Dump the diet. There's too much organized eating to do this summer.

Food festivals, after all, are necessary for cultural enrichment. They allow nibbling without commitment, and strolls between stands burn off what you eat. Well, maybe a little.

Create your own food fest if ready-made is not your preference; remember that the local and state extension services publish listings of pick-your-owns and farmers' markets. Or for eating inside, local tourist bureaus and chambers of commerce are goldmines of listings and brochures for on-the-way restaurants or hidden country inns. And if eating is simply out of the question, at least you can look at food. Cooks compete and display everything from candied grapefruit peels to peanut butter pinwheels at county and state agricultural fairs.

The following is a list of area food festivals over the next three months. Tack it on the refrigerator. Slender summers are no fun.

TODAY

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR. There are 12 countries to choose from. Foundry Mall, Georgetown. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 862-1328.

JUNE

5 -- WATERFRONT CHOW DOWN. A spread from Alexandria's restaurants, as part of a whole weekend of waterfront activities. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Waterfront and Founders Parks, Alexandria. 549-0205.

5, 6 -- GRAPE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL. Tours, hayrides and a barbecued chicken dinner. Byrd Vineyards, Myersville, Md. 301/293-1110.

5, 6 -- LITHUANIAN FESTIVAL. The first orgy of Baltimore's summer-long eating schedule. Noon to 8 p.m. Center Plaza, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

5, 6 -- MARYLAND STRAWBERRY WINE FESTIVAL. A new wine, plus beekeepers and their honey. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Berrywine Plantation, 13601 Glisans Mill Rd., Mt. Airy, Md. 301/662-8687.

6-Aug. 26 -- LUNCH BUNCH CONCERT SERIES. Here you bring the food, they provide the music. Every Wednesday at 12:15. Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. 838-4343.

9 -- VIRGINIA PORK FESTIVAL. In celebration of the swine. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Greensville County Ruritan Club Grounds, Emporia, Va.

11, 12 -- DELMARVA CHICKEN FESTIVAL. The pick of the chicks. Noon to 8 p.m., 10 to 8 p.m. Easton, Md. 301/856-2971.

11, 12, 13 -- MOUNTAIN HERITAGE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL. Down-home activities including apple-butter making. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Near Harper's Ferry, W. Va. 800/624-0577.

11, 12, 13, 14 -- HARBORFEST. Norfolk serves up everything from seafood to soulfood for its 300-year birthday. Towne Point and Freemason Harbor, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. 804/441-5266.

12 -- CELTIC SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL. Another Baltimore fest. Noon to 8 p.m., Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

13 -- FEAST OF ST. ANTHONY. Italian treats like mamma makes. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Little Italy, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

13 -- CHILDREN'S DAY. Bring your own picnic for this celebration of children. 1 p.m. Washington Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves. NW. Sponsored by the Children's Defense Fund, 483-1470.

19 -- FILIPINO FESTIVAL. Noon to 8 p.m., Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

19 -- MIDDLE EASTERN FESTIVAL. Get those grape leaves. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. 549-0205.

19 -- GARRETT COUNTY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL. Fish feast. Bradford Recreation Area, Mountain Lake Park, Md. 301/334-3888.

19-20 -- POLISH FESTIVAL. Noon to 8 p.m., Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

24-25 -- TASTE OF THE TOWN. Lots of samples from area restaurants. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sheraton Washington Hotel, Connecticut Ave. and Woodley Rd. NW. 548-4034.

24 to 28 -- 1982 FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FOLKLIFE. Food of Oklahoma and Korea. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Mall. 287-3424.

26-27 -- ESTONIAN FESTIVAL. Noon to 8 p.m. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

27 -- VICTORIAN WEDDING RECEPTION. Period punch and wedding cake. Noon to 4 p.m., Surratt House, Clinton, Md. 301/868-1121.

JULY

1 to 5 -- 1982 FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FOLKLIFE. More food from Oklahoma and Korea. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Mall. 287-3424.

3 to 11 -- KUTZTOWN FOLK FESTIVAL. Pennsylvania Dutch delicacies worth the drive. College Blvd. and Vine St., Kutztown, Pa. 215/566-2020.

4 -- 19th-CENTURY CRAFT DAYS. See how they did without supermarkets. The farm at New Market Battlefield Park, New Market, Va. 603/740-3101.

