Dinner, of Sorts, at Events This Week

Being the super observant person that I am, I found an interesting pattern emerging from the events this week. And just so you do not think it was my love of eating causing the pattern to emerge, I want to assure you that it was not. It seems, from the choices this week, one could make a casual dinner of sorts.  It might not be Cordon Bleu but a case can be made for it being good old American fare. You will need to use your imagination just a bit to play along but here goes.

First up we will start with a bowl of popcorn on every table to curb hunger while you wait. That takes us to the Marion Popcorn Festival in Marion, OH which features not only delicious popcorn but, a fabulous event as well. From there we move on to appetizers. I have chosen some fresh and yummy oysters from the Oyster Festivals in Asbury Park, NJ and Norwalk CT. If oysters are a little too much for you, how about some wonderful mushrooms any way you want them from the National Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, PA?

Next let’s move on to the entree.  I am getting hungry already. (no cracks from any of you). Well for the main course there is a choice of pork, from the Tipton County Pork Festival in Tipton, IN or sausage from the Saint Joseph Parish Sausage Festival in Vancouver WA. If you are into a lighter, healthier main course, you can always indulge at the Seafood Festival in Hampton Beach, NH or at the Seafood Festival and Power Boat Races in Pittsburg, CA.

How about a few sides? I bet you are thinking no way she has side dish events. Well guess what? I do.  There is the Lenexa Spinach Festival in Lenexa, KS, the Clinton County Corn Fest in Wilmington, OH and the Posen Potato Festival Posen, MI. (what did you think I wasn’t going to back it up?).

And now, my favorite course of all, dessert. Since I presented a good deal of high fat, high sodium and high cholesterol main and appetizer courses, let’s look at some healthy alternatives for dessert. Not that I personally wouldn’t find a hot fudge sundae an excellent dessert choice, I think this meal deserves something a little lighter. So, how about a refreshing fruit salad? There is the Niagara County Peach Festival in Lewistown, NY, the Melon Festival in Winston, OR, the Grape Day Festival in Escondido, CA and the Watermelon Festival in Pardeeville, WI. Any and all of these events would be a terrific end to our yummy event “dinner” blog this week.

And when you are all finished, you can sweep up the mess with a broom from the Broom Corn Festival in Arcola, IL!!!!

If there are no “edible” events listed near you this week, use the search box above and find some delicious ways to spend some time eating at events in your backyard. Bon appétit! What am I saying? That’s too French. How about, “Come and Get it!”

National Mushroom Festival

Sep 08, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

Downtown Kennett Square, PA US 19348

Since 1986. The Mushroom Festival will feature an Antique Car show and parade, art show. brewfest, soup and wine fest, children’s activities, music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, mushroom grower’s demonstration, mushroom farm tours and a street festival to include mushrooms on most menus and mushrooms for sale. Parade Friday at 6pm.
80,000+ Attendees

Clinton County Corn Festival

Sep 07, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

Clinton County Fairgrounds Wilmington, OH US 45177

Since 1977, Come to the Clinton County Corn Festival. Help us celebrate our agricultural heritage as we honor one of the area’s biggest industries with a three-day extravaganza. Featuring antique farm machinery, a parade, games, all types of food made from corn, a quilt show, musical entertainment, antiques and crafts and the Corn Olympics!
30,000 Attendees

Tipton County Pork Festival

Sep 06, 2012 – Sep 08, 2012

Courthouse Square Tipton, IN US 46072

Since 1969, 15,000 pounds of the most tender barbecured pork you’ve ever tasted! Loads of fun for the whole family, arts and crafts and free entertainment.
100,000 Attendees

Niagara County Peach Festival

Sep 07, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

Academy Park Lewiston, NY US 14092

Since 1978. Peach festival was developed as a means of honoring the Niagara County farmer and the bountiful crops which are harvested each fall. Music, crafts, parade, food, entertainment and amusement rides.

