Cherries are at the center of a summer festival in Michigan. ©eAlisa/

Cherries are at the center of a summer festival in Michigan.

(Relaxnews) – Cherry lovers, cheese fiends and garlic hounds may want to take note of summer food festivals that cater precisely to their taste buds — though not all at once.

Editors over at Lonely Planet have come up with a list of what they’re calling the best US food festivals this summer, a list that spans the country and foods.

Here are a few highlights:

National Cherry Festival, Traverse City, Michigan
July 5-12
Known as the cherry capital of the world, for eight days Traverse City becomes one giant cherry pit (pun intended), with cherry pie-eating contests, pit spitting contests, music, entertainment and a smorgasbord of foods made with this summer fruit.

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, Shelburne, Vermont
July 20
As the state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita in the US, Vermont’s festival celebrates local artisanal cheese with wine and beer pairings. One interesting cooking workshop to look out for? Cooking with chocolate and cheese.

Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy, California
July 25-27
No need to worry about garlic breath at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, where everyone is tucking into garlic everything, including garlic ice cream. Some of the most anticipated events include a garlic recipe contest and cook-off.

Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine
July 30 – August 3
Lobster lovers, get your bib on. At the Maine food festival, food vendors sell lobster rolls, lobster wraps, lobster salads and whole lobster dinners that come with the only accoutrement one needs: butter. Early visitors can also partake in all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts, while aspiring chefs can try for lobster glory with a cooking contest.

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