Get out your fork, knife, and wine glasses!
We recently teamed up with the good folks at SponsorPitch to identify the top Summer Food and Wine Festivals of 2017.
If you are looking to sample product, what better way than to “Foodies” as well as chefs hosting exclusive chef showcases. Food and Wine Festivals are a great way to raise awareness of your brand in the coveted 35-54 year old demographic. Typically over 50% of attendees have a household income of over $100,000. The category is a natural fit to Cutlery, Cheese, Travel, and Financial institutions.
SponsorPitch’s event database — including attendee, sponsor, and market data — shows these are the top events this summer.
Top 20 Food and Wine Festivals of 2017
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is an annual wine and spirits events showcasing many of the world’s top chefs, spirits producers, and culinary personalities. The event is hosted by Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is the only festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs.
The Music City Food and Wine Festival combines the talents and offerings of the nation’s top chefs, beer, wine and spirit purveyors with the Southern flavors of local farms and restaurants, set to the soundtrack of live music.
BottleRock Napa Valley is a three-day music, wine, food and beer festival held in Napa, California in late May.
Award-winning chefs, sommeliers, beverage innovators, up-and-coming food lovers gather together for more than 200 ways to sip, savor and sample the South.
6. EEEEEats Con
Six million photos tagged with #EEEEEATS and four years of curating restaurants at music festivals has made it clear that people all over the world are looking for a place to pursue their passion for food beyond their smartphone screen. EEEEEATSCON wants to be the the place where that pursuit begins. They also just wanted to fill a giant airplane hangar with food. And people.
The Charleston Wine + Food Festival is an annual food and wine festival usually held in early March in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops Markets is held annually in July in Buffalo, New York and is the largest two-day food festival in the United States.
Over the course of four days, Feast Portland will give food and wine enthusiasts a chance to enjoy dozens of the region’s most celebrated wineries, breweries and artisanal food exhibitors.
The Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party takes place in New York City’s Madison Square Park. The weekend-long event occurs every June and brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a 100,000 barbecue enthusiasts.
Los Angeles Food & Wine is four-day epicurean event that matches celebrities from television, film, music and sport with celebrity chefs to enjoy the best in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles.
12. Taste of DC
Held on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and the Capitol, Taste of DC is a multi-day food and cultural event that celebrates DC’s diverse community each October.
Los Angeles Times The Taste is L.A’s finest food and wine festival, comprised of 5 events in 3 days each Labor Day weekend at the legendary Paramount Pictures New York Street backlot. Over 40 restaurants and spirits exhibitors participate in each event, with over 120 distinct restaurants participating over the weekend.
14. Eat Drink SF
Eat Drink SF is a week-long food, wine, and spirits festival, held in July/August. Eat Drink SF celebrates Northern California’s bounty of ingredients, chefs and restaurants, winemakers and wineries, bartenders and bars, brewers and breweries, farmers, and artisan producers. Eat Drink SF is presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA).
15. Chicago Gourmet
A fun-filled (and sun-filled) weekend of discovering new favorite chefs, restaurants, wine, spirits, and more. More than 250 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs gather to present culinary demonstrations and tastings.
At the annual Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, the world’s most incredible chefs demo their best new recipes, and wine experts conduct fascinating wine tasting.
17. Bite of Seattle
The Bite of Seattle is an annual food festival that takes place over three days in July at Seattle, Washington, USA’s Seattle Center.
18. Vegas Uncork’d
Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit and Las Vegas, in partnership with ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and Chase Sapphire Preferred takes place each April.
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a four-day food and wine festival held in New Orleans, Louisiana over Memorial Day weekend.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival takes place each year in Epcot inside Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida in the fall, typically from late September through mid November.
In case you’re in the market for new sponsors, here are some active sponsors of Food and Wine Festivals:
Lifeway Foods, Weber, Stella Artois, Whole Foods Market, Food Network, Celebrity Cruises, Barefoot Wine, OpenTable, Bank of America, Mastercard, Cox, Bon Appetit, Lyft, Yelp, Delta Air Lines, Illy
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