There are festivals for pumpkins, apples, and strawberries—but did you know that there are also events that pay tribute to the cranberry? Check out some of the best places across the country to celebrate everyone’s favorite tart treat.
Cranberry Blossom Festival (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
One of a handful of cranberry festivals in Wisconsin, the family-friendly Cranberry Blossom Festival is held annually in June. Next years is from the 20-23 of the month. In addition to plenty of cranberry snacks, you’ll find a parade, live music, arts and crafts, and more. This festival also offers something special for young girls in the community: the Princess Program. It awards a crown to the participant with the best presentation on cranberries and their importance to the community.
Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival (Harwich Port, MA)
The Cape’s premiere cranberry fiesta is just as much about the fruit as it is about the incredible art and fantastic live music. Plus, this year’s festival saw food trucks, more than 150 vendors, and a dazzling fireworks display.
Shady Valley Cranberry Festival (Shady Valley, TN)
The Shady Valley Cranberry Festival is held annually on the second weekend of October in the tight-knit Tennessee town. It’s a popular event that brings together locals of all ages to enjoy festivities. There is a community supper, parade, live music, craft show, and even helicopter rides.
Chatsworth Cranberry Festival (Chatsworth, NJ)
This festival is the second-largest in the entire country, drawing 85,000 visitors from all over the Mid-Atlantic each year, and New Jersey holds the title of third-largest cranberry producer in the country behind Wisconsin and Massachusetts. In addition to an antique car show, a cranberry bog tour, and delicious food, guests will enjoy live entertainment and a wine tent. This year, the festival will be on October 20 and 21, 2018.
Bandon Cranberry Festival (Bandon, OR)
2018 marked the 72nd year of the Bandon Cranberry Festival, a vibrant event that features a parade, festival market, a street dance party, and—the most important event—a cranberry-eating contest! Aspiring master chefs can also enter the Queen of the Kitchen food fair for a chance to share their recipes and win prizes.
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