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Kick off autumn with food festivals in Nashville, Boston, and Philly
This year's Nashville Southern Ground Festival will take place from Sept. 27-28 and will feature Zac Brown Band and their mobile kitchen.
Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for pumpkins, apple cider, and cinnamon flavors. These are our fall food festival picks to go to before sweater weather begins.
Philadelphia: StrEAT Food Festival, Sept. 21
Manayunk, Philadelphia will hold their food festival featuring food trucks and local eateries. Sammy Chon’s Koagie Truck puts a Korean spin on the classic hoagie with Korean BBQ bulgogi, chicken, spicy pork, or crispy fish on a bed of Korean sesame slaw in a sesame seed roll. The Dapper Dog is also known for their different spins on hot dogs, such as their The Mack hot dog, which is topped with macaroni and cheese.
Nashville: Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, Sept. 27-28
Besides bumping to the sounds of Zac Brown Band and Jason Mraz, you can indulge in southern staples and ZBB favorites at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival. Chicago’s Girl & the Goat will feature a “Sloppy Goat” sandwich, made with farm-raised goat meat topped with rosemary slaw and served on a baked roll. Zac Brown’s mobile kitchen Cookie will also make a debut featuring chef Rusty Hamlin’s jambalaya and chocolate peanut butter biscuit pudding.
Boston: Phantom Gourmet Food Festival, Sept. 29
Phantom Gourmet, a restaurant review guide native to New England, will be hosting their Food Festival and feature a culmination of some of their favorite restaurants. Angelina’s Pastry will have samples of their pumpkin bread, just in time for the beginning of autumn. Harrow’s Chicken Pies will feature their famous pies filled with chicken, carrots, potatoes, and their homemade gravy, as well as a selection of pickles courtesy of Grillo’s Pickles.
A family-owned business celebrating 55 years of serving West Tennessee, Brooks Shaw&rsquos Old Country Store will welcome guests back to its renowned buffet and salad bar with its new fall and winter menus beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m.!
Our staff will continue wearing masks and thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the dining and service areas throughout the day. Seating will remain at reduced capacity, and we will ask our guests to follow social distancing guidelines.
The Old Country Store has implemented additional safety precautions, including hand sanitizer stations throughout the restaurant and gloves available for guests who wish to use them while selecting items from the buffet and salad bar.
Cal Expo requested to remain available as a vaccination super site until the end of September postponing the 2021 CA State Fair
Dear Cal Expo & State Fair Fans:
Cal Expo was requested to remain available as a vaccination super site until the end of September, in an effort to vaccinate the public as well as help children to be prepared to return to school after the summer break. Extending the vaccination programs through September will result in a postponement of the 2021 CA State Fair from this July until perhaps later in the year. Cal Expo’s Board of Directors plan to discuss the possibility of presenting a modified “slimmed down” version of the State Fair later in the fall. View the full press release here.
The possibility of reopening Cal Expo as the region’s most attended event facility is exciting, but our immediate goal is to help all Californians cross the finish line and beat back COVID-19. To this end, we are currently using every resource at Cal Expo to help the Governor meet his goal of reopening the state’s economy by June 15. The more people we can vaccinate, the sooner our region and the State can reopen.
The Cal Expo & CA State Fair Team
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2019 CA State Fair & Food Festival.
We’re sad that the 2020 Fair has been canceled however, we are working hard to make a terrific 2021 CA State Fair & Food Festival!
We can’t wait for the next Fair to celebrate all of the amazing things California has to offer with you.
Just like you, it was our hope that by the end of April we would be ready to celebrate the tastes and sounds of all things cornbread. But in the interest of keeping our festival-goers, volunteers and community … Ещё safe, we feel it is necessary to postpone our April festival weekend. We will continue to monitor the situation and this summer will re-evaluate the possibility of open dates for later in the year.
So until we festival again, keep dreaming of all things cornbread!
The National Cornbread Festival
The National Cornbread Festival is just on the horizon. We are just as hopeful as you as we look to 2021! We dream of the smells and taste of cornbread and the sites and sounds of the music ringing through the … Ещё streets.
We are cautiously optimistic. And we take the welfare of all of our volunteers, citizens and festival attendees very seriously. We want to make the right decision and therefore are waiting until January before making our final decision regarding the 2021 festival. The landscape is changing daily and we must evaluate all of the developments. As soon as the decision is made, we will let you know! We appreciate you helping spread the word. Stay tuned. Stay safe. And have a happy and healthy holiday season!
