By Erin Kuschner September 27, 2018
Photo The Big E Grilled Cheese–ESE Marketing Department

Harvest on the Harbor
Portland, Maine, was recently named Bon Appetit’s 2018 Restaurant City of the Year, so you’d be wise to attend this six-day celebration for events that will sing praises to the city’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene. Buy individual tickets for a Bloody Mary and Pig Roast brunch, a Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition, an On the Rocks happy hour with Maine spirits, and more festivities. (Tuesday, Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 21; Portland, Maine) [Get Tickets]

Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival
Have a choose-your-own-adventure experience at this annual festival, where you can purchase event experiences à la carte. There’s Thrill of the Grill, which will feature grilled bites from some of the island’s best restaurants; Red Wine and Chocolate Decadence for those who truly want to indulge; and the Grand Tasting, when over 250 vendors will offer food, wine, beer, and spirits tastings with a view of the Vineyard shoreline. (Wednesday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 21; Martha’s Vineyard)

Boston Veg Food Fest
Hold the meat, please. The Boston Veg Food Fest, now in its 23rd year, is coming back with national chefs, educational exhibits, and dozens of samples from vegetarian chefs and restaurants. The festival space will expand to two floors this year to accommodate more than 120 exhibitors, including cookbook authors and cooking demonstrations. (Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21; Boston)

Explore the entire list of festivals here