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Small family cook-outs have had their day in the sun. Now's the time to join the masses and celebrate summer festival-style. Have you ever wanted to sip wine while chilling with penguins or compete in a watermelon seed-spitting contest? This is your chance. Fun food and drink events are all around, but you have to know where to look. So we've compiled a few awesome venues to check out this weekend, and more to stay tuned for in the weeks to come.


Friends of the Farmer Festival
July 19-20
Copake, NY
This festival features farmers, food producers, chefs, brewers, and winemakers from the Hudson Valley. Proceeds go to the FarmOn! Foundation, which funds education for the next generation of farmers, so you can feel proud about doing good while indulging in the freshest bites and librations from local vendors. 

The Yarmouth Clam Festival
July 19-21
Yarmouth, ME

Nothing says a New England summer bash like carnival rides, craft shows, and of course, clams. Fuel up from the food stands before competing in the kayak or 5-mile road race, or continue chowing down while watching professionals duke it out in a clam-shucking contest.

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival
July 21
Shelburne, VT

With the highest number of cheesemakers per capita, Vermont has earned its status as the premium artisinal cheese state. Come celebrate with the most esteemed cheesemakers and mongers by attending cooking demos, educational seminars, and tastings at this fromage fest. 

AC Food & Wine Festival
July 25-28
Atlantic City, NJ

Pittston Tomato Festival
August 15-18
Pittston, PA

Tales of the Cocktail
Through July 21
New Orleans, LA

Let the nation's best school you on the art of mixology as you attend lectures, competitions, and tastings. Highlights include a cocktail tour of New Orleans, a seminar on the philosophy of hospitality, and a cocktail and taco-fueled pool party. 

Pageland Watermelon Festival
July 19-20
Pageland, SC

Scheduled for the peak of watermelon season, this festival celebrates the fruit with parades, pagents, local craft and food stands. Make sure you stand well out of harm's way if you choose to attend the seed-spittin' contest at 2:00 on Saturday. 

Scallop and Music Festival
July 27-August 4
Port St. Joe, FL

Music City Brewer's Fest
July 27
Nashville, TN

Taste River North
July 19-21
Chicago, IL

Feed your appetite and ears with this high-energy line-up of music, food and drink. This festival features live bands along with culinary creations by the areas best restaurants. 

Hudson Wine Festival
July 19-20
Hudson, OH

The Festival showcases over 150 wines from local and national producers. Come for the tastings, musical performances, and enter raffles to win exquiste pieces from local artists.

The Kickapoo Country Fair
July 27
La Farge, WI

West Coast
California Wine Festival
July 18-20
Santa Barbara, CA
Choose from an extensive line-up of California wine tastings, and sample artisan bread, cheese, and oils at this beachside festival.

Tasting Flight
July 19
Seattle, WA

Ever hung out with penguins while sipping a Chardonnay? Now's your chance. Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo is hosting an after-hours wine festival. The event will feature tastings from over 30 wineries, live music, and guests will enjoy access to the zoo's most exciting animal exhibits.

Oregon Brewers Festival
July 24-28
Portland, OR

July 27
Los Angeles, CA

The Bite of Oregon
August 9-11
Portland, OR