Some of the best food comes from fall festivals that take place this time of year. Whether its elephant ears, fresh corn on the cob or a slice of pie, everyone has their favorite festival foods that they look forward to eating every year. I’m here to tell you, you can enjoy these festival favs any time of year! Clabber Girl has fall festival favorites that you can make in your own kitchen and enjoy year round.
If you can’t make it to the Pennsylvania Apple Dumpling Festival this year, we’ve got you covered. Apple dumplings are are harvest time festival favorite. The apple is covered in a dough and baked whole. I remember my first time digging into this dish and couldn’t believe there was an entire apple inside the crust, just like a mini apple pie. They are traditionally made with Granny Smith apples and served with vanilla ice cream. Our recipe calls for drizzled sweet and sour sauce, but you can use caramel too.
Home Made Corn Dogs
Corn dogs are a deep fried food favorite served in carnivals and festivals across the United States. Many festivals have taken corn dogs to the next level with jumbo sized dogs coated in a lot of corn bread mix. The baking powder in this recipe is going to give the corn breading of the hot dog a great fluffy texture. We also recommend just a pinch of cayenne pepper in the batter to give the corn dogs a little kick.
Good Ole Fried Chicken
The World Chicken Festival takes place in Kentucky every year and features some of the best fried chicken. Instead of enjoying some of the best chicken once a year, we’ll let you in on a little secret. The key to a moist and crispy fried chicken is marinating it in buttermilk. Our recipe calls for the chicken to rest for 2 hours, but overnight would be even better. The Clabber Girl Corn Starch in the batter will help to make the batter thicker and have a crispy outside.
Biscuits & Gravy
Fall festivals wouldn’t be complete without a stand dedicated to the art of breakfast’s best biscuits and gravy. When making your own biscuits and gravy, you want to have the right texture of biscuits to sop up all the white gravy. We recommend making our old fashioned biscuits that have been on the back of the Clabber Girl can for decades. These are tried and true biscuits and can stand up to any gravy you want to top them with.
Apple Fritters with Real Apple Slices
Apple fritters are rings of apples coated in batter that are either pan fried or deep fried. They look similar to doughnuts but have a special apple slice inside. Some recipes call for diced apples instead of rings. At fall harvest festivals, you are sure to find plenty of the apple fritters fresh out of the fryer. Our recipe calls for nutmeg and a topping of powdered sugar for the sweet spice fall flavor.
Peanut Butter Pie
If you missed the Great American Pie Festival this year, don’t worry! You can check out the results on YouTube and make this excellent pie to eat while watching it. Fall festivals are known for having a multitude of pie flavors, and one of my favorites is peanut butter. This is a no-bake pie with a chocolate graham cracker crust. There isn’t much better than combining chocolate and peanut butter in one dessert dish. For a little fall flair, add pecans to the top along with some whipped cream.
This is hands down my favorite fall festival food tradition. Pumpkin rolls filled with lots of sweet cream cheese is the essence of the holiday season and I make it a point to pick one up to take home at the Covered Bridge Festival in Parke County, Indiana. The Covered Bridge Festival is about a 45 minute drive from Terre Haute where Clabber Girl is headquartered. Each year proves to be a culinary tour of all kinds of fall festival foods. (That’s why all covered bridges are crossed at a slow pace) This recipe doesn’t call for nuts, but adding in some walnuts to the cream cheese filling will make it even better.