January 2013 - Winter Culinary Travel Events CalendarThis page lists culinary events that typically take place in January. It will be updated throughout the month, bookmark and check back often!
- Boston Wine Festival, in Boston, Massachusetts.
This food and wine pairing festival stretches from January to March, with many winemaker dinners, sampling wines of many varietals and from all around the world. Not to be confused with the Boston Wine Expo, held in February.
Read more about Wine Festival basics here.
- , in San Francisco, California.
Nearly 300 wineries that focus on zinfandel make an appearance at this weekend long event which features tastings, flights, winemaker presentations and a grand tasting.
- Bocuse D'Or Finals, in Lyons, France.
This cooking competition is known as the most prestigious in the world. It occurs every two years, and the competition awards a gold, silver and bronze medal. The last gold winner, in 2011, was Danish Chef Rasmus Kofoed.
- Napa Valley Mustard Festival, in Napa Valley, California.
Update: This event was discontinued in 2011. This festival also stretches from January to March, a time when wild mustard is in bloom in the Napa Valley. The festival includes food, wine and art events, which kick of with a grand opening event this month.
- Sonoma Winter Wineland, in Northern Sonoma County, California.
One fee gets you into dozens and dozens of participating wineries in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys for tastings, samplings of new releases, tours, food pairings and more.
- Taos Winter Wine Festival, in Taos, New Mexico.
A five-day event that includes wine seminars led by winemakers from the United States and all around the world, dinners from area restaurants, an opening Reserve Tasting including bites from local restaurants and the finale Grand Tasting at the Taos Ski Valley Resort center, at foot of a chairlift.
- Yuma Lettuce Days, in Yuma, Arizona.
This event used to be held in January but has now been moved to March. In this celebration the "winter lettuce capital of the world" celebrates the veggie, with what is billed as the world's largest salad bar, farm tours and more.
- Harvest Hawke's Bay Wine and Food Festival, in Hastings, New Zealand.
Sample the products of more than 40 Hawke's Bay wineries and boutique food producers, during this New Zealand summer festival.
- Low Country Oyster Festival, in Charleston, South Carolina.
65,000 pounds of oysters are brought in for this two-day event which includes an oyster shucking and eating contest, oyster recipe contests, and plenty of opportunities to eat this delicious mollusk.
- San Diego Restaurant Week, in San Diego, California.
In the typical format of restaurant weeks around the country, enjoy three course dinners at more than 200 restaurants, for $20-$40 depending on the restaurant.
- Beaver Creek Food+Wine Weekend, in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
The event features celeb chef-studded dinners, cooking demonstrations and a grand tasting.
- Baltimore Restaurant Week, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dine at city restaurants for a prix-fixe lunch at $20.10, and dinner at $35.10
- Santa Cruz Fungus Fair, in Santa Cruz, California.
Learn to identify mushrooms, and watch cooking demonstrations, and sample "fungal food", which is sure to taste better than it sounds.
- ChocolateFest, in Portland, Oregon.
Sample chocolate to your heart's content at this event's Chocolate Bazaar, learn to pair chocolate with wine, sake, and beer, learn the basics of chocolate in Chocolate 101 and basically immerse in all things chocolate to your heart's content.
- Cayman Cookout, in Grand Cayman.
This is an event that draws heavy hitters from the New York City chef scene -- think Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, David Chang -- who lead seminars, wine tastings and even beach-side barbecues.
- Frog Leg Festival, in Fellsmere, Florida.
This event features frog jumping contests, and also frog leg dinners. (If you're not a fan of frog legs, there's also a gator tail dinner.) It features a "Red Neck Olympics" that includes an event called "Pig's Feet Bobbin'".
- Key Largo Food and Wine Festival, in Key Largo, Florida.
Wine seminars, cooking demos, progressive dinners, cookbook signings and more.
- Oregon Truffle Festival, in Eugene, Oregon.
Oregon's got great truffle country, and this event is all about these white and black beauties. Take classes in truffle dog training, learn to forage for this delicacy and of course take cooking classes. The "Grand Truffle Dinner" prepared by some of nearby Portland's best chefs.