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U.S. Food Festivals

Is there a food fest in your town? Which foods do we celebrate? Where and when? Why? I'm obsessed with celebrations of food, but my knowledge is limited. I just know there are killer food festivals all over the country, but i don't seem to know how to find them.
It could be anything from produce (tomatoes, squash, beets, berries, apples, potatoes) to meats (i'm sure there's a bacon/charcuterie fest somewhere) to accompaniments (honey seems like a likely candidate) to regional/ethnic specialties (tamales, perogies, donuts, what-have-you).
Where's the party?
Clue me in!

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  1. http://www.foodreference.com/html/lou...

    That's a link to all the food fests in Louisiana

    1. Great idea for a thread!

      Semi-locally (meaning the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia) we have the following festivals:

      In March there is Highland Maple Festival in Monterey, VA, highlighting maple sugar production in the Shenandoah Valley.
      http://www.virginia.org/site/descript...

      There’s the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival in Amherst, VA every October.
      http://www.rebecwinery.com/

      The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is huge, but doesn’t seem to focus on food much anymore.
      http://www.thebloom.com/

      Another is the Strawberry Festival in Roanoke, Va.
      http://www.communityschool.net/strawb...

      Those are a few I can think of. There are lots more I'm sure!

        1. a favorite:
          swamp cabbage festival in labelle, florida. february every year.

          1. I just found this site which looks like a great reference (broken down by state and country!):
            http://www.foodreference.com/html/uta...