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    Ten Best US Summer Food Festivals for 2014

    By Katherine Martinelli
    6/4/2014 9:48:30 AM

    Summer is festival season, and there's one in every corner of the U.S. to suit every taste. From pig roasts to cheese fests, food trucks to cherries, we're here to help you find a summer food festival worth traveling for.

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    Photo Credit: Kate Glicksberg/smorgasburg.com


    When: Weekends, April-November (11 am-6 pm)

    Where: New York City: Williamsburg on Saturdays, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5 on Sundays

    New York City's hippest weekend food festival is back and better than ever. In addition to weekends in Brooklyn, the foodie favorite-which features food and other food-related items from close to 100 vendors-now hosts the SmorgasBar Jones Beach daily starting June 15 from 11 am-8 pm, complete with a food court and beer garden. So while away your summer at Smorgasburg sampling natural slushies, Asian-inspired hotdogs, and all the varieties of grilled cheese you can imagine. (Free; food prices vary.)

    Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's New York City Guide

    Photo Credit: cherryfestival.org


    When: July 5-12, 2014

    Where: Traverse City, MI

    First held in 1926, the mission of the National Cherry Festival "is to celebrate and promote cherries, community involvement, and the Grand Traverse region." Festivities include a cherry pancake breakfast, kid and adult cherry pie eating contests, and more. In addition to the cherry love, there are also lots of fun auxiliary events, like an air show, a beach volleyball tournament, and performances by Collective Soul and the Bihlman Brothers. (Mostly free, tickets needed for ancillary events.)

    Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Traverse City Guide

    Photo Credit: City of Chicago/GRC


    When: July 9-13, 2014

    Where: Chicago

    One of the world's biggest food festivals, the annual Taste of Chicago (known locally as "The Taste") has been going strong since 1980. Over five days. the festival attracts millions of people to Grant Park to sample food and drink from dozens of local restaurants and bakeries that set up stalls. In addition to the food, don't miss the performances by AWOLNATION, Janelle Monáe, Emmylou Harris, and Aloe Blacc. (Admission is free.)

    Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Chicago Guide

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