August is SPAM Restaurant Month
August 2, 2018 – 7:46 pm | Comments Off on August is SPAM Restaurant Month

Believe it or not, Road Trips Foodies: some people actually search out places to enjoy Spam — that brand of canned cooked meat made by Hormel Foods Corporation first sold in 1937.
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Johnny Appleseed Festival
August 19, 2018 – 8:57 am | Comments Off on Johnny Appleseed Festival

Johnny Appleseed Festival, Fort Wayne, IndianaThe Johnny Appleseed Festival, set for September 15 and 16, 2018, in Archer Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana, is more than just a celebration of apples (although it is that). Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 15, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 16.

The festival, now in its 44th year, is a step back in history, to the early decades of the United States when European immigrants to the seaboard states and their descendants began to move west. The apple orchard marched west with these pioneers — and sometimes preceded them. The man popularly known as Johnny Appleseed is one of the reasons. He planted apple trees as he traveled through what’s now West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Apples were essential to the early settlers, not only as food but as beverage. Drinking water from local streams and lakes was risky but imbibing distilled cider from apples, not so much.

Fort Wayne claims Johnny as their own (he’s said to be buried there, and you can visit the grave in Johnny Appleseed Park). The festival in his name brings his era — he lived from 1774 to 1845 — into focus. You’ll find food typical of the period, plus demonstrations of pioneer crafts, and re-enactors portraying traders, storytellers, candle makers and other staples of early 19th century life.

The Johnny Appleseed Festival, begun in 1974, has stringent requirements for its vendors: “Cooking must be done over an open fire, without the use of propane gas. Vendors are required to dress in 1800s period dress, sell products, demonstrate trades, entertain and provide food potentially available within the 1800s.”

Crafters offer items handmade from materials available in the wilderness areas where Johnny wandered sowing his apple seeds. Modern collectibles are NOT among the offerings in the area with some two dozen juried vendors offering a variety of antiques and primitives.

Stepping beyond the early 1800s time frame, there’s a military encampment hosted by the 44th Indiana Civil War Historical Association. Most of the unit portrays the standard western infantry soldier during the Civil War, with specific emphasis placed on the 44th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

Needless to say, Road Trips Foodies, you’ll find apple dumplings, caramel apples, fried apples rolled in cinnamon sugar, apple pie, and plenty of cider. Everything comes with a “side of history”, making this apple fest unique.

For more information on the Fort Wayne area, go online.

(Photo courtesy of Johnny Appleseed Festival)

Apples and Barbecue in Michigan
August 18, 2018 – 8:16 am | Comments Off on Apples and Barbecue in Michigan
Apples and Barbecue in Michigan

An Apple & BBQ Festival takes place Golden Township Park at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, 8453 West Silver Lake Road, Silver Lake, Michigan, September 14 and 15, 2018.
The festival — with Oceana County apples and …

Minnesota SalsaFest
August 17, 2018 – 8:42 am | Comments Off on Minnesota SalsaFest
Minnesota SalsaFest

Road Trips Foodies don’t usually think of “salsa” and “Minnesota” in the same sentence, but the folks of Long Prairie are ready to prove, for the second year, that the two go together.
The Minnesota Salsa …

Apple Festival in Nappanee, Indiana
August 16, 2018 – 8:13 am | Comments Off on Apple Festival in Nappanee, Indiana
Apple Festival in Nappanee, Indiana

Well, of course, Road Trips Foodies: you want to go to northern Indiana next month. More than 800 visitors to the 43rd annual Apple Festival in downtown Nappanee, Indiana, get to sample a slice from …

First Ever Cocktail Week in Oakland
August 15, 2018 – 8:59 am | Comments Off on First Ever Cocktail Week in Oakland
First Ever Cocktail Week in Oakland

Thousands of cocktail enthusiasts are expected in Oakland, California, to join local bars, restaurants and distilleries in celebrating the city’s cocktail culture — past and present. The first ever Cocktail Week is set for September …

Illinois’ Fall Mushrooms
August 14, 2018 – 8:36 am | Comments Off on Illinois’ Fall Mushrooms
Illinois’ Fall Mushrooms

What better way could there be for a Road Trips Foodie to learn about the richness of fall mushrooms in Illinois than by attending the Illinois Mycological Association’s Mushroom Show & Sale.
It takes place from …

Central Florida Veg Fest in October
August 13, 2018 – 8:57 am | Comments Off on Central Florida Veg Fest in October
Central Florida Veg Fest in October

The 13th annual Central Florida Veg Fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 27, 2018, in Orlando Festival Park, 2911 East Robinson Street, Orlando, Florida. Admission is free.
Veg Fest is a family-friendly, …

Southern Indiana’s Seek the Truth Tour
August 12, 2018 – 8:54 am | Comments Off on Southern Indiana’s Seek the Truth Tour
Southern Indiana’s Seek the Truth Tour

Road Trips Foodies who are serious about drinking might want to check out a Seek the Truth Tour at Hard Truth Hills, 418 Old State Road 46, Nashville, Indiana.
On this secluded, 325-acre property dedicated to …

Coffee Seminar in Historic Café HAG building
August 11, 2018 – 8:13 am | Comments Off on Coffee Seminar in Historic Café HAG building
Coffee Seminar in Historic Café HAG building

Heading to northern Germany, Road Trips Foodies? Take a seminar all about coffee at Lloyd Caffee in the old Café HAG building, Fabrikenufer 115, Überseestadt, Bremen, Germany.
Explore the history of coffee production and the life …

Orlando’s Restaurant Month
August 10, 2018 – 8:02 am | Comments Off on Orlando’s Restaurant Month
Orlando’s Restaurant Month

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, returns August 24 through September 30, 2018.
More than 100 restaurants across the tourist destination will participate, with each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for $35 per person.
This …

Thai Food Festival on Mexico’s Riviera Maya
August 9, 2018 – 8:33 am | Comments Off on Thai Food Festival on Mexico’s Riviera Maya
Thai Food Festival on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

A Thai Food Festival takes place August 24 through 27, 2018, at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba Resort, Chetumal-Puerto Juárez KM 298, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
The five-diamond resort will stage a boat …