September 2016 Must Go Award Winners

August 30 2016

The Top Food and Drink Festivals in America

The Must Go Award was created by SpinGo to identify and recognize the top events in the United States before they occur. Each month, SpinGo sorts through thousands of events and recognizes the Must Go Award recognizes 10 of the best and most anticipated events in the United States that will provide outstanding experiences to attendees.

These selections are made by analyzing ratings, reviews, and social influence, as well as through the guidance of SpinGo’s event experts. There is no correlation between the position of the names on the list and award ranking. All ten events win the award.

September 2016 Must Go Award Winners:

​The Winners

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

September 16 - 18

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - Must Go Award September

Every September, downtown Cincinnati turns into the nation’s largest Oktoberfest celebration, drawing in a crowd of 500,000. The celebration kicks off with the annual running of the Wieners, 100 dachshunds donned in hot dog bun costumes race down the street to be crowned the champion. There is plenty of food and drink to keep the foodie satisfied and entertained the entire weekend from Beer Stein Races and Beer Barrel Rolls to dancing in the world’s largest chicken dance.

Feast Portland

September 15 - 18

Feast Portland - Must Go Award September 2016


One of the newest food festivals to arrive on the scene celebrating it’s 5th annual event, Feast Portland has certainly entered with a splash. Feast Portland is more than just a food and drink festival, though, it’s a movement that showcases the energy, creativity and enthusiasm that’s driving America’s food revolution while celebrating the culinary world’s most inspiring places: Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Foodies can participate in one-of-a-kind large-scale events featuring trendsetting chefs from around the country, to intimate hands-on classes, collaborative dinners, and panels. Feast Portland offers some of the most compelling experiences and original programming in the modern food festival conversation.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

September 2 - 4

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Must Go Award September 2016


California is famous for producing some of the finest wine and cuisine in the world, and Sonoma Wine Country Weekend gives you an intimate experience with the people who grow and prepare it. For three days, you’ll rub shoulders established and up-and-coming with winegrowers, winemakers, and chefs - and where all proceeds go to support local Sonoma charities. Since its inception, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has raised over $20 million for charities that benefit students, children, farm workers, and people in need.

Life is Beautiful Festival

September 23 - 25

Life Is Beautiful Festival Must Go Award September 2016


While being traditionally known as a music festival, Life is Beautiful incorporates music, art, ideas, and taste into a one-of-a-kind weekend experience. Located in downtown Las Vegas, the Life is Beautiful festival features some of the best food trucks and restaurants from around the nation, including Cousin’s Maine Lobster, NOBU, and Donut Bar. The festival offers so much more than just food, but is also a foodies paradise. What would any experience in Las Vegas be without great food and drink playing a complementary role? Wherever you are at the festival, there’s always something delicious to discover.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

September 12 - 18

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Must Go Award September 2016


Since 1776, the year America became an independent nation, the people of Bardstown, Kentucky have been making bourbon. Their dedication to the art of distilling eventually gave Bardstown the title of Bourbon Capital of the World, a title the city still holds to this day. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival gives you six full days of smooth bourbon, delicious food, great entertainment, and a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure. From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. There isn’t a better festival in the world for bourbon lovers.

Music City Food and Wine Festival

September 17 - 18

Music City Food and Wine Festival - Must Go Award


Nothing pairs together more perfectly than food and music, making Music City the perfect destination for a food and wine festival. The brainchild of Grammy award-winning artists Kings of Leon, world renowned chef Jonathan Waxman, and the producer of Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza, Music City Food and Wine Festival brings together world-class chefs and award-winning artists to Nashville. With an established food scene, you’ll experience hundreds of artisanal foods, wines, beers, and spirits while mingling with chefs and learning proven kitchen secrets.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

September 14 - November 14

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival


Epcot is known for magically transporting visitors to exotic countries around the world all within the same park. Each year, starting in September, Epcot hosts the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to celebrate global cuisines, music, and more. More than 30 global marketplaces around the park can give you a taste of world, all within the same day. Enjoy the tastes of the United Kingdom, China, Norway, Africa, Japan, Polynesia, Greece, Patagonia, Australia, and more.

Mount Angel Oktoberfest

September 15 - 18

Mount Angel Oktoberfest


Located in the heart of Oregon’s hop growing region, Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest bring 350,000 people to the small Bavarian village of Mount Angel, Oregon every September. Foodies will enjoy brats, sauerkraut, sausage, and of course, endless mugs of beer. There is entertainment for everyone including a 5k fun run, arts and crafts, car show, and weiner dog races!

Taste of Charleston

September 23 - 25

Taste of Charleston

September 23 - 25

The Lowcountry culinary event of the year, The Taste of Charleston, features 50 favorite casual and fine dining restaurants serving sample size portions. The three day event is hosted at the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation and will go on rain or shine. The festival features a specialty and imported beer tasting tent, live music, and the legendary “Waiters’ Race” where waiters must complete an obstacle and perform tasks while making sure not to spill anything from their tray.

Neptune’s Annual Wine Festival

September 17 - 18

Neptune's Fall Wine Festival - Must Go Award September 2016


Feel the warm ocean breeze and relax to the sound of the crashing waves as you enjoy chardonnays, merlots, rieslings, and more from Virginia’s leading vineyards. Mix and mingle with the vintners and winemakers and enjoy the delicious food, live entertainment, and opportunity to purchase the wines you like by the bottle and case.