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Snallygaster 2012, Washington, DC.
Snallygaster 2012, Washington, DC.
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Food and drink events are plentiful throughout the month of October from New York to Sydney and beyond. Some have extended runs throughout the month, such as the deep-fried madness that is the State Fair of Texas. The annual Good Food Month returns to Sydney, Australia, with headliner René Redzepi as well. New York City is playing host to a number of food events this month, starting with Identità New York at Eataly, a film festival dedicated to food, and, of course, the annual New York City Wine & Food Festival. Meanwhile, Vegas also has a number of events in the works, and Washington, DC, will be the site of the second iteration of a rather large craft beer festival. Here's the full line-up:

State Fair of Texas
When: September 27 — October 20, 2013
Where: Dallas, TX
What: The State Fair of Texas returns to Dallas this month with an absurd amount of fried food. Deep-fried things on the menu this year include a wrap of Nutella, spaghetti and meatballs, a chocolate chip burrito, chicken-fried meatloaf, and an entirely fried Thanksgiving dinner.

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
When: September 27 — November 11, 2013
Where: Orlando, FL
What: Disney World's epic food festival returns to Epcot this year for about a month and a half of festivities. Unsurprisingly, the globe-trotting theme park will offer international marketplaces, as well as seminars, mixology lessons and something called "a Party for the Senses." There will also be Marketplace Discovery passports available to be stamped.

Good Food Month
When: October 1 — October 31, 2013
Where: Sydney, Australia
What: The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Month is back with more than 500 events in Sydney and beyond. In addition to all kinds of dinners and lunches, this monthlong festival includes a local edition of the French Omnivore food festival, an Asian night market, and a day of Barbecue Madness. There are also a few events with Noma chef René Redzepi — who will be there promoting his new book — such as a dinner he'll be doing with the likes of Neil Perry, Peter Gilmore, David Chang, and more.

North
When: October 2 — October 7, 2013
Where: New York, NY
What: New York City is getting its first-ever Nordic gastronomy festival in NORTH this month. This festival will highlight the cooking of New York chefs who are focusing on Nordic cuisine, such as Mads Refslund of Acme and Daniel Burns of Luksus. But they're also flying in some big names straight out of Scandinavia to cook dinners, lead classes, and more throughout the festival — including the return of Amass chef Matt Orlando.

Latin Flavors, American Kitchen
When: October 2 — October 4, 2013
Where: San Antonio, TX
What: The Culinary Institute of America is hosting its annual symposium on Latin cuisines at its San Antonio campus this month. Speakers include Rick Bayless, Enrique Olvera, Maricel Presilla, and chefs from across Latin America who will reflect on the ingredients of the cuisine and discuss topics such as how non-natives can approach cooking Latin American food.

Greenwich Wine & Food Festival
When: October 3 — October 5, 2013
Where: Greenwich, CT
What: Francois Payard, Joe Bastianich, Richard Blais, Graham Elliot, Duff Goldman, Dale Talde, and more are headlining this year's iteration of the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival. There's also going to be a "culinary village" full of tastings, a burger battle, and a celebration of all things barbecue.

Food & Wine All-Star Weekend
When: October 4 - October 6, 2013
Where: Las Vegas, NV
What: The fourth annual Food & Wine All-Star Weekend hits Vegas in October with headliners such as Joël Robuchon, Jean Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, and Shawn McClain. In addition to brunches, dinners and boozy showcases, they're also hosting a burger bash with Robuchon and Mina on October 5.

Identità New York
When: October 4 — October 6, 2013
Where: New York, NY
What: Eataly is hosting the fourth iteration of Identità New York, which features American and Italian chefs cooking together using ingredients such as egg, tomato, salted codfish, cheese, pasta, and rice. Seminars and dinners feature chefs Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Massimo Bottura, Matthew Lightner, Davide Scabin, and Cesare Battisti, among others.

Counter Culture Coffee's Variety Show
When: October 5 — October 19
Where: Durham, Atlanta, Asheville, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City
What: North Carolina-based Counter Culture Coffee is going on tour this month for a series of events at its various training centers on the East Coast and in Chicago. These tours will include samples of coffee varieties from Robusta to Gesha, plus insight from 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion Erin McCarthy. There will also be prize drawings, food, and beverages.

Gastronomika
When: October 6 - October 9, 2013
Where: San Sebastian, Spain
What: This year's Gastronomika is going to have a huge focus on London and its vibrant dining scene, bringing in chefs such as Clove Club's Isaac McHale, Pollen Street Social's Jason Atherton, and a whole slew of others, including Spanish chefs working in London. But, of course, Spanish superstars such as Eneko Atxa, Elena Arzak, Martin Berasetegui, Quique Dacosta and Andoni Luis Aduriz will be there, as well San Francisco's Corey Lee.

Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival
When: October 12, 2013
Where: Las Vegas, NV
What: Chefs such as Charlie Palmer, Stephen Hopcraft, Laurent Tourondel, and Bradley Ogden will be taking part in the Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival, which is a daylong celebration of the local food scene at the Red Rock Casino and Resort.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
When: October 12 — October 13, 2013
Where: La Jolla, CA
What: Beyond all the art and wine, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival offers a wine and beer garden — open on both days — featuring beers from the likes of Ballast Point, and Stone Brewing Company, plus a number of wineries such as Francis Ford Coppola Winery. There's also going to be a food court where vendors include Nick's BBQ and more.

New York City Wine & Food Festival
When: October 17 - October 20, 2013
Where: New York, NY
What: Chefs from all over New York City are going to be in attendance at this year's New York City Wine & Food Festival. There's going to be cronut mastermind Dominique Ansel, Blue Hill Farm's Dan Barber, Eleven Madison Park's Daniel Humm, Momofuku's David Chang, and the one and only Daniel Boulud. Plus chefs such as Alex Atala, Rick Bayless and John Besh are coming in from elsewhere in the world. for tastings, seminars, dinners, and whatnot.

Isthmus Food & Wine Festival
When: October 18 — October 19, 2013
Where: Madison, WI
What: Chefs and artisans in Madison, WI, are coming together in October for the two-day Isthmus Food & Wine Festival. Themes of the festival events include theatrical bartending, a mac & cheese smackdown, weird vegetables, and more, while exhibitors will be on hand with all kinds of food and drink samples.

Snallygaster
When: October 19, 2013
Where: Washington, DC
What: Billed as a "gargantuan beer jamboree" and "an epic day of inimitable imbibery and monstrous merriment," the second annual Snallygaster is hosted by DC's popular Neighborhood Restaurant Group. It features more than 150 craft beers with an emphasis on Oktoberfest, German-style beers, rare beers, cask ales, and brews from the group's own forthcoming Bluejacket Brewery.

Bid Against Hunger
When: October 22, 2013
Where: New York, NY
What: For one night only, more than 70 New York City restaurants will come together to offer small bites in support of City Harvest's Bid Against Hunger. Restaurants include Frankies 570 Spuntino, Pok Pok NY, Gramercy Tavern, Atera, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Sullivan St Bakery, Blue Hill, ACME, and more.

NYC Food Film Festival
When: October 23 — October 27, 2013
Where: New York, NY
What: October also brings the return of the seventh annual NYC Food Film Festival, where film screenings are complemented by food and booze. Events include a screening of The Kings of BBBQ: Barbecue Kuwait with a "brisket feast" from various pitmasters, and an Indian food feast with a lassi bar at the screening of Himself He Cooks.

Taste of Atlanta
When: October 25 — October 27, 2013
Where: Atlanta, GA
What: Big name Atlanta chefs such as Ron Eyester, Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie, and more will be leading the Taste of Atlanta with tastings from more than 90 local restaurants. There'll also be various cooking demos as well as a tournament pitting Atlanta bartenders against one another.

Cook It Raw BBQ Perspectives
When: October 26, 2013
Where: Charleston, SC
What: Cook It Raw hosts its first-ever public event this year in Charleston, South Carolina with some help from chef Sean Brock. BBQ Perspectives features more than 40 local and international chefs using ingredients native to the region in order to celebrate Low Country barbecue. Chefs include Albert Adria, Ben Shewry, Alex Stupak, April Bloomfield, Dan Barber, Enrique Olvera, James Lowe, Mike Lata, and more. It is BYO-Plate, so be warned.

Life is Beautiful Festival
When: October 26 - October 27, 2013
Where: Las Vegas, NV
What: When the Life is Beautiful Festival hits Vegas in October, chefs such as Scott Conant, Jonathan Waxman, Hubert Keller, Cat Cora, Rick Moonen, Donald Link, Tom Colicchio, Paul Bartolotta, Charlie Palmer, Nancy Silverton, and more will be there for the first-ever edition of this two-day celebration "of how beautiful life truly is." There's also an art component and a pretty badass musical lineup including The Killers, Beck, Passion Pit, and Jurassic 5.

Looking Ahead:

Meatopia
When: November 2 — November 3, 2013
Where: San Antonio, TX
What: Josh Ozersky's annual festival devoted to all things meat makes its way to Texas for the first time with a stop in San Antonio. Chefs from across Texas and beyond — such as Paul Qui, Tim Byres, Chris Shepherd, Ford Fry, John Tesar, and Rene Ortiz — will all be there serving up insane amounts of meat to the carnivorous public.

Semana Mesa SP
When: November 4 — November 8, 2013
Where: Sao Paulo, Brazil
What: Semana Mesa SP returns to Brazil in November with a killer line-up of international chefs on hand to explore gastronomy and its many influences. Participating chefs include Massimo Bottura, Claude and Thomas Troisgros, Magnus Nilsson, Alex Atala, and this year's theme is a nod to the ancestry of food.

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