Food and wine festivals are for foodies and wine lovers who yearn to experience the most decadent duos—for instance, a sip of Merlot with a morsel of marrow. Or similarly, a taste of Tempranillo with a slice of tomato tart. Admittedly, most pairings aren’t created with alliteration in mind. More often than not, there’s only a single rule that most chefs and wine experts follow when creating indulgent pairings. It must be delicious.
September coincides with grape harvest in the northern hemisphere, making it an exciting time to clink our glasses and celebrate a successful vintage. Because of this, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the busiest months for food and wine festivals across the United States.
So what are you waiting for? Pull up your maps app to find the closest festival near you. From the California coast to the Kansas City plains, the 16 best food and wine festivals are happening in September.
In order of event date
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Kansas City, MO
Ticket prices: $55 – $70
The Kansas City rendition of Uncorked features more than 100 wines from regions across the globe. General tickets include entertainment, gourmet food vendors, and a live DJ. VIP access offers fewer lines and extended tasting hours.
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Ticket price: $15
This outdoor event celebrates the local wine and small business products of Schuylkill County and nearby areas. Guests have a chance to win prizes by dressing up in this year’s theme: The Roaring Twenties.
September 4-6, 2021
Ticket prices: $25 – $30
The Harvest Wine Festival combines New Mexico wine, food and art. It allows visitors to sip, nibble and shop from fifty local artisans. Guests get to enjoy live entertainment, plus a commemorative Viva Vino wine glass to take home.
September 9-12, 2012
Ticket prices: $150 – $450
The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is one of the South’s premier events. Experiences range from tasting tents to intimate brunches and dinners to demonstration stages. Grab a weekend pass to experience as much as possible.
September 10-12, 2021
The Food & Wine Classic is one of the country’s most prestigious events and is often sold out months in advance. However, organizers encourage hopeful attendees to add their name to the waitlist. The $1,600 ticket price grants access to the Grand Tasting Pavilion to sample 100+ food, wine, and spirit brands. Guests also have the chance to meet celebrity chefs and wine experts at book signings, cooking demonstrations and seminars.
September 11-12, 2021
Ticket prices: $45 – $80
This event highlights wineries of the Hudson Vally and New York, plus a few select international wines. Cooking demonstrations, food trucks and concessions, and gourmet speciality foods are also offered.
September 14-18, 2021
Hilton Head, SC
Ticket prices: $35 – $125
What was once a one-day, 3-hour tasting has grown into a week-long celebration. This year marks the festival’s 36th year. When purchasing tickets, choose from wine dinners, the popular Sip and Stroll event, traditional Grand Tasting, or the Public Tasting.
September 16-19, 2021
Ticket prices: $50 – $220
euphoria is one of the biggest festivals happening this month. The 4-day food, drink, and music celebration offers 32 unique events. Ticket packages include eat, listen, or sip. Or become a member of the Producers Circle, which offers customizable packages plus car service provided by Lexus.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Ticket prices: $65 – $80
For the first time, Uncorked Wine Festivals is hosting a stop in Nashville. This event features 100 wines from across the globe. Tickets include entertainment, gourmet food trucks, interactive exhibits and more.
September 17-19, 2021
Ticket prices: $60 – $275
Lux food and wine at its finest. The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival happens at The Breakers Stable and Rosecliff, one of the most historic mansions in Newport. There are 23 spectacular events, including French Dinner Soirée and Bubbles & Caviar.
September 17-18, 2021
Snowmass Village, CO
Ticket prices: $105 – $120
The Snowmass Wine Festival consists of the Grand Tasting and a new event, “An Evening of Food and Wine”. Both experiences raise money for several charitable organizations. More than $100,000 was raised in 2020 for both local initiatives and international organizations.
September 18-19, 2021
Ticket prices: $80
This year’s 30th anniversary of the Colorado Mountain Winefest includes chef demonstrations, live music, and seminars. Tickets are almost sold out, so grab one soon!
September 23-26, 2021
Ticket prices: $75 – $1,700
Four days of seminars, dining, and tasting events make up Telluride Wine. Guests can purchase individual event tickets or indulge in the Patron Pass ($1,700). It grants unparalleled access to VIP experiences, invite-only celebrations, and reserve tastings.
September 24-25, 2021
Santa Barbara, CA
Ticket prices: $40 – $169
California Wine Festival’s stop in Santa Barbara begins with the Rare & Reserve Tasting on Friday the 24th. It takes place at the charming old-world Carousel House. The signature Beachside Wine Tasting is on Saturday the 25 and features hundreds of food and wine options plus live entertainment.
September 25-26, 2021
Ticket price: $35
Savour the views of the Sedona Red Rocks while sipping on Arizona wines. Tickets are available in advance or at the door and include food trucks, artisan vendors, and live music.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Ticket price: $150
This one-day, all-inclusive festival highlights wine and beer. It also features food from the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, and speciality shops. Ticket sales support the Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families. This event is regularly voted as “Best Charity Event” and “Best Food & Drink Festival” of Ventura County.
Please note that all information is correct as of publication. We encourage you to visit each individual event website for updates about COVID safety regulations or potential cancellations.
Nicole MacKay in the Managing Editor of the SOMM TV Online Magazine. She holds her WSET 3 and is a Spanish Wine Scholar through the Wine Scholar Guild. With a passion for food and travel, she's often found in her kitchen adjusting perfectly good recipes to be gluten-free and plant-based.