Dining December 11, 2016
9 Montana Festivals That Food Lovers Should NOT Miss
Festivals are one of many things Montana does well, especially when they center around food. As you plan out your adventures for the year, save some room on your calendar for these enticing events. If you love food and you love Montana, these are the places to be next year.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Feb Fest, Helena
Feb Fest is Helena's annual chocolate and crafts festival, typically held the weekend before Valentine's Day. If you have a sweet tooth or a sweetheart, you'll love it.
2. International Culture and Food Festival, Missoula
For the last 25 years, the International Culture and Food Festival at UM's The University Center has been a place to celebrate food and fun from around the world. Montana’s largest annual internationally-themed festival is held every March.
3. Taste of Bigfork
Every April, the Taste of Bigfork Festival offers the chance to taste food from some of the area's best restaurants and enjoy local libations.
4. MSU Billings Foundation’s Wine & Food Festival
MSU Billings Foundation's Wine & Food Festival includes a week of wine seminars, gourmet dining and cooking schools with top chefs every May.
5. Huckleberry Festival, Trout Creek
Trout Creek's Huckleberry Festival is held on the the second full weekend in August every year, and it's one delicious celebration of Montana's signature berry.
6. Sweet Pea Festival, Bozeman
Local foodies know the real highlight of August’s Sweet Pea Festival is the Bite of Bozeman, an evening spent sampling bites from over 40 local restaurants and food vendors on historic Main Street.
7. Whoop-Up Days and Rhubarb Festival, Conrad
Every June, Conrad's Whoop-Up Days keep locals busy with events like rodeos and music... but everyone knows the real highlight of the festival is the selection of delicious rhubarb creations.
8. Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival
If you love cherries and live in Western Montana, July is probably your favorite month. Polson's cherry festival has been paying homage to this sweet fruit for decades.
9. Downtown Billings’ Strawberry Festival
Every June, Downtown Billings honors the start of summer with a delicious strawberry festival. Strawberries and summer are definitely two things worth celebrating.
Montanans love to celebrate their food and culture. Here’s another
list of interesting festivals in the Treasure State.