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Montana Food Festivals & Shows

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2016 MONTANA: May through August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2008)

May 5, 2016  Bozeman Spring Brewers Festival - Bozeman, Montana
Taste beer from the far reaches of the state along with your hometown favorites. Our festivals feature only beer made in Montana, from those long-established beer producers, to the really small start up breweries that aren’t yet distributing their goods beyond their walls. We are so proud to feature Montana’s finest beers and introduce you to the brewers who are at the epicenter of this creative and tasty venture.  4:00- 5:00 is VIP Hour; early entrance and access to brewers and their samples without the crowd. $35 IN ADVANCE, $40 DAY OF RENDEZVOUS includes unlimited beer samples in your special edition VIP glass.  5:00-9:00 is General Admission; great times sampling ONLY beer Made in Montana. $25 IN ADVANCE, $30 DAY OF RENDEZVOUS includes unlimited beer samples and a commemorative glass.


May 7, 2016
Annual Garden City Brewfest
Missoula, Montana
This vibrant event takes place in downtown Missoula's Caras Park. More than 60 beers on tap, food and live music.

May 8, 2016  MOTHER'S DAY  - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today.

May 9-14, 2016  MSU Billings Wine & Food Festival - Billings, Montana
Tapas, Lunch and Learn.  Seminars, cooking schools, guest chef dinner, iron chef competition and wine & food pairings.

May 14, 2016  Yellow Bay Cherry Blossom Festival
Yellow Bay, Montana
Treat the entire family to a day of fun and food in Yellow Bay and, at the same time, help a good cause. Vendors will offer a wide array of items from metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, leather, clothing, home décor, Montana made items, to,of course, cherry products. Purchase a hearty lunch prepared by the Yellow Bay Ladies Auxillary. Enjoy Live Musical Entertainment throughout the day. This annual event is a major fundraiser for the Yellow Bay Club and helps offset clubhouse maintenance costs and provides funds for the club's charitable works.

June 11, 2016  Strawberry Festival - Billings, Montana
Our tribute to everything Strawberry! Live entertainment and Arts and crafts, as well. Always the second Saturday in June. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, children’s activity area, and amazing food throughout the day. Shop at over 100 vendor’s booths!

June 17, 2016  Montana Brewers Solstice Rendezvous - Billings, MT
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm VIP, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm General Admission.  More information coming soon!

June 17-18, 2016  Western Heritage Days - Stevensville, Montana
Calcutta auction of Barnyard game teams, reception, and a live auction. Chuck Wagons for the Cook-Off arrive and are set up by 4pm for judging. Later in the evening they will host a reception for all wagon sponsors with pickin’ and grinnin’ and lots of story tellin’ around the campfire.  Sunday: Parade with floats, horses, wagons and much more! The Salish will give a Cultural presentation of history, drumming, singing, and dancing.   Arts and Crafts and vendors. Barnyard Games competition, and the Chuck Wagons will serve up the grub at about 12:30 pm.  Living History Demonstrations!  Historic home tours will be running throughout the day.  Historic trolley wagon pulled by Belgian horses.  Beer Garden and Food Court. country music and a fun street dance.

June 17-19, 2016  27th Lewis and Clark Festival - Great Falls, Montana
Highlights events of the Lewis & Clark expedition during their stay in Great Falls in 1805. You will observe reenactors in historic dress, taste the foods the Expedition ate, smell the burning campfires and understand the adventure along the banks of the Missouri River. Learn how the men worked and what they found. Join us in exploring the Lewis and Clark adventure. Live the experience, with many events planned for you. Events include demonstrations, children's activities, exhibits, float trips and more.


