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Santa Fe is one of the top culinary destinations in the country, making it a perfect place to sample some delicious fall dishes.

7 of the Most Colorful and Amusing Fall Festivals in the USA

Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, Santa Fe, NM

A fabulous place to be in the fall, the oldest state capital in the United States has been gaining attention as one of the top small town culinary destinations in the country, and the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta highlights some of its very best offerings.

The 28th annual festival will be held from September 22 to 29, 2019, with main events such as wine seminars, reserve wine tastings and a silent auction taking place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Cooking demonstrations will be held at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, films shown in the Railyard District, a Grand Tasting event featuring Santa Fe restaurants at the Santa Fe Opera, and a guest chef luncheon and tour taking place at Star York’s ranch studio.

It includes tastings from 75 of the Adobe City’s finest eateries, and drink from 100 world-class wineries. The colorful festival also offers traditional music and dance, mule-drawn wagon rides and an artisan market, providing fun for the entire family.

Chef cutting up ribs on a table as a man wearing white globes waits to taste.The America Royal is considered to be one of the larges barbecue competitions in the world.Photo Credit: Kansas City Star

American Royal World Series of Barbecue, Kansas City, MO

The annual American Royal is considered to be the largest barbecue competition in the world, and one of the biggest barbecue celebrations in the nation.

The four-day extravaganza, hosted September 12-15, 2019, serves as the season finale for the competitive barbecue circuit and includes more than 500 chefs, pitmasters and amateur teams that compete in a variety of categories from best brisket to best sauce.

It also features live entertainment and an awe-inspiring fireworks display.

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Indoor auditorium filled with people and people up on stage.The event generally hosts 800 breweries and more than 3,800 types of beer.Photo Credit: Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO

The Mile High City is famous for hosting one of the best beer festivals in the country. The celebration that started back in 1982 will be held October 3-5 in 2019 and is expected to include 800 breweries, more than 3,800 types of beers and 60,000 attendees.

In addition to sampling all of those brews, you’ll be able to taste artisan cheeses, enjoy lawn games, purchase brewery merchandise and more. The Farm to Table Pavilion will also host some of the best chefs in America today.

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