Norwalk Oyster Festival

Sep 07, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

Veteran’s Memorial Park East Norwalk, CT US 06850

Since 1978, waterfront festival features national, regional and local entertainment, arts and crafts with over 225 juried crafters, tall ships, harbor cruises, oyster shucking and slurping contests, and an international food court. Plus entertainment and activities for children at Kid’s Cove.
100,000+ Attendees

Broom Corn Festival

Sep 07, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

Downtown Arcola Arcola, IL US 61910

Since 1971, Enjoy arts and crafts, flea markets, a parade, broom making, entertainment and more. . Featured events on Friday include the Grand Marshal ceremonies and the National Broom Sweeping Contest on Main Street. There are several activities for the entire family. Saturday events kick off early with the 5k and 10k runs. The most popular attraction of the the day though is one of the grandest parades in Central Illinois, which rolls off in the afternoon. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend at the Oak Street Stage and in the beer tent.
100,000 Attendees

Posen Potato Fest

Sep 07, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

Michigan Avenue and East 634 Highway Posen, MI US 49776

Since 1952, features a parade, live music, great food, kids activities, a midway, flea market and more fun for all ages. Takes place at various locations.
45,000 Attendees

Seafood Festival

Sep 07, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

Along the Water Hampton Beach, NH US 03843

Since 1990, Festivities Include: 50 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants serving an abundance of mouthwatering seafood delicacies; 80 Arts and Craft Vendors promoting locally made products; hundreds of Ocean Boulevard merchants offering end-of-season Sidewalk Sales; a Kiddie Land with the regions most notable Celebrities in Children’s Entertainment; continuous Culinary Chef Demonstrations by Pat Whitley; two stages of continuous entertainment with 15 Bands, Orchestras, and the US Navy Big Band inspiring a patriotic medley leading up to our spectacular Fireworks display
125,000 Attendees

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Melon Festival

Sep 07, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

Riverbend Park Winston, OR US 97496

Since 1970, features food, games, parades, mud volleyball, softball, basketball, talent show, stage entertainment, music, kids games, contests and car shows.
12,000 Attendees

St. Joseph’s Parish Sausage Fest

Sep 07, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

St. Joseph’s Parish Vancouver, WA US 98661

Since 1975, This event of course has plenty of sausage along with other food you might expect for this type of event with elephant ears, hamburgers and sit down dinners available as well. There will be a carnival with games and rides, Arts and crafts booths with all hand made items will be at the event. A Fest Garden area for adults over 21 has an admission price with tokens available at additional cost for adult beverages.
100,000 Attendees

Lenexa Spinach

Sep 08, 2012

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park Lenexa, KS US 66286

Celebrating Lenexa’s agricultural history with food, exhibits, games, petting zoo, antique car and tractor show, quilt show and more than 200 arts and crafts booths. Lenexa was hailed as the “Spinach Capital of the World” during the 1930s. Each year, we celebrate that part of our history with the annual Spinach Festival, a fun, family-oriented event that draws thousands of visitors from all over the area. It’s a festive day of music, entertainment, arts and antique vendors, food, a recipe contest, kids’ activities and so much more – all set in beautiful Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.
11,000 Attendees

Seafood Festival and Power Boat Races

Sep 08, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

Pittsburg Marina Pittsburg, CA US 94565

Since 1984, features 60 resturants serving seafood, micro brew garden, wine pavilion, 3 stages of continous entertainment, childrens activities and offshore power boat races on Sunday. The high performance weekend starts off with Teague Custom Marine Offshore Speed Trials. Watch as boats compete side by side for a chance to become King of the Delta throughout the day. The wet pits will be in plain view of the general public at the Pittsburg Yacht Club. Hear the rumble and feel the ground shake when the announcer says, “Racers, start your engines!”
100,000+ Attendees

Watermelon Festival

Sep 08, 2012

Chandler Park Pardeeville, WI US 53954

Parade, bands, seed spitting and speed eating contests, childrens entertainment, watermelon carving, free watermelon and more. Visit the numerous vendors showcasing arts and crafts, photographers, and stroll throughout the flea markets.
9,000 Attendees

Grape Day Parade and Festival

Sep 08, 2012

Grape Day Park Escondido, CA US 92025

Since 1908. Features free entertainment, arts and crafts booths, an international food court, community booths, a petting zoo, a kids corner, numerous demonstrations such as blacksmithing and printing, farm equipment displays, an art exhibit, an opportunity drawing, tours of Heritage Walk Museum, and free Grapes.
65,000 Attendees

Oyster Festival

Sep 07, 2012 – Sep 09, 2012

Downtown Asbury Park Asbury Park, NJ US 07712

Seafood and oyster festival with continuous live music on 2 stages. The food and music festival will entertain thousands with a mix of eclectic live music and great food. There will also be shucking demo’s, arts and crafts vendors and an oyster eating contest. Children’s rides and entertainment musical entertainment all day, beer and wine available with proper ID, oyster eating contest, huge variety of festival foods, over 100 gift and craft vendors and so much more. Hosted by the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and The Passion Group. Friday Free – $3 Weekend Pass for Saturday and Sunday – Benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County along with the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce.
30,000 Attendees

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