Eat Your Way Through Utah
Good food and drink is worth celebrating, and Utah is filled with festivals that highlight the state’s agricultural products, local brewers, winemakers and other creators of delicious dishes. Festivals offer a chance to come together and enjoy the work of notable chefs and taste homegrown produce, often spiced with live music and other entertainment. You’ll find festivals and events featuring all kinds of agricultural products all over Utah, but here are 10 of the best to sample what the state has to offer.
1. Made in Utah Brewers Festival | Salt Lake City
You’ve probably noticed — and how could you miss it — that Salt Lake City has recently become a hot microbrewery market. (Read: Brewing up the Best.)Here’s your chance to taste many of the best locally-made ale, beer and spirits in one place. Held at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City, the Made in Utah Brewers Festival includes more than a dozen local beermakers with just about any style of ale you could hope to taste. Local distilleries will also be on hand for those who prefer cocktails. In addition, there will be food and live music at this 21-and-older event.
2. Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days | Pleasant Grove
Enjoy the strawberry in all its iterations during Pleasant Grove’s Strawberry Days, founded in 1921, now considered the longest continuously running festival in UtahVisitors will find a lot to love beyond the tasty berries, with a parade, carnival, rodeo, sporting events, a 5K run, concerts and a pet show. Of course, don’t miss out on the fresh strawberries and cream — you’ll understand why this event has been going strong for nearly a hundred years.
3. Savor the Summit | Park City
Ready to sit down at the biggest dinner table of your life? Park City’s annual Savor the Summit features a “grand table” that runs through the center of Historic Main Street and highlights the town’s outstanding restaurants. More than 2,500 patrons will dine al fresco, thanks to the 80-plus restaurants that create this unforgettable dining experience.
4. Eat Drink SLC | Salt Lake City
This is Salt Lake City’s don’t-miss foodie event of the year, which highlights top restaurants and offers a sampling of some of their best seasonal fare. To complement these small, but delicious bites, a wide selection of boutique wineries, local breweries and small-batch distillers will be on hand to provide drinks. This event has sold out every year, so get tickets early.
5. Bear Lake Raspberry Days Festival | Garden City
Garden City is best known for its raspberry shakes, and at the Bear Lake Raspberry Days Festival, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try one for yourself. This annual event comes near the end of the raspberry harvest, and shakes are just one of your tasting options. In addition to eating raspberries, you can also attend a pancake breakfast, concert, parade, rodeo, fly-fishing contest and craft fair. The festival concludes with the Boat Light Parade and fireworks on the beach at Bear Lake.
6. Wasatch International Food Festival
If you’re the type of person who loves trying different cuisines, then the Wasatch International Food Festival is for you. You can choose a little bit of everything, from gourmet dishes to food-truck fare. The offerings are as rich and diverse as the restaurants in the region. Enjoy live music, chef demonstrations and other entertainment throughout the day.
7. Brigham City Peach Days | Brigham City
Georgia may be known as the Peach State, but you might not want to mention that during the second weekend in September in Brigham City. Brigham City Peach Days attracts more than 35,000 visitors in celebration of this locally grown fruit. In addition to all manner of pies, cobblers, jams and ice cream, you can also take in one of the country’s largest car shows. And an annual 10K run will help you make room for more pie.
8. Melon Days | Green River
Take advantage of the last days of summer with a little watermelon. OK, there will be a lot of watermelon at Green River’s annual Melon Days festival, plus lots of Crenshaws, Canaries, cantaloupes and honeydews. You’ll also find live music, a parade, a car show and sporting events like a golf scramble. Melon-related activities include a watermelon-carving competition, a seed-spitting contest and a melon-eating race.
9. Park City Wine Festival | Park City
One of the country’s top draws for wine-lovers, the Park City Wine Festival brings together master winemakers, celebrity chefs and more than 100 food artisans to create an incredible atmosphere of fine food and drink. The festival has tastings, seminars and outdoor activities that include a food or wine component. Whether you’re a serious wine enthusiast or someone who’s just learning the ropes, you will find lots to love.
10. Fall Harvest Festival | Wellsville
Celebrate the end of the growing season at the Fall Harvest Festival, which highlights the state’s farming culture. Held at the American West Heritage Center (read: High Art and Hometown Americana), the event features cider pressing, corn shelling, candle making and steam-engine threshing demonstrations. There’s also a corn maze, hayrides and a haunted hollow, as well as a cornucopia of fall treats to enjoy.