· Grand Rapids Apple Butter Festival:
Sometimes we want our apples a little more processed than just what nature offers right off the tree, and that’s why we put Ohio on our list. Slather apple butter on all that you want, as no one here will judge you. There’s apple dumplings and apple everything else, but local restaurants bring more than just apples; bet on stuff like brick oven pizza and homemade cinnamon ice ream just in case you want to try something different. Once you’ve had your fill of the apple entertainment make your way over to the Village Park where you can see people keeping the traditions of yesteryear alive in the Civil War and Frontier Encampments. This year’s festival is set for Sunday, October 10, and an $8 parking fee will get you access to more than 2,800 pints of apple butter fresh from the copper kettles.
· LaFayette Apple Festival: [Photo: Jeff Kubina; Video by Jaunted]
On October 9 and 10 the leaves on the tree just outside of Syracuse, NY should be doing their thing, so there’s no better time or place to take in the flavors of the fall. Admission here is just $4, and you’ll be overdoing it on apple products before you can say Johnny Appleseed. Just make sure that you eat too many apple cider donuts or apple turnovers, as there’s an Apple Run on Sunday morning. Along with the midway we’re pretty excited to witness the Scarecrow contest. Feel free to dress up your own, as winners can score $50 in prize money—and that’s a lot of apples.
[Photo: Jeff Kubina; Video by Jaunted]