Watermelon Festival , August.
Watermelon eating and seed-spitting contests, entertainment, crafts. Since 1977. Call (501) 777-3640.
Jalapeno Festival , February. Spicy food, pepper-eating contest, music. Call (210) 726-6697 for info.
McLean's Town, Grand Bahama Island
Contests for the most popular chowder style. Visitors can board tall ships, go for buggy rides; children dress is sailor's clothes, move cargo, try out sailor's bunks. Call (203) 572-5315 for info.
Morgan City, Louisana
Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, August-September. Shrimp cookoff, Cajun fare, blessing of the fleet, gospel tent. Call (504) 385-0703.
Cranberry Harvest Festival October. 200 acres of bogs open to public, chef's food festival, inn tour, cranberry cooking contest. Call (508) 228-1700 for dates.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras, February. One of the world's great celebrations, marking the last day before Lent begins. The fun actually begins in early January and climaxes on "Fat Tuesday", so-called because people often eat their fill the day before Lent.
Check out their tourism website at: New Orleans
Food of the Gods Festival, October.
Market tours, cooking classes, classes on the pre-Hispanic use of medicinal herbs, food tastings, chocolate classes, outdoor picnic, visits to archaeological sites. Call 1-800-446-2922 for more information.
Penticton, British Columbia
Plant City, Florida
Hong Kong Food Festival , March. Food stalls, entertainment. Call (212) 869-5008 for info.
The Taipei Chinese Food Festival, August.
Sixty specialty booths. Dumpling banquet, plus contests. Call (212) 466-0691.