Spring Wine Festivals
Wine and spring fever are a perfect pair! As the days begin to get longer and the weather starts to get warmer, spring is a great time to celebrate food and wine.
We’re sure you’ve heard of Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, but situated farther south, in between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you’ll find Paso Robles, the largest and most diverse wine region in all of California. Home to more than 200 wineries and 40,000 vineyard acres that grow more than 40 wine grape varietals, this is an area that is completely focused on premium wine production. From Blaufrankisch to Zinfandel, the wines are sophisticated, so you’re sure to find some of your favorite classics, but also some new non-traditional blends you might just fall in love with. Held downtown in a city park, more than 70 wineries gather for the “Grand Tasting.” From there, you can make your way beyond the park to wine seminars, BBQs, winemaker dinners, live music and more.
Every May for five days, this little island throws a big food and wine party. Nantucketeers have been hosting the event for 22 years, and have over 60 events – and that’s not including the individual restaurants on Nantucket that join in the fun and host their own events simultaneously. Rather than buying one ticket to the festival, tickets are sold individually for each event – and last year, they all sold out, so keep your eye on their website to make sure you don’t miss out on reserving your spot to your favorite event.
Among a few of the features that make this stand out from other wine and food festivals:
- The Junior Top Chef Competition for a grand prize of a $5,000 culinary scholarship
- The Great Wines and Grand Houses events that feature dinner and drinks in elegant, historic Nantucket homes with distinguished winemakers and chefs
- Individual tasting events for wines from through the United States and around the world
You’ll also find a hub of activity in the culinary tent. Taste food, watch cooking demonstrations and shop – you’re sure to see some of your favorite local, regional and national chefs, as well as some famous wine critics and authors.
One of the premier events in the Big Easy, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience has become an attraction for wine lovers, foodies and artists across the country. Over the course of the weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from over 1,000 wines from around the world. Seminar series will help you refine your palate, and the gala provides a memorable grand finale. But the real highlight of the festival is the Royal Street Stroll – an authentic New Orleans experience.
Think of this as your opportunity to be in a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade celebrating wine. Wine-themed costumes are encouraged as participants are led by the Krewe of Cork, a world-famous wine industry phenomenon, and winemakers as Grand Marshals. You’ll be able to walk in the parade, shop the galleries of Royal Street, drink your favorite wines and taste the local cuisine – all while listening to live jazz music. It truly is the quintessential New Orleans experience captured in a wine and food festival.
This particular celebration has been happening for over 25 years – and in that time, it has raised more than $1.2 million for local nonprofit organizations. Each year they announce the partnering organizations, so you have the opportunity to know which organization you helped with the purchase of your ticket. Where else can you parade around the French Quarter, drinking wine, indulging in the local cuisine and supporting a good cause?
5 Food Festivals We Can’t Wait To Try
With most of the nation in a deep freeze, it’s no wonder we’re spending these cold indoor days dreaming of outdoor festivals. From wine dinners with a side of golf in the Lowcountry to celebrity grill-masters throwing down in Texas, these five food events are enough to make us throw off the blankets and pack a bag. Ready or not, here our forks come.
Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival
In its 30th year, the seven-day Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival is shaping up to be the Lowcountry’s finest feast once again. This year’s excitement, spanning from March 9 to 15, features multiple celebrity chef dinners, author receptions, movie screenings, the signature Grand Tasting on the 18th lawn of Harbour Town Golf Links, and access to some of the premier golf courses in the south. If you’re looking for a place to stay, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Inn at Harbour Town is offering a complete two-night package that includes daily breakfast for two, tickets to the festival’s public tasting, complimentary valet parking, discounted green fees and more.
Taste & Savor at The Broadmoor
Though Colorado Springs may still have some snow on the ground come March, The Broadmoor’s Taste & Savor festival is sure to heat things up. From March 5 through 8, the Five-Star mountain retreat hosts its inaugural food festival, which will feature bites from acclaimed chefs (Curtis Duffy, Chicago’s Five-Star Grace), sips from renowned cocktail experts (Tony Abou-Ganim) and a little of both from Colorado’s own epicurean elite (Tyler Wiard, culinary director of Elway’s restaurants). This event, held against the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and paired with the Broadmoor’s legendary hospitality, will be one to remember.
