March 1−2: BEGINNER’S BEE SCHOOL
Asheville, NC | wncbees.org
The Beginner’s Bee School in Asheville is a two-day introductory course on beekeeping hosted by the WNC Center for Honeybee Research and the Buncombe Country Beekeepers that will cover every topic, from the costs of beekeeping to equipment and setup to the bee’s life cycle. Whether you are a seasoned entomologist or just a curious gardener, this course is sure to create a buzz.
March 1−2: CHOCOLATE LOVERS FESTIVAL
Old Town Fairfax, VA | chocolatefestival.net
Milk, mint, white, or dark, whatever the type of chocolate you prefer, one thing’s for certain: it doesn’t get much sweeter than the Chocolate Lovers Festival. Enjoy arts and crafts, chocolate sampling, and competitions as you stroll through the historic town of Fairfax.
March 6−9: CHARLESTON WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL
Charleston, SC | charlestonwineandfood.com
The best of Charleston’s esteemed food scene. From authors and chefs to food trucks, farmers, and sommeliers, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival incorporates professionals from all aspects of the industry in a four-day festival that showcases the variety and depth of the Lowcountry’s culinary culture. Early birds won't want to miss the Potlikker Film Festival on March 5th, benefitting the SFA.
March 6−9: FULTON OYSTER FESTIVAL
Fulton, TX | fultonoysterfest.org
What’s special about Fulton? Their firefighters! Each year the volunteer fire department puts together a festival featuring the freshest oysters they can find. Parades, live entertainment, carnival rides, and a raw oyster-eating contest round out this small-town festival with big-time heart.
March 8: AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CHILI COOK-OFF
Mobile, AL | cancer.org
A popular cook-off hits its twenty-fifth anniversary. This year the festival moves West to The Grounds for a bigger, spicier session of chili cooking and consuming to benefit the American Cancer society. What could be more comforting?
March 10−15: HILTON HEAD ISLAND WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Hilton Head, SC | hiltonheadwineandfood.com
Sommeliers will judge over 850 wines over the course of three days in the International Wine Competition that kicks off this week-long festival of tastings, educational seminars, author receptions, and dinners.
March 15: EDISTO EATS
Edisto Island, SC | edistoeats.org
Starting with a road race and ending with live music (sandwiched between are plenty of tasty options--from an ultimate chef cook-off to an oyster roast to plenty of gumbo) this day long festival benefits the local organization, Learning Through Loggerheads.
March 15: MAIN STREET BREW FEST
Franklin, TN | downtownfranklintn.com
Drinks will be poured, Celtic performers will play, and Irish cheer will abound at Main Street Brew Fest. Each March, the historic downtown of Franklintransforms into a beer lover’s retreat, with over thirty tasting sites for sipping.
March 15−16: MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL
Pickens, WV | pickenswv.com
The snowy mountains of West Virginia hide a sweet winter secret: maple syrup! It takes about forty-five gallons of tree sap to boil down to one gallon of the golden goodness. Watch the experts of Pickens in action with two days of activities!
March 20−23: SAVOR DALLAS
Dallas, TX | savordallas.com
Shake off the winter doldrums with some spring-style celebrating in Dallas and Fort Worth. Savor Dallas isn’t just about food and wine, it’s about the flavor of the region, from its beautiful parks and museums, to its arts and music. Although, with over sixty of the cities’ top chefs participating, we suspect the food will be standout.
March 21−22: BEER, BOURBON & BARBEQUE
Timonium, MD | beerandbourbon.com
It doesn’t get much more Southern than a festival dedicated to beer, bourbon, and barbeque (unless, of course, you throw in blues music and all-you-can-eat fixins like collard greens and shrimp and grits). Expect it all at this festival.
March 23−24: SERENBE SOUTHERN CHEFS SERIES
Palmetto, GA | serenbeinn.com/southernchefs.html
Chef, television personality, and James Beard Award-winning author Nathalie Dupree is featured in this installation of the Serenbe Southern Chefs Series, which offers a unique opportunity for guests to work and learn alongside talented culinary icons. Expect an intimate weekend of cooking and relaxing that honors the communal quality of great food.
March 28−29: HOGS FOR THE CAUSE
New Orleans, LA | hogsforthecause.org
Hogs for the Cause is an annual food and music festival where over eighty teams will compete in City Park, from award-winning chefs to backyard BBQers. The festival supports families who are struggling under the financial burden of treating pediatric brain cancer. You’re cooking for all the right reasons, so go hog wild!