Food is worth celebrating.
Especially food in the coastal states where produce is fresher, fresh seafood is available, premium wines are harvested, and craft beers are brewed. Here are a few food and drink festivals that no foodie should not miss.
Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival: Morgan Hill, California
Morgan Hill, California knows all about mushrooms, it happens to be the largest crop that is produced there locally. The state itself is second in the nation in the production of mushrooms and this little town is considered the Mushroom Capital of the Western United States. Each year this two-day festival celebrates the mushroom in all of its glory. From soups to sandwiches, marinades to deep-fried varieties, the mushroom is served to festival goers. The event includes live entertainment, arts and crafts, and educational cooking exhibitions. Since the region is home to several vineyards, this year the festival has added a wine tasting event as well. There is no charge for admission and parking is free.
Feast Portland: Portland, Oregon
Considered to be one of the premier food and drink festivals in the Pacific Northwest, this festival pays homage to the best chefs and brews in the city. The festival celebrates everything that makes the city unique. It also is a festival with an esoteric side: it was created to assist in helping to end hunger in Oregon and in the United States. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward supporting Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon which has provided over 700,000 meals to children locally and around the state. It is a great opportunity to experience food from the top chefs of the region and support those who are less fortunate. What could be more Portland than that?
Pig Out in the Park: Spokane, Washington
This six –day-long event at the city’s Riverfront Park features 45 food booths with over 200 menu items. Attendees can expect to find everything from deep-fried (pickles, snickers bars, and anything else you can imagine) on a stick, to foods that you never knew existed. This year marks the 37th year of the food and music festival. For information about vendors and performers check out the official webpage at spokanepigout.com.
There are many more food festivals that take place in the coastal states throughout the year. Take some time to discover the unique offerings available to you and your family.