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Great Food Events In April

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April 1-3, 2008 International Pizza Expo
Las Vegas, Nevada

April 1-3, 2008 Prodtech and Foodpack
St. Petersburg, Russia
Prodtech: Int’l Exhibition for Food Processing & Packaging Technology
Foodpack: Int’l Exhibition for Food Packaging Machinery & Materials

April 1-4, 2008 InterFood St. Petersburg

April 1-4, 2008 Sawsana - International Agricultural Exhibition
Amman, Jordan
St. Petersburg, Russia

April 2, 2008 Valley Foodservice Food Show
Norfolk, Virginia (no website)
Valley Foodservice is sponsoring The 2008 Valley Foodservice Food show at Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, VA. on Wednesday, April 2, 2008. The Food Show time is 10 A.M.- 6:00PM. This Food Show will have the latest in foodservice products, technology and trends as well as having a huge assortment of vendors.
For more info: 757-461-8000

April 2-5, 2008 18th Annual Taste of Vail
Vail, Colorado

April 2-6, 2008 Pennsylvania Maple Festival
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania
Celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring by journeying to Meyersdale and the Pennsylvania Maple Festival. Living history tours, learn about the maple industry, enjoy live entertainment, Maple Queen Crowning.

April 3, 2008 Grape Day 2008
Temecula, California
A one day technical conference featuring in-depth seminars on the latest advances and developments in viticulture and vineyard management.

April 3-5, 2008 3rd Food, Agro Technology & Machinery Show
Karachi, Pakistan

April 3-5, 2008 Baking China
Beijing, China
With the total area of 10,000 sq.m, Baking China 2007 attracted 202 well-known companies and more than 12,635 visitors worldwide. Baking China will be held in Beijing International Exhibition Center, and it is the right time for professional purchasers to prepare baking products for Beijing Olympics, in order to have a better reception for all the clients. No doubt that Baking China 2008 will be the second important pageant in China, even in Asia.

April 3-5, 2008 Produce Solutions Conference
Newport Beach, California
Consumer Trends ‘08

April 3-7, 2008 Vinitaly
Verona, Italy
The largest wine show in the world, with 4,200 exhibitors covering 80 thousand square meters.

April 3-10 2008 Expovina - Wine Exhibition
Zurich, Switzerland

April 4-5, 2008 Party In The Patch
Kilgore, Texas (no website)
Features sanctioned barbecue cook-off, art show, horseshoe pitching, rod run, music, motorcycle show, kid's area, Friday Night Street Dance. Kilgore City Park.
Contact Merlyn Holmes - Phone: 903-984-5571 Alt Phone: 903-736-4265 email:
merlynh@easttexastreatment.org

April 4-5, 2008 30th Annual Pig Cookin' Contest
Newport, North Carolina
USA's Largest Whole Hog B-B-Q.

April 4-6, 2008 Southern Breeze Wine + Culinary Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Southern Breeze Wine + Culinary Festival visits cities throughout the Gulf Coast states to share the love of fine wine, gourmet cuisine and Gulf Coast culture.

April 4-6, 2008 The Toronto Wine and Cheese Show
Toronto, Canada
Canada’s largest and leading show of its kind. In 2008, the show will have reached 25 years of continued success and you can be a part of it.

April 4-6, 2008 16th Annual Indiana Gourd Society State Show
South Bend, Indiana

April 5, 2008 Vergas Maple Syrup Fest
Vergas, Minnesota
Bring the family and join in the fun. Tour the Sugar Houses and see how the sap turns into golden maple syrup. Enjoy your pancakes with Pure maple syrup.

April 5, 2008 Junior Achievement’s Annual Wine Tasting & Auction
San Francisco, California
The Wine Auction is an intimate spring fundraising event filled with fine wine and gourmet foods. This event features an extensive live and silent auction consisting of trips and entertainment, tastings and tours, wine selections, health and beauty and various items.

