Celebrate Kentucky Food at Fun Fall Festivals

While spring, summer and winter have their advantages, autumn is one of Kentucky’s favorite seasons. Autumn typically brings cooler weather, more outdoor activities and seasonal celebrations to Kentucky. As the season changes so do tastes. Some popular local fall festivities revolve around scrumptious Kentucky specialties: apples, cider, barbecue and burgoo, spoonbread, sorghum and watermelon.

If you’re planning a fall culinary trip to Kentucky, check out these delightful and delicious fall food festivals to pique your palate. You’ll find fabulous foodie festivities happening every weekend in October!

Decisions, (delicious) Decisions

Autumn is jam-packed with family-friendly food festivals. Which of these will you attend?

  • If one apple festival isn’t enough, there’s always the Annual Kentucky Apple Festival held in Paintsville the first Saturday of October. Famous for bushels of food (booths) and handmade crafts from American artisans, try a Tiger Ear (pastry) or a fried apple pie.
  • Ham it up! The 40th annual Trigg County Ham Festival happens Oct. 14-16 in Historic Downtown Cadiz. Be sure to be on hand for the main event: watching and tasting Kentucky’s Largest Country Ham & Biscuit baked onsite. Live music, fireworks & carnival.
  • Charlie Brown would be pleased with the Great Pumpkin Fest, Oct. 8-9 at Trummell’s in Utica. It begins with a pumpkin hunt and features hayrides, a corn maze and lots of pumpkin-themed booths. Everyone can taste all things pumpkin: stew, pies, breads, ice cream, rolls and juice!
  • If pumpkin is not your favorite fall fruit, there’s always the appeal of apple! Reid’s Orchard Apple Festival celebrates everything apple on the third weekend of October in Owensboro. Various apple activities include tasty (apple) dishes and treats to taste, art and craft vendors, a petting zoo, carnival rides and demonstrations.
  • • All hail the Murray Highland Games Oct. 22 in Murray. Besides the challenging athletic events, musicians will play Irish and Scottish style music, complete with bagpipes and dancers, demonstrations and colorful kilts; Haggis and Scotch Eggs will be available for lunch.

Be sure to double-check the dates and locations of these Kentucky fall food festivals before finalizing your travel itinerary. Don’t miss a mouthwatering moment of the coming fall season in KY! Start planning your culinary getaway now at one of the best fall festival destinations around.