5 Food Festivals to Check Out in January

Have you been dreaming about the amazing food that is only offered in certain parts of the United States? For example, the Seattle street food culture that is unmatched, or perhaps the creole cooking that you can only get down on the “ ’ol Bayou” in New Orleans? If so, then attending a food festival this January is likely on your list of things to do. Five of the best, can’t be missed food festivals that will be happening in January of 2015 are highlighted here. Be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss one scrumptious morsel.


The Potato Expo: January 7 – 9, 2015

The Potato Expo, which is taking place in Orlando, Florida, this year, is the largest trade show and conference of its type for the potato industry. While it offers the opportunity for growers, researchers and industry experts to network and share information, it is also where attendees can taste some of the most original and the most tasty potato dishes around.

Registration is taking place on January 6th, directly followed by all types of different events all centered on the potato and the potato industry. Some of the events taking place at this year’s festival include: Expo Stage Sessions; networking receptions; Luncheons with Keynote speakers; Breakout Sessions and more. There is more to do, see and taste than you could possibly imagine for a three day festival.

Quaker Oatmeal Festival: January 10, 2015

The Quaker Oatmeal Festival takes place in Lafayette, Louisiana and is a family event that is focused on living a healthy lifestyle. The festival starts out with an Oatmeal breakfast, followed by a health fair and 5K run. In addition to these activities, there will also be a blood drive and opportunity to learn about the benefits offered by eating oatmeal. During the health fair you will experience interactive demonstrations, a health screening for every member of your family and much more.


The Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival: January 15 – 18, 2015

This festival, which takes place in Fellsmere, Florida, is one based on providing for the fun and recreation of children in the community. The four day festival includes delicious and unique food, entertainment and crafts. You can experience the unique taste of both frog legs and gator tail during this event, while enjoying entertainment on the main stage. In addition to the unique flavors, you will also find a number of other foods to enjoy during the event, including ice cream, popcorn, candy apples, all sorts of sandwiches, turkey legs, fried dough, pizza, hotdogs and hamburgers. There will be rides and games, as well as contests for the entire family.

The Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival: January, 16th and 17th, 2015

During this festival, which takes place in Anchorage, Alaska, you will be able to experience interesting beer and excellent food options. Some of the featured food includes the Bavarian Apple Pancake, Reuben Sandwich, Moluska Benedict, Uitsmijter and all sorts of appetizers after 3pm each day. You will also be able to experience 19 different draught beers and 100 different bottled beers from all over the world. In addition to all types of food and drink, this festival has a number of different speakers and advertisers offering free samples.

The Crab, Wine and Beer Festival: January 16 – 25, 2015

Taking place in Mendocino County in Northern, California, this is the 16th annual Crab, Wine and Beer Festival. Mendocino County is well-known as the home of fishermen who are pros at harvesting Dungeness crab, and to brewmasters, winemakers and grape growers who create wines that pair perfectly with the fresh seafood offered. This is a 10 day festival that is county wide and gives everyone the opportunity to experience all the delicious flavors offered in this region. In addition to tasty food, there will also be a crab cake cook off and a wine tasting competition, something you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

If you are a foodie there is no question that these festivals are something you will want to experience. However, even if you just want to experience delicious food from all over the nation, knowing about the festivals is a great way to get started.


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