Charleston Wine & Food
Every year during the first weekend of March, Marion Square in downtown Charleston transforms into a culinary village full of the nation’s best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists ready to tempt your taste buds. The impressive menu of guest toques at this year’s Charleston Wine & Food (March 4 through 8) includes Andrew Zimmerman (Chicago’s Sepia), Anne Quatrano (Atlanta’s Four-Star Bacchanalia), Justin Devillier (New Orleans’ famed La Petite Grocery) and Matt Bolus (Nashville’s 404 Kitchen), a 2014 James Beard nominee for Best New Restaurant. After you’ve had your serving of foodie fun, there won’t be any dismay about a long drive back to your hotel room either, not with Four-Star Belmond Charleston Place being just a half mile from the excitement and providing an event package (luxe room, breakfast, sparkling wine, valet parking) for guests.
Tennessee Whiskey Festival, Photo Courtesy of Tennessee Whiskey Festival LLC
Tennessee Whiskey Festival
In 2013, Chattanooga’s first Tennessee Whiskey Festival welcomed nearly 3,000 attendees, all ready to taste some of the region’s best sips. With general admission tickets and VIP all-access passes available, this year’s event (April 18) at the First Tennessee Pavilion is shaping up to be just as accommodating. The festival will feature many of the state’s renowned distillers like Whisper Creek and Chattanooga Whiskey, and will wash it all down with plenty of bluegrass music and complimentary savory bites. Proceeds will benefit the Tennessee Distillers Guild and H*Art Gallery, an organization that supplies art materials and classes to non-profits across the city. Stay at historic The Chattanoogan, a picture-perfect destination for mountain-view suites and fine dining situated a mere three-quarter-mile walk from the festivities.
Austin Food & Wine Festival
April 24 through 26, Austin will turn into a culinary paradise as Food & Wine magazine and C3 Presents (of Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza fame) welcome the fourth annual Austin Food & Wine Festival. The three-day extravaganza is jam-packed with more sights, samples and star chefs than we could mention here, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least whet your whistle with names like Graham Elliot, Hugh Acheson and Tyson Cole. Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park will come alive with five staged tents, a grilling area, fire pit and the Grand Tasting Pavilion. Evening festivities include Thursday night’s Feast Under the Stars, Friday’s Taste of Texas and Saturday’s Rock Your Taco, a chef showdown that includes libations and a live show from Lee Fields & The Expressions. Book your stay at Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Austin, and you’ll have the perfect place to sleep off any extra calories you didn’t burn walking from the festival.
You will not go hungry this weekend thanks to these events
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park North, Dayton.
COST: Friday, free until 5 p.m. The rest of the weekend: $2 for adults, Children 12 and under are free. Free parking and shuttle.
INFO: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is celebrating its 58th annual Greek Festival the weekend after Labor Day. A tradition for young and old, the festival brings together people of all backgrounds to celebrate all things Greek: the food and pastries, unique boutique items, cooking demonstrations, imported beer and wine, craft beer, live music, dance performances, and tours of the church. There will also be fun activities for the kids at Zorba Zone and guests can take a chance on the $5,000 raffle prize. 937-224-0601 or www.daytongreekfestival.com.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 12-11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 12-8 p.m.
WHERE: Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Kettering.
INFO: A weekend of wonderful Italian music, great Italian food, good friends, and a fun game of Bocce on the beautiful, spacious, shaded grounds of Bella Villa. 937-258-3600 or www.italianfallfesta.com.
VANDALIA SISTER CITIES OKTOBERFEST
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9, 6-11 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10, 12-11 p.m.
WHERE: Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia.
COST: $4, free for children under 12. Wrist band good all weekend.
INFO: German bands, bratwurst and mettwurst, German potato salad, pretzels, beer, arts and crafts, children's games and more. No pets allowed. www.vandaliasistercities.org.
WHEN: Sept. 9, 6 p.m. to midnight Sept 10, 11 a.m. to midnight
WHERE: 5 W. Mill St., Springboro
COST: $3 adults, free 12 and younger
INFO: The annual event features authentic German food, pastries, beer, wine, live music and more. www.oktoberfestspringboro.org.
WHERE: Mills Lawn Elementary School, 200 S. Walnut St., Yellow Springs.
INFO: The epic one-eyed monster of handmade goods, music, culture and DIY wonderfulness returns to Yellow Springs. Shop for apparel, jewelry, paper goods, accessories, kids, home goods and more. https://cyclopsfest.com
MIAMISBURG ARTISAN FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg.
