December Food Events Calendar
If our dear, sweet apocalypse-fearing readers have it right, this is the first of our last 21 days on earth–so, we may as well make the most of it! December is a time of cheer, family, friends, freezing, and our favorite thing in the world, food. Lots and lots of food. Before you say adios to this wonderful world, check out these awesome December food events. And hey, if we’re all still here on the morning of the 22nd, you can even make the last few on the list.
December is, unexpectedly, a wonderful time to buy local produce, wines and treats. And with this year’s popular movement away from big spending at malls and chains, your nearby winter markets hold a plethora of gifts just waiting to be given for the holidays. Head to the Winter Farmers’ Market Holiday & Gift Show in Boulder to choose from over 100 specialty vendors selling everything from artisan foods to fine art. Admission and parking are both free.
Indio International Tamale Festival: December 1st & 2nd — Indio, California
A lot of us don’t automatically associate December with savory tamales, but there are quite a few folks that consider them a delicious holiday treat. Head to Indio for this year’s International Tamale Festival, where you’ll sample homemade and gourmet recipes while enjoying Mexican music and folk dancing. Admittance is free. Plus, these guys totally broke a world record in 1999 with the world’s biggest tamale, which was about a foot in diameter and over forty feet long. We’re still pissed that no one invited us to taste it!
The Currier and Ives Cookie Tour: December 8th — Monadnock, New Hampshire
Cookies? Yes. Delicious drinks? Yep. Proceeds going to charity, and a chance to win $100 if you eat at least ten cookies? Uh, yeah. Get your jolly bums to New Hampshire for the 2012 Currier and Ives Cookie Tour for all of the above and then some. Tickets are $10.00 per person, and a portion of the profits will go to Santa’s House of Jaffrey, which collects toys for children in need.
If you’re not one for snowball fights and ice skating, you’ll be glad to know that sunny Hawaii is waiting just across the sea with a winter food festival tailor-made for beach bums. At this year’s Wailea Wine and Food Fest, you’ll get nice and toasty with world-renowned wines and cuisine prepared and paired by five-star chefs. Ticket prices are not to be viewed by the faint of heart, but after all, it’s paradise.
The Bracebridge Dinner: December 13th-25th — Yosemite, California
The Renaissance Faire is always a great place to don your codpieces and circlets, but after two hours and too much ale in the dusty heat, that merry vibe is bound to suffer. This year, book a stay at the Awahnee Hotel for The Bracebridge Dinner, a gorgeous holiday tribute to 17th century England, complete with a seven course feast, plenty of mead, and over 100 professional singers and actors portraying the story of the Christmas feast with Lord Merrick of Bracebridge and his family. Tickets are a little pricey, but well worth it for something so spectacular.
Á Table Mes Amis: Dining in mid-19th Century New Orleans: December 13th — New Orleans, Louisiana
If you’ve ever wondered what going back in time would feel like, this is the event for you. Learn about the dining customs of early Creole New Orleans at Á Table Mes Amis, with a special emphasis on the formalities of the French Service. Carolyn Bercier will take guests on this holiday journey, hosted inside the Louisiana State Museum. Admission is free.
Cafe des Architectes Holiday Rock n’ Roll: December 17th — Chicago, Illinois
French fare and delectable pastries shine at this year’s Holiday Rock n’ Roll at Cafe des Architectes. Live, holiday-themed music will get you in the mood to watch over ten brilliant chefs compete for glory in the pastry competition while you sit back and enjoy savory hors d’oeuvres and bubbly cocktails. Tickets are $35.00, and proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength.
If you can’t make it to the Big Apple for NYE 2012, how about the Big Pickle? North Carolina’s New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop is sure to be one heck of a time, since the residents abide by Greenwich Mean Time, which means their midnight is the east coast’s 7:00 PM. But couple free refreshments with music, and the fact that we’re talking about a pickle-themed food festival, in Mt. Olive, on Cucumber Street, and it’s safe to say you’ll be in for a treat.