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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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