By Robert DiGiacomo
Better bring an appetite if you're planning to attend one of these food festivals. You'll spend the day sampling great eats—and you may even want to join in on some quirky local traditions.
Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, Oct. 29-30
: With 120 vendors, plus lectures and cooking demos, the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival
offers everything you need to know about the diet and health benefits of vegetarian cooking.
: Eat Vegan on $4 a Day
author Ellen Jaffe will share her budget meal tips.
Urbanna Oyster Festival, Urbanna, Va., Nov. 4-5
: Savor the oyster in its many delicious forms: raw, roasted, fried, smoked, steamed, in fritters, and in stews at the Urbanna Oyster Festival
. Belly full, browse crafters' booths and watch for the tears at the crowning of the festival's queen.
: The oyster shucking contest tests speed and finesse with the handling of the shell and meat.
Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas, Nov. 4-13
: Pull out your lederhosen
for the 50th anniversary of this "Oktoberfest: Texas Style" celebration of the sausage called—very appropriately—Wurstfest
. Along with the bratwurst and sauerkraut, there will be waltz and polka contests, plus a "kinderhalle" with a magic show and plenty of live music.
: Don't miss "Gone with the Wurst," an interactive spoof of Gone with the Wind
Northwest Food and Wine Festival, Portland, Ore., Nov. 5
: You won't get thirsty at the Northwest Food and Wine Festival
, which offers tastings of some 600 wines, paired with small dishes from 50 restaurants. Browse among the latest in gourmet food items, wine accessories, and cooking tools.
: You can easily tote home your favorite bottles by taking advantage of deals on bottles and cases—as well as free shipping.
Giant Omelette Celebration, Abbeville, La., Nov. 5-6
: You'll flip over the Giant Omelette Celebration's
centerpiece—a 5,000-egg omelette prepared in a 12-foot skillet. The event is inspired by a French legend about Napoleon ordering a village to assemble all the eggs to cook an omelette for his army.
: Bring your dancing shoes for a spicy sampling of Cajun music, including the Grammy-winning BeauSoleil.
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Photo credit: Giant Omelette Celebration, Abbeville, Louisiana; courtesy Adam Melancon / flickr