The Roscoe Village Burger Fest is still going strong after six years, and as Chicago's current AHT correspondent, I had to check it out last weekend. Head to the slideshow for snapshots from the fest!
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The Tacolandia festival in Los Angeles delivered dozens of the city's finest tacos, all in one place...and we tried them all.
There's a pocket-sized music festival hiding out in Sonoma. With small crowds, big smiles, and a killer musical lineup tucked amongst the vineyards, the Huichica Music Festival may well be heaven. The festival is in its fourth year at the Gundlach Bundschu Winery (that's gun-lock bun-shoe) and 2013 was twice as big as 2012. If the quality of the food and music lineups are any indicator, the festival is on the brink of becoming a capital B big deal. What could make a vineyard-based music festival even better? A fantastic selection of good eats, of course.
Maple-laced chicken and waffles, Old Bay-dusted tater tots, boozy macarons and more at the third annual Philly Vendys.
What did we do this weekend? Make about 800 sliders at the Sweetlife Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Many festivalgoers came back for seconds and thirds of Kenji's ultimate sliders. It was a crazy day, not to mention interrupted by some scattered thunderstorms which made for some fun umbrella-protected griddling of burgers. Check out photos of us and other food vendors at the festival!
The second annual Austin Food & Wine Festival was full of tastings and cooking demos hosted by celebrity chefs, sommeliers, and bartenders. Austin chefs took turns keeping the fire pit alive and dished out whole roasted animals. Check out highlights from the festival!
We are really freaking excited for the first annual Bottle Rock Festival, coming to Napa Valley this week. Featuring an absolutely stellar lineup of musical acts (have I mentioned that The Black Keys are one of my favorite things?) and an equally kick-ass roster of food and drink, Bottle Rock is bringing together the best of the music and Bay Area food worlds. For this special edition of Ask a Chef, we asked some chefs who will be at the festival what tunes get them going in the kitchen.
Smoked macaroni and cheese, smoked scallops, smoked corn chowder, and more smoked creations at the Smoke Experiment in Austin at SXSW over the weekend.
If you're around on Saturday, May 11, come hang out with us at the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, just outside of D.C. The line-up was just announced this morning: Phoenix, Passion Pit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more bands. We'll be there rocking out and flipping sliders—the ultimate sliders. If you've ever wanted us to make you sliders, here's your chance.
Nearly 60 restaurants, breweries, wineries, and producers were at the 15th annual Feast of Fields food celebration on Vancouver Island. See snapshots from the interactive crab boil and many of the best bites including emu, bratwursts, wakame spaghetti, peach crumble, and more.
The fourth year of La Cocina's San Francisco Street Food Festival, which stretched along Folsom between 20th and 26th Streets, was rife with people, food, people, drinks, more people, and a great deal of community spirit last weekend. Check out our favorite bites from the festival: rice rolls, takoyaki, a curry paleta, and more!
In addition to an increasingly impressive musical showing, Outside Lands has become a destination for food and wine lovers, too. San Francisco restaurants, food carts, and farms are showcased; an always-buzzing Wine Lands tent shows off what California has to offer; and good-natured festival-goers drink beer and pass joints while waiting in the (sometimes, very long) food lines. Outside Lands always aimed to be a destination festival —now, it truly is one.
This weekend, we jammed out at the Newport Folk Festival. And in between soaking up Alabama Shakes and Jackson Browne (er, plus 25 gallons of rainwater), we searched for some serious food. Choosing lunch was almost as stressful as realizing we couldn't be at three stages at once (The Head and the Heart! vs Of Monsters and Men! vs Tune-Yards!)—but such challenges are ones we'll gladly take on.
Now in its 20th year, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience has grown into a week-long event featuring seminars, wine dinners at some of the area's best restaurants, cake competitions, seafood cookoffs, and an outdoor wine-and-dine stroll down the French Quarter's Royal Street. The highlights of the festival, though, are the Grand Tastings. See photos of the best bites and sips.
We spent the weekend eating biscuits, drinking bourbon, and having a grand time at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. In its second year, the four-day event celebrates the rich food and drink traditions of the south, bringing together talented chefs hailing from 13 states and D.C. The group of expert chicken fryers, bourbon distillers, biscuit bakers and other Southern food and drink authorities rolled up their sleeves to teach us at seminars and feed us inside the tasting tents. Check out the snapshots of our favorite bites!
The Austin Food & WIne Festival (April 27-29) was a weekend of indulgence, education, and celebrity chefdom. People are realizing that there's more going on here than just Tex Mex, food carts, and barbecue. All that said, locals wondered how this festival would be executed in contrast to those held in, say, Aspen or Pebble Beach. Check out some highlights from the festival, including tacos, sushi, and Andrew Zimmern.
We set out to document every single po'boy at the Oak Street Po' Boy Festival. The selection was impressive, ranging from traditional po' boys with fried shrimp and cochon de lait (roasted pork), as well as several versions of debris (beef in gravy), and some truly inventive po' boys. Actually, many of these wouldn't even qualify as true po' boys. Bananas foster po' boy? Sashimi po' boy? We can hear the purists grumbling now. But we tried them all anyways. Here are 25 of the best and strangest sandwiches at the festival.
While most people are busy sorting through the schedule of set times for Coachella, the three-day musical festivalarama that kicks off tomorrow, Zach Brooks of Food is the New Rock (and Midtown Lunch of course!) has a complete list of food vendors for you to hit up here. "Kogi, Coolahus, crab fries, doughnuts, egg rolls and a corn dog have already been penciled in... with a little music squeezed in, I suppose," he says.
Food festivals are part of America's agricultural roots—local communities coming together to celebrate their local cash crop, often at the end of the harvest season. If you're looking for some good old-fashioned nutty fun this fall, check out these nut-celebrating festivals.
Last week, we shared a national guide to barbecue events in the United States. Though my knowledge of barbecue events is pretty limited, I included as many local events as I could find. But I thought it'd be interesting to open things up to anyone out there. Here's a simple Google map for plotting barbecue events across America. We've made it an open collaboration, so any of you can add to it! And we hope you will.