Are you a foodie looking for a summertime plan that involves a campervan rental and a whole lot of food? We have some good news for you. The country is full of places where you can relax and enjoy the weather while trying new foods that you may have never tried before.
You don’t have to buy an expensive plane ticket to try great gourmet dishes in Europe or abroad. You may discover that some of the best meals can be found right here in the U.S. In fact, food festivals are happening all over the place as we speak, and the foods they bring to their tables do not disappoint.
If you have some time off and want to take a road trip, why not consider traveling to visit food fests that you don’t want to miss out on? If you’re open to the idea, jump in your campervan rental and head on out to attend the following best food fests this summer:
1.Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado
The great thing about going to this food festival is that you get to enjoy a beautiful location. Aspen, Colorado is certainly a romantic spot all year around and attending this culinary event is only the cherry on top. With breathtaking views surrounding you while you try everything from gourmet dishes to wine tastings, it’s an experience that you’ll want to live and one that won’t disappoint. With three days of food to try, you should definitely include it on your food fest trip itinerary.
- Taste of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
If you’re located in the northern eastern part of the U.S. or have plans on visiting the area, stop on by Chicago for the Taste of Chicago food festival. While your first thought would be deep-dish pizza, hold on. There are several different types of delicious dishes for you to eat and plenty of time for you to enjoy it. Five days of food and live music? Why not? It’s bound to leave you feeling satisfied, and perhaps a bit rounder than before. You can always go to the gym when you get back home.
- Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California
Bring mouth freshener and an empty stomach and head on over to the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. As a family-friendly event, you can visit this food festival with your kids if you’re road tripping throughout the country together. From cooking demonstrations to scrumptious meals that you can try and even a children’s area, it’s a festival that makes it easy to have fun and enjoy great food.
- Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Cary, North Carolina
If you’re not traveling with kids, head on over to drink some beer and bourbon at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival in North Carolina. While you will have to pay admission like in many of these places, you can also get to try an abundance of beer and bourbon, as well as barbeque. Who doesn’t think that this combination sounds like heaven itself? You’ll get a souvenir glass and bag, plus unlimited tastings, so make sure that you go with an empty stomach and a whole lot of thirst.
- Vermont Cheesemakers Festival in Shelburne, Vermont
Do you love cheese? If so, there isn’t any reason that you shouldn’t be headed to Vermont Cheesemakers Festival this summer. At this food festival, you’ll get to try a whole lot of different types of cheese. We just hope that you aren’t lactose intolerant. From cheese dishes to cheese samplings, wine, and more, it’s the perfect place to try new combinations that you can try at home.
The U.S. is full of destinations where food festivals take place. If you’re planning a road trip that will take you to as many food festivals as possible, consider putting these above-mentioned ones on your itinerary. There are many more to choose from, but these ones will get you started.
Whether you’re traveling with family or traveling with friends, there are family friendly events and others where there is plenty of alcohol to be had. Just make sure that you have parked your motorhome for the night, so you don’t mix road tripping and wine tastings in one day. We don’t want to tell you what to do, but you’re going to want to try all the wines and bourbons that you can at these festivals.
Pack up your campervan rental with a whole lot of nice outfits but not so much food. This way, you can look good while trying gourmet dishes at all the food festivals along the way. Make room in your RV fridge for foods that you will acquire and make sure that you bring along some wine glasses for the bottles you’ll buy after wine tastings.