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A Year in Food Festivals

Where to find the best celebrations of food in the Inland Northwest in 2018-19

Crave! returns to Spokane Valley July 11-14.
  • Crave! returns to Spokane Valley July 11-14.

Coeur d'Alene Mac & Cheese Festival

It's hard to deny the ooey, gooey goodness of a great bowl of mac and cheese. This festival brings together mac from local restaurants and breweries to share in the celebration of fromage. Chefs compete to win the "Golden Noodle Award," a prize that goes to the best cheesy concoction of the fest. cdaresort.com

WHEN & WHERE: Jan. 19, 2019; Downtown Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Resort Food & Wine Festival

Coeur d'Alene's first Food & Wine Festival in 2018 was exceptional, with amazing tastings, exquisite multicourse wine dinners, champagne brunches and numerous chef demonstrations and classes. The 2019 event promises to be even better now that a new partnership between Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association's popular Wine Extravaganza was announced. cdaresort.com

WHEN & WHERE: April 12-14, 2019; Coeur d'Alene Resort

Crave!

Local chef Adam Hegsted invites food and drink experts from around the region and the nation to this annual celebration of the culinary community. The festival features various food-related events including grand tastings, three-hour periods where patrons can sample food creations and watch on-stage demos. Celebrity chefs as well as prominent local chefs make appearances to create and teach. cravenw.com

WHEN & WHERE: July 11-14, 2019; CenterPlace Regional Event Center, Spokane Valley

Pig Out in the Park

This six-day food extravaganza is a Spokane staple. Food vendors come together to offer patrons all styles of cuisine. The event also features live music every day. People have been stuffing their bellies to the brim at this festival since the '80s. The 40th year in 2019 won't be much different. Free event admission and all food items around or under $10 each is an added party perk. spokanepigout.com

WHEN & WHERE: Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2019; Riverfront Park, Spokane

Restaurant Wars

Chefs put up their dukes in this annual food fight, competing head-to-head to take home winning titles for their dishes. The event challenges local restaurants to put their best food forward to battle for attendees' votes. In addition to food tastings, the event offers a farmers market and on-site chef demos. restaurant-wars.com

WHEN & WHERE: Sept. 29, 2018; Avista Stadium, Spokane

Greek Dinner Festival

For 83 years, this festival has been sharing traditional Greek cuisine with Spokane. The three-day event offers shish kebabs, baklava and everything in between. Stop by the food fest to grab authentic Greek coffee and a pastry, shop collectables at Yia Yia's Attic, or sit down for a full meal. The event also features traditional Greek dancing, church tours and access to the church bookstore. holytrinityspokane.org

WHEN & WHERE: Sept. 27-29, 2018; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Spokane

The original print version of this article was headlined "A Year in Food Festivals"