Food festivals and celebration

There are food and beverage festivals in every major city – often many over the course of a year – many with good websites.  There appears to be a festival somewhere in North America for nearly every raw or cooked ingredient imaginable (eg: the West Virginia Road-Kill Cookoff).

Festivals are great ways to build energy and networks around food as well as a local food culture and economy.  They can be small or large, simple or complex – but are always enjoyable.

wesley street food festival

An Agricultural Urbanism project endeavours to:

  • Provide a wide variety of festival-supportive spaces and facilities to enhance the probability of successful food festivals; and
  • Involves leaders from the local food culture and economy in the design of a neighbourhood to ensure it will support existing or new festival initiatives.

nanaimo food festival

More general information on food festivals and celebrations or important days related to food is below.


  • Local Wine – This site has information on many aspects and locations of wine, beer and spirit events across North America.