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Alnwick Food Festival
Celebration of Northumbrian produce, drink and healthy eating in Alnwick, England, home of Harry Potter's Hogwart's Castle. Held in late September.

Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off
Takes place in Sparks, Nevada and features competitors vying for the title of Best in the West. Held in early September. Provides entertainment schedule, general information and press releases.

Big Pig Jig
Includes a hog calling contest and a pork barbecue competition with three categories. Site provides schedule of events, entry forms, and lists nearby lodging. Held early October in Vienna, Georgia.

Boston Vegetarian Food Festival
Sponsored by the Boston Vegetarian Society, featuring free tastings, guest speakers, and exhibitors. Held in October in Boston, Massachusetts.

Caribbean Cake Event
Celebrates traditional black cake making, and its role in African-Caribbean culture. Held in December in London, England.

Annual spring event held near Snook, Texas. Cookoff and live music. Site has directions, photo album, merchandise, ticket and alcohol details, and parking arrangements.

Chitlin' Strut
Focuses on the Southern tradition of fried pig intestines, also known as chitlins or chitterlings. Activities include a parade, hog-calling contest, a beauty pageant, and carnival rides. Held annually in Salley, South Carolina, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Cornwall Food and Drink Festival
Annual festival in Truro, Cornwall, celebrating the best of Cornish food and drink. Website features chef profiles and exhibitor listings. Held the last weekend of September.

Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
Includes menu and schedule of events. Four-day event held in January in Fellsmere, Florida.

Food for Thought Festival
Explores and celebrates opportunities to eat pleasurably, healthfully and sustainably. Photo galleries, schedule, forum, exhibitors, sponsors, and recipe contest.

Giant Omelette Celebration
French cultural exchange program which includes the cooking of a 5,000 egg omelette. Celebration includes an art and craft show, antique car show, tour of homes, Cajun bands, food and dancing. Occurs in November in Abbeville, Louisiana.

Golden Spurtle
Home of the World Porridge Making Championship, held each year on a Sunday in September at the Carrbridge Village Hall, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Winner receives a trophy and cash awards.

Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival
Features cooking contests, eating competitions, a parade, entertainment, and demonstrations. Held the first weekend in June, in Little Chute, Wisconsin.

Green Mountain Chew Chew Food Festival
Held on the Burlington, Vermont waterfront each June, featuring area restaurants and state food producers. Includes events and music schedule.

International Rice Festival
Events include rice eating, cooking, and grading contests. Site provides history, ticket and event information, and photographs from past events. Occurs in October in Crowley, Louisiana.

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
Features Hawaiian coffee culture and heritage. Includes the Miss Kona Coffee scholarship pageant, parades, coffee tastings, coffee picking contest, and arts and crafts. Held annually since 1970 in November on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Los Angeles International Tamale Festival
Events include tamale eating contest, classes, sidewalk chalk art competition, and entertainment. Includes volunteer form, vendor application, and photos. Held in November near MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Tofu Festival
Beer, wine and sake tasting, tofu eating and cooking contests, and "Taste of Japan". Includes location, times and entertainment lineup. Held in July or August in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California.

Louisiana Pecan Festival
Celebrates the native nut and the farmers who grow it. Events include a Queen and Teen Queen contest. Held on the first full weekend of November each year in Colfax, Louisiana.

Matzo Ball Eating Contest
Located in New York, United States. Contains prize details, rules, registration details, a schedule of contests, press releases, and past winners.

Morel Mushroom Festival
Mushroom hunting championship, carnival, craft show, and morel related events. Held in Boyne City, Michigan in May.

National Buffalo Wing Festival
Held in Buffalo, New York on Labor Day weekend. Features some of the best Buffalo wing restaurants, live music, and a chicken wing eating contest.

National Peanut Festival
Dothan, Alabama. Contests with schedules, pageants and queens, map, vendor information, and image gallery.

New England Chili Festival
Annual chili, cornbread, beer, and dessert cookoff held in New Sharon, Maine. Includes photos, event information, and rules.

Oakdale Chocolate Festival
Located near the west coast headquarters for the Hershey Chocolate company, the festival features arts and crafts, games, competitions, entertainment, and activities for children. Held on the third weekend of May in Oakdale, California.

Oxnard Salsa Festival
Held in July in Oxnard, California. Includes a salsa challenge and tasting tent. Lists events, sponsors and driving directions.

Rib America
Family event featuring BBQ and live entertainment from national, regional and local talent. Includes details of annual festivals in Missouri, Minnesota and Indiana.

Rosendale International Pickle Festival
Events include a pickle toss and pickle juice drinking contest. Information, directions, vendor sign-up, and photos and articles from past events. Held in November, in Rosendale, New York.

San Jose Tamale Festival
Annual every summer. Tamale cookoff, entertainment, and a 4 vs 4 soccer tournament.

Singapore Food Festival
Annual month-long held in July each year. Schedules, prices, contests, and press releases.

Springfield Filbert Festival
Filberts, also known as hazelnuts, are celebrated with a cook-off, music, and entertainment. Site provides vendor and volunteer information, music and events schedule. Held in Springfield, Oregon, in early August.

Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival
Features bush tours, pancake eating contests, historical bus tours, street vendors and arts and crafts. Held in Spring in Sunderland, Ontario, Canada.

Virginia Pork Festival
One day event in early June promotes the pork industry and raises fund for local non-profit organizations. Serves over 20 tons of pork each year. Includes menu, featured musicians, and ticket sales. Held in Emporia, Virginia, USA.

West Coast Chocolate Festival
Presents demonstrations, tastings, performances, factory tours, and activities. Held in October in Vancouver, British Columbia.

West of Western Culinary Festival
Arizona chefs present Western cuisine, cooking demos and classes, boutique and heirloom food items. Held in mid-March in Phoenix.

West Virginia Black Walnut Festival
History of the celebration, schedule of events, location and contact information. Includes parade, bake-off, nut contest and 4-H exhibits. Occurs mid-October in Spencer, West Virginia.

The Whole Enchilada Fiesta
Las Cruces, New Mexico. Late summer annual event with a cooking contest, car and motorcycle show, parade, live entertainment, and a 5K fun run.


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