Biggest Food Festivals for Families
If your family’s idea of a good time is feeding your faces with food from around the world, foods with a single ingredient in common, gourmet foods, or food made on trucks, then a food festival would be a perfect getaway. And, you wouldn’t be alone.
One-third of tourism dollars are spent on food, and 50% of travelers in 2013 sought unique dining experiences compared with 41% in 2006, according to the Global Report on Food Tourism.
It’s always nice when a local food festival pops up in your town, but why not make your love of these gastronomical gatherings into a vacation? We’ve rounded up the biggest and best food festivals for families in the U.S.
Taste of Chicago
July 5 – 9, 2017
Billed as the world’s largest food festival, Taste of Chicago started with a bang in 1980. After convincing the city they could draw 75,000 in their first year and with just a three-block area and $150,000, the organizers outdid themselves and brought in 250,000 foodies (well before they were called that). Each year, the festival draws millions of people to Grant Park, where they find music, arts, rides, and of course, food. From food trucks to gourmet pop-ups, there’s a meal for everyone here.