GrapeFest »
Sept. 12-15, 2013
Grapevine, Texas - Aside from sampling vino from across the U.S. at the self-dubbed "largest wine festival in the Southwest," serious oenophiles can lend their taste buds to the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, where they can sip and submit ballots to decide the winning vintages in 10 categories from among 140 wines from 39 Texan wineries.
 
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival »
Sept. 14-15, 2013
San Francisco, Calif. - Get schooled in chocolate by Ghirardelli's own "Chocolate Professor" and sharpen your sweet sense at a lineup of chef demonstrations. Challenge friends to ice cream eating contests, gobble chocolates and local foods galore, and complement your palate with vino while you're at it. Proceeds go to Project Open Hand, a local organization that provides meals to the homebound critically ill, senior citizens, and those living with HIV/AIDS. (YP is an official sponsor of the 2013 festival.)
 
Sante Fe Wine & Chile Festival »
Sept. 25-29, 2013
Sante Fe, N.M. - Sample wines from 90 wineries and dishes from dozens of Santa Fe's favorite restaurants during a five-day schedule of foodie events. Attend cooking demonstrations, chef luncheons, chef tours, and more.
 
Denver Beer Fest »
Oct. 4-12, 2013
Denver, Colo. - Although the highlight of the fest is the sold-out Great American Beer Festival (Oct. 10-12), often called "Beertasia", you can still attend special beer events, tappings, dinners, and brewery tours across the city.
 
National Apple Harvest Festival »
Oct. 5-6, 10-12, 2013
Biglerville, Pa. - One of Pennsylvania's most plump and scrumptious fairs has been an autumn tradition for nearly half a century. Taste two weekends of everything apple: apple pancakes, apple pizzas, apple jellies, apple pies, apple butter, apple fritters... apple ad infinitum.
 
Annual National Shrimp Festival »
Oct. 10-13, 2013
Gulf Shores, Ala. - More than 250,000 seafoodies are expected to mosey down to the gulf shore for shrimp by the boatload, served and cooked in more ways than Forrest Gump could ever imagine. Entrance to the festival is free.
 
Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival »
Oct. 17-20, 2013
New York, N.Y. - Presented by Food & Wine magazine, the foodie extravaganza draws together world-renowned chefs and culinary superstars for brunches, seminars, dinners, demonstrations, and a spread of eat-em-up events. Proceeds go to the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America.
 
Chicago Fine Chocolate & Dessert Show »
Oct. 18-20, 2013
Chicago, Ill. - Artisanal bonbons, chocolate sculptures, demonstrations by master chocolatiers, seminars on chocolate trends and baking, an annual cupcake competition... It's three days of sweet surrender at Chicago's Navy Pier.
 
Taste of Atlanta »
Oct. 25-27, 2013
Atlanta, Ga. - Explore bites and signature dishes from more than 70 of metro Atlanta's favorite restaurants and food trucks, in Midtown at Tech Square. Also spice up your gourmet skills at live cooking stages with local chefs.
 
Barbecue Festival »
Oct. 26, 2013
Lexington, N.C. - Dubbed a "Top Ten Food Festival in America" by Travel & Leisure magazine, North Carolina's grand grillage (GRILL-AWZSH) -- an homage to all that is grilled -- celebrates its thirtieth year. More than 150,000 barbecue-lovers are expected to go hog wild at the finger-licking culmination of Lexington's "Barbecue Month."
 
Boston Vegetarian Food Festival »
Oct. 26-27, 2013
Boston, Mass. - Hosted by the Boston Vegetarian Society, the growing leafy-green affair draws more than 100 exhibitors. Meet natural food producers, speakers, chefs, and cookbook authors while sampling spreads of vegetarian and vegan-friendly foods.
 
Wisconsin Cheese Originals Annual Festival »
Nov. 1-2, 2013
Madison, Wis. - Only in its fifth year, the cheese fest already has gained popularity among steadfast foodies and fans of 'Wallace & Gromit'. Go all gouda for cheesemaker dinners and lunches, tasting seminars, all-day farm and creamery tours, and the Meet the Cheesemaker Evening Gala. Advance tickets are required, as organizers expect events to sell out.