5 Super Summer Food Festivals

Summer means long days and warm, balmy nights filled with outdoor activities and lively dinners with friends, and outdoor grilling taking center stage.  This summer, let these unique and interesting summer food festivals do the cooking while you sit back, relax and enjoy these great travel destinations.

Meatopia - This Saturday, head over to Brooklyn for Amstel Light's annual celebration of meat.  With dozens of chefs and farmers providing the fare and live music to keep the festival lively, Meatopia is this weekend's go-to activity! Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5 When:  July 23rd, 2011 - 5:30-9:30 pm

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival- Not in New York City this weekend? No problem!  Drive up the coast and experience Vermont's premier artisanal cheese festival, complete with fresh, local produce, wine tastings and even a farm-site tasting dinner! Where: Shelburne, Vermont When: July 24th, 2011 - 11am-4pm

Gilroy Garlic Festival - West Coasters fear not!  Gilroy California's enormous three-day garlic festival has everything.  And I mean everything.  From garlic-themed cook offs to treasure hunts to a fine arts exhibition to even their very own Miss Gilroy Garlic pageant, this festival is sure to be fun for adults and children alike. Where: Gilroy California When: July 29th-31st, 2011 - 10am-7pm

Maine Lobster Festival - Maine's historic festival has been celebrating its state's homegrown fare for 64 years!  This week-long festival is a must-see for both lobster lovers and curious travelers alike; offering up live music, street parades, and over 20,000 pounds of lobster! Where: Rockland, Maine When: August 3rd-7th, 2011

Kentucky Bourbon Festival - Making bourbon since 1776, it's no wonder that Bardstown, Kentucky is considered the Bourbon Capital of the World.  End the summer right with this six-day festival featuring great food, live entertainment, car shows and of course a healthy dose of bourbon! Where: Bardstown, Kentucky When: September 13th-18th, 2011