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Miss These 9 Food Festivals This Summer And You'll Regret It For Life

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1. National Cherry Festival


Where: Traverse City, MI

When: July 2–9, 2016

What: The pie-eating, pit-spitting, juice-drinking festival your sweet tooth has always wanted. Once you're full, the concerts, special events, and cherry-themed programs will help you "eat, drink, and be cherry."

Don't miss: Signature cherry pies from Grand Traverse Pie Company.

2. Vermont Cheesemakers Festival


Where: Shelburne, VT

When: July 17, 2016

What: Tastings of premium artisan cheese supplemented with local and fresh wines, beers, ciders, and more. If cheese is your thing, stick around for the cheesemaking and cooking demos.

Don't miss: The 2015 "Best of the Fest" cheese, Harbison from Jasper Hill Farm.

3. Yarmouth Clam Festival


Where: Yarmouth, ME

When: July 15–17, 2016

What: A free weekend event highlighting the seafood tradition of this coastal town. Come for the clams, lobster rolls, and homemade pies; stay for the parade, local arts and crafts, and classic carnival rides and games.

Don't miss: Lime Rickeys, a favorite festival beverage.

4. Festa Italiana


Where: Milwaukee, WI

When: July 22–24, 2016

What: A long-running celebration of the city's Italian community, this festival isn't technically centered around food, but one look at the rice balls, Italian sausage, fried eggplant strips, and handmade pasta will help you forget that pretty quickly. Don't forget the Italian wines!

Don't miss: The cannoli eating contest—or, if you're not competing, cannoli from the award-winning Peter Sciortino Bakery.

5. Colombian Day Festival


Where: Elizabeth, NJ

When: July 31, 2016

What: This celebration of Colombian culture, food, and heritage is a must-see for its authentic food vendors, as well as for the mouthwatering fare from the Colombian restaurants and bakeries scattered throughout the area.

Don't miss: Traditional empanadas prepared by local chefs.

6. Gilroy Garlic Festival


Where: Gilroy, CA

When: July 29–31, 2016

What: The "pyro chefs" at the festival's Gourmet Alley whip up delicious garlicky dishes like stuffed mushrooms, garlic bread, sausage sandwiches, and more. Don't worry. Everyone else smells weird, too.

Don't miss: Free samples of garlic ice cream, a festival favorite.

7. Burgerfest


Where: Seymour, WI

When: August 12–13, 2016

What: Burgers, fries, and delicious fare from the Home of the Hamburger. Checking out the bun run, Krazy Ketchup Slide, hot air balloons, and other events might be a good idea for working off what you ate in the Thickburger Eating Contest.

Don't miss: A serving of the 190-lb burger volunteers fry each year.

8. Mackinac Fudge Festival


Where: Mackinac Island, MI

When: August 19–21, 2016

What: A festival calling all "fudgies," or fudge enthusiasts, to celebrate the town's fudge-making tradition by sampling treats from its world-famous shops.

Don't miss: Fudge-infused cocktails...yes, please!

9. National Lentil Festival


Where: Pullman, WA

When: August 19–20, 2016

What: Sip wine and beer from the microbrew tasting tent while watching the Legendary Lentil Cook-Off and sampling from the world's largest bowl of lentil chili. Once you're done, learn how to do it yourself with cooking demos or wander into the marketplace and food court for some local crafts and treats.

Don't miss: The Pullman Lions Club lentil pancake breakfast.

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