Fall Food Fun

Posted on 08/13/2015 by TheTourismBureau
As we’re transitioning from Summer to Fall in Illinois South, one of our FAVORITE things to do is…well…eat. Fortunately, opportunities to do so are plentiful this time of year. August is filled with several towns breaking out the grills for one last hurrah. Pair the delicious barbecue with entertainment, like the car shows in Maeystown or New Baden, or live music and a bags tourney in Beckemeyer and you can make a day of it. For a taste of something different, check out the Crawfish & Gumbo Festival at the Kaskaskia River House in New Athens at the end of the month. Further down the line, several communities hold Chili Cook-offs – some as big events where the chili takes center stage and some as part of other big events. Other locales will feature Oktoberfest Celebrations to celebrate the rich German heritage in our region. There will be more bier and bratwursts in the area than you can shake a stick at!!! Some events feature locally made wine, beer or ciders – tasty! Find more information below or CLICK HERE for our online calendar! -- August 14 - 15 Sips & Tastes Shiloh Enjoy delicious food and great music. 618-377-2504 August 15 Winestock Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston 618-228-9111 August 16 Maeystown Fire Dept. BBQ & Show Us Your Ride Maeystown Enjoy great barbecue while seeing cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. 618-580-5875 August 22 Little Pig Cook-Off BCDC Park, Beckemeyer In addition to blind judging awards, attendees will determine by popular vote, the “Best Porksteak” and the “Best Site.” Music will be playing all day, and other activities include a bags tournament, raffles, kid’s area and more. 618-227-8331 August 22 Annual Fun in the Sun BBQ & Cruise-In Car Show New Baden Village Park Held annually on the 4th Saturday of August, there will be all licensed makes and models, trophies and dash plaques, awards presentations, food, drinks, 50/50 raffle, music and attendance prizes. 618-588-3813 Salem Bluegrass & Barbecue Salem Bluegrass & Barbecue August 28 - 30 25th Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Bryan Memorial Park, Salem Bluegrass music and barbeque festival featuring live bluegrass music. 618-315-3877 August 29 National Crawfish & Gumbo Festival The Kaskaskia Riverhouse, New Athens The National Crawfish and Gumbo Festival will feature chefs from Louisiana, Florida and points all across the country! Entertainment includes legendary Zydeco Crawdaddies, "The Sauce Boss" Bill Wharton, The Funky Butt Brass Band and more. 618-475-2223 Berryville Chowder Berryville Chowder September 5 Berryville Chowder Berryville Community Bldg., Berryville Line up and fill a bowl with this local favorite! 618-839-5081 September 19 Lincoln Place Heritage Festival Lincoln Place Community Center, Granite City Armenian, Mexican, Macedonian and Bulgarian ethnic foods and pastries for sale. Free, continuous ethnic entertainment, featuring dancers, vocalists and music from Russia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, Mexico, Spain, Croatia, Scotland, Celtic Harp, Appalachian mountain dulcimer and Italian opera. Lincoln Place historical displays, quilts, Eastern European costume displays and children activities. 618-876-6400 September 25 Autumn Art Walk Greenville Fine art, savory food and wine and delightful music are featured at this event sponsored by Our Common Ground. Artists from the St. Louis metro region are spotlighted at this outdoor event. 618-664-9272 October 2 - 3 Chili Cook-Off Downtown Belleville Belleville's Chili Cook-off features the culinary creations of individuals, local organizations & area businesses, as well as a children's area, 5K run and entertainment throughout the weekend! 618-233-2015 October 9 - 10 Octoberfest Steeleville The fun begins Friday evening with a parade and continues with food, beer, music, craft fair, washer tournament, kids' activities and a variety show. 618-559-7635 October 10 Freeburg Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off Freeburg Village Park Make a day of tasting delicious chili and more. 618-410-4077 October 10 Chili Cook-Off Okawville It's chili tasting for all, and prizes for the best chili, people's choice and best decorated booth. Kids activities, wine tasting, additional food items, beer, soda and other beverages are also available. 618-243-5694 October 11 Oktoberfest Maeystown Browse more than 50 artisans, crafters, dealers, and numerous food stands. The village specialty shops, bed and breakfast, restaurants and museum are open. 618-458-6660 October 17 Chili Cook Off & Arts and Crafts Dupo Community Park, Dupo In addition to the great chili booths there will be arts and crafts, prizes, food, music, games and walk of honor. 618-282-3280 October 17 Fall Fest & Chili Cook-Off Mascoutah This annual event has something for the entire family. There's a Chili Cook-off, Car Show, craft & product vendors, children's area, food and entertainment. In the Chili Cook-off you can sample over 20 kinds of chili. 618-566-7355 October 24 Chili & Soup Cook-Off New Baden Village Park There's a Tasters' Choice competition for both chili and soup with prizes awarded in both categories. Families will find a craft fair, touch-a-truck equipment display, bounce houses, etc. 618-588-3813 October 25 Oktoberfest Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston Enjoy German food, beer, wine and live music. 618-228-9111 Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston  

This information originally appeared in the 2015 Fall Tourism Times Newsletter. Click here and sign up to receive three issues every year at no cost!

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