Make sure to bring along your appetite

Judges at the National BBQ Festival dig into some ribs. The festival is held in Georgia in early November. Judges at the National BBQ Festival dig into some ribs. The festival is held in Georgia in early November. (National Bbq Festival)
By Patricia Harris and David Lyon
Globe Correspondents / October 10, 2010

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NOV. 5-6


National BBQ Festival: By November, most Yankees stash their grills in the garage behind the snowblowers, but farther south the coals of barbecue season have achieved a perfect ash. The National BBQ News invites the top 10 teams from each of the national sanctioning organizations to this smokeout with $60,000 in prizes. A $5 admission fee earns you either a souvenir racing pig (like a rubber ducky) or five tasting tickets to sample pulled pork. Keep the pig or enter it to race down a sluice through a faux swamp. In addition to barbecue competitions and the pig races, prizes are awarded for best pecan, sweet potato, and apple pies. Waycross Exchange Fairgrounds, 800-385-0002,

NOV. 5-6


47th Annual Florida Seafood Festival: With its estuarine wildlife sanctuaries and active fishing fleet, Apalachicola is a charming spot on the self-anointed “Forgotten Coast’’ of Florida. The oldest maritime event in the state, the festival includes contests for shucking and eating oysters as well as hourly blue crab races for children under 12. (Those crabs can move.) The eating competition is especially fierce, as the winner usually guzzles at least 250 oysters in 15 minutes. Attendees who would rather pace themselves can purchase seafood meals on site. Battery Park, admission $5 (free on Friday), 888-653-8011,

NOV. 13-14


Orlando Food and Wine Fest: The city of Orlando often plays second fiddle to the destination theme parks in its midst. But for two days, downtown claims the spotlight with this food and wine extravaganza featuring treats from three dozen local restaurants and a series of cooking demonstrations. Quaff Shock Top Belgian White Beer while watching a football game at the Sports Bar or sip Korbel champagne while listening to the contemporary jazz of the Fourplay quartet. Robinson Street, between Rosalind and Summerlin, weekend pass $15 until Nov. 12, $15 per day at the gate, www.orlando

NOV. 19-20


Clayoquot Oyster Festival: Oyster farmers on the western edge of North America raise Miyagi oysters, a Pacific species quite different from East Coast oysters. Growers harvest about 50,000 gallons just from Clayoquot Bay, and this festival celebrates that bivalve with educational and cooking seminars, the Mermaid’s Ball costume party, and the Oyster Gala grand finale dinner and dance. The festival takes place whatever the weather, which can be wild. Many people visit Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island in November just to watch giant storms roll in off the Pacific. 250-725-4222,


DEC. 3-5


Foodies Christmas Festival: Mulled cider and Christmas carols set the mood for a two-day expo of master classes in everything from chocolate tasting to cocktail mixing along with cooking demonstrations by some of Scotland’s top chefs. More than 100 booths — many plying attendees with samples — display specialty food and drink perfect for foodie holiday gifts. Assembly Rooms, 54 George St., admission $16 each day, 011-44-871-230-5573,


Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; check online. Patricia Harris and David Lyon can be reached at Read their food and travel blog at