May 03, 2017 at 12:00 AM
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Top Summer Food & Wine Festivals and Sponsors

Get out your fork, knife, and wine glasses!

We recently teamed up with HelloSponsor to identify some of the top Summer Food and Wine Festivals of 2017.

If you are a sponsor looking to sample product, what better way to reach “Foodies” as well as chefs hosting exclusive chef showcases. Food and Wine Festivals are a great way to raise awareness of your brand in the coveted 35-54 year old demographic. Typically over 50% of attendees have a household income of over $100,000. The category is a natural fit to Cutlery, Appliances, Cheese, Travel, and Financial institutions; among other types of sponsors.

1. South Beach Wine & Food Festival

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is an annual wine and spirits events showcasing many of the world’s top chefs, spirits producers, and culinary personalities. The event is hosted by Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

2. New York City Wine and Food Festival

The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is the only festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs.

3. Music City Food and Wine Festival

The Music City Food and Wine Festival combines the talents and offerings of the nation’s top chefs, beer, wine and spirit purveyors with the Southern flavors of local farms and restaurants, set to the soundtrack of live music.

4. BottleRock Napa Valley

BottleRock Napa Valley is a three-day music, wine, food and beer festival held in Napa, California in late May.

5. Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Award-winning chefs, sommeliers, beverage innovators, up-and-coming food lovers gather together for more than 200 ways to sip, savor and sample the South.

6. EEEEEats Con

Six million photos tagged with #EEEEEATS and four years of curating restaurants at music festivals has made it clear that people all over the world are looking for a place to pursue their passion for food beyond their smartphone screen. EEEEEATSCON wants to be the the place where that pursuit begins. They also just wanted to fill a giant airplane hangar with food. And people.

7. Charleston Wine + Food Festival

The Charleston Wine + Food Festival is an annual food and wine festival usually held in early March in Charleston, South Carolina.

8. Taste of Buffalo

The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops Markets is held annually in July in Buffalo, New York and is the largest two-day food festival in the United States.

9. Feast Portland

Over the course of four days, Feast Portland will give food and wine enthusiasts a chance to enjoy dozens of the region’s most celebrated wineries, breweries and artisanal food exhibitors.

10. Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

The Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party takes place in New York City’s Madison Square Park. The weekend-long event occurs every June and brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a 100,000 barbecue enthusiasts.

11. Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Los Angeles Food & Wine is four-day epicurean event that matches celebrities from television, film, music and sport with celebrity chefs to enjoy the best in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles.

12. Taste of DC

Held on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and the Capitol, Taste of DC is a multi-day food and cultural event that celebrates DC’s diverse community each October.

13. Los Angeles Times The Taste

Los Angeles Times The Taste is L.A’s finest food and wine festival, comprised of 5 events in 3 days each Labor Day weekend at the legendary Paramount Pictures New York Street backlot. Over 40 restaurants and spirits exhibitors participate in each event, with over 120 distinct restaurants participating over the weekend.

14. Eat Drink SF

Eat Drink SF is a week-long food, wine, and spirits festival, held in July/August. Eat Drink SF celebrates Northern California’s bounty of ingredients, chefs and restaurants, winemakers and wineries, bartenders and bars, brewers and breweries, farmers, and artisan producers. Eat Drink SF is presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA).

15. Chicago Gourmet

A fun-filled (and sun-filled) weekend of discovering new favorite chefs, restaurants, wine, spirits, and more. More than 250 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs gather to present culinary demonstrations and tastings.

16. Food & Wine Classic

At the annual Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, the world’s most incredible chefs demo their best new recipes, and wine experts conduct fascinating wine tasting.

17. Bite of Seattle

The Bite of Seattle is an annual food festival that takes place over three days in July at Seattle, Washington, USA’s Seattle Center.

18. Vegas Uncork’d

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit and Las Vegas, in partnership with ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and Chase Sapphire Preferred takes place each April.

19. New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a four-day food and wine festival held in New Orleans, Louisiana over Memorial Day weekend.

20. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival takes place each year in Epcot inside Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida in the fall, typically from late September through mid November.

In case you’re in the market for new sponsors, here are a few active sponsors of Food and Wine Festivals:

Lifeway Foods, Weber Grills, Stella Artois, Whole Foods Market, Food Network, Celebrity Cruises, Barefoot Wine, OpenTable, Bank of America, Mastercard, Cox Communications, Bon Appetit, Lyft, Yelp, Delta Air Lines, Riedel and Illy

With the weather finally warming up, it's a perfect time to get out and enjoy some of America's best food and wine festivals this season!