Wellfleet OysterFest, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
shanghainese/shutterstock If raw oysters, stuffed clams, and clam chowder make your mouth water, then this may well be your food heaven. A celebration of Cape Cod’s shellfish, Wellfeet OysterFest includes an oyster shucking competition, the Shuck n’ Run 5K race, and fresh catches from local shell fishermen. The festival’s organizer, Wellfleet SPAT, Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc., a non-profit devoted to sustaining Wellfleet’s shellfishing and aquaculture industries, recycles all those empty shells back into the ocean, where they’re used to restore habitats that make for more oysters in the future. The festival occurs annually the weekend after Columbus Day; this year’s runs October 13 to 14, 2018.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Santa Rosa, California
Kent Sorensen/shutterstock Every October, travelers from across the country flock to the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for world-class wines, award-winning beer, and overwhelming culinary creations. The fair, held this year from October 5 to 7, 2018, offers a full-on farm-to-table experience inspired by the county’s knowledgeable and hard-working farmers, ranchers, vintners, and producers. Along with the marquee Grand Tasting event in the evenings, the fair awards prizes to the best food, craft beer, and cider presented at the festival. You can also enjoy grape-stomping events and chef demonstrations. Don’t miss these weird food festivals you won’t believe exist.