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Three Labor Day Weekend Food Festivals to Finish Off the Summer

August 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM | by | ()

With the summer weather winding down we figured it was worth celebrating Labor Day with a bit of outdoor fun and overindulgence. The seasonal food festivals are winding down, but there are still a few worth the price of admission. Here’s our picks for a few fun Labor Day food events to close out the summer season:

Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival – Buffalo, New York

When it comes to buffalo wings the annual party up on Buffalo, New York is pretty much the granddaddy of them all. The National Buffalo Wing Festival is set to do its thing at Coca-Cola field on September 1 and 2. Events include the US wing eating championship, bobbing for wings, and of course the Miss Buffalo Wing pageant. Admission will set you back just $5 per person, and the food tickets for the chicken wings start at $1 each. Restaurants and vendors—some as far away as Georgia—will all be there preparing their crispy-skinned delicacies, so if you’re in the neighborhood this is a don’t miss event.

Taste of Hamburger Festival – Hamburg, Pennsylvania

There’s a couple different hamburger festivals that do their thing in the nifty fifty, but on September 1 organizers are promising that this is going to be the East Coast’s premier hamburger event. The overindulgence takes place on September 1 between 10am and 6pm in Downtown Hamburg, Pennsylvania. Plenty of local restaurants will be on hand to show off their burger creations, but be sure to save a little room for the National Hamburger Eating Competition—you’ll have eight minutes to chomp as many burgers as possible. Arts, crafts, and nonstop music kind of round out the entertainment options, and it’s all included with admission—which is free. Just be sure to bring some cash for all your burger sampling.

Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival – Bennington, Vermont

Fans of bad breath—we mean fans of garlic—need to make it their mission to head to Bennington, Vermont on September 1 and 2 at Camelot Village. Tickets to all the stinky fun are just $5 per person, but if you’re in it for the long haul you can get a two-day pass for $8. Over 100 different vendors from throughout New England and beyond will be on hand to show off their creations. Stuff like garlic ice cream, garlic jelly, and pickled garlic will be up for sale and yours for the sampling. Things for the kiddos include a corn maze as well as plenty of face painting opportunities, and they can do their thing while you relax over in the beer and wine garden while listening to live music.

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