Food festivals you need to attend in June & July
Looking for some tasty things to do this summer? Bring your appetite to these great events, happening in York, Harrisburg and beyond.
The Great Chefs Event
Philadelphia: Superstar chefs and Alex's Lemonade Stand supporters continue the quest for childhood cancer cures with this fantastic foodie event from 6 to 9 p.m. June 14 at Urban Outfitters Headquarters, 5000 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.
Guests can graze on dozens of decadent tasting plates and have the opportunity to see top chefs in action. Fabulous live and silent auctions, raffles and an inspiring program complete this delectable evening! For tickets and details, visit alexslemonade.org.
Penn-Mar Irish Festival
Glen Rock: Enjoy Irish foods, vendors, entertainment and children's activities from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 18 on the grounds of The Markets at Shrewsbury, 12025 Susquehanna Trail, Shrewsbury.
The festival has two stages and features a balance of traditional Irish music and Celtic rock, as well as several area Irish dance groups. Tickets are $10 for adults, free for children 15 and younger. For details, visit pennmaririshfestival.com.
The Taste of Three Cities
Philadelphia: The Taste of Three Cities is a food truck competition that travels from Baltimore, Philadelphia and D.C. where judges choose the best food truck from those three cities. The trucks will gather all day on June 25 at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, 4747 South Broad St., Philadelphia.
Not only is this an event heavy on food trucks, but an arts and music event as well. A kid zone and family packages are also available. For details and ticket information, visit tasteof3cities.com.
Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
Baltimore: Go seaside with Maryland’s favorite crustacean from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 5 to 9 p.m. June 25 at Rash Field at Inner Harbor, 201 Key Highway, Baltimore. The festival is an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with over 30,000 crabs and lots of beer. The day includes live music, crafts and a 5K dubbed the Crab Run.
There is no shortage of fun to be had by the harbor. Visit mdcrabfest.com for more information.
The Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival
Lake Harmony, Carbon County: This two-day, outdoor festival features musical entertainment, many of Pennsylvania's finest wineries, and a wide selection of food and craft vendors, June 25 and 26 at Split Rock Resort, 100 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony. The festival is as fun as it is delicious.
Educational seminars are also held during festival hours. For tickets and information visit splitrockresort.com.
Celtic Fling and Highland Games
Manheim: Celebrate the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of all things Celtic from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 25 and 26 at Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim. Experience traditional Celtic favorites, savor a variety of hearty options and indulge in delectable desserts.
Two-day passes are $35 for adults and $15 for children. Single day passes are also available. Visit parenfaire.com for details.
Hops N Clocks
Columbia: Don’t miss an annual beer and local restaurant tasting event to support education programs from 6 to 9 p.m. July 8 at the National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar Street, Columbia. This popular event includes live music and museum admission. For tickets and details, call 717-684-8261.
Grilled Chicken & Chocolate, Wine & Beer Feast
Harrisburg: Come out for a grilled chicken and chocolate wine and beer feast, with music, beer, wine and cider from noon to 3 p.m. July 9 at Spring Gate Vineyard, 5790 Devonshire Road, Harrisburg. The caterers will switch to grilling for a summertime treat. There is no ticket required; all items are a la carte.
As with everything at the vineyard, it is a kid friendly environment. Visit springgatevineyard.com for more information.
Rib & Wing Festival
Seven Springs, Somerset County: Enjoy mouth-watering ribs and wings, musical entertainment, a beer garden and Kids’ Zone from 4 to 9 p.m. July 15, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 16 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Drive, Somerset.
Vendors include Armadillo’s BBQ and Rib Company, Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ, Pigfoot BBQ, Smokin Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue and Randita’s Food Truck. For tickets and details, visit 7springs.com.
Dauphin County BrewFest
Harrisburg: Sip on more than 30 craft brews while tasting foods from area restaurants and listening to great music along the Susquehanna River from 3 to 7 p.m. July 16 at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 N. Front St, Harrisburg.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 at the door and $15 for designated drivers. For more information, visit dauphincounty.org and search under Parks and Recreation.
7th Annual Blues & Brews
Manheim: Bring your appetite to the feasting glen area on July 16 at Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim. Two sessions are available from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
Each session will feature a delicious menu of all-you-can-eat crabs, brisket and more, plus entertainment. Visit parenfaire.com for more information.
Annual Old Fashioned Corn Fest
Biglerville: Enjoy family-friendly games, activities and roasted corn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24 at Historic Round Barn and Farm Market, 298 Cashtown Road, Biglerville. BBQ chicken, pulled pork, craft beer samples, peach sundaes, slushies and more will be available.
Live bluegrass music begins at noon, provided by Back Creek Valley Boys. For more information, call 717-334-1984.
Hanover: Don’t miss more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, children's activities, live German entertainment, antiques, a classic car show and more from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 during the Hanover Dutch Festival.
This event is held rain or shine in Center Square, Hanover. For more information, visit hanoverchamber.com.