April 5, 2008 7th Annual Tennessee Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt
Pulaski, Tennessee

April 5, 2008 33rd Annual World Catfish Festival
Belzoni, Mississippi
Belzoni, Mississippi in Humphreys County, Mississippi, The Catfish Capital of the World. Crowning of Miss Catfish, Catfish Eating Contest, Catfish on Parade, music, arts, crafts.

April 5, 2008 Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance's Spring Symposium
Chicago, Illinois
"Sweets: A Journey Through Midwestern Dessert Traditions," a one-day educational program about the history of sweets in the Midwest, including the important dessert traditions that started here and continue here in small towns and big cities alike.

April 5-6, 2008 Grow it! Cook it! Eat it!
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
A gardening & food & drink show, Over 150 exhibitors. Celebrity chefs James Martin & Rachel Green will be demonstrating in the Rangemaster Theatre. Celebrity gardeners Rachel de Thame and Martin Fish will be holding Q& A sessions

April 5-6, 2008 10th Annual Litchfield Park Art & Culinary Festival
Litchfield Park, Arizona (no website)
Enjoy two Days of Live Musical Performances, Wine Tasting Garden and Culinary Demonstrations from Top Valley Chefs. Located next to the historic Wigwam Resort. For information call: 623-393-7820

April 5-7, 2008 ACF Northeast Regional Conference
Cincinnati, Ohio
American Culinary Federation

April 6-7, 2008 Pennsylvania Restaurant & Foodservice Expo West
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 6-8, 2008 New England Foodservice & Lodging Exposition & Conference
Boston, Massachusetts

April 6-9, 2008 Food & Drink Expo 2008
Birmingham, England UK

April 6-9, 2008 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention
Las Vegas, Nevada

April 7-8, 2008 Northern Restaurant and Bar 2008
Manchester, England
Northern Restaurant and Bar is the exhibition for the regions restaurants, bars, hotels and pubs that puts inspirational business ideas, industry networking and 300 top suppliers under one roof on your doorstep.

April 7-26, 2008 World Gourmet Summit
Singapore 

April 8-10, 2008 AgraMe 2008
April 8-10, 2008 Middle East Poultry & Livestock Exhibition
April 8-10, 2008 Middle East Aquaculture & Fishing Exhibition
April 8-10, 2008 Middle East Agri Business Exhibition
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A premier international event on the agricultural industry.

April 8-10, 2008 InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress
Moscow, Russia

April 8-13, 2008 Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Scottsdale, Arizona
As the longest running festival of its kind in the United States, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival draws more than 40,000 visitors looking to enjoy fabulous food, fun and festivities (not to mention idyllic weather!)

April 9-13, 2008 Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival
Austin, Texas
Over 100 restaurants, 60 wineries and 30 events.

April 10, 2008 3rd Annual Taste of Michigan Wine Tasting
Warren, Michigan
Sample from the largest selection of traditional and exotic Michigan wines, including Champagne style, and wines from the "Fruit off of the Vine" such as raspberries, apples, peaches, pears, blackberries and cherries.

April 10, 2008 Grand Tasting Tour
Houston, Texas
Houston-area oenophiles, wine enthusiasts, and people that love to drink wine are invited to discover Paso Robles, California's fastest growing wine region, while meeting the local winemakers and tasting their wines. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Trees For Houston, a non-profit organization.

April 10-12, 2008 Gastroexpo
Gdansk, Poland
Fair of Hotel, Gastronomy and Shop Equipment

April 10-12, 2008 Florida Wine Festival
Tallahassee, Florida
Three days of fine food, fine wine and friends.

April 10-13, 2008 Blue Ridge Food and Wine Festival
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Fire on the Rock Chef's Challenge; Wine Tastings; "Uncork the Festival"; Seminars & Classes; VIP Wine Gala
Winemaking Competition; Art Competition.

April 11, 2008 Montana Beer Festival
Bozeman, Montana
Gallatin county fairgrounds.

April 11, 2008 22nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival
Sandestin, Florida

April 11, 2008 13th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The event will feature a progressive sequence of wine and food pairings, each bound to delight, educate and entertain guests. Over 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants and chefs will be represented, as well as wines from wineries around the world.

