I know we’re less than a month into autumn, but the remaining weeks find us really busy around here, doing non-autumn related stuff. And the peak of autumn is typically centered around the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, in Waynesville, which is about 1.7 miles down the road. The fall color this year has been impressive, so I thought I’d share some of what we’ve been seeing.
This isn’t a post about anything I’ve cooked lately, because I haven’t. I’ll be doing something soon on cooking for my class reunion (we’re doing a cookout sort of event on that Sunday, after a football game/late night pizza evening Friday and an app/drinks event on Saturday. But until then, there’s not a lot going on around here.
The Sauerkraut Festival doesn’t sound great to people that aren’t into sauerkraut, but it really is a great festival. It’s the largest in Ohio, and is held the 2nd weekend of October every year. I think this was something like the 46th annual, so it’s been going on for a while now. The town is about 2500 people, and they have somehow counted over 360,000 people at the festival in 2 days. That’s a lot! That type of crowd does mean that the vendors are often a notch above the typical festival vendor.
Like a lot of festival-goers, we have our favorite foods that we go for. We try to get there early, and parking was already tough before 9 am, when the festival officially starts. We lucked out and got a spot on the street, less than 2 blocks from the festival! We started off with Sauerkraut Pizza from the Masons, which is simple, and costs more than it’s worth, but all the proceeds from food at the festival goes to local nonprofits, so we’re ok with it. From there, we typically would get doughnuts that are freshly made, but the line was already about 40 people long!
We moved on to apple flappens, which are apple slices that are battered, fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar, and, most importantly, delicious! To top off our festival fooding (yes, I made up a word, but it seems to work for this sort of thing), we had sauerkraut sundaes from one of the local churches. This is basically mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and roasted pork all piled up in a bowl, and one of the few ways my wife is ok with her food touching. And it’s really good! At that point, we were done, and very full!
We only spent a bit over an hour at the festival because the crowds were moving in, but the air felt perfect… Cool temps, good sunlight, gorgeous fall color. It just felt like festival weather.
I’ve been taking more fall photos lately, so here goes this year’s version of southwest Ohio autumn!
If you stuck around this far, I hope you enjoyed the look at this year’s fall season! I also hope you’re getting out and enjoying fall wherever you are.