Apple Festivals: Fall Foliage that is Delicious

Fall is just beginning and that means fall foliage is upon us. I love it. The fall is my favorite time of year. Of course that is a result of getting older. I wasn’t too crazy about fall as a child because it meant going back to school. But now I treasure it. The colors of fall are warm and comforting as nature puts on a spectacular show. When most people think of fall foliage they think of trees with red and orange leaves. But along with the turning leaves, Mother Nature also produces some very colorful fruits and vegetables. Let’s just imagine a farm market brimming with yellow, red and green apples and bright orange pumpkins. Few things are more colorful than fall fruits surrounded by leaves turning colors. So this week in honor of fall foliage, I decided to focus on that fabulous fall favorite, the apple.

My research led me to the discovery that the apple is a fascinating little fruit that has a very storied history.  Remember the story of Adam and Eve and that infamous “bite of the apple”, or William Tell and his famous “apple shot”? How about Sir Isaac Newton watching an apple drop in his orchard leading him to his work on gravity or Johnny Appleseed and the story of his planting apple seeds to make apple trees grow all across the U.S.. Apples show up in history just about everywhere. This fruit has significance in some of our familiar expressions and holidays as well. Just this past week on the table of every Jewish home, apples were dipped in honey on the first night of Rosh Hashanah to express hope for a sweet new year. They are also the main ingredient in the “all things American” expression, “Mom, apple pie and baseball”. They offer good health in the expression, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. In parental love where he/she is “the apple of my eye”. And who can forget the Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples. As you can see, apples seem to be everywhere in history and significant in daily life. I am quite surprised that when I took a good look at apples, they really are quite a-peeling. (ok you knew that would be in here somewhere) .

So remember that fall foliage can bring wonderful colors from the trees as well as from the warming colors of the seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fall is a terrific time to be outdoors and celebrating apple events is a perfect way to do just that. These events feature fresh, crispy apples, apple butter, pie, cider, cobbler, candy and caramel apples (a personal favorite of mine) and so much more.  At this time of year, we have lots of apple related events. Coming soon we will be featuring pumpkin events and harvest festivals along with more apple related events. All of these are our way of celebrating that fall is upon us. As we move further into fall, I am sure you will be able to find many wonderful events that feature all kinds of things “fall” taking place in your backyard. Be sure to check the search box above for events that you can “fall” into this week. (sorry, last bad pun I promise). Grab someone you love and get out and smell the fresh air and seasonal beauty of fall.

Cory Apple Festival

Sep 28, 2012 – Sep 30, 2012

Community Center Cory, IN US 47846

Since 1970, A celebration of the days when Cory produced apples commercially. Specialty foods, huge flea market, crafts, carnival, entertainment, parade, Corn Hole Tournament, Car and Motorcycle Show, Garden Tractor Pull, Redneck Riding Lawnmower Demolition Derby and more. Parade Sunday at 3pm.

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Apple Festival

Sep 29, 2012 – Sep 30, 2012

Goettel Community Park Central Square, NY US 13036

A fun filled day for the entire family! Approximately 140 – 150 booths of crafters, non-profit organizations and vendors. Come for a weekend filled with live entertainment, amusement rides, demonstrations, children’s game, and food galore! All proceeds from our sponsorship of this event are donated back into our communities.
25,000 Attendees

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Appleumpkin Festival

Sep 29, 2012 – Sep 30, 2012

Historic Gaslight Village Wyoming, NY US 14591

Since 1986. Since apple orchards and pumpkin patches abound, they came up with the name “AppleUmpkin!” Featuring arts, displays, music, seasonal foods, storytellers and bus trips through historic gas lighted village and valley. Revel in the final golden days of summer along gaslit streets lined with hundreds of craft vendors, strolling entertainers and the mouth-watering aromas of delectable festival treats.
40,000+ Attendees

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Loyal Oak Apple Cider Festival

Sep 28, 2012 – Sep 30, 2012

Columbia Woods Park Norton, OH US 44203

Since 1982, cider pressing, apple pie baking, apple decorating, parade, 100+ crafters and entertainment. Festival is built around an 1879 apple cider mill with heritage type events, world famous outhouse stuffing, frog jumping.
40,000 Attendees

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Four Flags Area Apple Festival

Sep 27, 2012 – Sep 30, 2012

Festival Grounds Niles, MI US 49120

Since 1973, 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainment, parade, carnival, food, kid’s games plus much more.
75,000+ Attendees

