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Best Fall Food Festivals in New England

Best Fall Food Festivals in New England
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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!

Keene Pumpkin Fest
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
Keene Pumpkin Fest in Keene, NH.

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.

Glastonbury Applefest
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.

Wellfleet Oysterfest
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.

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Aimee Seavey


Aimee Seavey


As Yankee's Digital Editor, Aimee manages, produces, and promotes content for Yankee's digital and social media initiatives. A lifelong New Englander, she loves history and a good Massachusetts South Shore bar pizza.
Updated Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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7 Responses to Best Fall Food Festivals in New England

  1. SUSAN PARKER PAPILLON August 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm #


  2. Ed Harvey September 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Berkshire SPAAMFAA (old fire truck club) will be hosting an antique fire truck show October 13, 2013 10-4 at the Stockbridge Train Station! Will will have classic New England Eats at our food booth stop on by – Heck I might even let you “hit” the siren on my fire truck, Mad Maxine (check her out on Facebook).

  3. Jess @ Celebrate Samhain September 4, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Don’t forget Celebrate Samhain 2013 – on October 19 at the new Peterborough Community Center on Elm Street in Peterborough. John will have delicious homemade hot foods, Cucina Aurora will have her magical herbed olive oils, we’ll be collecting food donations for the Peterborough food pantry, plus music, vendors, and harvest celebration… and lots of other reasons to come, too! For info: or

  4. alison kafer September 4, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Wachusett Mountain

    Our most popular fall festival celebration including over 70 craft exhibitors, farmers’ market, special family fun side shows both weekends! Kids entertainment and peak fall foliage viewing from the SkyRide. Oktoberfest themed food specialties and music

  5. James Labbe September 27, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    We are delighted to announce the first annual Fall Fest in Malden. We will have live family friendly entertainment, a Chili Cook-Off and Carnival games!

    Live Music (Featuring The Joshua Tree)
    Chili Cook-Off
    Kids Fun Zone
    Door Prizes
    Fishing (bring your own gear)
    Hot Dogs, Water & Ice Cream
    ALL TICKETS $1.00
    All proceeds go to The Salvation Army Youth Programs

    Historic Fellsmere Pond
    Rt 60/Fellsway East/Savin street
    Saturday October 5th, 2013
    (rain date 10/12/13)

  6. Tinky Weisblat March 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    If you redo this for 2014, please consider including our Pudding Hollow Pudding Festival. A unique event in a lovely New England setting, the festival highlights the talents found around Hawley, Massachusetts—and gives cooks a chance to compete in a delicious fundraiser. Includes a pudding contest, lunch, a pudding parade, and homespun entertainment. Our web page is

  7. Joan Lownds October 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    Come celebrate the feast at the 5th Annual CT Cheese & Wine Festival at Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston, CT on Saturday, Oct. 18. Sample the local handcrafted foods & wines at the artisan food event of the year! Many local farms, vineyards, food and craft vendors will be on hand!
    Live music will be provided by keyboardist, composer and Broadway veteran Jerold Goldstein.
    Come enjoy the festival and bounty of the harvest at the peak of the fall foliage colors, on the shores of beautiful Lake Waramaug!!

    Event takes place under tent so – come rain or shine! Admission to the festival is $20 purchased on-line until October 17, at 12 p.m.
    at or and $23 at the gate the day of the festival. Call 203 273-5821 for more information.

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