20 Free to See Food & Drink Events in the U.S.

You don’t have to be a hard-core foodie to enjoy our list of 20 free food and drink events in the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then visit us online for the full lineup:

Maple Syrup Producers Open House Weekend Vermont

When the sap runs, sugarhouses all over the state will be welcoming visitors to celebrate the magic that turns 40 gallons of sap into a single gallon of maple syrup—and offer samples of the final product in all its glorious forms. http://vermontmaple.org/open-house-weekend.php

South Carolina Peach Festival Gaffney, South Carolina

Gaffney, South Carolina, is the place to be for peach lovers anxious to see who takes home top honors in the prestigious Peach Dessert Contest. While you’re here, catch the peach parade and cheer the winners of the Peach Festival Pageant. It’s all free—if you can resist buying some peach ice cream or cobbler. Good luck. http://www.scpeachfestival.org/

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival Bardstown, Kentucky

This September celebration of America’s iconic brown liquor features a full slate of free activities, including music, barrelmaking and rolling, Kentucky arts and crafts, horseshoe pitching, and a museum of whiskey history. http://www.kybourbonfestival.com/

Oregon Brewers Festival Portland, Oregon

Free beer? Well, not exactly. But unlike many of America’s top beer festivals, admission to this annual July event is free—and the craft beer here on the banks of the Willamette River is some of the finest from around the country. Home brewing demonstrations and music are also free and so is root beer for your designated drivers. http://www.oregonbrewfest.com/

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