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For the Love of Food

For the Love of Food

Raise your hand if you LOVE food…Whether you consider yourself a “foodie”, love to cook or bake, or like me…just like to eat, food not only sustains us, but entertains us. Think about all the buzz a new restaurant gets when it’s just opening, or the diner that’s been on the outskirts of town for years and serve “the BEST ______” (fill in the blank). 

I just saw an advertisement for a new reality show where food trucks compete for top billing. There’s TV shows about gourmet chef’s and cupcake wars. And this time of year you can’t help but hear about food festivals. In just the last few weeks there has been an Asparagus Festival, a Strawberry Festival and a Peach Festival nearby. Coming up in the next several weeks; a Garlic Festival and a Pickle Festival. 

While I wish I had time to attend them all, I don’t, but I try to get to at least one each year. They are fairly similar in that, there are numerous booths and trucks offering one or more tasty recipes made with the star ingredient. There may also be local wineries and breweries that tag along to quench your thirst. And you wouldn’t believe how many products you can find with either a picture of your favorite fruits and vegetables, or some funny little saying on an apron, that you MUST have for your favorite cook. 

Want to check out some of these delicious endeavors? Here are some ideas:

National Cherry Festival - July 2 - 9, 2022 - Traverse City, MI



Finger Lakes Wine Festival - July 9 - 10, 2022 - Watkins Glen, NY



Oregon Brewers Festival - July 28 - 30, 2022 - Portland, OR



Gilroy Garlic Festival - Late July, 2022 - Gilroy, CA



Maine Lobster Festival - August 3 -7, 2022 - Rockland, ME



Windy City Smokeout (BBQ Festival) - August 4 - 7, 2022 - Chicago, IL



Eden Corn Festival - August 4 - 7, 2022 - Eden, NY



Amish Country Cheese Festival - September 3 - 5, 2022 - Arthur, IL



World Champion Chili Cook Off - September 23 - 25, 2022 - Myrtle Beach, SC

Shelley Nicholson

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