Destinations for the Discerning FoodieAlthough vacationers over the years have always enjoyed sampling exotic fare during their travels, the growth of food-centric TV shows has turned some areas into actual foodie destinations. Whether you dream of becoming a world-class chef or simply love to eat, being surrounded by amazing choices for every meal of the day can translate into the perfect trip. If your mouth is already watering, check out this list of the best foodie vacations.
If you're a fan of all things Food Network, there's no better choice for a vacation than the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival. This event is a four-day feast featuring the best selections from local restaurants, cutting-edge creations offered by the
Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival
students at the Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant, and the best wines from around the world. In addition to supporting this educational program and getting your fill of gourmet cuisine, you might get a glimpse of your favorite culinary stars or other celebrities. A South Beach rental is easy to book on HomeAway.
How many times have you seen a mouth-watering dish on either the big screen or your television and wished you could have just a little taste? If this is a regular occurrence, you're not alone. To combine America's love of food and film, New York City has developed this innovative concept to become one of the best foodie vacations imaginable. During this festival, you'll be able to sample the exact same food featured in the films - while you're watching. How great is that? This event benefits the New York City Food Bank.
NYC Food Film Festival
Of course, New York City at any time of the year is a wonderful destination for the dedicated foodie. If you love ethnic cuisine of any type, this city is a pure food adventure. From local eateries with authentic menus to five-star restaurants featured in national magazines to the wonderful street fare, no one should ever have a hard time satisfying food cravings in this city. To get right in the middle of the action, skip the hotel and stay in a vacation rental home. With this plan, you can ask a few New York City residents about their favorite spots to chow down.
While everyone has heard of the great food that can be found around Fisherman's Wharf, this area also has more than its fair share of food festivals. After you take a look at this list, you'll definitely want to include this charming West Coast city on your list of the best foodie vacations:
The San Francisco Bay Area
- San Francisco Street Food Festival, held in August
- Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, held in September
- Artisan Cheese Festival, held in March
- Bodega Bay Clam Chowder Day, held in February
- Eat Real Festival, held in September
- The Greek Festival, held in May
- Noodle-Fest, held in May
- No Bull BBQ Cookoff, held in May
- Sam's Lobsterfest, held in May
- Malaysian Hawker Food Festival, held in July
No one knows how to throw a party like The Big Easy, and this food festival is no exception. While this hospitable group allows restaurants from all over the country to participate, attending this event gives you a chance to sample the very best of this region all in one place. If you know New Orleans, there are two names on the list of participants you'll recognize: Antoine's and Willie Mae's Scotch House.
New Orleans Roadfood Festival
Of course, anyone could fill an entire book with great destinations featuring wonderful dining choices. What destination would you add to your list of the best foodie vacations?