When the summer season ends, it doesn’t mean the fun has to go with it. Many cities are staying vibrant thanks to fall food festivals.

While the fall season has become a time to watch the leaves change color and carve pumpkins, its traditional purpose is rooted in the Fall Harvest. In other words, it’s that time of the year to reap the harvest of your hard work.

There’s no better way to celebrate the true meaning of fall than at a food festival. Grab a friend and make sure you have a big appetite. Here are the best fall food festivals to attend worldwide.

Oktoberfest In Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest is one of the largest fall festivals in the world. What started as a royal celebration of festivities in 1810 for King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in Munich, is now a celebration of beer, concerts, parades, and carnival rides.

Visitors consume more than 7.5 million gallons of beer each year at Munich Oktoberfest alone.

Oktoberfest is officially held in Munich from mid-September until the first Sunday in October or October 3rd, whichever comes later. 

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is a four-day wine event that attracts culinary masters along with wineries and breweries worldwide for the best liquor and food pairings.

Wine is front and centered at the festival, but guests should still come with an appetite as more than 150 restaurants will participate in the festive event. The event takes place at the end of October at the Central Harborfront, where fest-goers can eat along the breathtaking Victoria Harbor skyline.  

Fried Chicken Festival In New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a city known for its unique music, culture, and cuisine. There’s no better way to celebrate what makes it so special than The Fried Chicken Festival. It’s one of the best festivals to attend in The Big Easy.

It gets bigger and better every year for restaurants nationwide vying for bragging rights for the best fried chicken. Every region from the U.S. is represented in a city known for its iconic culinary flavors. 

The event is held each year in the fall, usually between the end of September and the beginning of October.

Bahamas Culinary & Arts Festival at Baha Mar

Each fall, the Bahamas has a culinary festival that combines culture and art. The Bahamas Culinary & Arts Festival at Baha Mar offers a lot for attendees. There are exclusive dinners and tastings with master chefs and intimate cultural conversations. Artists and performers also join to entertain guests as people celebrate The Bahamas.

This festival is held at the end of October.

New York City Wine & Food Festival

For four days straight in mid-October, people who attend the New York City Wine & Food Festival will be submersed around a showcase of the world’s best wines, spirits, chefs, and more. 

Festival attendees can pick the event by the day or choose culinary experiences based on their liking.  There are walk-around tastings, pier parties, brunches and lunches, master classes, cocktail parties, and more to choose from.

Vegetarian Festival In Phuket, Thailand  

What is also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival and the Kin Jay Festival, the Phuket Vegetarian festival, is celebrated by the Chinese community living in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

It’s a nine-day celebration that the international community has deemed bizarre, not for those with a weak stomach. Some of the participants proved their devotion by practicing acts such as piercing cheeks with swords, climbing knife blade ladders, or walking on nails, to name a few.

While it’s dubbed a vegetarian festival, guests should expect a majority of vegan food.

The festival is held in mid-October and lasts for five days.