As the vibrant foliage of New England’s mountains transforms into a symphony of fiery reds, golden yellows, and rustic oranges, a delicious symphony of flavor also unfolds across the region. Food festivals have become a cherished tradition during the autumn months in New England, inviting both locals and visitors to indulge in a gastronomic journey that complements the beauty of the season.
Below, we’ve gathered up some of the best food festivals to check out this season across New England. From oysters on the Cape to cranberries in Vermont, here are some of the best ways to celebrate the region’s annual bounty.
The Big E, Sept. 15 – Oct. 1, Springfield, Mass.
Billed as New England’s premier exposition, The Big E is also a celebration of New England’s vibrant food culture, boasting an array of treats, ranging from traditional favorites like clam chowder and lobster rolls to innovative creations like deep-fried Oreos and maple-infused delights. Visitors can savor iconic regional dishes, such as Vermont maple syrup products and Rhode Island clam cakes. The fair’s “Avenue of States” showcases distinct cuisine from each New England state, including Maine’s seafood and Connecticut’s famous steamed cheeseburgers. www.thebige.com