Best Fall Food Festivals in New England
Heading into fall means a whole new crop of seasonal food festivals to enjoy before the cold weather sends us inside for the winter. With foliage color on the way, why not plan a road trip and take in one our picks for the best fall food festivals in New England? Bring your appetite!
Boston Local Food Festival
October 6, 2013 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in MA
Boston’s newest and greenest food festival — celebrating the joys of eating local and promoting local farmers, restaurants, and specialty foods. Events include a seafood throwdown competition, chef and instructional demonstrations, music, tastings, and community crop shares.
Cranberry Harvest Celebration
October 12-13, 2013 at the A.D. Makepeace Company Headquarters at Tihonet Village
This fun family event features cranberry bog tours, helicopter rides, pony rides, cooking demonstrations, juried crafters and artisans, musical performances, games for children and much more.
October 18-20, 2013 at Riverfront Park in CT
A top festival in the nutmeg state, featuring live music, 150+ craft booths, pie eating contest, pie bake-off, amusement rides, pony rides, family entertainment, road races, beer garden, and petting zoo.
October 19-20, 2013 throughout downtown Wellfleet, MA
Featuring local cuisine, educational lectures, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, road races, walking tours and the popular annual Oyster Shuck-Off competition, where hopefuls compete for the $1,000 cash prize and super shucker bragging rights.
Johnny Cake Festival
October 19-20, 2013 at Kenyon’s Grist Mill in West Kingston, RI
Rhode Island rolls out the red carpet at Kenyon’s Grist Mill for one of the state’s classic culinary traditions each year at the annual Johnny Cake Festival. Made from the mill’s own ground cornmeal, plenty of johnny cakes (if thick or thin is the “right way” is still up for debate) will be on hand along with dozens of other food and drink options, plus mill tours, a colonial encampment, live music, animals, demonstrations, and more.
Keene Pumpkin Festival
October 19, 2013 throughout downtown Keene, NH
One of New England’s top festival events for over 20 years! Featuring thousands of carved jack-o-lanterns, live music, crafts, food, activities, and much more throughout picturesque downtown Keene. Bring a carved pumpkin to contribute to the count and hope for a record-breaking total. This year’s event also includes a ferris wheel with 45-foot views of the great pumpkin tower.
Franklin County Cider Days
November 2-3, 2013 throughout Franklin County, MA
Calling all apple lovers! Featuring orchard tours, cider-making, fresh and hard cider tastings, workshops, Harvest Supper, amateur cider competition, craft marketplace, and much more of everything apple.