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October 4-6, 2019
Ozark Fall FarmFest
Springfield, Missouri
One of the largest agricultural trade shows in the Midwest, the annual Farmfest offers over 750 booths of products and services for the farm and ranch as well as more than 500 head of purebred livestock on display.

October 5, 2019
Fall Festival – Pumpkins & Mums - Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Crafters, vendors, and artists. Childrens activities include face painting, pumpkin painting, carnival games, pony rides, scarecrow decorating contest and petting zoo.

October 5, 2019  28th Annual Republic Pumpkin Daze
Republic, Missouri
Activities include weigh-in and awards for produce, pet parade, kids' tractor pull, pumpkin' chuckin', and musical entertainment.

October 5-6, 2019 - Big Bass Bash Tournament
Fall Classic - Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
The Fall Classic gives anglers the chance to enjoy fantastic fall fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Weigh-in sites at: Alhonna Resort; Red Oak Resort; Public Beach No. 2; and Red Fox.  More than $250,000 in cash prizes are given Sunday at Public Beach No. 2.

October 12, 2019  Grape & Fall Festival - Hollister, Missouri
The Grape Carnival, as it was first known, had a renaissance in 1998 as the Grape & Fall Festival. The event originated to celebrate the annual grape harvest and features food, crafters—and the highlight of the Festival—the Grape Stomping Contest.

October 12-13, 2019  Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival - Hartsburg, Missouri
The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival began in 1991 as a celebration of the pumpkin and the promotion for the village of Hartsburg. In those days, and to the present, Hartsburg was known as “The Garden Spot of Boone County.” That rich Missouri River bottom soil produces unique and bountiful harvests of grains, grasses, fruits, and vegetables.

October 14-18, 2019 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

October 19, 2019  Kansas City Mac & Cheese Festival
Kansas City, Missouri
No doubt at some point you've wondered where in Kansas City you can find the best mac & cheese.


Now's your chance to find out, as more than 20 restaurants show-down at KCMO’s only mac & cheese festival and competition!  Come sample new twists on a staple comfort food and vote for your favorite at Kansas City’s Mac & Cheese Festival. This won't be your standard Kraft, as each restaurant will be offering creative recipes with gourmet ingredients. In addition to as much mac & cheese as you can eat, each person will enjoy an all-inclusive bar as well as a stainless steel commemorative spork for tasting and to bring home! Early-entry tickets are available for those who want first bites.

October 19, 2019  7th Annual Ozarks Bacon Fest - Springfield, Missouri
A Salute to Bacon, Bourbon & Beer.  A bacon-infused wonderland where the Ozark’s best chefs prepare amazing creative bacon snacks. National brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacon purveyors display, sample, and sell a multitude of bacon and bacon inspired products. The best mixologists and brewers hand out bacon-inspired cocktails, beer and wine. And in honoring bacon in all its glory, Ozarks Bacon Fest will be holding a Bacon Eating Contest, a Best Bacon Recipe contest and a Bacon Art contest. (also: )

Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events still waiting for new dates

October 5-7, 2018 - 38th Annual Brunswick Pecan Festival
Brunswick, Missouri
Celebrate the region's prolific pecan production with great food, contests, entertainment, two parades and a wide variety of vendors while visiting this charming riverside town. Don't miss "the world's largest pecan".)

October 6, 2018 - Annual Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival
Augusta, Missouri
The festival seeks to promote Microbreweries by creating a great afternoon of beer tasting, live music and food.

October 6, 2018 - Annual Missouri Chestnut Roast
New Franklin, Missouri
Thousands of festival visitors each year enjoy samples of roasted chestnuts. Hosted by the MU Horticulture & Agroforestry Research Center, the event is an opportunity to introduce landowners to the benefits of implementing agroforestry practices on their land. There are cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and chestnut products available to buy.

October 13, 2018  31st Annual Wine & Food Celebration
Springfield, Missouri
The Wine & Food Celebration returns to the White River Conference Center this year from 2 to 5 pm. Over the past 30 years, this event has expanded to now include hundreds of wines, delicious food from Springfield’s finest restaurants, craft beer and specialty cocktails. Attending the Wine & Food Celebration is a great way to have a memorable, fun-filled, delicious day and support Ozarks Public Television at the same time! All proceeds benefit educational children’s programming.

October 19-20, 2018  Persimmon Days - Sparta, Missouri
Lots of activities over the 2 days- from BBQ cook off, car shows, parade, yummy food to different booths!!!

October 27-28, 2018  Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival
Kimmswick, Missouri
Come enjoy the small town ambience and stroll through our streets lined with 500 to 600 food, drink and craft vendors. Visitors are encouraged to help members of the Historical Society stir the apple butter cooking over a woodburning fire. Apple butter is for sale each day. Also enjoy lots of live entertainment throughout the town.  Attendance: 100,000.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

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October 8, 2016  Taste of SoMo & Oktoberfest Village
Springfield, Missouri
Springfield's premier culinary event features local restaurants, beer sampling, booths for specialty vendors and local music. This event is in the heart of Springfield’s entertainment district with more than 40 restaurants and 20 nightclubs within walking distance.



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