Essential Pittsburgh
2:39 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Late Summer Fairs and Festivals with Local Goodness

Garlic lovers rejoice! Several upcoming food festivals showcase hundreds of varieties of the popular vegetable
Garlic lovers rejoice! Several upcoming food festivals showcase hundreds of varieties of the popular vegetable
Credit Rhonda Schuldt / Local Goodness

Summer is beginning to draw to a close, and for most there are only a few chances left to get out there and enjoy all of its offerings -- especially the area’s lovely fresh produce.

According to Rhonda Schuldt of Local Goodness, there are a dearth of food festivals and fairs that are sure to satisfy anyone still eager to explore the local food scene. Chief among these events are the amazing array of food festivals, including the Laurel Highlands Garlic Festival this weekend, which she calls “a nice day trip away from Pittsburgh.” the festival boasts hundreds of varieties of garlic which will intrigue any foodie with an affinity for the pungent plant.

Later in the month the Laurel Highlands will also play host to the Seven Springs Food and Wine Festival. For those looking for a sweeter treat, visit the mid-September Ohio Pawpaw festival, in Albany, Ohio. Those willing to make the hike out of state can sample a North American fruit with a custard like texture.

Food Festivals:

8/17-18 Laurel Highlands Garlic Festival

8/25 Phipps Tomato Garlic Festival

8/24-25 Seven Springs Food and Wine Festival

9/13-15 Ohio PawPaw Festival

Art Festivals

8/24-25 Shadyside Arts Festival

9/6-8 A Fair in the Park

Neighborhood Cultural Festivals:

8/22-25 Bloomfield Little Italy Days

8/22-25 East Pittsburgh’s Ypapanti Greek Food Festival

County Fairs:

8/10-17 Washington County Fair

8/12-17 Lawrence County Fair

8/17-24 Somerset County Fair

8/25-31 Indiana County Fair