Foods and food festivals of the Southwest are unique. With a blending of Anglo, Hispanic and Native American tastes, food festivals can be a great way to explore the culture of the Southwest. So whether you are a foodie or just a person that likes nice fresh food, the Southwest is sure to have a food festival to suit your tastes.
Started as a modest affair celebrating fine wine and good chile, the annual fiesta features over 100 wineries during five days of activities taking place late September - Early October
Spend a long weekend enjoying food and wine events in local restaurants, country ranch settings and, of course, on the River Walk.
RestaurantFest will provide you with a unique way to tour the great restaurants of Sedona. This event gives local foodies and visitors the chance to experience a selection of specially priced meals from a wide variety of Sedona’s restaurants.
The Glendale Chocolate Affaire, at Murphy Park, features 40 chocolate vendors selling everything sweet and gooey. There is also a wine and beer garden, music, food court and many non-chocolate vendors. The event is held annually in February.
I don't know how they get away with it, but the town of Las Cruces builds an immense enchilada, accompanied by an immense ensalada and invites the world to come and eat. It's a family-oriented festival with a parade and vendors. Takes place in September.
For more than twenty years, the Dallas Wine and Food Festival has been showcasing the best culinary expertise the Metroplex has to offer. Chefs from the area's five-star restaurants prepare themed dinners in various cultural locales around the city.
Events include a chile cook-off, chile roasting, a parade culminating with the coronation of a Chile Queen, chile pod competition, carnival rides and fiddling contests. Hatch is where the famous Hatch chiles are grown.
Held in December, the rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hard working tamale makers have created the festival's tremendous success. Recently, the Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 "All-American Food Festivals" in the nation!
Tucson, Arizona's Slow Food and Film FestivalHeld in January, the Tucson Slow Food & Film Festival is an extended weekend of classic food films, culinary events & cultural discussions that combine screenings of feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation with panel discussions about the cuisines, cultures and traditions shown on the screen, along with culinary events at restaurants.
Wine and food extravaganza takes place in Austin and the surrounding Hill Country each April.