When the leaves start turning colors, and the air begins to crisp, you know that autumn has arrived. Warming up with apple cider or squash soup is nice, but what if you want a different type of culinary experience this Fall? Food festivals are popping up all over the country right in time for Fall. Make sure not to miss these.
The Arkansas Cornbread Festival – October 21
If you get overwhelmed by huge crowds and enjoy the savory goodness of cornbread, this festival is for you. Only a few thousand people come through each year, giving you ample space to celebrate. Think you have the secret cornbread recipe? Enter the cornbread contest and see how the judges feel.
Beignet Fest in Lousiana – October 7
Where else but New Orleans could host a beignet festival? The small festival hosts about a dozen vendors serving up their finest deep fried pastries. Not only will you find classic beignet’s like the ones from Cafe Du Monde, but also cheese-filled beignets and seafood-style beignets. Enjoy your fried bites with the all-day sounds of New Orleans brass bands.
Fall For Greenville (South Carolina) – October 13 – 15
Less specific as the ones listed above, Fall for Greenville is a full festival of food, drinks, and music. There are plenty of events for kids, as well as cooking demonstrations for the adults. More than 40 restaurants are expected to participate in the festival as over 200,000 people come through their stands looking for high-quality grub. The music lineup is headlined by Lee Fields & the Expressions, and J Roddy Walston & The Business.
Eagle River Cranberry Fest (Wisconsin) – October 7 and 8
Cranberries do not need to sit around until Thanksgiving. At Eagle River Cranberry Fest, organizers believe that 10,000 pounds of cranberries will be sold during the festival. In addition, cranberry everything is sold on-site from baked goods to brats, beer, and the world’s largest cranberry cheesecake.