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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 13:40:20 (permalink)
Natchitoches has its [url='http://www.meatpiefestival.com/']Meat Pie Festival[/url], which is beginning to become better known. For the local classic, visit the RoadFood review of [url='http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=116&RefID=116']Lasyone's[/url].
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 13:45:49 (permalink)
Advance planning time -
Fallbrook's Avocado Festival April 22, 2007
http://www.fallbrookca.org/AVOFEST.htm

Mustn't forget Gilroy's Garlic Festival - July 28, 29, & 30, 2006
http://www.gilroygarlicfestival.com/
(ok, that one's not really near me, but I've always been intrigued by the idea of garlic ice cream...)
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 13:57:47 (permalink)
This weekend, Lisbon Falls, Maine will hold their annual Moxie festival to celebrate that famous New England soft drink (and which you can now find only in Maine).
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p.s. But then again, if you've ever tasted the stuff, why would you care anyway? Oh well!
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 14:27:14 (permalink)
The sauerkraut festival in Waynesville, Ohio, every fall...

The horseradish festival each spring in Collinsville, Illinois...
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 14:48:02 (permalink)

QFAN...Most major grocery stores carry Moxie in many parts of the country. We can get it here in Indiana and Kentucky, We saw it in Kansas (Dodge City WalMart) and Utah (Cedar City)while on our Spring roadtrip, and used to get it all the time in SoCal.
It IS an acquired taste (as reported on another thread)...but once acquired it can be addictive!
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 14:51:23 (permalink)
Mayhaw Festival in Colquitt, Georgia.
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 15:12:54 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


QFAN...Most major grocery stores carry Moxie in many parts of the country. We can get it here in Indiana and Kentucky, We saw it in Kansas (Dodge City WalMart) and Utah (Cedar City)while on our Spring roadtrip, and used to get it all the time in SoCal.
It IS an acquired taste (as reported on another thread)...but once acquired it can be addictive!


Thanks, ATM! I didn't realize that Moxie was having such a retail revival in other parts of the country. Knew you could get it on line from a few retro-specialty sellers. However, don't think Coke/Pepsi need to be worried yet.
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 15:22:45 (permalink)
Dear to my heart.....

The Oyster Festival!!!

http://www.theoysterfestival.org/
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 15:30:56 (permalink)
http://lovegarlic.com/press.shtml

Every Labor Day for the past few years, Wilmington VT hosts the So. VT Garlic (and herb) Festival. Breath mints available at the flea market across Rt.9 are a must !
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 16:18:24 (permalink)
October: Lutefisk Feed, Stanwood Lions Club, Stanwood, WA
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 18:46:23 (permalink)
Always the last weekend in July.



http://www.accs.net/mainstreet/festival.htm
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/07 21:21:05 (permalink)
How 'bout Pierogi Fest, Whiting, Indiana (close to Chicago) the last week in July? pierogifest.net. Or the National Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores, Alabama, October 12-15 this year. nationalshrimpfestival.com
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/07 21:41:21 (permalink)
There are ramp festivals in the NC, TN, VA and WV mountains each spring.

http://www.richwooders.com/ramp/ramps.htm
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/07 22:26:22 (permalink)
Grits Festival. Yes people eat grits...

http://www.gritsfest.com/
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/07 22:30:37 (permalink)
Rattlesnake Roundup

http://www.cairogachamber.com/html/events_3.html
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/07 22:35:04 (permalink)
Swamp Gravy

http://www.swampgravy.com/

(Not a fest; but local heritage)
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/07 23:33:31 (permalink)
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Originally posted by holdem

Michael, If you visit the sweet corn festival look me up at the steak sandwich booth.

Will do.
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/08 07:55:59 (permalink)
Within about an hours ride of home we have , shrimp festival in fernadina, blue crab in palatka, crawfish in jax bch, international in dwntwn jax, native american in dwntwn, african american, latin and a number of others all held dwntwn. There is also a number of music festivals held dwntwn, bluse, jaz, country etc as well as movie festivals
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/08 09:22:19 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Rick F.

Natchitoches has its [url='http://www.meatpiefestival.com/']Meat Pie Festival[/url], which is beginning to become better known. For the local classic, visit the RoadFood review of [url='http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=116&RefID=116']Lasyone's[/url].


Hi, Rick -

We're looking for something interesting to do the weekend of September 15,16,17, 2006 in the Louisiana/Mississippi/Arkansas area and this sounds interesting. (I plan to post a separate topic looking for suggestions.) Besides the food, we're looking for some good live entertainment, particularly Cajun, Blues, and/or Black Gospel music. I see on your website link that a lot of the entertainment is still "To Be Determined". Can you tell me something about acts that have appeared at past festivals?

