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September 5, 2020
VegFest- Vegan Food & Street Festival
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
VegFest celebrates the growing vegan culture and sustainable living practices throughout Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley. Our festival includes cooking demonstrations, renowned speakers, live music, as well as over 100 food, small business, and craft vendors from up and down the east coast.  Attendance: 10,000.

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

September 6-7, 2019 - Chile Pepper Festival - Bowers, Pennsylvania
Food festival, crafts, music all day both days, free parking in park, pepper eating contest, salsa contest and wagon rides to Meadow View Farm.  No alcohol, no pets.

September 7, 2019 - National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Part of the Annual Mushroom Festival.

September 7, 2019  Whoopie Pie Festival - Strasburg, Pennsylvania
The Most Delicious Day in Lancaster County! The annual Whoopie Pie Festival features more than 100 different Whoopie Pie flavors and is held at the Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn, located in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.  Who can resist rich, creamy icing spread between two soft, delicious cakes? They’ve been a favorite Lancaster County confection for years. And now the Whoopie Pie isn’t just for eating!  Whoopie Pie Treasure Hunt, Pie Race, Pie Checkers, Eating Contest, and Largest Whoopie Pie.

September 7, 2019  Northern Appalachian Folk Festival
Indiana, Pennsylvania
EVENT CANCELLED FOR 2019.  We’re going to be taking 2019 off to take stock of everything we’ve learned, plan some new things and help our parent organization, Downtown Indiana, promote our hometown as the place to be ‘year round (which you know and we know but even more people need to know).

September 7-8, 2019 - The 33rd Annual Mushroom Festival
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
'The Mushroom Capital of the World'  Celebrate the mushroom as well as the beauty, history and excitement of Southern Chester County with farm tours, culinary demonstrations, children's rides and a variety of entertainment.

September 7-8, 2019  15th Annual Gettysburg Wine and Music Festival
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Celebrate the grape harvest and enjoy a fall weekend in historic Gettysburg while you savor the flavors of hundreds of Pennsylvania wines and enjoy live music.  Sample and purchase wine from 25 Pennsylvania wineries, enjoy offerings from more than 50 food and craft vendors and dance to the region’s best live music. The event annually draws nearly 7,000 attendees.  Hosted by the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce and supported by area businesses and hundreds of volunteers, the festival promotes Pennsylvania wine, boosts the area economy and strengthens the local quality of life. In addition to supporting programs of the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce, the festival benefits community organizations with more than $10,000 in donations. One-day advance tickets are $20 and include a free wine glass, unlimited wine sampling and access to live music. Tickets are $25 at the gate. Two-day advance tickets are available for wine enthusiasts at $30. Youth/Designated Driver tickets are $12 and children 12 and under are free. Special pricing is available for groups of more than 15 people. Parking is free.  Attendance: 7,000.


September 8-10, 2019  140th Philadelphia National Candy Gift & Gourmet Show - Hershey, Pennsylvania
America's largest show dedicated to the retail confectioner, is sponsored by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia.

September 8-14, 2019  128th Bean Soup Festival & Fair
McClure, Pennsylvania
Bean Soup served daily at 12 Noon, Baking Contests, Food Contests, Farmyard Games, Shoofly Pie Contest, Horse Show, Parade, Entertainment, Amusements, Midway, etc.

September 13-15, 2019  Annual Hinkelfest Chicken Festival
Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania
Get ready for the Pennsylvania Dutch Tradition everyone is waiting for... the Hinkelfest Chicken Festival! It is a weekend full of fun, tons of food and outdoor entertainment for the whole family!  Enjoy terrific chicken dinners and mouthwatering chicken made in a variety of ways at our food stands - chicken pot pie, tenders, chicken cheese steaks, egg rolls, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, chicken fried rice and lots more!  Enjoy live music and variety shows. Head to the midway for games, rides and food booths.  Show off your skills at the chicken cooking contest. Rise and shine with the Early Bird Breakfast Saturday morning!  Then check out the craft show!  The best part is that you can enjoy this all for FREE parking and admission!

September 14-15, 2019  Apple Days - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Kick start your autumn at our third annual Apple Days celebration! Located at Burnside Plantation, this two-day event is packed full of fall family fun and all things apple. Activities include donkey-drawn wagon rides, kids’ crafts, high horsepower wheel demonstrations, and more!  Register for our Culinary Cooking Contest to prove your apple recipe is the best in the Lehigh Valley! Don’t miss our apple treats and wares, including mums, pies, doughnuts, cider, and other apple specialties.  Admission is only $5 per vehicle.

September 14-18, 2019  All American Dairy Show
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
The All-American Dairy Show features nearly 2,000 of the best dairy cattle shown by more than 1,100 of the best exhibitors in the nation and Canada. With 23 dairy shows in six days, including four days dedicated to youth shows, contests and programs.

September 21-22 & 28-29, 2019  Penn's Colony Festival
Saxonburgh, Pennsylvania
With an authentic focus on the French & Indian era, that began with the 1753 journey of a 21-year-old George Washington through this region, Penn’s Colony Festival weaves history into a colonial faire featuring a village filled with fine craftsmen.  The distinction of Penn’s Colony craftsmen is quality and variety in 185+ artisans who gather once a year to showcase contemporary and traditional works for the home, garden, seasonal and holiday decor, gifts and personal accessories.  A mission for design integrity, renewable and safe resources and American-made wares results in artisans and work that customers have trusted for 30 years.  Whether you want a custom-made primitive kitchen cabinet or to sample the soup that Food Network host and chef, Giada De Laurentiis chose as one of her favorites, come to Penn’s Colony Festival.

