If you’re a foodie, you’ll love these fall festivals and dining tours
Fall isn’t just for beer festivals! There are also lots of great food-centric festivals with healthy offerings that celebrate fall harvests and some of our favorite fruits. If you’re so done with turkey legs and fried food on a stick that filled up the booths at summer fairs and carnivals, some of these fun, nutritious festivals featuring local, organic and delicious eats are calling your name.
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Banana Festival: Go bananas — literally. This free festival in Port of Hueneme, Calif. takes place on Sept. 28 and you’ll learn about one of the busiest U.S. ports for automobiles and fresh produce — as well as try some banana desserts and listen to live music. Other festival highlights? Banana recipe contests, port tours and arts and crafts for the kids.
Apple Pickin’ Jubilee: Pick your own apples this fall at the Hillcrest Orchardsin North Georgia. And while you’re at it, catch a pig race or take a mule-and-tractor drawn wagon ride. Visitors can also enjoy a petting farm where kids get to feed baby farm animals. General admission is $7 and the petting farm is an extra $3.
Small Farms Food Fest at Vermont’s Shelburne Orchards: The 12th annual festival is on Sept. 15 and brings Vermont farmers and musicians together for a family-friendly gathering. There’s also tractor hayrides, a haybale maze and apple picking. Seniors and kids are free. The cost is $5 for all others.
Seattle Food Tours: Seattle is a great town for foodies. So why not get a good sampling of what the city has to offer? Take a guided food tour that features five restaurants, all showcasing Capitol Hill’s Pike and Pine Corridor. A local expert guides the tour, sharing information about the neighborhood and the featured restaurants. The progressive dinner-style tour is five courses and costs $69 per person — with food and wine included. The first stop is at Bar Cotto, a cocktail bar with pizza, Italian vegetables, bruschetta and local and international cured meats. The tour ends at D’Ambrosio, a gelato shop.
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