Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Festival Time!


It’s fall and it’s festival time...at least it is here in Cincy. Around here when the temperatures drop, humidity subsides...finally...folks leave the comforts of home and AC and venture into the wilds of Fall Festival Time.

I love fall festivals! Time to pick apples, watch the local farmers press apple cider, buy homemade crafts, spruce up the house with mums you get at the roadside stand and maybe corn stalks.
Some of my fav Fall Festivals here in Cincy are…

The Country Pumpkins Farm festival. I live in the burbs so going out to the farms in the fall is always a special treat. Lord have mercy there really is such a thing as a pumpkin patch, and popcorn does actually grow on a cob and
apples grow on trees and if I’m lucky I’ll get to bottle-feed the new calf and ride on the hay wagon. Once I even got to drive a tractor!!

Then there’s the Cincinnati Chocolate Festival where we can taste all things chocolate and learn to make all things chocolate. It’s my chocolate fix for the year. Yummm.

Of course there’s the traditional October Fest with all things beer. We have Pumpking beer...yeah it really is called pumpking. Pumpkin spice ale, apple spice ale, apple beer...you get the picture. And they have those incredible big pretzels and brats and Mets smoking on the grill. The smells of America, nothing better.

And there’s the Old Timers Day Festival with lots of banjo and guitar playing and you can even taste White Lightning...that’s

booze right from the backyard still. But you gotta know who to ask and they call it white lightning for a reason. Holy cow!


There’s even Skunkfest for Skunk owners...I usually give that one a pass...and Strut Your Mutt...where you dress up your pup for Halloween...and The Buttercream Festival...hard to top that one.

But my absolutely fav festival is the Sauerkraut Festival where everything is sauerkraut and I’m not just talking on a hotdog. There’s sauerkraut fudge, ice cream, cookies, cake, candy, coffee, tea...you name it. And it’s good. This festival is packed. They block off the town of Waynesville and all us sauerkraut loves descend for a day of delish.  

These are some of our regional festivals here in Cincy, so what are some of your festivals in your neck of the woods? Got a fav? I wanna hear all about it.

I’ll give away two Geared for the Grave totes from the answers. Check back to see if you are a winner.

Have fun!
Hugs, Duffy Brown



40 comments:

Aurian said...

What great fun Duffy! I would totally visit festivals like that. Unfortunately, I have no idea if there are such things here in Holland. Perhaps in the countryside but not in the big city that I know of.

Gram said...

We have a Farm Day at Miles Smith Farm in Louden, NH. They raise Scottish Highlanders. They sell the organic meat and organic foods from other local farms too. Farm Day rides for the kids on the cattle and games and fun.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Aurian, You have tulip time with all those amazing flowers. I’m sure here are lots of neat festival type things with that. I so want to get to Holland. Lovely!!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Gram. New Hampshire. Nothing lovelier than autumn in New England. Lucky you. The organic meat sounds terrific…hard to find. I do organic veggies and chicken too. Yummmm.

Karen in Ohio said...

Did you know that Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is the second largest in the world? After the one in Munich, which is Cincinnati's Sister City. And it was named one of the top 10 Best Fall Trips of 2014 by National Geographic Magazine. That list includes trips to Myanmar, Italy, India, and the Outer Hebrides. Only one other listed is in the US.

I'm hoping to attend the Pendleton County Kentucky Wool Fest this year. It used to be more focused on wool and weaving, and other wool-related crafts than it is now, but they still have one entire tent of yarns and products made from different kinds of wools, including alpaca. It's always the first weekend in October, if you're interested.

Chris nicholson said...

There isn't a Fall festival near me in England but back when I was growing up we had, still have Autumnfest. There are craft stalls, fun fair rides, food, lots and lots of food! There is entertainment and fireworks. As kids we would meet up with friends and spend the weekend eating, hanging out and going on the rides. I will be going back home in October this year when the festival is on. I will be meeting up with old friends and hanging out in the beer tent this time. I can't wait to see the fall foliage, New England in the fall is incredible! I miss that time of year back home.

Melanie Backus said...

Thank you, Duff for an enjoyable post. I love festivals and fairs. Not far from us is The Peanut Festival that we plan to attend this year.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Karen! I had no idea about our Octoberfest here in Cincy. I do attend and love the delish food. I’m really going to try and make the Wool Festival. Sounds terrific. Thanks for the info. Hugs

Duffy Brown said...

Hi Chirs. There in no place lovelier than New England in the fall. I’m sure you do miss it but then you do live in England and that’s pretty much a festival all year long. I just love England.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Melanie. A peanut festival. I adore peanuts. I have an open jar of peanut butter beside me right now. I need peanut therapy. LOL

Nicole said...

Hi Duffy! I posted this to your FB page, but will post again here to get in the running for one of the totes---lol! We have Oktoberfest here, and autumn is my very favorite season, so I love to go to this and celebrate the sights and smells of the season. Apples, pumpkins...you name it! I can't wait for the leaves to start turning. We lived in sourthern California for 5 years when my husband was active duty and the changing of the leaves is truly what I missed the most (he's retired from active duty and we're back on the East coast). We have apple orchards and corn mazes, too, and fall festivals. There was a crab festival last weekend, but that's not really "fall", if you know what I mean. I love sauerkraut, and if I ever get to Cincinnati I will be sure to check it out! Nicole

Nicole said...