April 11-12, 2008 California Wine Festival
San Diego, California
San Diego's premier wine festival. Don't miss this chance to experience California wines and gourmet cuisine accompanied by live blues next to the sparkling blue pacific.

April 11-12, 2008 Michigan International Wine Expo
Novi, Michigan
The Michigan International Wine Expo is a unique fine wine and gourmet food experience, featuring wine tasting and seminars along with sampling from the area's premier restaurants.

April 11-12, 2008 10th Annual Pennsylvania Herb Festival
York, Pennsylvania
Features nationally known speakers, workshops and numerous vendors of plants, herbal crafts, products for the gardener, cook and crafter.

April 11-12, 2008 Helsinki Beer Festival
Helsinki, Finland
Festival has by far and large become the leading beer, cider, and whisky festival in Finland with increasing foreign attendance and interest. Helsinki Beer Festival will be held at the Cable Factory in central Helsinki.

April 11-12, 2008 Mid Atlantic BBQ Association 2008 BBQ Expo
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Trade show for restaurateurs, caterers, food professionals, competitors or any amateur backyard cook who is interested in finding out the latest in true barbecue. Highlights include various vendors, seminars and demonstrations.

April 11-13, 2008 Poteet Strawberry Festival
Poteet, Texas
One of the oldest, most popular events in the state and is recognized as the largest agricultural festival in Texas

April 11-13, 2008 37th Annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Ponchatoula, Louisiana

April 11-13, 2008 World Grits Festival
St. George, South Carolina

April 12, 2008 A Taste for Learning
Orlando, Florida
Vintners from around the world will be pouring hundreds of their finest wines. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak and mingle with international winemakers and vintners throughout the evening. Gourmet cuisine will also be provided. There will also be a silent auction featuring wines, spirits, travel packages and unique gifts. 100 percent of all sponsorships, tickets and auction receipts will go directly to Valencia Foundation scholarships.

April 12, 2008 Palm Springs Food and Wine Festival
Country Palm Springs, California
Cuisine samples from some of Southern California's finest restaurants, paired wine tastings featuring the finest wines from California, and culinary demonstrations hosted by top celebrity chefs.

April 12, 2008 Prairie Dog Chili Cookoff & World Championship Pickled Quail Egg Eating
Grand Prairie, Texas

April 12-13, 2008 21st Annual Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
Loxley, Alabama

April 12-13, 2008 Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival
Moulton, Alabama

April 12-15, 2008 Food Update 2008
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

April 13, 2008 Taste Of Cape Cod
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod Restaurant & Food Showcase

April 13-14, 2008 Natural Products & Organic Products Europe
London, England
One venue, two fantastic shows. Over 7,500 industry professionals and 475 exhibitors attending the two-day event.

April 13-16, 2008 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference
Washington DC
Women's Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Development Conference

April 14-15, 2008 Expo Comida Latina
Houston, Texas
The number one B2B community for anyone involved in the business of U.S. Hispanic food and beverage.

April 14-17, 2008 Club de Gourmets International Exhibition
Madrid, Spain

April 15-16, 2008 World Beer Cup
San Diego, California
The most prestigious beer competition in the world. The 2006 World Beer Cup competition included 2,221 entries from 540 breweries in 56 countries. Judges evaluated the entries to award first, second and third place medals in each of 85 categories. The 2006 judge panel involved 109 brewers and beer experts from 18 countries with 54 international judges.

April 15-16, 2008 Oil & Fats Middle East
Abu Dhabi, UAE

April 15-17, 2008 SibFoodExpo
April 15-17, 2008 Siberian Beer, Beverages
April 15-17, 2008 SibShowcase
Novosibirsk, Russia
SIBFOODEXPO 2008 - XIII International Exhibition of Food Industry
SIBERIAN BEER 2008 XI International Exhibition of Beer, Brewing Equipment and Technologies, Mineral Waters, Drinks and Spirits
SIBSHOWCASE 2008 XV International Exhibition of Automated Sales and Trade Equipment

April 15-19, 2008 International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana

April 16-19, 2008 WOFEX Visayas
Cebu, Philippines
2nd Food Processing, Packaging and Foodservice Exposition.

