Feast Portland, Oregon, 13-16 September
Hipster central Portland is not going to miss out on the food festival scene and with Feast, it stakes its claim for ‘most original’ food festival programme. Now in its seventh year, Feast is also closing in on a running total of $500,000 raised for good causes, so why not head west this September to check out the programme of demonstrations from local and international chefs, pie and sauerkraut classes and drinks events?
www.feastportland.com. From $25.
Great American Beer Festival, Denver, Colorado, 20-22 September
Colorado is the home of American brewing, boasting four of the top fifty brewing companies in the US, and producing over 23million barrels of beer a year. Granted, around 22million of those are Coors, but it is not just for this that Denver has been nicknamed "the Napa Valley of beer”. Beyond that, the Great American Beer Festival is, as the name would suggest simply vast. With an estimated 4,000 beers from 800 of the US’s finest breweries, the festival has already broken records for largest collection of U.S. beer ever served. And this year, it is set to be 17% bigger. If you like US craft beer, can you really afford not to be there?
I Primi d'Italia, Foligno, Italy, 27-30 September
If you love Italian food as much as me, there's no doubt that their primi plati will be one of the reasons why. So why not enjoy a long weekend in Umbria dedicated to these pasta dishes that bring so much joy?
Now in its twentieth year, this bustling festival in the historic town of Foligno, just 40km from Perugia celebrates the life and reputation of Italian pasta and rice dishes and la cultura del primo piatto. What's more, it takes place in the heart of Sangiovese territory – not that you needed any more convincing.
www.iprimiditalia.it - free entry.