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Pick 5: Not-to-be-Missed Summer Food & Wine Festivals

Don’t ship luggage or wait at the airport – make the most of your trip to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic!

Food + Wine Classic in Aspen, CO. Image courtesy Huge Galdones via foodandwine.com.

Last weekend – Memorial Day – marked the unofficial start of Summer. With the change of seasons comes an annual crop of festivals dedicated to food, wine, and fun. We pick five that stand out from the crowd. So go ahead and make those travel plans – spend your Summer sampling craft brew and sweet corn, not stuck in the airport or waiting to ship luggage. Cheers and bon appétit!

Don’t ship luggage or wait at the airport – make the most of your festival trip!

Kentucky Bourbon Festival | Bardstown, KY – September 16-21
This week-long event is comprised of more than thirty events dedicated to celebrating the history and art of distilling bourbon whiskey. The festival draws more than 50,000 visitors and is held in the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Historical tours, live music, and, most importantly, tastings, are held throughout the six-day event. >> Read more
Getting there: fly into Louisville International Airport

Don’t ship luggage or wait at the airport – make the most of your trip to the Sweet Corn Festival in West Point, Iowa!

Image courtesy Flickr user Brian Giesen.

West Point Sweet Corn Festival | West Point, IA – August 7-10
Started in 1952, West Point’s Sweet Corn Festival is one of the largest in the country. The festival boasts arts and crafts, carnival rides, and free hot, buttered sweet corn for attendees. The town hosts a large parade, tractor pull, and a shuckfest, where more than 18 tons of 2500 ears per ton are shucked in record time. >> Read more
Getting there: fly into Quad City International Airport

Don’t ship luggage or wait at the airport – make the most of your trip to the Oregon Brewers Festival.

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Oregon Brewers Festival | Portland, OR – July 23-27
The Oregon Brewers Festival features more than 80 different beers from around the country. A specialty ten pours another 40+ beers. An anticipated crowd of 80,000 will be on hand for the 27th annual event. The festivities kick off with a brunch and parade that winds its way from one of Portland’s most beloved breweries to the festival grounds. This event is the ultimate celebration of craft beer! >> Read more
Getting there: fly into Portland International Airport

Don’t ship luggage or wait at the airport – make the most of your trip to the Whoopie Pie Festival.

Image courtesy Flickr user Alison Fayre.

Whoopie Pie Festival | Strasburg, PA – September 6
This annual event features more than 100 kinds of whoopie pie flavors. Whoopie pies are a popular treat in Pennsylvania and are made of two round mound-shaped pieces of cake with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them. The event is held at the Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn, a 23-acre farm, hotel, and restaurant that features shopping, walking trails, a bakery, and more, all located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. >> Read more
Getting there: fly into Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley or Philadelphia International Airport

Food & Wine Classic | Aspen, CO – June 20-22
The premier event for Food & Wine Magazine is the Food & Wine Classic, held each year in Aspen, Colorado. This signature event brings together the world’s foremost authorities on wine and food at over 80 cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. In addition, over 300 wines and luxury lifestyle brands gather together in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, the epicenter of the event, to feature and sample their newest products. >> Read more
Getting there: fly into Aspen-Pitkin County Airport