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Category: November

60th Annual Wild Game Supper, Bradford VT, November 21st 2015

Fall in New England means many things, from leaf-peeping to cider-pressing, but of all the seasonal traditions one of the most intriguing is the old-time wild game supper. These are legally held by local non-profit organizations, usually fish and game clubs, churches, and volunteer fire departments. Perhaps the granddaddy of all these suppers is the one put on in Vermont by the Bradford Congregational Church. Continue reading

Florida Seafood Festival, Apalachicola FL, November 6th and 7th 2015

The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 6th, when the booths open at Battery Park in downtown Apalachicola for what is termed “Florida’s Oldest Maritime Event,” the Florida Seafood Festival. If it swims in Florida’s waters you’re likely to find it somewhere in the park, all prepared and served by local non-profit groups. Continue reading

Terlingua International Chili Cook-Off, Terlingua TX, November 4th through 7th 2015

The official name of this festival is the 49th Annual Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert – Wick Fowler Championship Chili Cookoff, which is a mouthful and then some! All those words are necessary to distinguish it from another chili cookoff happening in Terlingua the very same weekend: the Terlingua International Chili Championship, spun off from this one in 1983. All this chili brewing began in Terlingua in 1967 when Mr. Fowler, Mr. Tolbert, and others staged the first chili cookoff. That first cookoff ended in a tie between Mr. Fowler and H. Allen Smith. Continue reading

Greater Gulf State Fair, Mobile AL, October 30th through November 8th 2015

What began in 1955 as a civic project by the Mobile Junior Chamber of Commerce has over the decades grown into today’s Greater Gulf State Fair, Alabama’s largest fair (still run by volunteers from the Jaycees). The Greater Gulf, for those unfamiliar with the region, refers to South Alabama, Northwest Florida, and Southeast Mississippi, all, of course, along the Gulf of Mexico. This year’s theme: ““Lions, Tigers, The Fair , Oh My!”. Continue reading

The State Fair of Louisiana, Shreveport LA, October 22nd through November 8th 2015

You’d be forgiven for assuming that The State Fair of Louisiana is a festival of Cajun and Creole cookery. Yes, a few representatives from the southern bayous will be served, but take note that the fair is held in Shreveport, in the northwest corner of the state, near Arkansas and Texas. Note, as well, that musical performances will include David Allan Coe, if that means anything to you (if not, and you’re interested, Google his name with the word underground). In other words, this fair is more redneck than Cajun. Continue reading

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