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Spring's standout food and wine festivals

Spring brings major food and wine festivals in Las Vegas, New Jersey, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Charlotte, N.C.


Texas' Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival returns for a fifth year, April 5-8.  courtesy of Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival

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Venues around Fort Worth host more than 70 North Texas chefs, artisans and beverage makers at a variety of events throughout the weekend.  courtesy of Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival

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In Kohler, Wis., Destination Kohler resort will host Libations of Spring, April 13-14.  courtesy of Kohler Co.

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The weekend will feature beer and spirits tastings, demos and seminars, and a dinner.  courtesy of Kohler Co.

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Scottsdale Culinary Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, April 14-15.  courtesy of Scottsdale League for the Arts

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The fundraiser features 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, a beer garden by Four Peaks Brewing Co., a Tito’s Handmade Vodka zone, a wine garden and more.  courtesy of Scottsdale League for the Arts

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Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend returns to North Carolina, April 18-21.  courtesy of Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend

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Chefs and wine makers from around the globe host dinners, a gala and a grand tasting to benefit charitable organizations in Charlotte, N.C.  courtesy of Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend

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Nirvana Food and Wine Festival will take place at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 19-22.  courtesy of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

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Star chefs Scott Conant, Todd English, Stephanie Izard and Aarón Sánchez will headline Nirvana, which entails four days of events featuring food, wine and cocktails.  Debby Wolvos

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Virginia's Williamsburg Taste Festival will take place April 19-22.  courtesy of Visit Williamsburg

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The weekend celebrates Greater Williamsburg's local food and craft beverages with a variety of events, special menus and a Culinary Village.  courtesy of Visit Williamsburg

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Florida's Las Olas Wine & Food Festival returns to Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas Blvd. on April 20.  courtesy of CI Management

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The 23rd annual Fort Lauderdale fest features food from more than 50 local restaurants and 40 beverages while raising money for the American Lung Association.  courtesy of CI Management

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The 6th annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo will take place at Brooklyn Expo Center, April 21-22.  courtesy of NYC Hot Sauce Expo

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More than 50 makers offer samples of artisanal craft hot sauces, and activities from eating contests to a cocktail competition take place.  courtesy of NYC Hot Sauce Expo

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The seventh annual Austin Food + Wine Festival will take place at Auditorium Shores and Fair Market, April 27-29.  Katrina Barber

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Chefs and pitmasters from around America participate in cooking demos, tastings, meet and greets, and a grand taste at Austin Food + Wine Festival.  Roger Ho

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Cocoa Beach Uncorked Food and Wine Festival returns to Florida, April 28-29, after debuting last June.  courtesy of Cocoa Beach Uncorked

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A beachfront grand tasting tent features food from Central Florida chefs and restaurants, beer from area breweries and global wine.  courtesy of Cocoa Beach Uncorked

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The New Jersey Wine & Food Festival celebrates 10 years at Crystal Springs Resort, May 4-6.  Geoff Mottram

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The festival features star chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud, among others, with dinners, seminars, pairing events, a grand tasting and an after party.  Robert Yaskovic

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Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit returns to Las Vegas, May 10-13, with a variety of events around the city and the iconic Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace.  Ethan Miller, Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit

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Picnic at The Park will feature food from MGM Resorts' star chefs, pairings and live music on the scenic spot along the Strip.  courtesy of MGM Resorts International

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Harlem EatUp! returns to New York City, May 14-20.  Lauren Hall, for USA TODAY

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson invites Harlem businesses and chefs from around NYC to host collaborative dinners. Don't miss the grand tasting called Harlem Stroll in Morningside Park, alongside demos on The Stage.  Lauren Hall, for USA TODAY

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The 26th annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience will take place May 23-27.  Brandt Vicknair

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NOWFE features grand tastings, seminars, dinners and "the world's biggest Sunday brunch."  courtesy of New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

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The Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival returns to Texas, May 25-27.  courtesy of Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival

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Pair crawfish with live music and kids' activities in downtown Fredericksburg's Marktplatz (Market Square).  courtesy of Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will take over Midtown Atlanta, May 31-June 3. (Tickets go on sale March 16.)  Raftermen

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The festival aims to celebrate the South's food with 200 food and beverage professionals from the region hosting 10 events, 70 classes and three tasting tents.  Raftermen

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Wingout • Chicago returns to the St. Michael’s in Old Town parking lot, June 2-3.  courtesy of Green Curtain Events

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The block party features more than 20 takes on chicken wings from about a dozen Chicago restaurants with drinks and live music.  courtesy of Green Curtain Events

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The Joy of Sake will take place at New York City's Metropolitan Pavilion on June 15.  courtesy of The Joy of Sake

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More than 400 sakes are onsite for tastings, along with appetizers from 18 restaurants.  courtesy of The Joy of Sake

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The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival's 2018 tour includes 13 cities through September.  courtesy of Trigger Agency

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Enjoy Beer, Bourbon & BBQ in Timonium, Md., April 6-7; Knoxville, Tenn., May 5; and Charlotte, N.C., May 12.  Tomas Espinoza

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