July 4, 2016  4TH OF JULY - Nationwide
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 7-9, 2016
29th Annual Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament
Fort Peck Lake, Montana
Walleye fishing at its best can be found in Fort Peck Lake. Plus Montana Governor's Cup is now a member of Walleyes Unlimited Circuit. The Montana Governor's Walleye Tournament brings anglers, from 18 states, Canada and all over Montana, who are willing to pay $300 per team to try for the $15,000 first place prize. Cash and merchandise prizes are given to the top 20% of the 200 two person teams. This is also an event for the entire family with a Gals & Guys Tournament on Thursday morning and a Youth Fishing Festival on Saturday morning. Other events are a barbecue for the fisherman and families and a Fish Fry open to the Public.

July 15-16, 2016  Dog & Grog - Montana Microbrew Festival
Virginia City, Montana
13th Annual Dog and Grog at the Bale of Hay Saloon in Historic Virginia City, Montana hosts this annual Montana Micro-brew festival featuring the best micros made in Montana.

July 16-17, 2016  Flathead Lake Cherry Festival - Polson, Montana
Cherry pit spitting and stem tying contests, recipe contest, pie sale, street dance, magic show and strolling bagpipers. Over 125 vendors will be selling their cherry related items as well as other merchandise.

July 22-24, 2016  4th Annual Bozeman Trail Chuck Wagon Cook Off
Virginia City, Montana
Vintage Chuck Wagons from MT......Authentic Dutch Oven/Campfire Cooking.  @ Virginia City Train Depot with 1860-70’s Military Frontier Campsite.

July 29-August 6, 2016  Montana State Fair - Great Falls, Montana
The Montana State Fair will be celebrating its 85th anniversary with another summer full of fun.  Fabulous concert artists, food and tons of entertainment. The fair is going to be the coolest thing this summer, with fabulous fair food, midway rides, and competitive exhibits in 21 unique departments. Contests include the Montana Wheat & Barley-A-Thon baking competition, Ultimate Chocolate Montana-shaped cake contest, Healthy fruits & nuts fudge contest, Beef in the Kitchen, Great American Spam Championship, and the Veggie 500.

August 3, 2016  Testy Festy - Clinton, Montana
Rocky Mountain Oyster festival, serving deep-fried bull testicles.  One might say it’s an odd family reunion, you usually see the same people every year and new people are always welcome. You don’t have to earn your beads, or anything of the sort, but you can always have fun & find something to do. Everyone is always welcoming.  Depending on what time or day you show up at Testy Fest you can see 300 people or up to 3,000 people. The days that attract the most are the event days, on Friday & Saturday. The events that attract the most people are the Wet T-Shirt, the Ball Contest, the Ball Eating Contest, & the Undie 500.

August 5-6, 2016  104th Creamery Picnic - Stevensville, Montana
This is a traditional celebration for Stevensville with a historic background. There is a parade, Montana State BBQ Championship, Microbrew Festival, food vendors, crafters, and booths of all descriptions. Incredible ice cream and a mobile dairy to show how we get milk products. Music, beer, great food and fun as well as live entertainment and a car show! Family oriented and takes place in the Lewis and Clark Park.

August 5-7, 2016  Annual Sweet Pea Festival - Bozeman, Montana
Every year hundreds of volunteers work together to put on a festival jam-packed with entertainment, art and family fun. Sweet Pea Festival highlights include: music of all genres, performances by local theatre and dance troupes, workshops, family-friendly entertainment and activities, a flower show, and over 100 unique arts and crafts vendors to stroll through. In addition, there are many fun-filled community events the week leading up to the Festival.

August 12-14, 2016  Huckleberry Days Arts Festival & Bake-Off Contest
Whitefish, Montana
Annual Huckleberry Days Arts Festival and Dessert Bake-Off.  The Bake-off contest has two divisions (Commercial and Non-Commercial) and all entries must contain Huckleberries in some form (fresh, frozen, jam, syrup, etc.)  Cash prizes & bragging rights will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners in each division.