INFO: The third annual Artisan Festival is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Come browse expert craftsmen in pottery, ceramics, calligraphy, jewelry, painters, glass, candles, wood working, and soaps. Also on hand will be family entertainers, musicians and more. Concessions, public restrooms, and plenty of free parking is available in the park. For more info, call 937-866-8999 or exploremiamisburg.com
BEAVERCREEK POPCORN FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Shoup Park, 1341 Meadowbridge Drive, Beavercreek.
INFO: The festival has more than 200 booths with festival foods, continuous live entertainment, 5K popcorn run, tantalizing treats, special services, creative crafts, and sensational specialties made with popcorn. The festival includes a children’s area with games, inflatables, contests and other activities to delight younger children. Located at the intersection of Dayton-Xenia and North Fairfield roads. www.beavercreekpopcornfestival.org.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Public Square in downtown Troy.
COST: Food tickets cost $1 per ticket. Most food items are 2 to 3 tickets.
INFO: Local restaurants will have sample offerings of their delicious menu items. Beer tent for 21 years and older (ID required). Great music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 937-339-5455 or www.troymainstreet.org
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 11, 4-7 p.m.
WHERE: Stubbs Park, 255 W. Spring Valley Road, Centerville.
INFO: The annual three-hour concert has been held in the Miami Valley for over 30 years, with the past decade or so at Stubbs Park Amphitheater. Guitar Fest features showcase performances by a dozen professional guitarists from across Ohio who perform a wide variety of music, including jazz, blues, folk, classical, and popular. This event is co-sponsored by the Dayton Classical Guitar Society and is produced by Jim McCutcheon.
The Three Fs of Fall in Afton
Fall has arrived, and there&rsquos already a hint of change in the leaves here in Afton, Virginia. The shifting of seasons is always an exciting time, as it brings about something new and something to celebrate. Fall is no exception. With the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween décor also comes a few of our favorite seasonal aspects of autumn in the area&mdashthe Three Fs of Fall in Afton.
Afton Mountain Overlook, by Tara Stoll
The Foliage: The obviously has to be at the top! Whether you&rsquore sipping a glass of wine at Afton Mountain Vineyards, or simply relaxing on the porch at Afton Mountain B&B, Nelson County is an absolutely amazing portrait of autumn. Because Afton tucked away in the Virginia mountains with close proximity to Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park, we have a front row seat to peak leaf season, and you definitely don&rsquot want to miss out. (Stay up-to-date with the seasonal changes by calling the Forest Service Fall Color Hotline: 800.354.4595. Press "8" for the Southern States report.)
The Festivals: We certainly know how to herald in the season with some local revelry. Explore the beautiful pieces from 150 fine artists and artisans along downtown Waynesboro for the annual Fall Foliage Art Show on October 8-9, 2016. Step back in time and overseas with a Bavarian-themed celebration at the Frontier Culture Museum&rsquos Oktoberfest celebration on October 8, 2016 in Staunton, VA. Or you can always stick around the Afton area and enjoy an entire week of Oktoberfest festivities at Blue Mountain Brewery, October 1-9, 2016.
The Fantastic Weather: Okay, so we cheated on this one a little bit, but the fall weather is so perfect that we had to find a way to include it under the &ldquof&rdquo category! We&rsquore well past the sticky heat of summer but not yet close enough to winter that we&rsquore frozen in place with our teeth chattering. The weather is calm, mild, and absolutely beautiful&mdashthe perfect complement to the foliage.
We can&rsquot wait to see you for your autumn adventure here in Afton! Click here to check availability and book your stay now.
3 Calvados Cocktails to Start Your Fall Off Right
In our neck of the woods, there’s a chill in the night air, pumpkins are arranged in front of every grocery store and Halloween decorations take up their own aisle at the CVS (it is still September, right?). All of that means fall is upon us. And if you haven’t made the acquaintance of Calvados, autumn is the best time to start.
At 80 proof, Calvados is potent enough to drink like any brown spirit, but it has a profound apple taste we can’t get enough of—like fall in a glass. We’re using the entry-level bottle from Christian Drouin, a highly acclaimed third-generation Calvados producer that makes spirits with layered flavors that are as lovely neat as they are stirred into cocktails.
