Summer is the hot season for celebrating food and wine — warm weather months set the stage for a slew of culinary festivals. From Montreal to California and garlic to beer, check out Forbes Travel Guide’s picks of the five best food and drink events this summer.
Mondial de la Bière, Montreal, Canada — June 6-10 Claiming the title of largest beer festival in Canada, Montreal’s Mondial de la Bière (translating to World of Beer) offers plenty to sip — more than 500 brews are served from around the world. This year’s theme is South America, so watch for breweries from countries such as Brazil and Argentina. There’s no admission price at this lively event, where festival goers visit booths for three- to four-ounce pours of beer, including Canadian brews from Le Cheval Blanc and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.
Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine — Aug. 1-5 The 65th-annual event serves up nearly 20,000 pounds of lobster in all kinds of ways. Along with plenty of food vendors, the quirky festival includes a parade of the newly crowned Sea Goddess and Sea Princesses alongside King Neptune and his court. Start each morning with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to gear up for the day’s activities, ranging from blindfolded rowboat races to concerts.
Food & Wine Classic, Aspen, Colo. — June 15-17 This celebrity-chef-studded weekend is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with new features including a 5K hosted by Bobby Flay and an Elvis Costello-headlined concert.
Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy, Calif. — July 27-29 This northern California city calls itself the Garlic Capital of the World, and its citizens embrace the title — crowning Miss Gilroy Garlic and hosting a Great Garlic Cook-off, as well as cooking demonstrations, concerts and other events.
Nantucket Wine Festival — May 16-20 This annual festival has a beachy, intimate location — some events even take place in grand homes around the island. Begin the weekend with the Harbor Gala, where winemakers pair up with chefs and artisan food producers to offer samples. Tastings showcasing more than 200 wineries and local eats will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Nantucket Yacht Club.