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2016 Nebraska: August to December 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

(See also: 2015 - 2014 - 2011 - 2010)

August 12-13, 2016  Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival
Omaha, Nebraska
The unique celebration features hot air balloon launches and glows, the Midwest's most delicious foods and barbeque, some of the area's best bands and musicians, arts & craft displays, and activities for kids. Enjoy tastes of Nebraska wines or choice of beers with festival admission.

August 12-14, 2016  Kool-Aid Days - Hastings, Nebraska
Hastings is Kool-Aid's original home. In 1927, Edwin Perkins invented Kool-Aid in Hastings, Nebraska. Kool-Aid Days includes world's largest Kool-Aid stand, $2 mug gets you all the Kool-Aid you can drink and admission to Koncert Kool-Aid.


August 18-20, 2016
Capital City Ribfest
Lincoln, Nebraska
Nebraska Pork Producers Capital City Ribfest is Lincoln’s favorite, and longest running summer festival featuring award-winning barbecue from around the country and some of the best local and regional live music on the Ribfest Sound Stage.  A 4 day summer street festival featuring award-winning BBQ and music.  Award-winning BBQ pit bosses from around the country gather to showcase their talents and serve up award-winning barbeque to southeastern Nebraskans. This festival is unique to Lincoln in that barbeque is the focal point of the event - offering the public a chance to sample a variety of barbeque recipes from across the nation and even Australia. (also: )  Attendance: 25,000.

August 26-Sept 5, 2016  Nebraska State Fair - Grand Island, Nebraska
Offering insights into the unique culture of Nebraska, the Fair is built on 145 years of tradition. It showcases the talent, products, and people of Nebraska. Nebraskans come together to experience the latest technological advancements in agriculture, first-class entertainment, and the most delectable and extraordinary food the state has to offer. Highlights include a competitive livestock exhibition, a farming equipment trade show, and competitions in other fields, such as handmade crafts and baked goods.

August 27, 2016  Annual Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Competition
Albion, Nebraska
All Day Beer Gardens, People's Choice competition starts at noon, Rib Dinner & Cream Can Supper at 6:00pm. Crossfire Rock will take stage 3:00pm and Blinker Fluid will rock us into the night starting at 8:00pm. Life-sized Beer Pong and Cornhole Tournament for Cash Prize! For more info, sign up for tournaments, or register your BBQ team contact 402-395-6012.

September 8-11, 2016  Plattsmouth Harvest Festival
Plattsmouth, Nebraska
The oldest continuous harvest festival in Nebraska, with four days of activities for the entire family. 'Where Corn is Still King'

September 11, 2016  Taste of Florence - Omaha, Nebraska
Senior Health Foundation 1st Annual Taste of Florence food festival from 1-5pm at Florence Home Healthcare at 7915 North 30th St.  Taste of Florence will feature nearly 20 local restaurants from the Florence neighborhood and surrounding areas.  Visitors will be treated to a wide variety of food served by some of the finest restaurants in the metro area. Fun for all ages including a special Kid’s Zone with face painting, games, and prizes.  The Nebraska Humane Society’s PAW van will have animals to show and adopt. The Omaha Fire Department will be present with their Fire Safety Trailer, in which children can learn how to exit safely if their home is on fire.  Other activities include a jazz quartet, special appearance by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rogers for autographs and pictures, a live mural painting by two of Omaha’s best graffiti artists, and a special 9-11 first-responders tribute.


The afternoon will culminate with an exciting pumpkin-carving competition pitting some of Omaha’s finest chefs versus Omaha’s finest surgeons in what promises to be a fun time for all.  Senior Health Foundation helps fill in the gaps in critical programs for seniors in Omaha through Midwest Geriatrics, Inc.

September 13-15, 2016
Husker Harvest Days
Grand Island, Nebraska
The largest totally irrigated working farm show in the United States. 80 acres of exhibits and 700 acres of field demonstrations.  Attendance: 50,000

September 16-18, 2016  Annual AppleJack Festival
Nebraska City, Nebraska
Nebraska City's historic AppleJack Festival annually draws between 60,000 and 80,000 people to Nebraska City to celebrate the kickoff of the apple harvest. Apple pie, apple cider, apple cider donuts, candy apples, caramel apples, apple fritters, apple salad...pretty much anything you can imagine made from apples are available at the AppleJack Festival. With over 6 craft fairs, a parade, street dances, a classic car show, live music, and a 3-day carnival, for one weekend Nebraska City becomes the Apple Capital of the World.

September 24, 2016  Stamford Pork Days - Stamford, Nebraska
Parade, arts and crafts, food, street games, free pork BBQ and entertainment.

October 1, 2016  Applefest - Orleans, Nebraska
Annually the 1st weekend of October. The event provides a craft fair, food and fun for all ages, including plenty of apples and cider.

October 8-10, 2016  28th Annual Fall Home & Garden Expo
Omaha, Nebraska
The Areas Largest Fall Home Consumer Show.  The Largest Showcase in Nebraska and Iowa with over 100,000 Square Feet of the Latest Products and Services For the Home - Inside & Out!

October 10-14, 2016 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

November 24, 2016  THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.

December 10, 2016  Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.


2015 Nebraska: August to December 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 11, 2015  Bread 'N Jam Festival - Neligh, Nebraska
In keeping with Neligh’s historic roots and to promote our historic Neligh Mill, Neligh started the Bread and Jam Festival to showcase baking talents!  You will find a day full of fun events.  In the morning, the local Boy Scout troop puts on a free will donation pancake feed at the Senior Citizen's Center.  Antelope Memorial Hospital’s 5k Walk/Run starts at 8 a.m.  The rest of the day you’ll find a farmer’s market, inflatable bouncy house, classic car show, free admission to the Neligh Mill and Antelope County Historical Society, craft and art show, and live entertainment on the Mill’s east lawn.  Best of all is the Bake-Off with an adult and kid’s category.  If you think you have what it takes, the first three places pay out with a grand prize of $300.  You can also register to win a 40” Flat Screen TV and many more prizes!

September 13-15, 2015 - Watermelon Days - Thurston, Nebraska
Family movies, street dance, softball and volleyball tournaments, watermelon feed and more!

December 1-2, 2015  Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference
Mitchell, Nebraska
Designed especially for alfalfa producers, livestock/dairy producers and others involved in alfalfa production, purchasing, hay feeding or processing. Two days jam-packed with information, education and innovation—all focused on helping hay and livestock producers improve production, performance and profitability. A trade show featuring some 100 exhibitors and a fundraising auction are included. The Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference is sponsored by the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (NAMA).

December 8-10, 2015  Nebraska Power Farming Show
Lincoln, Nebraska
The largest indoor farm show west of the Missouri River with over 900 companies represented.


2014 Nebraska: August to December 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

November 22, 2014  Holiday Food & Gift Festival - Cozad, Nebraska
Two buildings full of vendors. Haystack Rides and more.


2011 Nebraska: August to December 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

August 6, 2011  Wine Under the Pines Festival - Nebraska City, Nebraska
A celebration of southeast Nebraska's vineyards and breweries. Grape stomp, apple wood smoked BBQ, live music and cooking demonstrations. All proceeds from this year's Festival benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, supporting our friends and neighbors affected by the 2011 Missouri River flooding.


2010 Nebraska: August to December 2010
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 16, 2010  Nebraska's 3 Shows in 1 - Omaha, Nebraska
Food & Drink Expo; Convenience Store Show; Bar & Night Club Show.




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