Joey Hernandez Hawaii Food and Wine Festival October 5-27, 2019 Now in its ninth year, the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival features a roster of more than 150 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, winemakers and mixologists. The festival is put on by the nonprofit Hawaii Ag and Culinary Alliance, whose mission is to promote the islands locally grown, caught or raised products. Set in the lush paradise of three islands in Hawaii, the festival showcases the islands’ thriving culinary scene through 13 unique events featuring authentic style Hawaiian cuisine and some of the top culinary talents in the region. New York City Wine And Food Festival Oct 10-Oct 13, 2019 Presented by the Food Network & Cooking Channel, the New York City Wine and Food Festival returns to the Big Apple this fall bringing together acclaimed chefs from top New York restaurants offering more than 100 events and tastings. A destination-worthy culinary classic, the festival features over 50,000 passionate patrons tasting and sipping their way through the offerings. This year's star talent from the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and other daytime food shows includes Rachel Ray, Masaharu Morimoto, and Marcus Samuelsson. Wine lovers, take note: the brands can feel overly commercial to those who drink vin Jaune, Mathiasson or natural wine. This is a mainstream event. Fire, Flour & Fork October 31-November 3, 2019 Going on its sixth year, the Fire, Flour & Fork is a chance to eat and drink Richmond’s signature culinary flavors in just four days. Events pair local chefs and producers with out-of-town experts for unique large-scale events. Choose from lunches, dinners, brunches, classes in restaurants and chef demos. Whether you want to discover Richmond, Virginia, put on your favorite costume for the Scary Good Costume Contest or find out if you have the drink smarts for the VI.Q? 2019 - Championship Round, there's an event for everyone. Big Sur Food And Wine Festival (November 7-9, 2019) For those unfamiliar with the Big Sur food scene, The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival is known for its showcase of fantastic food, great wines and singular scenery. Basically, the best of Monterey county. Local and visiting restaurateurs, resorts and wineries team up to create memorable culinary experiences at unique Big Sur locations, including the Opening Day Magical Mystery Tour which sells out within minutes each year, with all proceeds benefiting the local community. On the agenda: chef-led garden dinners, wine tastings, world-class breakfasts, late night parties and a few fabulous dinners, of course. The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival® launches ticket sales for its 16th annual culinary classic held November 10-17, 2019. The festival named winner of the 2019 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best General Food Festival, offers over 40 citywide tasting experiences across America’s Finest City. From traveling to the burgeoning Valle de Guadalupe for an immersive cross-border experience, to exploring the city’s iconic speakeasies, the festival offers an opportunity to taste the best food San Diego has to offer. As contributing Travel Editor Wine Enthusiast, I view the world through the lens of drink.