Summer is finally here, which means that it is time to celebrate all of the great food that the Maryland region has to share from bountiful fresh food to crab festivals to summer restaurant weeks. Always new food and drink to sample! Different cities in Maryland are known for their unique food festivals such as a roasted corn festival (in Westminster) to celebrations of craft beers.
Maryland is also becoming well known for its wine with over 50 wineries producing over 400 different wines. The wines are grown in 4 different areas of the state: piedmont plateau of Central Maryland, Eastern Shore, along the Chesapeake, Southern Plain in southern Maryland and Western Mountains, which has a shorter growing season, but produces great wines. The Maryland Wine Festival brings thousands of wine fans to Carroll County every September. There are many wine festivals throughout the summer that help celebrate local wineries.
Food and Wine Festivals in Baltimore Area
The majority of the food and wine festivals are in June. Find out where you can taste great food and wine from Annapolis to Wheaton this summer in the following list.
Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival
The Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival takes place June 6th and 7th at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium. The festival has over 200 fine artisans and craftsmen, wine tastings from 25 Maryland wineries, food, live entertainment and activities for the entire family. The artists showcase their work in a variety of styles including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, print making, jewelry and fabric. There will be a special kid’s art area including theatrical, musical and dance performances.
Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival
The Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival is June 6th and 7th at Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The festival will feature 24 Maryland wineries spotlighting over 250 wines. This festival has become Maryland’s premiere casual wine festival. Wander around the festival to sample different food and wine from the region. There will also be live music, gourmet cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and a kid’s area.
Taste of Wheaton
Join the fun at the Taste of Wheaton festival in downtown Wheaton June 4th to June 7th. This annual festival offers samples from local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, kid’s activities, carnival rides and more! The proceeds for the event benefit the Mid-County United Ministries food pantry.
Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival
The Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival takes place June 13th at Rash Field at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. This is Baltimore’s largest crab fest. There are over 30,000 crabs served throughout the day! There will be craft beers, arts and crafts, music and family activities. This festival will make a stop at National Harbor on August 22nd. So, if you miss it in June, you have a second chance to get your crab on!
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
This festival made a stop at the Maryland Fairgrounds in March. Now it is being held at National Harbor, Maryland on June 19th and June 20th. The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival features over 60 craft beers, 40 bourbons and the best BBQ around. There will be live blues, rock and bluegrass bands, games and much more.
DC Beer Week
The Washington D.C. area will celebrate local craft breweries during DC Beer Week August 9th to 16th. Hundreds of venues in the DC area will host beer related events including beer dinners, tastings and more. The event was started in 2008 to spotlight the great local craft breweries.
Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast
Annapolis hosts many great food and wine festivals! Don’t miss the annual Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast on August 7th at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It is all you can eat and drink. There will be Maryland crab, crab soup, BBQ sandwiches, homemade desserts just to start! The Annapolis Green organization is working with the Annapolis Rotary Club to compost and recycle much of the waste from the event.
Summer Restaurant Weeks
Another way to taste the region’s great food is to participate in restaurant week in your city. Restaurant week usually takes place twice a year, once after the holidays in early winter and the second time during the summer. Customers can sample the great food from fixed price menus for lunch and dinner. The menus will feature either two or three course meals and showcase various restaurants’ specialty dishes. Howard County’s restaurant week is July 20th to August 3rd. There will also be restaurant weeks in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Alexandria. The dates for these events have yet to be determined.
ezStorage is very proud to be headquartered in a region so rich in great food, wine and culture. In addition to all the great food and wine festivals, there are many Baltimore cultural and ethnic festivals taking place throughout the summer! Enjoy the riches of the region this summer!