Food Festivals that Aren't Taste of Chicago

July 11, 2016

Food is a huge part of Chicago’s unique culture and now is a great time to experience the diverse food options in the city. Summer food festivals have been an ongoing event each weekend since May and in honor of last week being the time of the famous Taste of Chicago, we’ve gathered together some future festivals that are just as mouth-watering. No matter what food you are in the mood for these upcoming food festivals have you covered for the month.


Windy City Smokeout

Nothing says “smokeout” like country music and a ton of smoked meat which is exactly what you will find at the Windy City Smokeout on July 15th, 16th, and 17th. Headliners this year include Chase Rice, Billy Currington, and Old Dominion and top Chicago pitmasters will also be present cooking up their BBQ dishes. According to critics this event does three things especially well: BBQ, country music, and craft beer. So if that sounds like the holy trinity of food festivals you can’t miss this event by the river.


Taste of River North 

 Along the banks of the Chicago River downtown, the Taste of River North will be serving up an assorted mix of food options at this “alfresco affair.” The River North neighborhood is widely known for its outstanding dining options, and the festival managed to snag a long list of renowned restaurant vendors for its duration of July 22nd through 24th. Also featuring non-stop live music, kitchen demos, local artisans, and cold Goose Island beer.


Chicago Hot Sauce Fest

 It probably seems like Chicago just has a festival for about every food you can imagine, and while that’s partly true, the Hot Sauce Fest is a particularly new and enticing event. You can enjoy a variety of spicy flavors from the fiery food scene of Avondale on July 23rd and 24th. There will be an abundance of contests, spicy foods, and cool drinks to refresh even the most daring of hot sauce enthusiasts.


Taste of Latin America

In its fourth year celebration, the Taste of Latin America is a tribute to all things Central and South American. WIth exotic cuisine, live music, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations and more the festival provides a mix of entertainment options. Discover more about Latin culture and its rich heritage while sampling food from the Southern Hemisphere all while staying in Logan Square! The festival will be at Division Street and California Avenue from July 23rd to the 24th.

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