Best of the Southwest

Need an excuse for a spring road trip? Check out the season’s regional epicurean opportunities


Pebble Beach Food & Wine, April 4-7: Second only to Vegas Uncork’d, a hedonistic group of well-heeled foodies, celebrity chefs and golf fanatics gather on a swath of one of the most picturesque coastlines in the world.

Los Angeles Beer Festival, April 6: Two bands, two sessions, a grip of food trucks and dozens of domestic and international beers—sounds like a great day at Paramount Studios.

High Desert Music Festival & Barbecue Showdown, Victorville, April 20-21: Two stages of high-energy blues, rhythm and soul music tastes even better with

Asparagus Festival, Stockton, April 26-28:Asparagus ice cream is just the

Hungarian Heritage Festival, Belmont, May 11: You don’t have to be Hungarian to enjoy this all-day-and-night celebration of culture and cuisine—only

Paso Robles Wine Festival, May 17-19: Winemaker dinners, live music and culinary showcases from area restaurants complement the grand tasting of Paso Robles wines in Downtown City

Zinfest, Lodi, May 17-19: It’s open house at participating Lodi wineries after the lakeside grill and grand 

St. Francis Winery Luxury Bacon Dinner, Santa Rosa, May 18: Five wines and five courses by executive chef Dave Bush—all in the key of

California Strawberry Festival, Oxnard, May 18-19: After two days, you’ll be seeing red!


AZ Wine & Dine, Scottsdale, April 4: Local chefs, jazz music, boutique wines and local microbrews highlight this annual event at the Scottsdale 

Scottsdale Culinary Festival, April 9-14: It’s six days and nights of food, wine and music, plus the Great Arizona Picnic and the Epicurean

Arizona BBQ Festival, Scottsdale, April 20: The fourth annual Arizona BBQ Festival and 2013 Redneck Games just might be the best honky-tonk you’ve ever been 


New Mexico

ABQ Wine Fest, Albuquerque, May 25-27: This celebration of New Mexico’s award-winning wineries, restaurants, vendors and crafts happens over Memorial Day

Southern New Mexico Wine Festival, Las Cruces, May 25-27: Nearly the same structure as the ABQ Wine Fest, but this one is held at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. You’re covered no matter which part of the state you’re journeying to.

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