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2016 MONTANA: September to December
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2012 - 2011)

 

September 10, 2016  Montana State Chokecherry Festival
Lewistown, Montana
The first Saturday after Labor Day, central Montana ushers in the return of fall with the annual Chokecherry Festival, held in Lewistown, the geographical center of the state and the Chokecherry Capitol of Montana.  The Chokecherry Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The festival is attended by more than 4,000 people from far and near, enjoying the event and soaking up the beautiful scenery of central Montana. It's a time of wholesome fun for everyone from tiny tykes to Grandpa. Chokecherry culinary contest, pit spitting contest, live entertainment, etc.  Attendance: 5,000+

September 16-24, 2016 - 9th Annual Festival of Flavors
Kalispell, Montana
Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC).  The ten day gala consists of various events ranging from a Great Chefs dinners featuring intimate evenings with some of the Valley’s top chefs to a grand wine tasting event featuring over 200 choice wines to sample.

September 21-22, 2016  Montana Brewers Conference
Missoula, Montana
Montana Brewers Association.

September 23, 2016  Montana Brewers Fall Rendezvous
Missoula, Montana
Hosted by: The Montana Brewers Association.  Join us at Caras Park in Missoula for a day of delicious beers, great food and a good time by the beautiful Clark Fork River.  • ONLY Montana-made Beers from our own Montana Breweries • 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

September 29-October 8, 2016  Great Northwest Oktoberfest
Whitefish, Montana
Join us for two weekends of authentic German beer, food, music and fun - Montana-style!  September 29-Oct 1, 2016 and October 6-8, 2016.  Admission is just $5 per day.  Kids under 12 (accompanied by a parent) are free.  So what do you get for your 5 bucks?  You get all-day access into the Oktoberfest Bigtop where you can purchase all kinds of German beer, food and souvenirs as well as access to our beer garden. Plus, you'll be entertained by great German music & you can chicken dance your lederhosen off!  You also get to watch some of the craziest contests around like log sawing, keg throwing, stein holding & waitress races.

October 1, 2016  Liquid Apple Night - Hamilton, Montana
A hard cider festival that takes place directly following Apple Day.  Sample delicious cider created by cider makers from the Rocky Mountain northwest, locally catered food, and music.  This event takes place in Legion Park, in the evening, under the beautiful Montana sky.  Burn barrels and propane heaters will be available for keeping warm and toasty!  You must be 21 or older to participate.  Tickets will be available in August.

October 1, 2016  37th Annual McIntosh Apple Day - Hamilton, Montana
Billed as the biggest bake sale under the Big Sky, the fest has apple butter bubbling over an open fire, apple juice being squeezed, a giant Farmers Market with arts and crafts, kids games galore, live music all day, a mega-raffle, fall vegetables and fruits and lots of specialty food items.  Attendance: 20,000.

 

October 1, 2016  Tamarack Festival and Brewfest
Seeley Lake, Montana
The Seeley Lake Tamarack Festival has been suspended for 2016. It is looking for a new sponsor. If you are interested please contact the chamber.

October 6-9, 2016 - Legends for Lights Pheasant Jamboree
Havre, Montana
The Legends for Lights Pheasant Jamboree is a combination of former NFL, NHL, MLB, and other professional legends along with locals and outdoor enthusiast from across the country coming together for a 4 day jamboree that includes trap shooting, pheasant hunting, autograph signing, and of course a little storytelling. Individuals travel from all across the United States to take part in this one of a kind event, some serious huntsman, some just to see old friends and have a good time.

October 8, 2016  Harvest Fest - Billings, Montana
Join us in Downtown Billings for the annual celebration of HarvestFest.  Great fun for families… great fun for EVERYONE.  Downtown will transform into a celebration of colors, seasons and all that is autumn in Montana.  Pumpkin Pie Baking Contest!  We will have tons of food, produce and arts/crafts vendors. This year HarvestFest is partnering with the NILE Lou Taubert Cattle Drive and Parade.

October 10-14, 2016  National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

October 31, 2016  Harvest Carnival - Bozeman, Montana
The Harvest Carnival is a community event for families with young children. It will be a fun night filled with carnival games, horse rides, cake walk, inflatables, candy, prizes and much more! All proceeds will be donated to Haven, a local domestic violence shelter. As an entrance fee we ask for a donation to Haven such as cash, canned food, gift cards, or used cell phones with chargers.

 

November 12-13, 2016  Holiday Food & Gift Festival - Billings, Montana
The Holiday Food and Gift Festival is the largest arts and crafts show of the season. Last year, more than 10,000 shoppers attended the 2-day show, buying unique products and services offered by more than 250 vendors.  Admission is $3 at the door or $1 with a donation of a non-perishable item to the Billings Food Bank.

November 13-16, 2016  MFBF Convention and Trade Show
Billings, Montana
97th Montana Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.

November 24, 2016  THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events today they are to numerous to list.

December 2-3, 2016  A Stevensville Country Christmas
Stevensville, Montana
This festive celebration begins with the “Parade of Lights”, caroling down Main Street, the Christmas Story, and open houses.  Decoration and beautiful lights adorn our historic town.  Open houses at the businesses with complimentary, wonderful Christmas treats, with horse and wagon rides throughout the evening, and a hayride to boot! Santa arrives for pictures and a very memorable evening is always had by all.

December 10, 2016  Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.
 

 

2015 MONTANA: September to December
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events waiting for new dates

September 10, 2015  28th Annual Taste of Whitefish
Whitefish, Montana
The Taste of Whitefish has become one of Montana’s premier food events.  Over 25 restaurants, caterers and beverage companies will be offering samples of their finest specialties, with live entertainment.  Your ticket includes beer & wine tasting and visits to all food & beverage booths.  This is a rain or shine event.  Ticket price is $40/ per person ($45 at the gate) and are available at the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce or you can purchase online.  Information at: (406) 862-3501. This event is fund raiser for the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce.
 

 

2014 MONTANA: September to December
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events waiting for new dates

September 20-21, 2014  Threshing Bee - Choteau, Montana
Come to beautiful Choteau and enjoy a weekend of agricultural history. A pancake breakfast will be served and lunch will be provided by local 4-H Clubs. Events include wheat and corn grinding, threshing, a working blacksmith, sawmilling and planing, steam engines, tractor parade, arts and crafts and much, much more.
 

 

2012 MONTANA: September to December 2012
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events waiting for new dates

October 6, 2012  Chowder Challenge at ZooMontana - Billings, Montana
The Second Annual Chowder Challenge is back at ZooMontana. $10 per person gets you as much Chowder as you can eat from dozens of local area restaurants and caterers! Bring your appetite because this event is sure to fill your whole family up!  All proceeds for this event go straight towards ZooMontana. What a delicious way to support the zoo!
 

 

2011 MONTANA: September to December 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

waiting for new dates

September 9, 2011  16th Annual Blues & Brews - Great Falls, Montana
The annual fund raiser for the River's Edge Trail will feature great food, a selection of micro brew and domestic beers and the best regional and national blues artists we can find.

September 10, 2011  NorthWest HoneyFest - Stevensville, Montana
A celebration of the Honey Bee in Montana.

 

 

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