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Spring is in the air, and so are the delicious aromas of “fair food.” From the spicy Cajun seasoning used to flavor mountains of crawfish to the tanginess of sauces that will make you crow over wings to the quintessential Memphis scent of barbecue, festivals and fairs are taking turns tantalizing your taste buds.

What would these events be without their signature cuisines? The fact is, many of these festivals are named for their culinary delights. We’ve already had at least three crawfish festivals this spring, a new-to-town Vintage 901 Festival, the Binghamton-based Kaleidoscope Food Festival, a Memphis Brewfest, a Memphis Veg Fest, and the 15th annual Southern Hot Wing Festival. Perennial favorites on tap for May include the Memphis Greek Fest and the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. In mid-May, the Midsouth Food Truck Festival is slated to fill the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium with one of the largest assortments of food trucks to convene in one location. Also, in June the Italian Festival and the Margarita Festival will come to town.

In addition to the chance to munch on some fantastic chow, these festivals offer a showcase for something else that is continuing to put Memphis on the map — our local chefs and their outstanding culinary talents. With live music from local talent in the mix, it all adds up to plenty of options for family fun.

And for a true salute to all things Memphis, head down to Tom Lee Park at the end of the month for the 901Fest. As this year’s Memphis in May International Festival comes to a close, there will be a one-day festival incorporating live local entertainment on multiple stages, local area artists, local food and beverages, an airshow, and a 901-themed Fireworks Finale.

Mark your calendars now and plan to sample some of what makes Memphis such a great place— there’s sure to be something to suit your taste!



Emily Adams Keplinger