April 16-19, 2008 25th Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America
San Diego, California
The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) is known as the leading conference and trade show for U.S. brewers large and small. The CBC has expert speakers in topics ranging from technical brewing to marketing and brewery operations. This is an educational and networking “must –do” for brewers, owners, sales and marking staff.

April 17, 2008 A Taste of St. Croix
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
A wine and food event that showcases the diverse and delicious cuisine (and wines) available on our island. This event benefits the St. Croix Foundation, a non-profit organization that works diligently to revitalize the US Virgin Islands.

April 17-20, 2008 JH&RE '08
Amman, Jordan
Jordan Hotel & Restaurant Supplies & Catering Equipment Exhibition

April 17-20, 2008 TGCSA Convention & Expo
Knoxville, Tennessee
Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association

April 17-20 & 24-27, 2008 16th Annual Crawfish Festival
Biloxi, Mississippi
Delicious food, spectacular rides, challenging games and unique vendors. It was chosen as one of the top 200 events in the United States. That includes it in a class with the Daytona 500. The festival draws crowds from three states, and averages 50,000 guests during its four-day run.

April 18, 2008 17th Annual Côtes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner
Dallas, Texas
1,200 guests, 12 of the area's most celebrated chefs, and 24 of the world's finest wineries will come together for one spectacular evening of gourmet delicacies and fabulous wine.

April, 18-19, 2008 Agrotec Pereira
Pereira, Colombia

April 18-19, 2008 Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival
Springfield, Missouri
Imagine 60 barbecue teams from a four to six state area rolling into the parking lot with the widest array of barbecue cookers and smokers you have ever seen. These folks are serious when it comes to barbecue!

April 18-19, 2008 Alabama Crawfish Festival
Faunsdale, Alabama
Two days of crawfish, fun, food, arts and crafts, bullriding, live music, crawfish eatin' contest, children's activities, and more.

April 18-20, 2008 Virginia Beef Expo
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Virginia's best cattle, good food and experience Virginia's fine hospitality in one of the largest beef related trade shows on the east coast. Only at the Virginia Beef Expo.

April 18-20, 2008 Pork In The Park Bbq Festival
Salisbury, Maryland
Join us for great food, drink, crafts, live blues music, carnival rides, a Sunday car show and more - and enjoy one of the nation’s top ten bar-b-que festivals sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Admission is only $2. Children under 12 are free.

April 19, 2008 Taste of Uptown / Hillcrest
San Diego, California
Bring your appetite, because this self-guided walking tour will feature samples from more than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants.

April 19, 2008 The Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival
Cary, North Carolina

April 19, 2008 Annual Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival
Lompoc, California

April 19, 2008 22nd Annual Alma Spinach Festival
Alma, Arkansas

April 19, 2008 World Championship Cow Chip Throw
Beaver, Oklahoma
An event of the Cimarron Territory Celebration, April 12-19, 2008.

April 19, 2008 Annual Gumbo Fest Cook-off
West Memphis, Arkansas

April 19, 2008 DiCarlo's Spring Beer Tasting
Lincolnshire, Illinois

April 19-20, 2008 The Great American Pie Festival
Celebration, Florida
Sponsored by the American Pie Council, featuring all-you-can-eat Never Ending Pie Buffet, pie baking competition, cooking demonstrations, pie eating contest, games, crafts and other pie-related festivities.

April 19-20, 2008 An EPIC Celebration of Spring
St. Augustine, Florida
A weekend of food, fun and flowers offering gourmet dining, a food festival and a flower and garden show.