Gutsy enough to serve as a cocktail base, but smooth enough to play well with others, this is an ideal spirit for mixing, whether paired with ginger in a highball or as a feature player in an old-fashioned.
Easy: Calvados and Ginger Beer
Apples and ginger are a no-brainer of a flavor pairing, so it’s no surprise that Calvados follows suit. While ginger ale wouldn’t be bad, we much prefer the darker, more powerful flavors of a good ginger beer. A little Angostura amps up all of those winter spice notes.
Instructions: In a tall glass with ice, combine 1½ ounces of Calvados, 4 ounces of ginger beer and a dash of Angostura bitters. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Intermediate: Calvados Old-Fashioned
With just bitters, sweetener, booze and garnish, an old-fashioned is the ideal way to showcase many brown spirits, and Calvados is no exception. Instead of using sugar, we’re swapping in honey, which pairs beautifully with the apple flavors. Don’t skip the bitters or the garnish here: In such a simple cocktail, they’re both essential.
Instructions: In a mixing glass with ice, combine 2 ounces of Calvados and ½ ounce of honey syrup (that’s just honey diluted with an equal amount of hot water, making it easier to stir into a drink). Add 2 dashes each of orange bitters and Angostura. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a big twist each of orange and lemon peel—twisting both over the surface of the drink to spray their citrus oils all over.
Advanced: Automne en Normandie
What pairs well with apple brandy? A free drink for the first person who said more apple. Though we like the stiffness of Calvados in an old-fashioned, it’s equally tasty in a slightly less booze-forward drink, such as this shaken cocktail that combines good fall apples with Calvados, lemon and honey.
Instructions: In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle ¼ of an apple—something fresh and tart, like a Honeycrisp, is ideal. Add ice along with 2 ounces of Calvados, ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice and ½ ounce of honey syrup (honey diluted with an equal amount of hot water). Give that a hard shake, and then double-strain it through a fine mesh strainer into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a few apple slices and some ground cinnamon if you’re feeling fancy.
Little Rock’s Fall Food Festivals
With summer coming to a close, Little Rock is gearing up for one of the most exciting times of the year: the fall food festival season. There&rsquos no better time to visit the city than when cooler temperatures make for weekends full of family-friendly, foodie fun. With a calendar that&rsquos almost overflowing with festivals, we took the liberty of making this handy guide to treating yourself (and your tummy!) right this fall.
Fiesta Friday Food Truck Festival at Outlets of Little Rock, September 19
Little Rock is a city on the go, and nothing epitomizes that more than our rocking food truck scene. This Friday night festival is your chance to treat your taste buds while benefiting the community, as the event supports the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Arkansas Food Bank. While you&rsquore there, take a stroll through the Outlets of Little Rock, one of Central Arkansas&rsquos biggest shopping destinations, and the state&rsquos only outlet shopping center.
Turkish Food Fest, September 21
The 9th Annual Turkish Food Fest brings the flavors of central Asia to Little Rock. Get ready for kebabs, gyros, lahmajoun, vegetarian dishes galore and a rich variety of desserts, pastries, and appetizers. There will also be a selection of handmade gifts and souvenirs and calligraphy and tile painting demonstrations.
Main Street Food Truck Festival, September 22
Feeling full yet? You better not be, because the Main Street Food Truck Festival is the biggest festival of them all! This free festival spans six blocks on Main Street and three blocks on Capitol Avenue in the heart of downtown. With more than 60 food trucks and over 40,000 attendees, this is a can&rsquot-miss event.
Brace yourselves, because the cheese dip is coming. Fresh chips and some of the world&rsquos greatest dips await festival goers at what has become one of Little Rock&rsquos signature events. In addition to the ooey, gooey goodness, there will be plenty of music and beer, so don&rsquot miss out on your chance to vote for the new World Cheese Dip Champion.
Held in the heart of the South Main neighborhood, the Arkansas Cornbread Festival is a showcase for southern food and culture. Local beer and musicians set the backdrop for a taste test like no other: dozens of competitors offering up their finest cornbread to attendees. There&rsquos a winner, of course, and that&rsquos where you come in &ndash your vote will decide who takes home the prize.
Chili Fights in the Heights, October 26
The food competitions continue with Chili Fights in the Heights. This neighborhood festival pits chili against chili with an expert panel of tasters serving as judges. There&rsquos a chili here for every stripe, and if you&rsquove got a recipe that you think can hang with the big boys, you can enter to take your own shot at the title.