurants, bars, hotels and pubs that puts inspirational business ideas, industry networking and 300 top suppliers under one roof on your doorstep.
March 26-29, 2007Â Global Dairy Congress
Amsterdam, NetherlandsMarch 27-29, 2007Â Wine Pleasures Workshop: Buyer Meets Catalonian Cellar
Cardona, Barcelona, Spain
Wine Pleasures Workshops bring together small to medium sized wine producers who do not usually take part in the large wine & food trade fairs with buyers (importers, wholesalers, agents/brokers and retailers), with the aim of establishing business relationships between them.March 27-29, 2007Â WorldFood
7th Uzbekistan International Food, Drinks, Packaging, Food Technology and Agriculture ExhibitionMarch 27-29, 2007Â 3rd Int’l Trade Fair for Gastronomy, Hotels & Catering
Brno Exhibition, Centre, Czech RepublicMarch 28-30, 2007Â SIAL Montreal – International Food Exhibition
Montreal, Quebec, CanadaMarch 28-30, 2007Â Food Ingredients China
Shanghai, ChinaMarch 28-31, 2007Â Food & Hotel Indonesia 2007
March 28-31, 2007Â Hotel & Restaurant Expo
International Exhibition for the Hotel, Bar & Restaurant Equipment Industries
March 28-31, 2007Â VINARIA
International Exhibition of Vine-Growing and Wine Producing
National Wine and Spirits TastingMar 28-Apr 1, 2007Â Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival
Over 100 restaurants, 60 wineries and 30 events.March 29, 2007Â International New Products Forum
Surrey, England UKMarch 29, 2007Â Wine & Chocolate From Around the World
Shake off the cold and warm up with the Friends of ChildServ for an evening of unlimited Wine & Chocolate From Around the World on March 29th from 6-9 p.m. at the Kafka Wine Company, 3325 N. Halsted.
March 29, 2007Â Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival
Coral Gables, Florida
March 29-31, 2007Â FreshAntalya
March 30-31, 2007Â 29th Annual Pig Cookin’ Contest
Newport, North Carolina
USA’s Largest Whole Hog B-B-Q.
March 30-April 1, 2007Â 15th Annual Indiana Gourd Society State Show
March 30-April 1, 2007Â Gastroexpo – Fair of Bakery, Confectionery and Ice-Cream Products
A comprehensive presentation of devices and services for restaurants, bars, hotels, lodges and shops.
March 31, 2007Â Fourth Annual International Edible Book Festival
The Little Shop of Stories, 515 North McDonough Street. Decatur, Georgia.
To participate, make edible art that has something to do with books as shapes and/or content. Judges will select the top three winners for the event, who will win gift coupons from metro-Atlanta businesses. The edible creations will be consumed by all present at a closing tea party.Â
For more details regarding the event or participation information, contact Literacy Volunteers Atlanta at (404) 377-READ.
March 31, 2007Â 12th Annual Crawfish Crawl and Festival
Clear Lake, TexasMarch 31, 2007Â Elberta German Sausage Festival
Elberta, AlabamaMarch 31, 2007Â Public Bake Day
Fort Gibson, OklahomaMarch 31, 2007 16th Annual CÃ´tes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner
CÃ´tes du Coeur, translated as â€œvineyards of the heart,â€ is the largest charity wine auction in the Southwest and will showcase more than 3,000 wines. Last year the event netted more than $1 million dollars for the American Heart Association. It is a true epicurean event that pairs gourmet dishes prepared by 12 celebrity chefs with 24 featured wineries. Mar 31-Apr 1, 2007Â Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival
Sunderland, Ontario, Canada Mar 31 – Apr 1, 2007Â 9th Annual Litchfield Park Art & Culinary Festival
Litchfield Park, Arizona (no website)
Over 200 fine artists and craftsmen, wine tasting, Live music, gourmet foods and top valley chefs preparing their signature dishes. Next to the legendary Wigwam Resort; 101 west Wigwam Blvd. For information call: 623-393-5338March 31-April 1, 2007Â Port Release Party
Milford, New Jersey
Alba Vineyard.Â The long awaited release of the 2004 Vintage Port will be the featured attraction at Alba Vineyard. Samplings of the port will be paired with selected chocolates and hors dâ€™oeuvres that accentuate the full potential of what we think is one of our best ports ever.Â Barrel samples of this port have already won a gold medal at the New Jersey Wine Competition!All of these were found on foodreference.comÂ