August 12-14, 2016  Huckleberry Festival - Trout Creek, Montana
Trout Creek was proclaimed "Huckleberry Capitol of Montana" by the state's legislature in 1981. The Huckleberry Festival, put on by volunteers from our community, has grown through the years. People flock to taste and purchase the berries, sold on the park grounds to benefit the festival. Food vendors feature the tasty "purple gold" in huckleberry ice cream cones, "huckleberry pizza," on cheesecake, in drinks, and even atop Polish dogs.  The Trout Creek Fire Department offers its Saturday and Sunday morning huckleberry pancake breakfasts, and both children and adults bake the tastiest recipes they know for the honor of competing in the Huckleberry Dessert Contest.

August 12-20, 2016  MontanaFair - Billings, Montana
MontanaFair is an agricultural celebration in the historic tradition of fairs. It is the region’s largest event with attendance of nearly a quarter of a million each year. Held at MetraPark in Billings, MontanaFair celebrates for nine days beginning the second weekend in August. Nearly 10,000 people will earn cash and ribbons for their entries which range from beer, wine, bunnies, crocheting, horticulture, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, petit-point, pickles, to hobbies, and arts and crafts. Also Carnival, Entertainment, Kids Activities, etc.  Attendance: 250,000.

August 13, 2016  Montana Brewers Summer Rendezvous
Helena, Montana
Coming to Helena will be the Montana Brewers and their favorite beers.  They will join the hordes of craft beer lovers in Helena and from around the state.  • ONLY Montana-made beer from our own Montana Brewers, details to come.  • Commemorative tasting glass to sample all your favorite brews- no beer tickets, just sample all the beers you’d like, and please drink responsibly!  • Food Vendors  • Great live music.

August 20, 2016  Manhattan Potato Festival - Manhattan, Montana
A celebration held in downtown Manhattan in honor of the potato industry surrounding this community. Firemen's breakfast, music, parade, arts and crafts vendors, lawn mower races, car show, town dance, and lots of food. Also the Tasty Tators Potato Cookoff.


2015 MONTANA: May through August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events waiting for new dates

June 13-14, 2015  Pioneer Power Day Threshing Bee
Lewistown, Montana
An old-fashioned threshing bee. Watch old steam engines at work; threshing machines, all types of antique machines and other old restored engines are exhibited. Demonstrations and exhibits include saw-mill buzz saw, ore crushing, shingle making, stationary hay baler, plowing, blacksmith, ice cream making, bread making, crafts and flea market.

July 3, 2015  Moods Brew and Spirit Festival - Ennis, Montana
Discover 150 Brews and Spirits! Come sample the best of what breweries and distilleries from Montana and beyond have to offer!  • Food Vendors  • Live Music.


2014 MONTANA: May through August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events waiting for new dates

June 6-8, 2014  Whoop-Up Days and Rhubarb Festival
Conrad, Montana
Activities begin Friday evening with a children's carnival and a Rodeo Calcutta. Saturday morning the Conrad Lions Club offer a free pancake breakfast. To work off those pancakes you can participate in the Pondera Medical Center Fun Run. Conrad's youth warm up Main Street with a parade of their own, followed by the general parade. The Whoop-Up Rodeo will begin at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Come help Conrad celebrate a tradition!  Don't forget the rhubarb! Rhubarb pies for sale, pie contest, biggest rhubarb leaf contest, dessert and "other" makings from rhubarb contest.

July 19, 2014  Taste of Great Falls - Great Falls, Montana
Come sample a variety of food and drink from our local restaurants and enjoy live entertainment.

August 22-23, 2014  Dixon Melon Days - Dixon, Montana
Fun for the entire family. Includes a parade, run/walk, food booths, old time kids and adult games, live entertainment, silent auction, farmer Olympics, horseshoes, little buckaroo rodeo and the best melons in western Montana.


2013 MONTANA: May through August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events waiting for new dates

August 24, 2013  MonDak Harvest Fest - Sidney, Montana
The MonDak Harvest Fest is an antique tractor and pickup pulling contest. Also included is a kids' pedal pull and motor bike training.


2008 MONTANA: May through August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

waiting for new dates

August 8-10, 2008  Whitefish Wine & Food Summit - Whitefish, Montana
Montana's most definitive celebration of wine and food.




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