Fancy a visit to a sugar shack? What about a sugar chateau? That’s how Madava Farms, home to maple syrup producer Crown Maple, is sometimes known. Maple syrup fans can visit the 800-acre sustainably managed farmland in Dover Plains, New York, and try complimentary maple syrup and maple sugar samples. Madava Farms will be open for Maple Weekend on April 2 to 3. The Farmstand Cafe will offer its maple-inspired lunch and dinner menu.
New York state’s largest craft beer festival, TAP New York, will take place April 23 to 24 at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills, with more than 100 breweries in attendance. The food theme this year is The Great American Burger.
Sample New York state wines during Lake Erie Wine Country’s Wine & Cheese Weekend (April 22 to 24), where wines and works from local artists of the Chautauqua-Allegheny region will be showcased; or head over to the Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival on May 28 to 29 in Chatham, New York, in the Capital-Saratoga region, where 50 wine, craft beer, spirit, and cider producers will be featured.
Sun BBQFest at Mohegan Sun (June 11 to 12) in Uncasville, Connecticut, will celebrate the flavors of barbecue with three-time world barbecue champion chef Myron Mixon, featuring live music, barbecue showdowns, and food trucks.
The Nantucket Wine Festival (May 18 to 22) features winemakers from all over the world and grand tastings serving 600 wines from over 150 prestigious wineries. Catch seminars with Louis Risoli (of L’Espalier in Boston), who will speak about cheese and wine pairings in his session Le Grand Fromage, and winemaker Pierre Seillan (whose Verité blend earned him 100-point scores from Robert Parker).
Maine’s Taste of Bar Harbor (May 19 to 22) offers a taste of Maine’s cuisine. Among the events are Dessert Night; a pub tour; Chef’s Table (buy a ticket for a meal prepared by some of Bar Harbor’s finest chefs, with a secret location only disclosed at a pre-dinner reception); and special menus and promotions for $20.16. The timing coincides with the Island Arts Association Craft Fair on May 21, showcasing works from local artisans and crafters.
Also in Maine, the Kennebunks will host the first annual LAUNCH! festival (June 17 to 19), celebrating the towns’ rich maritime history. Food events include a lobster bake; the Captain’s Cook Off, where local cooks from amateurs to pros to children will compete to turn Maine ingredients into gourmet dishes; the Clam Jam, a day of clam cakes; and food trucks.
Heading south, the fifth annual Taste of Monticello Wine Trail will take place April 7 to 9 in Charlottesville, Virginia, with wine tastings from central Virginia’s wineries, set to live music.
About 10,000 pounds of crawfish will march into town at the Rosewood Crawfish Festival in Columbia, South Carolina, on May 7. Family activities include the Crawdaddy Dash 5k Run, Li’l Crawdaddy Carnival with rides, and Artists’ Village featuring more than 40 vendors.
Southern music and cuisine will be celebrated at the second annual Southern Grown (June 9 to 12) on Sea Island, Georgia. There will be performances by the Grammy Award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band and American singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, and appearances by more than a dozen award-winning chefs.
For more music with your food and wine, head west to BottleRock Napa Valley (May 27 to 29), with headliners Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Area wineries will pour at the event, where revelers can pair their wines with fare from popular Napa restaurants. While musicians perform, chefs, vintners, and sommeliers will take the culinary stage for demos.
Because you apparently can pair wines with anything, there’s the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival (May 20 to 22) in Southern California. Hot air balloons take off at sunrise above Lake Skinner, while wineries and restaurants from across the Temecula Valley offer tastings.
The Ojai Pixie may sound like the name of a little fairy, but it is actually a sweet, seedless tangerine unique to the Ojai Valley. Pixie Tangerine Month (April) is devoted to the citrus fruit, with culinary classes (including a foraging tour followed by a mixology class), scenic bike rides, jeep tours, and discounts off accommodation. And of course, the Ojai Pixie will find its way onto menus at restaurants around town, in handcrafted cocktails, cupcakes, and even a pomodoro pasta sauce.
