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2006/07/03 19:52:22 (permalink)

Funky local food festivals

What are some of the small town food festivals held near you?
Around here we have the usual watermelon, strawberry, and peanut festivals. But I think my favorite was the Oatmeal Festival I went to about 15 years ago. There is actually a Texas town called Oatmeal. Its so small it was dropped off the maps, so they started having an annual festival to get themselves put back on. But Oatmeal is too small to host their own festival so they have it in nearby Bertram instead. That year in addition to the baking contests, the held a chicken fly-off, pet parade, regular parade, etc. We had a blast (and I won a couple of ribbons for my baking attempts too)
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    xannie_01
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 19:57:32 (permalink)
    other than the UFO festival in roswell, the one we all plan on is the hatch chile festival in august..nothing beats the aroma of thousands of pounds of chiles being roasted.
    the fun contest is the raw chile eating one. all you get is plates of the HOT stuff and water to help them go down. it becomes a "sweatstival" bad pun, sorry. can't wait to bring a hundred pounds home YUMMMM..and yes, they ARE addictive.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 20:02:23 (permalink)
    I got you all beat. The Loris Bog Off in Loris, South Carolina, held every fall. Chicken bog is a dish of rice and chicken all "bogged" down together.


    http://www.lorischambersc.com/bogoff.cfm
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 20:26:10 (permalink)
    Shelby, NC has the livermush festival in August.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 20:30:10 (permalink)
    LIVERMUSH????????

    okay, you win.

    just dont tell me what you do with it.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 20:39:02 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by xannie_01

    LIVERMUSH????????

    okay, you win.

    just dont tell me what you do with it.


    It's something Ort and my dad eat.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 20:39:48 (permalink)
    Raeford NC has a Turkey Festival featuring the Turkey Olympics.
    I've never been. A little afraid, but curious at the same time!
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 20:40:02 (permalink)
    ohhhhh. then it must be tasty.
    seriously, if mr. carlton eats it, it must be very good.
    wonder what it would taste like with a lil hatch chile...
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 20:45:35 (permalink)
    okay, I give, what exactly is livermush?
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 20:46:22 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Captain Morgan

    I got you all beat. The Loris Bog Off in Loris, South Carolina, held every fall. Chicken bog is a dish of rice and chicken all "bogged" down together.


    http://www.lorischambersc.com/bogoff.cfm

    Well, I guess I have to go since its only 10 miles down the road from me.......
    Capt, You will have me going all over the place!
    First to Aynor for BBQ and home cooking, and now to Loris to "git some bog".....
    I have my own personal travel agent.
    Oh, BTW..Heard ya on the radio. I didnt catch the interview, I had the wrong day.. shucks. but did listen in one morning on the way to work.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 20:50:48 (permalink)
    Well,let's see. Here are a few in Ohio: The Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival, August 17-19, the Obetz Zucchini Festival, Aug. 25-27, the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival, Sept. 10, the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, and the Circleville Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 15-18. You missed the Port Clinton Walleye Festival, which was held in May.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 21:02:37 (permalink)
    Glendale, AZ, my new hometown, has a chocolate festival each March. My wife and I took our daughter this year, and while it was fun, there was precious little chocolate and lots and lots of artsy craftsy stuff.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 21:05:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by HankNBugsy

    okay, I give, what exactly is livermush?


    Read all about it here:

    http://www.answers.com/topic/livermush
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 21:21:01 (permalink)
    The Apple Scrapple festival in Bridgeville, Delaware, has to be a contender here.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 21:24:58 (permalink)
    My hometown, sigh, I miss it (at least in September). The festival is a real ball for everyone.

    Vinita, Oklahoma27th World's Largest Calf Fry Festival & Cook-off
    Saturday, September 9th

    Its the largest Calf Fry festival, not the largest . . . ya know.

    The distinguished list of refusals to be celebrity judges include Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, Troy Aikman, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh.

