Food festivals should be some combination of sunshine, world-class chefs, unique dishes, charitable contributions, the finest wines, home-brewed hops, and a bit of the unexpected. Some of the best fests might be happening right in your backyard, while others are worth planning a trip around. Some events have been happening for decades and some for just a few years, but they all share one thing in common: delicious, mouth-watering eats that everyone from a true foodie to a foodie newbie can enjoy. In chronological order, here’s our list of the top food festivals for 2014:
When: April 10-13
Where: Sandestin, FL
Why: This award winning wine festival in beautiful Sandestin, FL is entering its 28th year. Wine novices and aficionados alike will enjoy the experience with ample tastings, celebrity chef dinners, and the ability to purchase discounted wines immediately after falling in love with them. There’s also an ability to purchase rare, hard-to-get wines here. Don’t miss out on the Seafood Cruise or the Champagne Brunch, both are rumored to be the can’t-miss events of this can’t-miss event. They are always adding new activities to the lineup so pay close attention to their website.