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Hilton Apple Fest

Sep 29, 2012 – Sep 30, 2012

Hilton Community Center Hilton, NY US 14468

Features 200 crafters, live entertainment, food groups, farmers’ market, auto show and more.
60,000 Attendees

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Apple Harvest Festival-Weekend I

Sep 28, 2012 – Sep 29, 2012

Town Green Southington, CT US 06489

Since 1969, features a street festival celebrating the local apple harvest, apple products and booths, carnival, arts and crafts vendors displaying and selling their wares, parade road race, live entertainment, festival dance and much more. Parade Sunday 2pm.
80,000+ Attendees

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Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival

Sep 28, 2012 – Sep 30, 2012

Downtown Ithaca Commons Ithaca, NY US 14882

A regional festival featuring bountiful produce, apples, cider, baked apple goods. Also the Craft fair will feature everything from fine art to textiles to some of the region’s most delicately crafted glass art and jewelry. Artisans from throughout the central New York region and the greater Northeast will be represented. There are musicians, puppeteers,singers, story tellers, dancers and a band. In addition to the traditional Apple Harvest activities, this year’s festival will feature a vast array of entertainment including comedy, magic, theatre and dance.

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Long Grove Apple Fest

Sep 28, 2012 – Sep 30, 2012

Historic Long Grove Long Grove, IL US 60047

Since 1993. Visitors are invited to explore the many delicious ways to enjoy fall’s favorite fruit–from live music and entertainment to apple pies, apple cider donuts, caramel apple lattes, apple martinis, and more! Local restaurants and specialty shops will carry a wide range of apple-inspired treats, while local farmers will have baskets full of a variety of tree-ripened apples. Visitors can relax and enjoy Long Grove’s outdoor ambiance, many activities for the whole family, including an apple donut eating contest, shopping, dining and live music staged throughout our historic village. Musical acts including folk, bluegrass, country, rock, and jazz, will entertain crowds at stages centered around Fountain Square, The Covered Bridge and Towner Green through the three-day weekend in downtown Long Grove.

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Sep 29, 2012

Downtown Lebanon Lebanon, OH US 45036

Since 1982. The streets of downtown Lebanon will be filled with homemade crafts, great food, and entertainment. Free shuttle service to festival area. Live music feel free to bring your own chair.
10,000 Attendees

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Chilhowie Community Apple Festival

Sep 28, 2012 – Sep 30, 2012

Chilhowie Community Park Chilhowie, VA US 24319

Since 1953. Bring the whole family for fun and excitement. Activities include a parade, food vendors selling regional delicacies, arts and crafts, a marching band competition, a pet show, a beauty pageant and live musical entertainment. Activities take place all week. Check website for schedule.

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Johnny Appleseed Festival

Sep 29, 2012

Downtown Crystal Lake Crystal Lake, IL US 60014

Since 1993. Bring the whole family, for lots of fun. Live entertainment, food, and childrens activities
5,000+ Attendees

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Apple and Pork Festival

Sep 29, 2012 – Sep 30, 2012

C.H. Moore Homestead Dewitt County Museum Clinton, IL US 61727

Since 1968, the Apple N’ Pork Festival with its delightful aroma of smoked ham and spicy apple butter, has ushered in autumn for Dewitt County. From its beginning as a modest event, centered around a kettle of soup and stack of sandwiches, the festival has grown to one of the state’s favorite fall festivals. Sponsored by the Dewitt County Museum Association and held on the grounds of the C. H. Moore Homestead, the festival has provided the funds necessary to restore and maintain the large, Victorian-era house, barn and to erect the farm museum. The Apple ‘n Pork Festival has over 300 dealers in the flea market. There is an old-time crafting area featuring 19th century crafters demonstrating their dexterity and selling traditional crafted items. Free entertainment such as country bands to a Civil War Band, strolling musicians, face painting, and pony rides for little kids has been apart of the festival for many years. The festival’s food area features an endless array of choices of harvest-time foods. Enjoy apple cider floats the apple fritters, corn on the cob, grilled bratwurst, butterfly pork sandwiches, river rat potatoes, and ever popular ham sandwiches. The main attractions continue to be the ham and bean stand, selling over 6,000 servings; a bench and table area under a tent is set up for dining. Wear your comfortable shoes, and stroll along booth after booth of foods, crafts, antiques, entertainment. Museum tours, and more. Plan to spend the day! Tram and bus transportation to various sites provided for a small fee. Free admission to the grounds. Entertainment, flea market, pony rides, museum tours, craft area, and over 30 food booths.
7,000 Attendees

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