July2014calendar

July 8: BEER CHEESE FESTIVAL
Winchester, KY | beercheesefestival.com
If you aren’t familiar with beer cheese it’s because the irresistible cheddar-intense spread is almost exclusive to the state of Kentucky. For explorers willing to venture, the beer cheese festival might just be the perfect excuse to acquaint yourself; competitors will be offering up unlimited samples.

July 12: ATLANTA STREET FOOD FESTIVAL
Atlanta, GA | atlantastreetfoodfestival.com
Piedmont Park transforms into a sea of dining possibilities. Dozens of food trucks will offer everything from traditional street food standbys like cheese fries, BBQ, and tacos to more refined delicacies that will make you forget your restaurant drove in on wheels!

July 12: SUMMERTIME BREWS FESTIVAL
Greensboro, NC | summertimebrews.com
Whether you prefer porters or pale ales, you won’t be going thirsty—the Summertime Brews Festival features literally hundreds of brews from familiar favorites to craft start- ups. Serious connoisseurs should arrive early for a special VIP Brewmaster Tasting.

July 16–20: TALES OF THE COCKTAIL
New Orleans, LA | talesofthecocktail.com
“All Hail the Cocktail” is the mantra for New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail festival, and it couldn’t be more appropriate. An unparalleled sipping experience for imbibers and industry professionals from across the world, the festival recently took its tour way south to Buenos Aires.

July 18–20: FOOD & WINE CONFERENCE
Orlando, FL | foodandwineconference.com
Media moguls, food photographers, cookbook authors, culinary students, and individuals throughout the culinary community will come together for a weekend of lectures addressing the ever-changing landscape of food media. A must for aspiring bloggers!

July 19: PALMETTO TASTY TOMATO FESTIVAL
Columbia, SC | tastytomatofestival.com
There’s not much that’s tastier than a fresh summer heirloom tomato drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Try as many varieties as you can in the twelve juicy days of the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival.

July 19–20: FIELD TO FORK FESTIVAL
Paint Lick, KY | fieldtoforkfestival.blogspot.com
Support local agriculture at the Field to Fork Festival, a celebration of farming held at Halcomb’s Knob Farm. Whether you are a modern homesteader or a gardening professional, workshops will offer insight and inspiration to dig deep and keep your hands dirty!

July 20: ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATO FESTIVAL
Atlanta, GA | facebook.com/attackofthekillertomatofestival
Chefs will be paired with local farmers to produce tasting dishes, while judges including John Mariani of Esquire, Dave Mezz of Garden & Gun, and Todd Coleman of Tasting Table deliberate on which dish is the juiciest of all at this killer festival that has come to be a regional favorite.

July 20–23: FORAGED AND FOUND
Walland, TN | blackberryfarm.com
Enjoy meandering forest walks through the Tennessee hills led by expert author and forager Connie Green during a special three-day event at Blackberry Farm. Select pairings from vintner Robert Mondavi Jr. top off an idyllic summer weekend.

July 25: BREW SKIES FESTIVAL
Davis, WV | brewskiesfestival.com
Camp out for a weekend of beer and music at the 2nd Annual Brew Skies Festival at beautiful Canaan Valley State Park. Local breweries will be pouring up craft beer while bands including American Babies, the Larry Keel Experience, Cabinet, and the Davisson Brothers Band provide the perfect accompaniment.

July 26: DIRTY DINNER
Dickerson, MD | calleva.org
Escape from the city during the heat of the summer for an evening in the countryside on Calleva Farm. Dinners include a welcoming reception, garden tour, and a dinner prepared with local ingredients, many of which are grown on Calleva’s grounds, followed by an evening of music and dancing.

July 29: CLIFTON INN OUTDOOR DINNER SERIES
Charlottesville, VA | clifton-inn.com
Make the most of the midsummer bounty with a dinner showcasing Richmond’s rich culinary talent. James Beard semi-finalist Lee Gregory and Food & Wine Best New Chefs nominees Caleb Shriver and Phil Perrow will work with resident chef Tucker Yoder for an evening of innovative American cuisine.