Fun Food Festivals
Growing up in Versailles, only one thing officially marked the beginning of summer for me as a child: Poultry Days. Each year, our small town is invaded by carnival rides, two parades, a 5k walk/run, Ultimate Frisbee tournament, social tent and 25,000 barbecue chicken dinners. Complete with half a chicken, Mike-Sells potato chips, applesauce, orange drink and a Versailles Sweet Shop dinner roll, these delicious dinners are finger-licking good and bring out-of-towners back year after year on the second weekend of June.
As Miss Chick First Runner-Up 2006, I’m probably a little partial to the sights, smells and tastiness of Poultry Days, but I know Versailles isn’t the only Ohio town passionate about a particular food. Even though it’s July, Ohioans have plenty more helpings of foodie festivals to satisfy your appetite. Tell your taste buds we’re just getting started!
Athens Brew Week (July 8-16) – In its sixth year, Athens Brew Week features 176 craft beers from 28 Ohio breweries – you’re bound to find a favorite or two.
Lexington Blueberry Festival (August 18-21) – With blueberry doughnuts, Amish blueberry frypies, blueberry cheese and much more you can wash down with blueberry lemonade!
Millersport Sweet Corn Festival (August 31-September 3) –This festival offers something for every member of the family. From hot, buttered sweet corn served fresh on the cob to tractor pulls and square dancing, you’ll find plenty of down-home fun in Millersport.
Wilmington Tomadah Paradah (August 20) – Held for the first time in 2010, this year organizers are attempting to raise 100 varieties of the juicy red fruit. Attendees are encouraged to bring the best from their backyard gardens for competitions in taste, size and uniqueness.
National Hamburger Festival (August 20-21) – Bob for burgers in a pool of ketchup or try your hand – or stomach – at the Ohio Hamburger Eating Championships in Akron. With great entertainment and one of the largest assortments of hamburgers ever assembled in one place, this is one tasty festival.
Mantua Potato Festival (September 9-11) – Talk about a village that loves their spuds! Complete with potato bake-off, potato figure contest and more, Mantua is all about potatoes!
Lebanon Country Applefest (September 24) – Apples take center stage on the menu at Applefest so come hungry to this event and sample the apple fritters, donuts, pies, cider, crisps before moving on to the caramel and fudge dipped apples.
Germantown Pretzel Festival (September 24-25) – Whether you prefer yours dunked in mustard or heavy on the salt, the Pretzel Festival is your one-stop place for all things pretzel.
Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival (October 8-9) – While there are plenty of foods available that don’t feature sauerkraut at this event, you’ll be surprised at the number of foods that do include it! There’s sauerkraut pizza, nachos, bread and donuts – just to name a few
Circleville Pumpkin Show (October 19-22) – The famous pumpkin doughnuts from Lindsey’s Bakery are worth every minute standing in line – and the line sometimes stretches a block or so!
What’s your favorite Ohio food festival?