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    Alnwick Food Festival - Celebration of Northumbrian produce, drink and healthy eating in Alnwick, England, home of Harry Potter's Hogwart's Castle. Held in late September.

    Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off - Takes place in Sparks, Nevada and features competitors vying for the title of Best in the West. Held in early September. Provides entertainment schedule, general information and press releases.

    Big Pig Jig - Includes a hog calling contest and a pork barbecue competition with three categories. Site provides schedule of events, entry forms, and lists nearby lodging. Held early October in Vienna, Georgia.

    Caribbean Cake Event - Celebrates traditional black cake making, and its role in African-Caribbean culture. Held in December in London, England.

    Chilifest - Annual spring event held near Snook, Texas. Cookoff and live music. Site has directions, photo album, merchandise, ticket and alcohol details, and parking arrangements.

    Chitlin' Strut - Focuses on the Southern tradition of fried pig intestines, also known as chitlins or chitterlings. Activities include a parade, hog-calling contest, a beauty pageant, and carnival rides. Held annually in Salley, South Carolina, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

    Cornwall Food and Drink Festival - Annual festival in Truro, Cornwall, celebrating the best of Cornish food and drink. Chef profiles and exhibitor listings. Held the last weekend of September.

    Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival - Includes menu and schedule of events. Four-day event held in January in Fellsmere, Florida.

    Food for Thought Festival - Explores and celebrates opportunities to eat pleasurably, healthfully and sustainably. Photo galleries, schedule, forum, exhibitors, sponsors, and recipe contest.

    Giant Omelette Celebration - French cultural exchange program which includes the cooking of a 5,000 egg omelette. Celebration includes an art and craft show, antique car show, tour of homes, Cajun bands, food and dancing. Occurs in November in Abbeville, Louisiana.

    Golden Spurtle - Home of the World Porridge Making Championship, held each year on a Sunday in September at the Carrbridge Village Hall, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Winner receives a trophy and cash awards.

    Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival - Features cooking contests, eating competitions, a parade, entertainment, and demonstrations. Held the first weekend in June, in Little Chute, Wisconsin.

    Green Mountain Chew Chew Food Festival - Held on the Burlington, Vermont waterfront each June, featuring area restaurants and state food producers. Includes events and music schedule.

    International Rice Festival - Events include rice eating, cooking, and grading contests. Site provides history, ticket and event information, and photographs from past events. Occurs in October in Crowley, Louisiana.

    Kona Coffee Cultural Festival - Features Hawaiian coffee culture and heritage. Includes the Miss Kona Coffee scholarship pageant, parades, coffee tastings, coffee picking contest, and arts and crafts. Held annually since 1970 in November on the Big Island of Hawaii.

    Los Angeles International Tamale Festival - Events include tamale eating contest, classes, sidewalk chalk art competition, and entertainment. Includes volunteer form, vendor application, and photos. Held in November near MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, California.

    Los Angeles Tofu Festival - Beer, wine and sake tasting, tofu eating and cooking contests, and "Taste of Japan". Includes location, times and entertainment lineup. Held in July or August in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California.

    Louisiana Pecan Festival - Celebrates the native nut and the farmers who grow it. Events include a Queen and Teen Queen contest. Held on the first full weekend of November each year in Colfax, Louisiana.

    Matzo Ball Eating Contest - Located in New York, United States. Contains prize details, rules, registration details, a schedule of contests, press releases, and past winners.

    Morel Mushroom Festival - Mushroom hunting championship, carnival, craft show, and morel related events. Held in Boyne City, Michigan in May.

    National Buffalo Wing Festival - Held in Buffalo, New York on Labor Day weekend. Features some of the best Buffalo wing restaurants, live music, and a chicken wing eating contest.

    National Peanut Festival - Dothan, Alabama. Contests with schedules, pageants and queens, map, vendor information, and image gallery.

    New England Chili Festival - Annual chili, cornbread, beer, and dessert cookoff held in New Sharon, Maine. Includes photos, event information, and rules.

    Oakdale Chocolate Festival - Located near the west coast headquarters for the Hershey Chocolate company, the festival features arts and crafts, games, competitions, entertainment, and activities for children. Held on the third weekend of May in Oakdale, California.

    Oxnard Salsa Festival - Held in July in Oxnard, California. Includes a salsa challenge and tasting tent. Lists events, sponsors and driving directions.

    Pierogi Fest - Celebrates the Eastern European food, with annual festival in late July. Information about parking, sponsors, parade and contests. Held in Whiting Indiana, USA.

    Rib America - Family event featuring BBQ and live entertainment from national, regional and local talent. Includes details of annual festivals in Missouri, Minnesota and Indiana.

    Rosendale International Pickle Festival - Events include a pickle toss and pickle juice drinking contest. Information, directions, vendor sign-up, and photos and articles from past events. Held in November, in Rosendale, New York.

    Singapore Food Festival - Annual month-long held in July each year. Schedules, prices, contests, and press releases.

    Springfield Filbert Festival - Filberts, also known as hazelnuts, are celebrated with a cook-off, music, and entertainment. Site provides vendor and volunteer information, music and events schedule. Held in Springfield, Oregon, in early August.

    Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival - Features bush tours, pancake eating contests, historical bus tours, street vendors and arts and crafts. Held in Spring in Sunderland, Ontario, Canada.

    Virginia Pork Festival - One day event in early June promotes the pork industry and raises fund for local non-profit organizations. Serves over 20 tons of pork each year. Includes menu, featured musicians, and ticket sales. Held in Emporia, Virginia, USA.

    West Coast Chocolate Festival - Presents demonstrations, tastings, performances, factory tours, and activities. Held in October in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    West of Western Culinary Festival - Arizona chefs present Western cuisine, cooking demos and classes, boutique and heirloom food items. Held in mid-March in Phoenix.

    West Virginia Black Walnut Festival - History of the celebration, schedule of events, location and contact information. Includes parade, bake-off, nut contest and 4-H exhibits. Occurs mid-October in Spencer, West Virginia.

    The Whole Enchilada Fiesta - Las Cruces, New Mexico. Late summer annual event with a cooking contest, car and motorcycle show, parade, live entertainment, and a 5K fun run.



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