April 19-20, 2008 California Antique Farm Equipment Show
Tulare, California

April 19-20, 2008 California Poppy Festival
Lancaster, California

April 22, 2008 Houston Highlights, a Celebration of the Chefs
Houston, Texas
Once again, the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation (NF) has teamed up with Houston’s finest chefs to raise money and help find a cure for NF.

April 22-24, 2008 International Cheese Technology Exposition
Madison, Wisconsin

April 22-24, 2008 European Seafood Exposition
Brussels, Belgium
The European Seafood Exposition is the one event that brings together seafood- buyers and sellers from all over Europe and the world. With over 1600 exhibitors from more than 77 countries

April 22-24, 2008 Seafood Processing Europe
Brussels, Belgium
Boasting over 200 exhibitors from 22 different countries, with 5 national and regional pavilions, SPE brings together the top buyers and sellers in seafood processing.

April 22-25, 2008 FHA 2008 (Food & Hotel Asia)
Singapore

April 23, 2008 Bavarian Beer Day
Munich, Germany
Celebrating the Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Beer Purity Law proclaimed on April 23, 1516 by the Bavarian co-rulers Duke Wilhelm IV and Duke Ludwig X. The first time in history that a government succeeded in regulating the quality and safety of an essential food item.

April 23-25, 2008 SIAL Montréal - North American Food Marketplace
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

April 23-27, 2008 The Grand Wine & Food Affair
Houston, Texas
Whether you're a culinary connoisseur, or you simply enjoy wine, food and fun, don’t miss this annual event that showcases talented winemakers and chefs for a five-day gourmet extravaganza!

April 23-27, 2008 - Dallas Wine & Food Festival
Dallas, Texas 

April 24, 2008 California Restaurant Industry Conference
Los Angeles, California

April 24-26, 2008 Horex - Hotel & Restaurant Expo
Almaty, Kazakhstan

April 24-27, 2008 Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend
Beaufort, North Carolina

April 24-27, 2008  St. Michaels Food & Wine Festival
St. Michaels, Maryland
The event this year will include: presentations by leading food and wine experts, recipe demonstrations, wine tastings, culinary and wine seminars, book signings and unique cuisine, wines and spirits from nationally acclaimed Chefs & Sommeliers pairing with chefs at local award winning restaurants.

April 25-26, 2008 22nd Annual North Carolina Pickle Festival
Mount Olive, North Carolina
Eat some pickles. Have fun. See antique cars. Eat some pickles. Take a spin on a carnival ride. Climb a wall. Pet some animals. Eat some pickles. Get your face painted. Buy a T-shirt. Watch the pig races. Eat some pickles. Check out the Harleys. Buy a book. Eat some pickles. Play a round of golf. See the art exhibits. Browse the crafts and food vendors. And did we mention - eat some pickles?

April 25-27, 2008 3. Eurasia Beverage & Industries Fair
Istanbul, Turkey
Product groups: Juices and Nectars, Sodas, Beverage, Mineral Water, Mixed Juices, Water, Tea, Herbal Teas, Coffee, Milk, Ayran, Kefir, Energy Beverages, Organic Beverages, Alcoholic Beverages and Sub-Industries.

April 25-27, 2008 Real. Texas. Festival.
Mesquite, Texas
TXA 21 Flavor of Mesquite Food Contest, Carnival, Rodeo, Entertainment, etc.

April 25-27, 2008 Astoria-Warrenton Crab & Seafood Festival
Astoria, Oregon
The Astoria-Warrenton Crab & Seafood Festival - Oregon’s finest, the Oregon Coast's largest.

April 25-27, 2008 24th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival
Pompano Beach, Florida

April 25-27, 2008 Vermont Maple Festival
St. Albans, Vermont
One of the Top 100 Festivals in North America.

April 25-27, 2008 Stockton Asparagus Festival
Stockton, California

April 25-27, 2008 31st Annual Vidalia Onion Festival
Vidalia, Georgia
Cooking School, Miss and Little Miss Vidalia Onion Pageants, Onion Maze, Onion Cook-off, Tasting Competition, The Onion Scrample, parades, carnival, rodeo, street dance, onion shootgun shoot, Dutch oven cooking demonstration, onion eating contest, Vidalia Onion Chili Cook-Off, Onion Dance, etc.

