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Come fall, people around the world will be celebrating the season’s bounty with food festivals. Lots of them. While New Englanders gather to taste the best artisanal ciders, coastal communities feast on fresh seafood. In California, it’s time to sip wine. Whether you’re craving a foodie getaway or are simply in the right place at the right time, these are five of fall’s top food festivals.
CALIFORNIA: Flavor! Napa Valley
This November, join the Culinary Institute of America and the region’s top vineyards for a week of wine and food tastings. Culinary superstars Michael Chiarello, Todd English, and Andrea Robinson will be at the helm of vine-to-table signature dinners and hands-on demonstrations. Learn to make your own cheese, and to note a wine’s distinct terroir while blindfolded. November 19-23.
At 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, August 24, 2014, a 6.1 earthquake hit California’s Napa Valley. It was the Bay Area’s strongest earthquake in 25 years.
While photos of smashed bottles in tasting rooms, toppled barrels at wineries, and fallen bricks in the city of Napa are what made the news, it was local homes that took the brunt of the damage.
The Napa Valley Vintners Association is accepting donations to a Relief Fund and one of the best things people can do to help the locals now is to visit. Here are 15 ways to enjoy wine country and support the local recovery.
Travelers love to eat. That’s why, every year in our Readers’ Choice Survey, we ask our readers to rate the U.S. cities that have the best restaurants. This year, we were surprised by some of the winners in our Top 20. We think you will be too. Agree with their picks? Disagree? Want to see your favorite foodie city in the winner’s circle next year? Vote in the next Readers’ Choice Survey at cntraveler.com/vote.