Where to eat, drink, and play across the U.S. this autumn.
Traditionally, fall food brings to mind hot apple cider, spicy butternut squash soup, and pumpkin spice everything. But at food festivals across the country, there’s a lot more on offer. It’s not just Oktoberfest, either.
There are big, all-inclusive festivals, like Fall for Greenville in South Carolina, and smaller ones focused on singular ingredients, like Montana’s Lewistown Chokecherry Festival.
Food fairs are a great way to enjoy the best of fall before the days get shorter and the temperatures drop — and, in some cases, are a great excuse to travel. Get serious about Hawaiian fare by heading to Maui, Oahu, or the Big Island for three weekends of upscale restaurant cuisine and wine pairings. Or head to the Cape to slurp as many briny oysters as you can stomach.
Here are 12 of the very best food festivals happening across the country in autumn.