Where should your appetite take you in 2017? The temptations to travel abound, from festivals honoring crowd-pleasing foods to those that celebrate downright quirky ones, not to mention events where it’s possible to savor the creations of several famous chefs in a single day.

A landmark birthday, its fifth, is also up for Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout (July 14 to 17), a homage to an American favorite, barbecue. Indulge in ribs, brisket and the like from more than two dozen legendary barbecue restaurants in the United States, such as Peg Leg Porker of Nashville. The food may be the main attraction, but the accompaniments of live country music and craft beers are most likely to make the dishes taste even better.