food 07.27.16

Out of Town: Food Festivals
Every Person in New York

No ocean? No problem. Newport, Ky. may be landlocked, but the town serves up 10,000 Maine lobsters (and a whole lot more) on the banks of the Ohio River (Aug. 11-14) at the Great Inland Seafood Festival.

Gilroy, schmilroy. The Garlic and Herb Festival, September 3-4, in Bennington, Vermont, celebrates the stinking rose in all its assertive glory.

When it's swampy-hot, as North Carolina tends to get in August, a fat slice of watermelon goes down easy. Head to Winterville for the 31st Annual Watermelon Festival, August 25-27.

Straw-, rasp-, and blue- tend to get all the love but when blackberries have the optimal balance of tart to sweet, they're little jolts of delight.
The Blackberry Festival, September 3-5 in Bremerton, Washington,
feels your pleasure.

Shrooms, dude, at the 33rd Telluride Mushroom Festival
in Telluride, Colorado, August 18-21.

Launched in 1950, the Delcambre Shrimp Festival, located twenty miles south of Lafayette, Louisiana, features shrimp in many guises, plus the selection of a Festival Queen and a King Crustacean. August 17-21.

The Austin Ice Cream Festival, celebrates America's favorite dessert (sorry, apple pie!) on August 13 at Fiesta Gardens.

Every year at 11am on the last Wednesday in August, in the Spanish town of Buñol, 30,000 people throw a lot of shade—nightshade—in the form of a tomato fight of epic proportions: This bit of insanity is known as the Tomatina Festival.

The Milford Oyster Festival, held on August 20 in Milford, Connecticut, is now in its 42nd year. It involves an oyster cookoff, live music galore (Blue Oyster Cult and The Marshall Tucker Band are this year's headliners) and more bivalves than you can shake a pearl at.

BBQ hounds should head to Reno's 21st annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off (August 31-September 5), where they take their 'cue very seriously indeed.

Barnesville, Minnesota host its annual Potato Days festival, August 26-27, filled with potato dishes, potato wrestling, the Miss Tater Tot Pageant and bad potato puns.

At the National Buffalo Wing Festival, a chicken wing eating contest heats up the foodstuff's hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. over Labor Day weekend, September 3 and 4.

As they do with pizza, Chicago goes its own way when it comes to wiener variations. Yours for the choosing at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest,
August 5-7.

The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival in Maine, in its 41st year, celebrates the blues, August 19-21.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.

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