Trending: Five Getaways with Local Food Festivals that are Worth the Trip

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Three Festivals to Choose From in St. Lucia

The Anse Chastanet resort in St. Lucia has three food festivals planned for this year. In June, the resort turns into a mango lover’s paradise. During its Mango Madness Festival, guests experience interactive classes on cooking and mixology, a five-course mango-themed dinner and many other opportunities to taste the exotic flavors of different mango varieties.

October, on the other hand, is all about spices, including a tour of the resort’s new spice garden and cocktails spiced with nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and cloves. The resort’s culinary team offers a special five-course menu for the event featuring local spices, and an interactive beach tandoori cooking class. Guests can also take part in a hands-on spice blending class and take home their favorite mixtures. In December, at the Discover Chocolate Festival, guests get the true “bean to bar” experience, starting with a tour of Emerald Farm, where more than 2,000 cocoa trees are carefully tended. Tour guides teach guests how the beans are harvested, dried, roasted and turned into chocolate.

An Island Food Festival Getaway in Hawaii

From Sept. 17 to 20, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, in Hawaii, will host a Chef Fest, with dinners, interactive cooking classes and tastings from prolific chefs like Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, in Portland, Ore., and New York, and Michael Cimarusti of Providence in Los Angeles.

Southern Food and Hospitality in Georgia

The food festival at Sea Island resort, in Georgia, is called Southern Grown; the event, held over Labor Day, celebrates Southern cuisine and local music through dinners, concerts, cooking demonstrations and a marketplace. Though this year’s lineup is still in the works, last year’s event included the James Beard Award winner Mike Lata, of FIG Restaurant in Charleston, and the Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins.

Celebrity Chefs and Great Eats in Atlantic City

Though the hotel food festival trend is recent, a handful have been around for several years: Borgata Hotel Casino Spa, in Atlantic City, N.J., will host its 11th annual Savor Borgata in early November. The event is known for its roster of celebrity chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Geoffrey Zakarian.