Once you're ready, here's the skinny on what to do next before the fest.
We asked veteran food-and-wine festival denizens for advice, tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your festival experience.
Here are the top five ways to party like the pro foodies do:
5. Review the festival line-up.
Make a schedule of what you want to see, as well as top vendors exhibits you want to visit.
4. Bring a pen.
Taking notes is key to absorbing all of the new information you'll be getting. There's nothing worse than getting home afterwards and not remembering a cheese or a wine you discovered and loved.
3. Pace yourself.
Food and wine festivals are not races. Slow it down and don't rush. Engaging with the flavors and sensations of exceptional foods and drinks takes time. The producers took time and care in making their products, so take time to appreciate them. You'll have a better, less frenzied experience, and won't feel exhausted or overwhelmed.
2. It's not about getting soused.
There is nothing wrong with spitting the wine or liquor you are tasting into the provided spittoons. In fact, over-consumption hinders your tasting, talking, and savoring experience. The festival is for exploring new things and reveling in the glorious pleasures of what food and drink offer. Be sure to stay hydrated with water to balance your salt and alcohol intake.>
1. Engage with chefs, winemakers, artisan producers, other guests and festival visitors.
The most memorable moments won't necessarily be something you consume, they'll often be a result of the people you meet. One great conversation can enrich and alter how you approach food and drink forever after.