Worth The Drive: An Ohio Summer Food Fest Roundup

From zucchini to pawpaws, the next two months are full of exciting (not to mention tasty) festivals, all within a day’s drive.

Swanton Corn Festival: With a theme like “‘Corn Wars’ May The Stalks Be With You,” how could you not hop in the car and drive up north to check out this food festival? This day of corn-centric fun was started back in 1908. Memorial Park, Swanton, Aug. 20, swantoncornfest.com



Millersport Sweet Corn Festival: Test your stomach at this “ear-resistible” festival near Buckeye Lake, which will have more than five different corn-eating contests in addition to all sorts of other fall festival activities. Millersport Lion Club, Chautauqua Blvd, Millersport, Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, sweetcornfest.com

Milan Melon Festival: Get all the natural sugar you need at this year’s Milan Melon Festival near Sandusky, Ohio. Milan Village Square, Milan, Sept. 3-5, milanmelonfestival.org

Fredericktown Tomato Show: Enjoy everything from a 5-mile run to flower and vegetable contests, plus all the tomatoes you can eat at this year’s tomato show just north of Mount Vernon, Ohio. First-Knox National Bank Stage, Fredericktown, Sept. 7-10, tomatoshow.com

Ohio Craft Brew Festival: Okay, this festival isn’t about food. But while you’re tasting craft brews, check out some of the cuisine offered by the North Market in Columbus–they’re all worth festivals of their own. The North Market, Columbus, Sept. 11-12, northmarket.com




Buttercream Festival: Enough of the veggie fest already. Head north on 75 to West Carrollton and sugar up at the Buttercream Festival, featuring a cake showcase contest, the Cupcake 5K, and the Little Miss Buttercream pageant. 810 East Dixie Drive, West Carrollton, Sept. 12, buttercreamfestival.com

Cleveland Garlic Festival: Though you probably don’t love garlic as much as Miss Garlic 2015 does, you can still enjoy all sorts of garlic-themed delicacies prepared by Cleveland celebrity chefs at this festival. Shaker Square, Cleveland, Sept. 23-24, clevelandgarlicfestival.org

Pawpaw Festival: One of America’s largest tree fruits (which also happens to be the Ohio state fruit) has its very own festival, a mere three hours away in Athens County. Learn about the history and future of pawpaws, drink pawpaw beer, and taste foods from the area that have their own pawpaw specialties. Lake Snowden, Albany, Sept. 16-18, ohiopawpawfest.com



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Popcorn Festival: If pawpaws don’t tickle your fancy, perhaps popcorn might. The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival features specialty popcorn treats, a car show, a 5K, and much more. Dayton Xenia Rd. and Rodenbeck Dr., Beavercreek, Sept. 10-11, beavercreekpopcornfestival.org

Preble County Pork Festival: Get piggy with it at this year’s Preble County Pork Fest.


Preble County Pork Festival Facebook
Preble County Pork Festival Facebook

Photograph by Amber Ditmer, via Preble County Pork Festival Facebook

Preble County Fairgrounds, Eaton, Sept. 17-18, porkfestival.org


Germantown Pretzel Festival: End your month of food festing at the Germantown Pretzel Festival, where you can enjoy live music while overdoing it with the salt.
Veterans Memorial Playground, Germantown, Sept. 26-27, pretzelfestival.com

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