Southern, not sourthern---lol!

Aurian said...

Yes, that is true. We do have flower parades, imagine the floats like you have for Mardi Gras, but entirely made out of flowers instead of paper. Let me know if you ever do visit, I will gladly be your guide.

Kuzlin said...

Allaire Psrk in NJ sets up flea markets and antique markets. It is lovely to visit these in the fall and then walk through the village and nature walk to enjoy the scenery.

Cathie Dewey said...

Every year, from Labor Day until sometime in October, there is a Renaissance Festival held near here. Lots of food, fun and of course vendors selling all kinds of stuff. Went with my 4 year old granddaughter and her parents on Sunday and had a great time. The highlight of the day for my son (35) and his daughter was getting to ride and elephant. The highlight for me was getting to watch them.

Dawn Frazier said...

We have a blueberry festival, cornbread festival, and an apple festival in our area every year.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi Kuzlin. I love few markets. Talk about great deals. An NJ in the fall is amazing. I just wish winter didn’t follow. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

Oh the Renaissance Festival is terrific. I love deep fried turkey legs. I feel like belong in the middle ages when I gnaw on one of those things. The jousting is something. Rough sport.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Dawn
Food festivals are my fav…but then I just love to eat. I am such a blueberry girl. I have blueberry bushes in my backyard but the birds always beat me to them. :-)

Maggie Sefton said...

I love Fall Festivals, too, Duffy. We lived in West Lafayette, Indiana for 15 years, and there were great Fall Festivals there, too. One of my favorites is the Feast of the Hunter's Moon. It celebrated the gatherings that French trappers and Native Americans held centuries ago. Wonderful. Lots of Fall food, craft booths, activities, historical recreating of events. Warm memories, oh yes. :) Our family with four girls loved it.

Anonymous said...

We are having our fall festival:
Autumn Harvest Festival
November 1, 2014

Community United Methodist Campus - Debary, FL 32713

Want to come join us?

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Maggie. My email is acting up and won’t let me reply to you so I’m doing it here. I love Indiana. To me it is the midwest. I need to get to the Hunter’s Moon. Sounds amazing. Thanks for telling me. :-)

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Flsjen. I love Florida. In Sept the weather is perfect. Have a terrific time. Wish I was there. Hugs.

Squenn said...

There is a local orchard with a pumpkin patch, farm and corn mazes. Always a lot of fun!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

A big one in out area is the Apple Scrapple Festival. Lots of fun, food, and prizes. Lots of scrapple. (Scrapple is a breakfast meat made of the "scraps" of mostly pigs) Scrapple is very much an East Coast food. My sister would visit relatives in Louisana and she would take them 10 to 20 pounds of scrapple. lisaksbookreview@aol.com

Candace Davidson said...

We had a fall festival last weekend. I had to work of course. In our small population of 9,000. There was a car show, booths filled with many different crafts and of course lots of food. candacejdavidson@gmail.com

Rachelle21 said...

We have an 1890's Festival where I get to put on period costumes. The closest food fest this time of year is Canton, PA's Apple and Cheese Fest at the beginning of Oct.

Rebecca said...

We're starting the apple picking, hayrides, corn mazes and pumpkin patch visits around here. My husband farms full time, and I LOVE harvest season!!!

Audrey Starr said...

This is up north from me, but in Hart, Michigan, they have an Asparagus Festival - complete with a Miss Asparagus :) There is also a Cherry Festival in Traverse City.Ypsilanti has a Heritage Festival, which is always fun!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Squenn I just love the orchards! Usually they have the best apple cider ever. I can never find my way out of corn mazes…then again I can’t find my way out of Target. Have fun!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi Lisa
I’ve never had scrapple but hear it’s fantastic. Here in Cincy we have this stuff called goetta that is a combo of beef, port oatmeal and oats. Sounds horrid but tastes amazing!!!

Duffy Brown said...

Ho, Candace. I just love small towns. What fun. When you go to the festivals you know everyone.

Duffy Brown said...

Festival and you get to dress up too. Now that is a fun time. An apple and cheese fest sounds like the perfect combo. Have fun!!

Duffy Brown said...

I just love farm life. It’s really hard work but watching things grow is so rewarding. I love harvest season too and you get to see it up close. Autumn on the farm is the best.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Audrey
I am such a Michigan fan and an Asparagus Festival sounds like a blast! Of course a cherry festival in Michigan has to be fun. Love those Michigan cherries. Went to Mackinac Island last year and loved it. My Cycle Path mysteries is set there. :-)

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, all and thanks tons for chatting about festivals!
The winners of the Geared for the Grave tote are… Aurian, Karen in Ohio and NIcole.
Email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with you mailing address and I’ll send along the tote. Thanks for dropping by. Hugs, Duffy

Nicole said...

Yay! Thanks, Duffy---I'm so excited!!! Nicole. :-)

Duffy Brown said...

Hey Nicole. email me your mailing address DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com
Thanks tons for playing along. Hugs

Nicole said...

Sent!!! :-)

Aurian said...

Wow Thanks Duffy! My Killer in Crinolines tote is getting a bit worn, so I could sure use a new one! Emailing you right away.