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Fall food festivals worth leaving NYC for

New York City may be the dining capital of the world, but that doesn't mean you can't seek culinary pleasures elsewhere. Over the next few weeks, your stomach may compel you to hop on Metro-North for Hudson Valley's own restaurant week, head out to the North Fork to experience all that the wineries have to offer, saddle up next to celebrity chefs in Atlantic City or head south to South Carolina for not one but two food festivals. Dig in!

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week | Nov. 3-16 | Hudson Valley region

Here’s some incentive to explore the Hudson Valley
Photo Credit: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Here’s some incentive to explore the Hudson Valley culinary scene. The two-week dining deal features around 200 restaurants, spread out across 114 miles and seven counties — a majority near Metro-North stations, too — offering three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95. Many prix fixe menus will feature local produce, too, such as Mill House Brewing Company’s roasted butternut squash soup with candied pecans and pomegranate molasses. Hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com.

Street Eats | Nov. 8 | Atlantic City, New Jersey

At this star-studded culinary affair at the Borgata
Photo Credit: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

At this star-studded culinary affair at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Geoffrey Zakarian, Michael Schulson, Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, Thaddeus DuBois and more will serve up eats at more than 20 stations. The food fest will also feature music, games and cooking demos from Flay and Puck. (Make a trip out of it with Savor Borgata Weekend, featuring chef-prepared dinners, culinary demonstrations, classes and more from Nov. 7-8, leading up to Street Eats.) $89; 8-10 p.m., TheBorgata.com.

Taste North Fork | Nov. 8-9 | North Fork, Long Island

Hop around the East End with this Veteran’s
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Hop around the East End with this Veteran’s Day weekend promotion, featuring tastings, events, live music and discounts at wineries on the North Fork. To make it easy to get from one vineyard to the next, there’ll even be a free shuttle service connecting wineries and the region’s hamlets, as well as the Long Island Rail Road station in Mattituck, running from noon-5:30 p.m. You can also take advantage of special offers at hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants and shops. Liwines.com

Music to Your Mouth | Nov. 18-23 | Palmetto, South Carolina

Celebrate Lowcountry at this Southern food extravaganza that
Photo Credit: Music to Your Mouth

Celebrate Lowcountry at this Southern food extravaganza that celebrates chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers and artisans. There’ll be bourbon tastings on a boat, a Hair of the Dog 5K — culminating with a well-earned Bloody Mary — cooking classes exploring the foods of Tennessee and Louisiana, an oyster roast, culinary festival, tailgating party and dinner prepared by James Beard award winners. Various prices, Musictoyourmouth.com

Garden & Gun Jubilee | Dec. 5-7 | Charleston, South Carolina

Here’s another Southern-style bash in South Carolina —
Photo Credit: Scott's Bar-B-Que

Here’s another Southern-style bash in South Carolina — this time in Charleston. Thrown by “Garden & Gun,” the magazine that specializes in all things Southern, the charming, outdoor festival will feature three days of food, as well as music, art, shopping and sporting at the Charles Towne Landing state park. This includes plenty of food trucks, an oyster roast, biscuit breakfast, book signings and even an afternoon quail hunt. $85 day pass-$250 3-day pass; Gardenandgunjubilee.com

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