3 West Coast food festivals worth checking out this summer, fall

Hungry for something truly memorable? Food festivals are one of the ultimate cultural experiences, especially during the summer and fall, when the weather is ideal for being outdoors. From savory eats to quaffable beers, cooking demonstrations to wine seminars, food festivals offer a window into a place or city and its most creative makers. Here are three worth checking out.

SF Street Food Festival

This La Cocina-backed one-day extravaganza is the food truck festival that started it all. Meet the chefs behind La Cocina success stories, like Sabores del Sur and James Beard-nominated Reem’s, and sample their goodies. The festival, which takes place at the Potrero Power Station, has grown over the years but organizers have kept it affordable and family-friendly. Tickets are $10, compared to the hundreds it costs to attend other food festivals. Oct. 13. 420 23rd St., San Francisco; www.sfstreetfoodfest.com

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

Push your summer Tahoe trip into September to indulge in this three-day gathering of chefs, artisanal purveyors, brewers and winemakers at Northstar California Resort. Watch chef demonstrations, like last year’s Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-off, try hands-on cooking, attend a farm-to-table dinner, wine seminar or luncheon. Tickets and details for 2018 still pending. Sept. 7-9. 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee. Check back for more information or visit www.gotahoenorth.com.

Feast Portland

Arguably the most creative and multi-faceted food festival in the country, Feast PDX is four days of frenetically-paced food and drink fun featuring leading and emerging national culinary talent in more than 40 unique dining experiences.

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