Food and travel go hand-in-hand. The best way to truly understand a new place is to experience its cuisine—and how better to do that than to attend an internationally renowned food festival, where top chefs, mixologists, sommeliers come together to share their expertise? At the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, you can take in the sweeping Colorado vistas while tasting food from the world’s premier chefs; at the Cherry Bombe Jubilee, you'll learn what new and fascinating work women are doing in the industry; and at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, you'll get to sample the state's incredible number of artisan cheeses. Planning a trip around a food festival can be a great excuse for traveling the world. Here, 24 domestic and international ideas to start you off.
Walland, Tennessee: Taste of the South at Blackberry Farm, January 7–10, 2016
These three days of cooking demos and tastings that benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance bring chefs, vintners and scholars alike to Tennessee every year. The festival explores the South's evolving food culture, which has been returning to its literal roots in recent years by celebrating its rich native agriculture. In 2016, for the 12th year of the festival, chefs such as JJ Johnson of New York and Steven Satterfield of Atlanta, among others, join cookbook author and journalist Dr. Jessica Harris and vintner-in-residence Raj Parr for presentations and group meals.
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Cayman Islands: Cayman Cookout, January 14–17, 2016
Escape the January cold with Eric Ripert, who hosts this year's cookout. He's bringing along José Andrés, Ludo Lefebrve, Tom Colicchio, Anthony Bourdain and many more for incredible meals, educational demos, and wine and mixologist tastings—all in a gorgeous Caribbean setting.