Fall is one of our favorite times of year—mostly because of the food. Here are ten fall festivals in the Mountain State that no food love will want to miss!
1. Treasure Mountain Festival
Features apple butter and cider making as well as local goodies including the Lutheran baked potato. Sept. 15-18 in Franklin. More info on their website.
2. Golden Delicious Festival
Held annually in Clay – home of the original Golden Delicious apple tree – will include an apple pie eating and baking contest. Sept. 15-17. More info on their website.
3. Grape Stomping Wine Festival
Features grape eating and stomping contests at the Kirkwood Winery in Summersville. Sept. 17-18.
4. St. George Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival
Includes a variety of foods including lamb cooked on a rotisserie, souvlaki and gyros as well as Greek pastries. Sept. 23-25 in Huntington. Check out their website.
5. West Virginia Molasses Festival
Held in the Calhoun County community of Arnoldsburg. Festival goers can purchase the molasses made and bottled at the annual event which runs Sept. 22-24.
6. Roadkill Cook-Off
Sponsored by the Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce, it’s slated for Sept. 24 in Marlinton. A chance to taste dishes like squirrel gravy over biscuits and deer sausage.
7. Preston County Buckwheat Festival
Will be held in Kingwood Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Buckwheat cakes along with pork sausage – both produced locally – are festivity staples.
8. Salem Apple Butter Festival
Features live demonstrations of old-fashioned apple butter making done outdoors using copper kettles. It is canned and available for purchase. Oct. 6-9 in Salem. More info on their website.
9. Black Walnut Festival
Will be held Oct. 13-16 in Spencer. Baked goods will feature black walnuts. More info on their website.
10. Mountain State Harvest Festival
Held each year in Martinsburg. This year’s event will run from Oct. 21-23, and will include the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and an apple pie baking contest which will include an auction Sunday. More info on their website.