20 Free to See Food & Drink Events in the U.S.

You don’t have to be a hard-core foodie to enjoy our list of 20 free food and drink events in the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then visit us online for the full lineup:

Maple Syrup Producers Open House Weekend Vermont

When the sap runs, sugarhouses all over the state will be welcoming visitors to celebrate the magic that turns 40 gallons of sap into a single gallon of maple syrup—and offer samples of the final product in all its glorious forms. http://vermontmaple.org/open-house-weekend.php

South Carolina Peach Festival Gaffney, South Carolina

Gaffney, South Carolina, is the place to be for peach lovers anxious to see who takes home top honors in the prestigious Peach Dessert Contest. While you’re here, catch the peach parade and cheer the winners of the Peach Festival Pageant. It’s all free—if you can resist buying some peach ice cream or cobbler. Good luck. http://www.scpeachfestival.org/

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival Bardstown, Kentucky

This September celebration of America’s iconic brown liquor features a full slate of free activities, including music, barrelmaking and rolling, Kentucky arts and crafts, horseshoe pitching, and a museum of whiskey history. http://www.kybourbonfestival.com/

Oregon Brewers Festival Portland, Oregon

Free beer? Well, not exactly. But unlike many of America’s top beer festivals, admission to this annual July event is free—and the craft beer here on the banks of the Willamette River is some of the finest from around the country. Home brewing demonstrations and music are also free and so is root beer for your designated drivers. http://www.oregonbrewfest.com/

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  1. Johnny Wu
    Cleveland, OHio
    July 18, 2013, 5:08 pm

    May 17-18, 2014 will be our 5th year for Cleveland Asian Festival, http://www.clevelandasianfestival.org, the festival had 38,380 attendees this year in past May. it has two stages, 100+ nonfood vendors and 20+ food vendors, a health pavilion and a children area.

  2. Dorian Craft
    Baltimore, MD
    August 24, 2011, 9:34 am

    The Annual Jazz & Rib Fest in Columbus, OH. For three days at the end of July, the Jazz & Rib Festival features rib vendors from all across the country. The festival also features live jazz music on three stages, and is capped off by a rib cook-off.

    The official website for Jazz & Rib Fest is here:

  3. Chris Combs
    Washington, DC
    August 22, 2011, 11:40 am

    Well, there’s the inimitable Apple Scrapple Festival, named after Bridgeville, Delaware’s two best-known products.

    It’s free to spectate the many scrapple-themed events, such as Scrapple Shuffleboard—played by local dignitaries with frozen bricks of the pork-flavored cornmeal cake—or the often pig-themed creative output of contestants in the carving contest.

    This year’s festival will be held October 14-15, 2011. Their official website is here: http://www.applescrapple.com/ and you can see some pictures here: http://www.expressnightout.com/content/2007/10/scrapple.php