September 26, 2019  Savor Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This event is filled with aromas of appealing appetizers, enticing entrees, delightful desserts, and copious cocktails. A sprawling outdoor landscape will be created at our exciting new location, Stage AE on the Northshore, for an elegant evening of culinary delights, cocktails, and dancing while supporting a worthy cause. The Culinary Competition is a collection of Pittsburgh’s finest chefs sharing their recipes as they compete for “Dish of the Year." Enjoy VIP tickets at $150 or General Admission at $75. The evening benefits the fight against prematurity at Magee-Womens Foundation. We hope you will consider this opportunity to support this great event, with the ultimate goal of helping a worthy cause and helping the tiniest babies.

September 27-29, 2019  Wine Country Harvest Festival
North East, Pennsylvania
At Gibson Park and Gravel Pit Park.  A spectacular weekend celebration of music, arts, crafts and fruits of the vine. Purchase a glass and walk the grounds or hop on a shuttle bus and visit one or all eight wineries. LIve Music, children and family activities.

September 28, 2019  Annual PotatoFest - Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
The Ebensburg PotatoFest is an annual event in Ebensburg, PA celebrating Cambria County potatoes and its growers. It is held on the last Saturday of September each year! The county is the second largest supplier of potatoes in the state. The festival is a fun-filled day of arts, crafts, entertainment, and food for the entire family. Entertainers perform throughout the day with music to please all ages. Over 200 crafters and artisans line the streets for blocks with homemade wares and food of all kinds. Join in the festivities and spend the day in our beautiful community!

September 28, 2019  Annual Kennett Brewfest
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
The Kennett Brewfest is a fundraising event with all proceeds going to Historic Kennett Square, a non-profit organization working to keep Kennett Square a regional economic and cultural center. The Kennett Brewfest is intended to be an opportunity to sample some of the best regional and national craft beers accompanied by great food, great music, and great people.

September 28-29, 2019  Apple Festival & Pie Eating Contest
Media, Pennsylvania
Linvilla Orchards Apple Festival honors apples every autumn. This legendary festival could not properly be celebrated in just one day!  This two day event is hosted by Makin’ Music. Pick Your Own apples are during the height of their season and you can choose from the many varieties grown right here at Linvilla. You won’t want to miss our Apple Pie Eating Contest for bushels of fun!

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

September 2, 2018  Farm-To-Table Dinner Series
Orrtanna, Pennsylvania
Come celebrate the harvest season at Beech Springs Farm with friends and the community.   Each distinctly different dinner will feature locally sourced beverage pairings and delectable menus prepared by our amazing guest chefs.   Your  ticket includes a self-guided garden tour, welcome cocktails, a four to six course menu created by one of our talented chefs, course pairings, tax and gratuity.   There is no extra charge for the ambience and beauty of Beech Springs Farm.  Space is limited to 40 people.  Advanced purchase is required.

September 15, 2018 - Food Truck a Palooza - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
GoodTaste! Pittsburgh and Steel City Media are excited to announce what promises to be the biggest food truck event to hit Pittsburgh - and we're looking for food trucks from the region to participate!

September 16, 2018 - Taste of Berwyn - Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Daemion Counseling Center. We're conveniently located on Bridge Avenue and First Avenue at the entrance to the park.  Well known as a dining destination, Berwyn's fabulous restaurants will recreate their best dishes as food vendors in the park.  Family fun will be available to all.  Entry to Taste of Berwyn is free.  Berwyn Bucks will be sold at the event and can be used to purchase food, beverages, raffle tickets, activities, and games.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 3-4, 2016 - Pittsburgh Folk Festival - Pennsylvania
This was the last Pittsburgh Folk Festival.
Free performances, ethnic food, crafts, and a global marketplace filled with unique handmade and imported goods. Diverse international cuisine from more than 20 countries will be available, and kid-friendly hands-on crafts and cooking demonstrations for all are planned throughout the two-day event.

September 12-13, 2016  Eating Disorders Congress
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The aim of the Congress  Eating Disorders meetings is to provide a platform for academicians and practitioners from multiple disciplines to debate and deliberate on social change that is encompassed by innovation and technology. Eating Disorders conferences aim to gather experts in the field to share their knowledge.  In addition to inspire and educate practitioners about appropriate treatment approaches for all types of Eating Disorders and to encounter them in finding creative ways to identify, diagnose, understand and treat patients with all types of Eating Disorders  with individualized focus and intention.

September 20, 2016  Innovation Roadshow - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
David Michael & Co., a Philadelphia-based food flavor company.  Innovations starts here, with more than 70 food scientists, flavor chemists, color engineers, chefs and technicians exploring new food concepts. Enjoy technical showcases that show how we formulate products for today’s marketplace, exhibits displaying the latest trends from the food industry, and keynote from Marissa Henderson Jarratt, the Senior Director of Marketing from PepsiCo.



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