Photo Courtesy by G. Widman for GPTMC
One of the best ways to learn about a new destination is by eating and drinking locally. When I’m on vacation, there’s nothing I want more than a refreshing beer after a long day of exploring. As the US craft beer movement has grown over the past decade, so have the ever-popular beer weeks.
Beer weeks celebrate the local beer community through (sometimes over-the-top) events featuring local breweries at their best. Whether it’s an easy drive from where you live or in a new destination to explore, a vacation or staycation can become a beercation by planning a visit to some of America’s most celebrated beer weeks. It’s a great way to relax, recharge and put some of those unused vacation days to good use.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Photo Courtesy of Disney)
In the years since its inception, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has grown into one of the food world’s hottest events. This year marks the festival’s 20th anniversary, and the celebration will take visitors on a culinary journey through the world’s cuisines and cultures.
It may be a little chilly today, but it’s still a gorgeous day in DC — perfect for enjoying the official kickoff of the monthly food-truck festival called Truckeroo, happening now on the fairgrounds at Half Street and M Street SE. At work? No problem! Truckeroo runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so you have plenty of time to sample DC Empanadas, Korean BBQ Taco Box, NeatMeat DC, Red Hook Lobster Pound and 23 others offering up Washington’s best in food trucks.
If you miss today’s event, not to worry. Truckeroo comes back each month during the warmer months (generally April to September).
For more information, visit foodtruckfiesta.com.
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Adam Richman returns to Travel Channel in search of the country’s best hidden, secret and off-the-menu eats in his all-new series, Man Finds Food.
The series kicks off tonight with back-to-back episodes, as Adam searches the back alleys of Chicago to find a monster mash-up sandwich that holds an entire menu on a roll, and then hits the streets of Los Angeles to track down a breakfast dish named after Godzilla.
Watch the series premiere tonight at 9|8c.
Jack Maxwell in Belize
As Jack explores the many drinks Belize has to offer, he finds that the rugged Central American paradise has attracted people from all over the world. But no matter where you come from or why you’re there, Belize always welcomes you with a cocktail. During his journey across the beaches and through the jungles, to ancient Mayan ruins and back to the city to partake in Carnival, Jack tastes some of the wildest cocktails to date, including viper rum. It’s made when a live snake is stuffed into an empty bottle, which is then filled with rum and capped for a year until the snake meets its demise, leaving patrons with an odd but tasty snake-infused spirit.
While Belize may have tempted Jack with its bizarre drinks, chocolate wines and rum-filled seaweed smoothies, there is something much more intoxicating along the coast of Central America, luring people in with their pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters — the beaches. From amazing snorkeling just an hour off the coast of Dangriga to enjoying top-notch accommodations and cuisine on Placencia Peninsula — the country’s most popular sea and sand getaway — now is your chance to explore some of Belize’s best beaches.
Check out all of Jack’s Belizean adventures on an all-new episode of Booze Traveler tonight at 10|9c. And if you’re looking for a way to escape the cold, harsh reality of winter, don’t miss out on Travel Channel’s Beach Week, which will premiere brand-new episodes of paradise-themed programming, from SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015 to 101 Sand n’ Surf Hotspots.
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For most of the country, December is a time for holiday cheer, family gatherings and some well-earned time away from work or school. For college football fans, however, it’s the greatest time of year for a very different reason: It’s bowl season. A time when fans young and old pack up their minivans, purchase plane tickets and travel to a random city to cheer on their alma mater 1 more time. And regardless of whether your school is large or small, there is a good chance that it will be participating in one of the NCAA’s 39 bowl games.
From Miami to Boise, ID, and Seattle to Hawaii, there are games in just about every major travel destination in the US (and even the Bahamas!). But there is 1 state that shines brighter than the rest this bowl season, and that is the great state of Texas. READ MORE
It’s been a little over 8 years since my first production meeting with Andrew Zimmern, a chef who was unknown to me at the time — as I was brand new to the TV and foodie worlds. He has hundreds of hours and thousands of miles recorded on national television, and to this day, I still ask myself, “How does he do it?” How does anyone travel so much, eat so exceptionally well, and then be expected to return to normal life? As we prepare for another season of Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern, which kicks off tonight at 9|8c on Travel Channel, I decided to get the answer to that question, along with others about what we can expect on Bizarre Foods, what Andrew is most excited about this season, his future travel plans and projects in 2015, and more!
As you go into another season of Bizarre Foods, what are you most excited for the viewers to see?
I think what’s most exciting for me is that we are finally able to slow down a little this season and dive deeper into the cultural elements of the show that are more interesting to me than skimming along the surface of the places we visit. TV needs to be relevant to stay current, and today’s viewers demand that. I think this season, we are finally delivering on that in spades. READ MORE
Photography by State Fair of Texas
Our stomachs are growling for tasty fried food from this year’s State Fair of Texas, which runs through Oct. 19. There are several food-related events during the month-long fair, including the famous Celebrity Kitchen, where acclaimed Texan restaurant chefs prepare your favorite dishes every day at the Creative Arts building.
Today marks the end of the inaugural Microbrew Madness, and after 3 weeks of viewer voting for America’s favorite craft brewery, the winner is Four Peaks Brewing Co. in Tempe, AZ. This beer lover’s oasis is a must-visit destination on your next trip to Arizona.
The brewery offers excellent, award-winning beer that appeals to all connoisseurs, ranging from the Kilt Lifter Scottish-style ale to the Hop Knot IPA. For seasonal beers and cask-conditioned ales, be sure to visit a Four Peaks pub. And if you love a game of darts, stop and play a game — the loser may just have to down an entire Oatmeal Stout shake.
Photography by Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
With the fall finally here, it’s a good bet that you and your friends will be headed out to arguably the most traditional festival of the season — Oktoberfest. And while I think it’s safe to say most of us won’t be making the trip to Munich for the official celebration (Sept. 20-Oct. 5), there are plenty of options stateside for a real taste of Germany. Whether it’s in a small town, major city, German beer hall or vintage barn, Oktoberfest is always great fun. But we’re not talking about the generic beer garden and polka band here. We’re talking about German-American communities getting down the same way their ancestors and countrymen have been doing across the pond for centuries. I mean, you wouldn’t go to a Mexican restaurant for St. Patrick’s Day, would you? Of course not!
So let’s break out the bratwurst, slap down some sauerkraut and, of course, tap the kegs on some of America’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations.
Cincinnati (Sept. 19-21)
Perhaps the largest and most popular Oktoberfest in the US is smack dab in the middle of the country —not surprisingly, in a city rich with German culture. Cincinnati (or Zinzinnati this time of year) plays host to thousands of Oktoberfest supporters, young and old, each fall with the city’s signature festival. With six blocks closed down for the party, there is plenty of room for you and your friends to don some lederhosen, down a few liters of beer and stuff your faces with German cuisine. Founded in 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati may be best known for earning its place in the Guinness Book of Records by setting the mark for the world’s largest Chicken Dance at the time, with 48,000 people in 1994. The traditional dance is still going strong 20 years later, along with numerous other German games and dances throughout the three-day festival. READ MORE