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South DakotaCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

Just like its diverse landscape, South Dakota offers visitors a variety of choices when it comes to dining. From foods that honor our heritage—German, Dutch and Native American—to modern-day menus and restaurant chains, you’re sure to please the palate of every foodie. Experience a taste of South Dakota at a local eatery, fine dining establishment or classic Main Street café.

— South Dakota Cooking Schools —

Curry Masala
Rapid City 605-716-7788
Join us for an enchanting afternoon of exclusive Indian culinary experiences. Learn how to prepare mildly spiced rice, roti bread and curries. Learn about different spices and how to use them. We have limited seats, and schedules vary, so call for upcoming classes.
Sanaa’s Gourmet Mediterranean
Sioux Falls 605-275-2516
Sanaa offers Mediterranean cooking classes for small groups — these short, one-night events are designed to introduce people to healthy food preparation techniques and also expose others to the joy of preparing and sharing a meal with friends
Someone’s In The Kitchen
Rapid City 605-341-5044
Someone's In The Kitchen offers seasonal cooking classes in the fall, winter and spring. Our chefs come to us from popular Rapid City and Black Hills restaurants, through referral from outstanding local gourmands, and occasionally we bring in outside visiting chefs.

Taste What's Happening!

Argus Leader RibFest

Sioux Falls
5/28/2015 - 5/31/2015
Features award-winning bar-b-que vendors from across the country, national and local concerts, and fun for the kids.

Original South Dakota BBQ Championships

6/5/2015 - 6/6/2015
Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned. Also a Peoples Choice Backyard BBQ Competition and Chili Challenge

Dairy Fest

6/5/2015 - 6/6/2015
The Got Milk Gala, 5K Run, Central Plains Holstein Show, Carnival, Open House Discussion, Dairy Farm Tours.

Rockin' RibFest

Spend a day in Yankton, listen to a Classic Rock Concert, savor every bite of mouth-watering ribs, and check out the Amateur Rib Competition!

Art and Wine Festival at Main Street Square

Rapid City
Sample wine as you browse art from more than 50 local and regional artists. Enjoy live artistic performances, music and activities for kids

Cookin' on Kampeska: Wing Fling & BBQ Thing

7/17/2015 - 7/18/2015
The successful family friendly event will feature a State Championship Kansas City BBQ Society competition.

Strawbale Winery Folk Off

7/24/2015 - 7/25/2015
Music, Wine, Beer, and a beautiful country setting.

Annual Clark Potato Day

Entertainment, parades, potato sack races, recipe contests, potato sculptures, craft market, dance band at night and many more events.

Downtown Riverfest

Sioux Falls
Enjoy music, art and food at this new downtown event that embraces the beauty of the Big Sioux.

Wing & Brew Festival

Celebrate the best of summer, sampling craft brews and a dynamite wing eating contest.

Great Dakota Wine Festival

8/29/2015 - 8/30/2015
Includes wine tastings from South Dakota wineries, grape stomping, live music, cooking demonstrations, and amateur wine making competition.

Flavor Days

9/4/2015 - 9/6/2015
Indulge in treats prepared by innovative chefs and bakers while enjoying beverages ranging from smoothies to ice cold beer.

Beer Train

Hill City
Enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful Black Hills on the 1880 Train while sampling different beer selections.

Ribs, Rods & Rock 'n Roll

9/11/2015 - 9/12/2015
World class BBQ ribs, food vendors, arts & crafts, street dance, beer garden, music fest, State BBQ Championship cook-off, & more!

1880 Train Wine Express

Hill City
This is your chance to enjoy a memorable experience on the 1880 Train during our Wine Express.

German-Russian Schmeckfest

9/18/2015 - 9/20/2015
Musical entertainment, German food, parade, vintage car, tractor & motorcycle show, pioneer demos, German church service, and antique tractor pull.

NESD Celtic Faire and Games

9/19/2015 - 9/20/2015
Sporting events, agricultural events, storytelling, dance & music, promoting Celtic culture and it's impact on our American society.

Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival

9/25/2015 - 9/27/2015
Taste the best chili in the Northern Plains during Custer State Park's Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival.


Rapid City
Microbrew tasting, homebrew sampling, homebrew contest, polka music provided by the Barry Boyce Polka Band and more

Sisseton Lighted Parade & Chili Cook-Off

Lighted parade and cooks competing for prizes in the Chili Cook-Off
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