10 Festivals To Taste This Fall

By Haley Bosch

Fall has officially taken over—at least according to the calendar—and it’s time to trade in the summery indulgences (juicy watermelon, refreshing rosé) for heartier fare. With that comes a handful of can’t-miss culinary festivals that showcase famous chefs, well-known wineries and delectable food this season. Whether you’re craving Basque Country cuisine or have a hankering for some good old Southern fare, our Forbes Travel Guide editors have a festival for you, from San Sebastian to South Carolina.

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Flavor! Napa Valley, Nov. 20-24

Benefiting the Culinary Institute of America, this Napa Valleyweekend is chock-full of great food and even better wine. Oenophiles should definitely opt for the three-day Wine Loves Boot Camp, which is led by Christie Dufault, who is a wine and beverage instructor at the CIA’s Rudd Center. You can also take part in events such as Terroir to Table: Farm, Cellar & Kitchen Experiences that take place at different venues throughout the week (ranging from vineyards and olive orchards to restaurants and bakeries). Chefs such as Forbes Travel Guide Tastemakers Michael Chiarelloand Roi Choy, and Christopher Kostow of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Restaurant at Meadowoodshow off their skills in culinary demonstrations. If you’re staying at one of the partner hotels (including Andaz Napa and Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Carneros Inn), be sure to kick off the indulgent week with First Taste Napa: A Downtown Napa Culinary Stroll, where you can whet your palate at restaurants such as Morimoto Napa and The Thomas.

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Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, Nov. 22-25
If you’re craving sunshine with a side of gastronomy, head straight to Barbados. This four-day festival combines celebrity chefs, wine experts and, yes, rum. The weekend begins with Late Night at the Beach House, where you can dance the night away to the sounds of Neycx (one of the island’s top bands) and treat yourself to delectable bites, cocktails and wine. Saturday is filled with cooking demos by star toques such as Food Network’s Anne Burrell, Jose Garces and Forbes Travel Guide Tastemaker Marcus Samuelsson, while oenophiles can brush up at wine seminars with Josh Wesson. For those looking for a local taste, head straight to the rum cocktail seminar with Mount Gay’s rum ambassador Chesterfield Browne. More island flavor can be had at Sizzle Street at Queen’s Park, where you can get a feel for the culture and cuisine of Barbados. Round out the weekend with the Mount Gay Rum Tour and see how the island’s favorite spirit is made.

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