If you’re a fan of delectable food and prominent chefs, plan your next trip around one of these fantastic (and flavor-filled) culinary events!

Food festivals offer a true taste of a destination’s diversity, showcasing the culinary magic of local chefs, star mixologists, and wine and beer experts. Through a variety of events, such as farm-to-table dinners, exclusive tastings, cooking demos, and other presentations, these gastronomic celebrations are fun, educational, and delicious experiences.

To get started, these are the most popular food festivals to visit in 2018:

Windy City Smokeout, Chicago, IL

July 13–15, 2018: Considered one of the country’s premier BBQ, craft beer, and country music festivals, this event is hosted by popular Chicago restaurant, Bub City, and the award-winning mainstay, Joe’s Bar. An array of top pit masters from Chicago and across the country come together and serve up an abundance of zesty barbecue favorites, from tri-tip to brisket. More than 45,000 enthusiastic guests attend this weekend-long annual celebration where hungry attendees have the chance to savor some of the best classic and inventive BBQ and craft beers from around U.S. Music and entertainment is also a big component, as food lovers can groove to some of country music’s biggest artists as well as up-and-coming bands. (Side note: If you love BBQ, you need to check out these 31 delicious recipes for the grill.)