April 25-28, 2008 South African Cheese Festival
Western Cape, South Africa

April 26, 2008 Annual Crawfish Boil
Oak Mountain State Park, Louisiana

April 26, 2008 Taste Carolina Wine Festival
Colfax, North Carolina

April 26, 2008 25th Annual International Beer Festival
San Francisco, California

April 26, 2008 27th Annual Petaluma Butter & Egg Day
Petaluma, California

April 26, 2008 24th Annual Herbs Galore At Maymont
Maymont, Virginia

April 26, 2008 Bloomin Blues and Big Daddy's Cajun Crawfish Boil
Altus, Arkansas
This is our 4th annual Bloomin Blues festival, featuring Live music, a cajun crawfish and shrimp boil. AN afternoon of food fun, and good wine. We will also be featuring a release party with the introduction of our newest vintages of wine for 2008!! We satrt at 11 and end it around 5pm.

April 26-27, 2008 Mid Wales Mouthful
Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales, UK
A mouthwatering festival of food and drink from Powys and bordering counties in Mid Wales, featuring local food stalls, celebrity chef cookery demonstrations, children's food activities and cookery competitions.

April 26-27, 2008 Hot Springs Wine, Food & Fine Arts Festival
Thermopolis, Wyoming
An up scale event for all of those with a taste for the finer things in life. A juried art show, art auction, wine tasting and fine foods.

April 26-27, 2008 Mushroom Festival & Car Show
Mansfield Village, Indiana

April 26-27, 2008 The Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival
Reston, Virginia
The Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival offers premier wines from various local wineries as well as gourmet foods, fine art, and live music. This festival appeals to families, couples and connoisseurs of good food, good wine and good music. Come uncork the fun!

April 26-27, 2008 2008 Annual Shad Festival
Lambertville, New Jersey

April 26-27, 2008 16th Annual East Maui Taro Festival
Maui, Hawaii

April 26-27, 2008 Show Me Gourd Festival
Sedalia, Missouri

April 26-27, 2008 'TAP' New York 2008 - Craft Brew & Fine Food Festival
Hunter Mountain, New York
Craft breweries and brewpubs from across the state will be participating in the most prestigious beer and fine food event in New York.

April 26-27, 2008 12th Annual National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburg, Tennessee

April 27-28, 2008 Northwest Foodservice Show
Seattle, Washington

April 27-29, 2008 All Things OrganicTM Conference and Trade Show
Chicago, Illinois

April 27-29, 2008 NASFT® Fancy Food Show®
Chicago, Illinois
National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.

April 27-29, 2008 NASDA U.S. Food Export Showcase
Chicago, Illinois
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

April 27-29, 2008 ApEx
Moncton, NB, Canada
ApEx is Atlantic Canada's largest hospitality trade show.

April 28-29, 2008 Bar & Beverage Conference & Expo
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

April 28-30, 2008 Expovinis Brasil - International Wine and Spirits Fair
Sao Paulo, Brasil

April 28-30, 2008 Supply Side East
Secaucus, New Jersey
Learn about thousands of healthy and innovative ingredients during the two-day exhibit hall. Also, meet equipment suppliers, packaging vendors, labeling companies and contract manufacturers … everything you need, all in one place.

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Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Have a great time Steve ! I think ifood.tv is the best platform,where foodies can share their experiences about above food events with golbal food community.
shantihhh's picture
Hey Steve are you going to the one in Dubai? Asparagus Festival is in Stockton (an hour from me) April 25-27, 2008 -have never gone but "Delta Grass" is very popular here. We only pay $ .99 a pound. There is a Crawdad Festiful every year on Father's Day in Isleton on the Delta also about an hour or so from here. That is a fun and crazy festival. I love Summer here as there are Food & Wine Festivals every weekend around the area! All proceeds go to charities, and we "must" help out VBG Shanti/Mary-Anne