10 New England Food Festivals Guaranteed to Satisfy You

Scheduled for June 25, the festival features up to four tastings from each of the twelve member wineries of the Coastal Wine Trail, which crosses Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Also snack on local cheeses and chocolates. A VIP party offers premium payouts. Westport Exhibition Centre, 200 Pine Hill Road, Westport, facebook.com/CoastalWineTrail/

3. Harpoon Brewery BBQ Festival

Competition is fierce at the Harpoon Brewery BBQ Festival, July 23-24, at the company’s facilities in Vermont. On Saturday, more than two dozen teams are expected to compete for the best pork, chicken, pork ribs and brisket barbecue. On Sunday, the pros go head-to-head in a competition sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Live music both days. Harpoon Brewery Taproom and Beer Garden, 336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor, Vermont, harpoonbrewery.com

4. New England Taco Festival

A mariachi band, lucha libre wrestlers and more than 20 taco trucks converge in Connecticut to have a good time at the New England Taco Festival on July 30 and 31. Micheladas – a spiced drink with beer and Clamato – will be available at the bar, by popular demand. Children can enjoy donkey rides and inflatable structures. Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, Connecticut, facebook.com/netacofest

5. Maine Lobster Festival

For this year’s festival, August 3-7, volunteers will have the opportunity to practice and be ready to prepare thousands of lobster dinners. The lobster crate parade and race will return, along with Steins & Vines tastings of Maine beer, wine and spirits. Harbor Park, Rockland, Maine, 800-576-7512 or 207-596-7126, mainelobsterfestival.com

6. Charlestown Chamber of Commerce Seafood Festival

This favorite, marking its 37th annual August 5-7, is the New England Seafood Super Bowl. Clams, oysters, mussels, shrimp, lobster, crab and even crayfish appear in every preparation imaginable. This includes several chowders and bisques as well as classic Rhody clam cakes. Ninigret Park, 5 Park Lane, Charlestown, Rhode Island, 401-364-4031, ext. 3, charlestownseafoodfestival.com

7. Taste of the Caribbean & Festival Jerk

Live reggae, soca, salsa and calypso resonate on August 6th. Feast on jerk chicken and fish, rice and peas, the mofongo fried plantain dish, meat patties and tropical fruit ackee, and curried goat and chicken dishes. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, 860-830-2677, tasteect.org

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival Stars.Ellen Farnsworth

8. Machias Wild Blueberry Festival

Blue teeth will abound at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, August 19-21. Blueberries will be available by the pint and four age groups will participate in the Blueberry Pie Tasting Contest. Dessert buffet served outdoors for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Dress up for Saturday night’s Wild Blueberry Ball. Downtown Machias, Maine, machiasblueberry.com

9. Wells Chili-Fest

Members of the International Chili Society will cook up a storm in Wells on August 27 as they compete to qualify for the World Championship Cook-Off. Attendees can purchase tasting kits to sample each team competing for the audience prize. Wells Junior High School, Route 1, Wells, Maine, 207-646-2451, www.wellschilifest.com

10. Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival

A group of senior citizens will kick off the Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival on September 3-4 with their homemade crab rolls. Then the whole town gets involved as Water Street becomes lined with artisans and vendors, and the musicians begin two days of concerts. The grand finale comes with the Sunday Salmon BBQ. Buy a lunch and take a boat ride to discover the salmon enclosures of Cobscook Bay. Downtown Historic District, Eastport, Maine, 207-853-4644, eastportchamber.net


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Patricia Harris and David Lyon are frequent contributors to The Globe. Send your comments to [email protected]

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