4 -- PIE-EATING CONTEST. Among other games and events. 9 a.m. Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Rehoboth, De. 302/227-2233.

9, 10, 11 -- GREEK FESTIVAL. Noon to 8 p.m. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

10 -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AMERICA AND ALEXANDRIA. A week late, but American food in its full glory. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. 549-0205.

10, 11 -- MUSIC, CANDLELIGHT AND CHAMPAGNE. At Woodlawn Plantation. Bring a picnic. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 9000 Richmond Hwy., Mt. Vernon, Va. 557-7881.

10, 11 -- IRISH FESTIVAL. More than potatoes. Noon to 8 p.m., Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

10, 11 -- BASTILLE DAY AT GEORGETOWN PARK. Food for francophiles. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., noon to 6 p.m. 3222 M St. NW. 342-8190.

14 -- BASTILLE DAY AT DOMINIQUE'S. Waiters and waitresses balance running and champagne glasses. Buy your own Chipwiches and watch. Noon. 1900 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 452-1126.

14 -- BASTILLE DAY IN REHOBOTH. Beach waiters and waitresses do the same. Chez La Mer restaurant, Wilmington and 2nd Sts. Rehoboth Beach, De. 302/227-2233.

14 -- J. MILLARD TAWES CRAB & CLAM BAKE. Crisfield, Md. 301/968-1500.

16, 17, 18 -- AFRAM FESTIVAL. Noon to 8 p.m. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

17, 18 -- INDIA DAYS FESTIVAL. Curry up. Noon to 8 p.m. Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

24 -- KOREAN FESTIVAL. For the love of bulgogi. Noon to 8 p.m. Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

24, 25 -- NINTH ANNUAL SCOTTISH GAMES. A highland fling with food to match. 3900 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. After July 1, 549-SCOT.

23 to 31 -- DELAWARE STATE FAIR. Homemade-ice-cream-making contest, chicken-flying meet, the usual state fair culinary prizes and surprises. Fairgrounds, Harrington, De. 302/398-3269.

30, 31, Aug. 1 -- ITALIAN FESTIVAL. Pasta for the masses. Noon to 8 p.m. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

31, Aug.1 -- ADAMS-MORGAN HISPANIC FESTIVAL. The street-long affair. Columbia Rd. NW. 483-1140.

AUGUST

7 -- OLD FASHIONED CORN ROAST. All you can eat. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Union Mills, Westminster, Md. 301/848-2288.

7, 8 -- WEST INDIES FESTIVAL. Island hopping up I-95. Noon to 8 p.m., Center Plaza and Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

14 -- HAVRE DE GRACE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL. Crabs, clams and oysters in all their guises. Noon to 5 p.m. Tydings Park at south end of Union Ave., Havre de Grace, Md. 301/838-2020.

14 -- FLEA MARKET AND CHICKEN FRY. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster, Md. 301/848-4500.

14, 15 -- HISPANIC FESTIVAL. Black beans and rice in case you missed Adams-Morgan's. Noon to 8 p.m. Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

14, 15, 16 -- FOURTH ANNUAL HILLBILLY CHILI COOK-0FF. For cooks and fans. Winner goes to the world championship. Snowshoe Resort, Snowshoe, W. Va. 304/799-6600.

20, 21, 22 -- GERMAN FESTIVAL. Hope there's proper German beer to wash it down. Noon to 8 p.m. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

22 -- ASIAN FESTIVAL. Cross-continental. Noon to 8 p.m., Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

11, 25 -- SIXTH ANNUAL TAVERN DAYS. Eighteenth-century tavern life, includes food (biscuits and switchel) and drink (molasses, cider and vinegar). Gadsby's Tavern, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 838-4242.

27, 28, 29 -- AMERICAN INDIAN FESTIVAL. Our food roots. Noon to 8 p.m., Inner Harbor, Baltimore.

28 -- MIDDLEBURG WINE FESTIVAL. Drink up. This $10 tour includes five vineyards and lunch. Middleburg Wine Festival, Box 172, The Plains, Va. 22171.

28 -- GREEK FESTIVAL. It's all Greek for you. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. 549-0205.

28, 29 -- UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL. Noon to 8 p.m. Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.

29 -- ST. GABRIEL'S FESTIVAL. Little Italy gets bigger. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Little Italy, Baltimore. 301/752-8632.