January Food Events Calendar
Happy, happy 2013, Poor Tasters! We made it through the biggest Apocalypse scare of the century, and now it’s time to celebrate. While you recover from your New Year’s Eve and attempt to remember why you thought it was a good idea to take off your shoes and wander barefoot through the city last night, grab a Bloody Mary, a greasy breakfast, and peruse this month’s best food events.
Chef’s Holidays: January 6th-31st — Yosemite, California
Meet successful chefs from all over the country, watch them demo their techniques, drink some wine and taste the results at this year’s Chef’s Holidays in Yosemite! Eight different sessions will take place throughout the month, including demos from the chefs at Cowgirl Creamery, The Hungry Cat, The Little Owl, Cakebread Cellars and many more. Rates and other fees vary; book your spot today.
We’ve never officially called mushrooms the “puppet masters of the universe,” but the folks behind the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair sure have! Learn all about the wild world of mushrooms — from toxicology, edibility, and medicinal properties to proper identification and cooking methods — at this fun(gi) food festival. Admission is $5 on Friday, $10 on Saturday and Sunday. Kids under 12 get in free.
Street Eats Food Truck Festival: January 12th-13th — Scottsdale, Arizona
Frybread, tacos, hot dogs, pizza, burgers, mac n’ cheese, BBQ, shaved ice and lobster are rarely all found in one place, unless of course it’s at the Street Eats Food Truck Fest at Salt River Fields. With tons of vendors and a host of local bars nearby, plus a one hour cooking demo by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian, this festival truly has it all. Tickets are $10 per person, per day.
Maybe you’ve never had braised oxtail. Or maybe you’ve never considered drinking an olive oil milkshake. Well, maybe it’s time you did! At this year’s Dine About Town festival in San Francisco, you’ll have the chance to sample the city’s best (and strangest) fare from hundreds of different vendors. Three-course dinners and prix-fixe lunches typically cost between $18-$35. A separate $50 donation to Meals on Wheels will get you free samples from over 25 of SF’s most popular restaurants.
Small Budget, Big Flavor: January 17th — New York, New York
We’re all about feeding the underbelly here at Poor Taste HQ, and to do so often requires getting creative with our finances. At the Small Budget, Big Flavor seminar, you’ll get some amazing tips and tricks from Whole Foods on how to eat well without breaking the bank, plus you’ll receive exclusive coupons and get to sample some wallet-friendly fare. Best of all, it’s totally free — you just have to register.
If you’ve never had mead — a deliciously sweet spirit made from honey and wine — you’re definitely missing out. Attend this year’s World of Honey & Wine seminar at the Key West Wine and Food Festival, where you’ll learn all about the history of mead, its place in cuisine, and what types of honey pair well with different wines and dishes. You’ll even get to sample exotic honeys found only in the Keys. Tickets are $50 per person.
30th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival: January 27th — Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival has everything you want from a seafood soiree and then some. Oyster shucking, oyster eating contests, tons of vendors and activities — they’ll even have jumpy castles and pony rides. Tickets are $12 for attendees over 10, and proceeds will benefit a variety of charities, including Hospitality Heroes and Hollings Cancer Center.