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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 21:28:45 (permalink)
    Mr. Hoffman
    the festivals in your area sound absolutely delicious. How lucky to have those fresh vegetables so readily available!
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 21:44:34 (permalink)
    Southwest Gourd Fine Arts Show - Kerrville, TX - features the best gourd artists in America
    Blanco Lavender Festival
    Stonewall Peach Jamboree
    Laredo Jalapeno Festival
    Fulton Oysterfest
    Luling Watermelon Thump
    Floresville Peanut Festival
    Poteet Strawberry Festival
    Clear Lake Crawfish Crawl
    Dr. Pepper Birthday Celebration (Dublin, Tx)
    Dairyfest in Stephenville
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 21:55:57 (permalink)
    you left out the athens black eyed pea festival
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 22:03:57 (permalink)
    thank you! I didn't know about that one
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 22:08:37 (permalink)
    Tara, I'm 99 percent sure I'm opening a q joint inside a
    convenience store on Lake Arrowhead Road. Details to come.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 22:16:48 (permalink)

    One of the largest within an hour of us is the Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, KY in September. It is a weeklong celebration of the fine quality product that has made Bardstown what it is today.

    If you have never attended the Kentucky Derby, the two weeks just prior to the running of the Derby is called Derby festival and their are a multitude of events that help focus attention on the Horse business!

    Local festivals include a number of BBQ festivals that start in May and run thru the summer, usually combined with Blues and Bluegrass music. By Fall these evolve into Octoberfests of various types that keep the good food and drink coming until the Persimmon Festivals that wrap up the Fall Season!
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 22:50:51 (permalink)
    Outside of Chattanooga, about 25 miles up the road in S. Pittsburg, they have a cornbread festival every April.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 23:21:30 (permalink)
    Michael, If you visit the sweet corn festival look me up at the steak sandwich booth.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/03 23:45:19 (permalink)
    My hometown, Sparta, TN, has an annual festival called Corn Pone Day. Gainesboro, TN has their Poke Salet Festival and Bell Buckle, TN has the RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/04 01:47:42 (permalink)
    We have the Raisin Festival in Dinuba, CA, in September.. in the middle of California..
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/04 09:45:27 (permalink)
    Chitterling Festival every fall near my area. Contestants needed now for eating contest. Your choice: boiled or fried. Email me for details. Yum-yum.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/04 22:12:46 (permalink)
    Michigan has several apple, blueberry, cherry, and potato festivals, but the following list includes festivals that seem to be rare elsewhere:

    Mushroom Festival, Mesick (located in morel mushroom hunting territory)
    Asparagus Festival, Hart or Shelby (switches between the two towns in alternate years)
    Gizzard Fest, Potterville (connected to Joe's Gizzard City, a restaurant that been serving chicken gizzards since 1960)
    Bean Day, Tekonsha (Randall Beans have been processed here since 1880)
    Bologna Festival, Yale (a lot of bologna is made here)
    Fish Sandwich Festival, Bay Port, MI
    Mint Festival, St. Johns (they grow mint in the area)
    Baby Food Festival, Fremont, MI (home of Gerber baby food)
    Pickle Festival, Linwood, MI
    Fudge Festival, Mackinac Island (tourists there are called "fudgies")
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/04 23:04:42 (permalink)
    quote:
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    Tara, I'm 99 percent sure I'm opening a q joint inside a
    convenience store on Lake Arrowhead Road. Details to come.


    Cool... Let me know. I go by that road to and from work.
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/04 23:49:47 (permalink)
    In Oatman, Arizona, July 4 is the day of the "fry an egg on the sidewalk" festival.

    There is a burro biscuit toss on Labor Day.

    http://www.americanprofile.com/issues/20011111/20011111we_1516.asp
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    RE: Funky local food festivals 2006/07/05 12:30:47 (permalink)

    Might as well add some more to the list:

    Panhandle/NW FL Watermelon Festival (held two weekends ago - a new twist
    where some of the parade participants were handing out bottled water to the
    spectators since it was steaming hot!)
    Fun Day AKA "Possum Day" down the road in Wausau on 8/5: Potted Possum (and
    other ways of preparation), Corn Pone & Possum Ice Cream " />
    Apalachicola Seafood Festival
    Indian Summer Seafood Festival
    Scallop Festival
    National Peanut Festival (in Dothan, AL)
    Tri-States BBQ Cookoff (first one this year was a success!)
    Caryville Collard Festival
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