Thanks!

Sandy
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/08 10:53:29 (permalink)
Some folks get nuts over the Turkey Testicle Festival in Byron, IL. Haven't made it there yet myself.

http://www.turkey-testicle-festival.com/
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/08 11:04:06 (permalink)
Ostrich Festival in Chandler, AZ

http://www.ostrichfestival.com/

Great time is had by all...especially with a few deep-fried oreos!!!

And don't forget the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Chandler that features chihuahua races. There's nothing cuter than a chihuahua in a little mexican hat!!

http://cityguide.aol.com/phoenix/entertainment/event.adp?evid=1265649
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/08 16:08:25 (permalink)
Well, this used to be a small Greek festival when it started out in 1994 with 5,000 attendees.

Last year, the event drew more than a million visitors!!!

www.tasteofthedanforth.com
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/08 16:13:09 (permalink)
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Originally posted by GeoNit

Well, this used to be a small Greek festival when it started out in 1994 with 5,000 attendees.

Last year, the event drew more than a million visitors!!!

www.tasteofthedanforth.com


Ah. A Torontonian
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/08 16:27:01 (permalink)
No,just a Pittsburgher who can't pass up great Toronto hotel bargains bidding on Priceline!

I make three or four T.O. trips a year to explore and eat in the city's broad array of ethnic neighborhoods.

http://www.boldts.net/
http://www.boldts.net/Toronto.shtml
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/08 22:35:59 (permalink)
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Originally posted by GeoNit

No,just a Pittsburgher who can't pass up great Toronto hotel bargains bidding on Priceline!

I make three or four T.O. trips a year to explore and eat in the city's broad array of ethnic neighborhoods.

http://www.boldts.net/
http://www.boldts.net/Toronto.shtml



Great Website! You've done an amazing job. My uncle lives in metro and I visit every so often.
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/09 13:28:54 (permalink)
Salsailsa, as much as I might want to take some sort of credit for http://www.boldts.net/
http://www.boldts.net/Toronto.shtml , I just discovered this website focusing on Toronto neighborhood while surfing the net a few weeks ago!

Pittasburgh also has a good neighforhood website http://www.pittsburghneighborhoodtours.com/pr13/ , which just went online a couple of months ago.
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/09 19:12:10 (permalink)
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Some folks get nuts over the Turkey Testicle Festival in Byron, IL. Haven't made it there yet myself.

http://www.turkey-testicle-festival.com/

Never looked under a turkeys tail feathers.. Do they really have testicle's?.. Or is this something I am totally oblivious to?
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/10 06:01:37 (permalink)
Since GeoNit has no contact info I'll have to bore the rest of you with a question for him/her....do you really live in Sewickley?? I was born and raised there and had my first chef job at the Sewickley Country Inn.

Not to derail this thread, y'all have some outstanding local food festivals that us folks in the Arctic don't have. Always wanted to do the Gilroy Garlic Fest and a bunch of others. We did make it to Jazz Fest in NOLA one year where the food is just as important as the music.

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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/10 06:08:39 (permalink)
Looks like we missed a couple that took place this past weekend. The Annual National Red Neck games somewhere in Ga. this included hog calling, the hub cap toss, and what have you. And in Okalahoma the annual Noodelin contest. Looks like a good time was had by all. I'm waiting for the first annual Swamp Gravey cook off, that's one I would go out of my way to attend. Chow Jim
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RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/10 10:54:03 (permalink)
Lleechef, back in 1946, when I was about to enter 4th grade, my parents bought a house on ORB directly across from what was then the Elmhurst Inn (see illustration:http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=14825), which was torn down and replaced by a Holiday Inn, which is the current Sewickley Country Inn.

After college, I resided for about 20+ years on Duquesne Heights at three locations, including five years on Grandview Ave. just to the Downtown side if the big sign, in small apartment building between what are now the Georgetowne Restaurant and the Isabella Restaurant. My local watering holes during part of my Duquesne Heights days were the Pointview Restaurant,which preceded the Georgetown, and the Celestial Restaurant (both restaurants had different bar prices for locals and sightseers). For about three years, David Ayn was the Celestial's chef, so I picked up alot of free Italian cooking instruction at the bar during Happy Hour.

In 1990, after my mother died and my 93-year-old father began going blind, I moved back to the family home in Sewickley and rented an apartment across from the Sewickley Country Inn so that my blind could be on one floor. After my father's death in 1993, I inherited the family house. I retired in 1996, but don't have any real desire to move.
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