For some culinary fun in the desert, head to Palm Springs, where the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival takes place April 8 to 10. It begins with the James Beard Gourmet Four-Course luncheon prepared by celebrity chefs, followed by two days of tastings from more than 40 restaurants and renowned chefs from across California. More than 60 wines will also be offered.
Vegas puts on a show for foodies at the annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit (April 28 to May 1), now in its 10th year, with headliners like Giada De Laurentiis, Emeril Lagasse (who is hosting a mystery dinner), Michael Chow, Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa (who is preparing the “Ultimate Omakase”), and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Aloha, Spam! How many ways can you eat the beloved meat? Try to count the ways at the annual Waikiki Spam Jam (April 30): Crispy Spam Chips from Eggs ‘n Things; Mongolian Spam Poke Bowl, and Coconut Spam Flan with Kona Coffee Salted Caramel and Candied Spam from MAC 24:7; Korean Spam Street Taco from Duke’s Waikiki; and more.
Foodies looking for ocean views along with warm sand can look to the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience in the U.S. Virgin Islands, taking place April 8 to 12. Sunset barbecues, wine tastings in a Prohibition-style setting, and the signature Taste of St. Croix (April 14) will showcase local hospitality and talent.
Thirty of Puerto Rico’s finest restaurants come together at Escambrón Beach for tastings and demos at Saborea Puerto Rico (April 7 to 10). Expect a wide range of libations as well.
Richmond, British Columbia, in Canada is home to a population that’s over 65 percent Asian—and over half Chinese. Its night markets make it a lively, worthy culinary destination, featuring some of the best Asian cuisine outside Asia. The Richmond Night Market debuts on May 13 this year, and the International Night Market opens on April 29.
“Our food—what’s the story?” is the central question at this year’s Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine (May 20 to 22) in County Cork, Ireland. Get ready for fascinating discussions, including Food in a Warzone with Kamal Mouzawak, food writer and founder of the Souk El Tayeb farmer’s market in Beirut; and Mallmann on Fire with Argentina’s Francis Mallmann, who will discuss the joy of fire (in cooking, presumably!).
If you like your cheese with a side of sport, there’s the centuries-old Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling (May 30) in Gloucestershire, England. Here’s the gist: throw a wheel down a very, very steep hill, and unleash tumbling participants. The severe gradient of the hill ensures that like the cheese, racers also tend to roll. First to cross the finish line wins the cheese.
In Italy, the Bologna Finger Food Festival (April 22 to 25) in Emilia-Romagna is dedicated to the glory of street food and craft beers—both Italian and international, set to the sounds of world music.
Speaking of fingers—and dexterity—nimble fingers will be hard at work at the Nordic Oyster Opening Championships, set in Grebbestad, western Sweden, May 6 to 7. During this time, the fishing village regales visitors with plenty of fresh seafood, and of course, oysters, while competitors vie for the title of Best Oyster Opener among the Nordic countries.
Kitchens on wheels unite May 12 to 16 at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam at the (extended) Weekend of the Rolling Kitchens. Expect Dutch favorites as well as dishes from around the globe.
Adelaide, Australia, plays host to the 19th annual Tasting Australia, showcasing South Australia’s autumn bounty on May 1 to 8. Events include a Wild Mushroom Forest Feast (rainproof attire recommended for traipsing through the forest in Adelaide Hills), a Feral Feast of Prairie (including feral antipasti of smoked kangaroo and pastrami, emu liver pate, and camel mettwurst), and a “fizzology” session at Sinclair’s Gully exploring the process of making sparkling wine.
Also Down Under, the GABS Beer, Cider, and Food Fest is one of the world’s foremost beer festivals. Hundreds of beers and ciders are featured, including more than 100 crafted for the event alone. Known as the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, the GABS festival will be held in Melbourne (May 20 to 22) during the city’s Good Beer Week, before hitting Sydney (May 27 to 28) and, for the first time, Auckland, New Zealand (June 18).