Food festivals to hit up in August & September
Dauphin County Cultural Fest
Harrisburg: The community is invited to a free, open air street festival celebrating cultural diversity from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5 along 2nd and Market streets in Center City Harrisburg. The festival will offer a variety of ethnic foods, national and local recording artists, crafts, Kid's Corner and more. Bring your lawn chairs. For details, visit dauphincounty.org.
River Town Hops
Columbia: Catch a craft brew extravaganza with food trucks and vendors from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 with a variety of brewers and food trucks lining Locust Street from Second to Fifth. Enjoy the music while you dine in the street, which is closed to traffic for this event. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, call 717-684-5249.
Wine Tasting In The Hamptons
New Oxford: Come out and sample delicious food from several food trucks, plus great wines from local PA wineries from 1 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 and 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Hampton Fire Company, 5371 Carlisle Pike. Live bands and vendors will also be available. Admission is $10. A cornhole competition will also take place. Visit winetastinginthehamptons.eventbrite.com for more information.
Merlot & Flash Gourd’n Release Party
Middletown: Be there for the release of the first bottles of this year’s Merlot Wine and Pumpkin Beer from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey, 598 Schoolhouse Road. The release party will feature a food truck mash-up, an all-day music festival, vendors, a bonfire and more. General admission is $20, or $40 to include a bottle of newly released Merlot. Visit vineyardathershey.com for details.
What the Food Trucks
York: Don’t miss York County's free admission food truck party under a new name and new management from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at Penn Park, 100 W. College Ave. Four square blocks of green space will be filled with a Foodstruck-inspired event featuring 40 or so trucks, Treasure Island Beer Garden, music and family fun. For more information, visit whatthefoodtrucks.com.
Chili Cook Off
Hanover: Spend the day tasting award-winning chili from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 during the Hanover Chili Cook Off at the Good Field Complex on N. Forney Ave. The event is held rain or shine, and will also offer live entertainment and family fun. Proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations. For details and ticket information, visit hanoverchilicookoff.com.
100th Annual Kipona Festival
Harrisburg: The 100th Annual Kipona Festival will take place Sept. 3, 4 and 5 at Riverfront Park along Front St. Events include a variety of food trucks, the Annual Native American Pow-Wow, canoe races, the Festival of India, karate tournaments, a Children’s Village, live music, unique vendors and more. Visit harrisburgpa.gov for more information.
Whoopie Pie Festival
Strasburg: Who can resist a Whoopie Pie? Enjoy a delicious day that includes more than 100 different flavors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn, Route 896, Lancaster County. Crafts, face painting, pony rides, and a whoopie pie eating contest will be available. Visit whoopiepiefestival.com for more information.
Baltimore Seafood Festival
Baltimore: Come hungry for the 3rd Annual Baltimore Seafood Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston St. This waterfront festival will showcase some of Baltimore’s favorite restaurants, serving crab cakes, crab soup, shrimp salad, local oysters, and of course, Maryland blue crabs. Toss in refreshing drinks, live music, cooking demos, and family fun, and you have the Baltimore Seafood Festival – the only large scale seafood festival in Baltimore City. For tickets and details, visit baltimoreseafoodfest.com.