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The winter is upon us, or the winter is coming. Either way, all foodies rejoice as the time of winter food festivals is getting closer. There are hundreds of food festivals happening from December through March all over the globe. In a previous blog post, I discuss five top winter food festivals – However, there are too many great festivals in the winter. Here’s a delectable sample of five more festivals that anyone can enjoy:


Crab, Wine and Beer Festival in Mendocino County, CA

Rated one of America’s top 10 Seafood and Wine Festivals by Coastal Living Magazine, this festival is a 10-day crab and wine extravaganza. From January 18 through 27, 2019 visitors can enjoy crab and beer/ wine pairings, fresh crab cakes and crab cake cook-offs. They can also take a break to do some horseback riding, whale watching or kayaking trips.

Devour Culinary Classic in Phoenix, AZ

Visitors to Arizona can indulge in the culinary prowess of some of the region’s best chefs, food artisans, and beverage leaders. The event takes place on February 23 and 24, 2019 at several venues around Phoenix. The Devour Culinary Classic has been named Best Southern Culinary Festival by the New York Times.

Pennsylvania Maple Festival in Meyersdale, PA

Vermont is not the only state celebrating the sweet maple. The event takes place in March (2019 dates aren’t confirmed yet). It includes hands-on exhibits, demonstrations on maple production and a tree tapping ceremony, among others.

12th Annual Winter Wine Festival in New Castle, NH

Residents of the East Coast don’t have to travel to California to enjoy good wine tasting. The festival will be held from January 18 to February 17, 2019. Some of the well-known events are The Big Tastings, Grand Vintner’s Dinners, Bubbles & Jazz Brunch and Oyster Night. Tickets have to purchased separately for each activity.

Cayman Cookout in Grand Cayman

Dubbed “The Culinary Event of the Year” 11th Annual Cayman Cookout will take place from January 16 to 20, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton. Hosted by Eric Ripert, it’s a journey of extravagant tastings, demonstrations, and tours. Each event is priced individually; The World Class Cocktails competition is free.


As the winter season comes and goes for many of us, be sure to enjoy the colder temperatures by treating yourself to a winter food festival. These 10 food shows will not disappoint!


Hal Abramson is a food festival promoter based in Los Angeles and is always on the hunt for new events to explore. Check out his other food festival blogs or follow his travels on Twitter!