June is very active when it comes to food events in the South. Because of this, we put together a list of recommended festivals and more happening in the first official month of summer 2017.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
As one of the most comprehensive and engagine festivals in the country, the AFWF returns to Atlanta for its seventh year of learning experiences, masterclasses, dinners, pairings, tasting tents and more.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival website
Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration
Called a "Top 20 Event in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society, this 12-year-old event has winemakers’ dinners, demonstrations led by regional chefs and winemakers, and plenty of North Carolina wine to sample and purchase in downtown Winston-Salem.
Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration website
St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
St. Louis, Mo.
The 11th Annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival is the premiere showcase of the St. Louis beer scene. There’ll be 50 breweries from the greater St. Louis area offering more than 100 styles of beer at this 11th annual celebration of STL beer. Be there to try the yearly Collaboration Festival Beer, then sample home brew club tastings, take a taste adventure in the Rare Tapping Tent, hear live music, and eat great local food along the Mississippi River underneath the Gateway Arch.
St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival website
New Orleans’ Oyster Festival
New Orleans, La.
The website warns that you shouldn’t eat for days leading up to this shell-shucker’s paradise. For two days you’ll get plenty interpretations of briny bivalve mollusks – raw, charbroiled, po’ boys, tacos, sliders, shooters, stews, soups and gumbo – prepared by some of the city’s most-loved seafood restaurants
New Orleans’ Oyster Festival website
Wine & Food Week
Get seven whole days of separate events that add up to an unforgettable experience in Houston culinary excellence. Take the Wine Walk for vino samples, join a panel of women winemakers for a tasting, have a manly evening of bold red wines, craft beers and cigars, or do a mixture of everything – just don’t miss the Grand Tasting and Chef’s Showcase, where you’ll see chefs’ demos, sample over 500 wines and try foods from 60 restaurants.
Wine & Food Week website
Magic City Brewfest
Of more than 150 beers you’re invited to sample at MCB’s 11th anniversary event, there will be lots of cask and specialty ales that have never made it across the Alabama state line, and might not make it again. That’s your reason to pay $38 for advance tickets to drink and learn more about craft beer in Alabama.
Magic City Brewfest website
Taste of Charlotte
There’s no admission fee, but you’ll need to purchase festival coins to sample food from more than 100 of the Queen City’s most popular restaurants and chefs for three days in a six-block area, where live music, cooking demos, interactive tours and plenty of people come together.
Taste of Charlotte website
Just because you’re closer to the East Coast than the Gulf, it doesn’t mean you can’t love Creole and Cajun food. Enjoy fresh Louisiana crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, ‘gator, muffuletta, andouille sausage and of course beignets. There’ll even be authentic N.O. “sno balls,” beer from Abita Brewing Company and Southern Comfort Hurricanes – three days’ worth, actually.
Bayou Boogaloo website
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival chicken photo: Courtesy of AFWF/Raftermen
Taco Photo: Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN