November Food Events Calendar
Anyone reading this is arguably a total food hound, so allow us to officially welcome you to “HELL YES, I Get to Eat Whatever I Want Now” Month. With November comes that time of year that, whatever your holiday routine, food is plentiful and hearty and if you don’t shove it exuberantly into your mouth, we will judge you. With everything from bread stuffing to Tofurkey, cornbread to sweet potatoes, ham, cranberries, and basically anything that can be made with or inside of a pumpkin, November is when we really start to pack on the holiday pounds — and gladly. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to get started, either; check out this month’s abundant cornucopia of food events!
Florida Seafood Festival: November 2nd & 3rd — Apalachicola, Florida
A beautiful view, fresh air, live music, a charity run, and an oyster eating contest: all key elements of a super fun and successful food fest! Head down to this Florida seafood celebration for some serious family time. Or, for you dedicated shuckers, a romantic date night (oysters are an aphrodisiac, after all!). For more information, visit the festival’s website.
When most of us think of Mississippi, we don’t automatically thing of organic veggies and artisan cheeses, but don’t be fooled! Just because the south knows how to fry a chicken better than anyone else doesn’t mean they don’t also know more than a thing or two about homegrown, healthy goodness. Check out this year’s Real Radish Festival in Long Beach — munch on locally grown produce as well as treats from G and M Goat Farm, Country Girls Creamery and Lazy Magnolia Brewery. Enjoy wholesome activities like basket-weaving and yoga, all while listening to great live music!
Get classy at this year’s International Wine Festival in Denver as 10 expert chefs compete to pair the best of Colorado’s medal-winning wines with delicious dishes! Over the course of three delectable days, you’ll taste amazing foods from star chefs and wines from all over the world, while attending seminars and demonstrations from food professionals.
2012 Cracklin Festival: November 8th-11th — Port Barre, Louisiana
Leave it to Louisiana to dedicate an entire festival to pork cracklins! Treat the whole family to unlimited pork-themed treats, carnival rides, the Queen’s Pageant, and a cracklin cook-off at this southern food fest — and all for a good cause, too. Sponsored by the Port Barre Lions Club, proceeds from this event help support those in need through the Louisiana Eye Foundation and Lions Camp for Crippled Children. Tickets are $5.00 per day, per person.
If you’re anywhere near Cleveland, you won’t want to miss this weekend-long food extravaganza! You’ll be treated to hundreds of vendors selling wares and fare, tons of celebrity chefs doing demos and tastings, plus a vast selection of wine, beer and other adult beverages pretty much everywhere. Ticket prices range from $25.00 to $200.00 depending on days you attend and type of access, and they will sell out! Don’t wait — get your passes today and get ready for an amazing weekend of cuisine, cooking and cocktails.
Maine Harvest Festival: November 10th & 11th — Bangor, Maine
Maine takes the term “farm fresh” to a literal level at this year’s Harvest Festival, featuring the products and produce of over 100 local farms and restaurants, like Olde Oak Farm and Sisters Salsa. Couple that with seminars, demonstrations, live music and delicious dining options from Nostrano and Pizza Pie on the Fly, and you’ll be in harvest heaven. General Admission tickets are just $5.00.
If we’re going to trust anyone’s coverage of the food world (besides our own, of course), Boston Magazine isn’t a bad place to start. As one of the most prolific magazines in the country, BM regularly features celebrity chefs, world-famous restaurants, and the best food and drink news that Boston has to offer. This year’s TASTE event will celebrate the many wonderful foodies, chefs, mixologists, restaurants and food writers that have been featured in BM this year, while offering up tasty fare and fabulous drinks from five-star vendors. Tickets start at $95.00 for General Admission. Don’t miss out on this glamorous, food-filled evening!
While pubcrawls may be an awesome excuse to dress up as something ridiculous and get wasted in public with a troupe of strangers, they are missing something kind of vital to the folks at Poor Taste HQ: food, of course (the peanuts you found on the bar top do not count). Head to this year’s L.A. Dishcrawl, where for just $39.00 per ticket, you’ll visit four premier Los Angeles restaurants to sample house specialties, meet the chefs, and mingle merrily with fellow foodies. Costumes are optional, but tickets are limited — don’t miss this “epic” food tour!
San Francisco Vintners Market: November 17th — San Francisco, California
Let’s see … drive all the way up the coast for expensive wine tastings, or pay a flat fee of $80.00 to go to one location featuring over 200 wineries, all of which will sell me their delicious wines right then and there? The choice seems pretty easy to us! Check out this year’s SF Vintners Market at the Fort Mason center, where you’ll taste a vast selection of wines that you can then purchase directly from the makers. For special VIP treatment, check out the Cult Wine Lounge (that’ll cost you a little extra, but the perks are worth it).
Autumnal Beer and Cheese Pairing Cruise: November 17th — New York, New York
All aboard for this year’s fall beer and cheese pairing! Hosted atop a 1920s-style motor yacht, this savory food fest on the sea lasts two hours and includes delectable combinations of beer with artisan cheeses, chocolates and chutneys. You’ll learn the art of proper pairing from experts while gliding past New York’s famously gorgeous skyline. Tickets are $78.00 per person, and they will sell out! Get yours today.