When the air starts getting cooler in New England, or appetites seem to rise. Luckily, it’s harvest season, and New England’s many farms and fisheries and other food producers are inviting all of us to a banquet of food-loving festivals and other events. There’s room at the table. Find an event that looks delicious and come on. Lots of food festivals include entertainment and activities for kids, too. See below and find even more food events here.
Brats & Beer Cruise on the Connecticut River on October 11 in Essex, CT
All aboard a paddlewheel riverboat operated by with Essex Steam Train and Riverboat for beer, bratwurst, and a fall foliage sunset cruise. The vistas are fabulous and the bratwurst is spicy. Bring friends! Map
Pickles & Pints on October 6-8 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
Bring all your senses — including taste — to this fest of live music, a beer garden, lawn games, kids crafts, wine tasting, face painting, autumn food, vendors, chef demonstrations. The weekend piques your tastes for all things canned, pickled, preserved, and fermented. Walk the woodland trails, too! Map.
Wellfleet OysterFest on October 14-15 in Wellfleet, MA
This street party celebrates Wellfleet’s delicious oysters, clams and shellfishing history. The fest brings cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, educational exhibits, live music, and the Oyster Shuck-Off competition. There are a number of satellite events planned like beachcombing and bird walks. Map.
On-the-Farm Apple Harvest Dinner on October 27 in Dummerston, VT
This dinner, at Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Road, is a five-course delight held in the farm’s Apple Barn and co-hosted by Scott Farm and the Vermont Fresh Network. From salad to dessert, each course features heirloom apples, cider, and vegetables grown at Scott Farm. BYOB. Map.
New England Chowdafest on September 30 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT
Slurp down unlimited samples of chowders as well as Italian foods at Ciaodafest; there’s a sweet treats section serving desserts and a Beverage Bog. Kids will be well-occupied at the Little Necks with amusements for children. Map.
Sun Brewfest on October 6 at the Mohegan sun in Uncasville, CT
A visit to the Mohegan Sun is always a lark for gambling, shopping, people-watching, and dining. At this popular annual event you can sample 150 beers including craft brews, microbrews, imports, domestics and ciders; enjoy live entertainment, games, a cornhole tournament, and food from local restaurants. Map.
Harvest on the Harbor on October 16-21 in Portland, Maine
The three-day explosion of Maine food and food expertise will present seminars, tastings, and exquisite dinners crafted by renowned chefs from Maine and afar. Major events include Different Roads, a Melting Pot of Flavor; Lobster Chef of the Year; a Distillers Happy Hour; Bloody Mary and Pig Roast Lunch; Oysterfest; and Market on the Harbor. Enjoy one or many events. Map.