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The Best in the World of Food and Drink this August

The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Food and Drink Calendar highlights luxury food, wine and craft beer festivals around the world in August 2018. Eat, drink, sip and savor. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here. And don’t forget to check out Food Editor Nicole Douillet’s 5 Things You Need to Know this month in the world of food and drink.

The month of August is a peach. Literally and figuratively. It’s National Peach Month, and it’s also filled with lots of mouthwatering events to attend.  Some of our favorites include The Maine Lobster Festival, the Food Truck Derby and the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival.  And when we aren’t dining out, you find find us at home trying out some of our new favs in the stylish Missoni Family Cookbook.

What do you get when you mix 20,000 pounds of lobster, a sea goddess coronation, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, cooking contests and more?  The Maine Lobster Festival.  This year marks the 71st year of this annual Rockland tradition – Aug 1 – 5

The Maine Lobster Festival

Say cheese at the 167th Wisconsin State Fair – Aug 2 – 12

A must have for every 21st-century foodie, Food & Infographics: A Visual Guide to Culinary Pleasures, gathers the best infographics of all things eating, drinking and cooking. Whether it’s the secrets of sashimi or stress free party planning, this newly released book is gastro guidance at its most visually appealing and expert, solving kitchen conundrums in simple and memorable graphics, while exploring visual representation of food through the ages

Edinburgh is home of the original Foodies Festival and it once again hosts this three day culinary food festival – Aug 3 – 5

Also taking place in Maine in the 36th annual Wilton Blueberry Festival  – Aug 3 – 4

Just as Missoni fans around the world collect the brand’s iconic zigzags, Francesco Maccapani Missoni, the son of Missoni’s creative director, Angela Missoni, collects family recipes and as it turns out, their cuisine is just as singular as their style.  Explore their family favorites in the newly released Missoni Family Cookbook ($50)

The Missoni Family Cookbook

This year’s Plate by Plate Tasting Benefit will raise fund for the OCA-Greater Los Angeles’ Mentored Path to Citizenship program – Aug 4

The Iowa State Fair is one of the largest in the US, attracting more than a million people from all over the world seeking a taste of the authentic Midwest experience – Aug 9 – 20

This year marks the 7th annual Food Truck Derby in Bridgehampton, NY – Aug 10

Indulge in a Chicago style hot dog or two at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest – Aug 10 – 12

The 6th annual Cape Cod Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival takes place – Aug 11

Head to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival to experience the art of fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods and wines and meet the artisans who make them – Aug 12

The Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

A rare first edition of Yamazaki-50 year old leads Bonhams Whisky Sale in Hong Kong – Aug 17

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival celebrates Britain’s most pungent garlic that is grown in Wight itself. The festival though is not just garlic bulbs though, you’ll also find garlic fudge, ice cream, popcorn, biscuits, scones, sweetcorn and mushrooms – Aug 18 – 19

Celebrate Summer and the bounty of Southern California at The Pacific Wine & Food Classic – Aug 18 – 19

Head to Aude, France for the 19th annual Fȇte du Cassoulet.  The event features sports, music and over 40,000 cassoulets – Aug 22 – 26

Eat Drink SF is San Francisco’s premier annual food, wine, and spirits festival that celebrates the Bay Area’s world-class chefs and restaurants – Aug 24 – 26

Eat Drink SF

The Big Feastival in Kingham, UK in the Cotswolds is both a music and food festival where you can enjoy incredible music and tickle your tastebuds – Aug 24 – 26

The annual Gourmet Festival Düsseldorf is being held at the famous “Königs Alle” – Aug 24 – 26

Showcasing over 200 wineries, Michelin starred restaurants and James Beard Award winners with tastings, cooking demonstrations, dinners and book signings is the 8th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival – Aug 24 – 27

Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival is an annual food festival that celebrates the Copenhagen gastro scene and Denmark as a food country.  The 10 day festival hosts more than 100 unique events with something for to suit all tastes – from intimate dinners with Danish chefs to huge food events with thousands of guests – Aug 24 – Sept 9

Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival Photo Credit: Rasmus Flindt Pedersen

Try some glamping at the River Cottage Summer Festival.  Enjoy a weekend of music, masterclasses, foraging, pop up restaurants, street food and local cider – Aug 25 – 26

Chef-forager René Redzepi’s non-profit organisation Mad will hold its 6th annual Mad Symposium in Copenhagen with talks, demonstrations, group discussions and, of course, exclusive dinners – Aug 26 – 27

La Tomatina, a massive food fight held in the tiny town of Buñol, 25 miles outside Valencia takes place at the end of this month. The festival, which lasts fewer than two hours and involves the hurling and smashing of nearly 180 tons of overripe tomatoes, has been a fixture on the Spanish calendar only since the late 1950s – Aug 29

Hitting bookshelves this month is Whiskey Cocktails, from top mixologist Brian Van Flandern ($50). Brimming with recipes, this book explores one of American’s most popular spirits – sipped by Madison Avenue “Ad Men” and the blue-collar alike (remember the “good ol’ boys drinking whiskey and rye” in the Don Mclean song American Pie?)

Whiskey Cocktails by Brian Van Flandern

The Nugget Rib Cook-Off is in Sparks, Nevada – Aug 29 – Sept 3

See other August 2018 Events:

— Travel

— Planes, Yachts & Autos

— Fitness & Sports

— Fashion & Design

— Entertainment

— The Arts

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