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A Summer of Eating and Drinking

Take a tasting tour of the Canyon County wineries

If Idaho doesn't seem like wine country, spend a weekend afternoon trying to hit all the tasting rooms at the wineries just outside of Boise and you'll be a believer.

Hit a Food Truck Rally

Gourmet food from a mobile eatery seems even better when the weather is warm and you're surrounded by like-minded eaters.

Explore multiple farmers markets

Capital City Farmers Market,

East End Market,

Meridian Farmers Market,

Eagle Saturday Market,

Fresh food, veggies and season-long people watching.

Drink a pitcher of mojitos on the patio at Bardenay in Eagle

There are worse ways to spend an afternoon than on the shaded riverside patio with a big-old pitcher of something so refreshing.

Picnic on the banks of the Boise River

Nothing seems quite so summer as a casual nosh while watching the river rafters float by.

Tropical drinks on the rooftop patio at Reef

How many excuses do you need for a giant fruity drink in a tiki mug?

Brunch before/during the Farmers Marketto people-watch along Eighth Street

A perfectly warm morning on a patio with great food and a parade of entertainment.

Savor Idaho

Sunday, June 10

When Idaho wineries and restaurants team up for an afternoon outdoors, nobody loses.

Duck into Grainey's Basement on Sunday to cool down with cheap beers

109 S. Sixth St.

Cold, cheap beer in a subterranean hideaway.

Feast on fair food at the Western Idaho Fair

Friday, Aug. 17- Sunday, Aug. 26

Corndogs, burgers, ice cream and churros might not fit with the whole locavore movement, but sometimes you just need one ... or two.

Try out the summer brews at every local brewery

10 Barrel Brewing Company, (opening summer 2012)

Crooked Fence Brewing Company,

Highlands Hollow Brewhouse,

Payette Brewing Company,

Sockeye Brewery,

TableRock Brew Pub,

Are you up to the challenge?

Eat a snowcone

Act like a kid and love every second of it.

San Ignazio Festival

Friday, July 27- Sunday, July 29

Head to Boise's Basque Block and let the Basques show you how to party with plenty of food, music and drinks.

Soul Food Extravaganza

Saturday, Aug. 4

Thousands come out to Julia Davis Park each year for the chance to get their fill of some true Southern-style comfort food.

Deli Days

Thursday, June 21-Friday, June 22

Get in line to get your fix of traditional Jewish deli-style favorites. Come hungry.