Energize Your Summer and Immerse Yourself in Small-Town Summer Festivals

Written by D'Anne Hotchkiss

June 5, 2024

Summer festival platters of food

Energize Your Summer and Immerse Yourself in Small-Town Summer Festivals

Small-town summer festivals are a great way to experience new foods and flavors. There’s no better place to find locally produced foods and enjoy the culinary talents of local craftspeople than at a festival orchestrated by the people who live there.

You don’t have to travel far to have an extraordinary summer filled with local festivals. All it takes is a little planning, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. I make it a habit to visit two or three different local festivals each year. They’re all within a half-day drive of my home, and most are only an hour or two away.

Ready for more adventure? You can make the most of your summer PTO with visits to small-town festivals a little farther from home. It’s a great way to experience America, connect with people you’d never meet otherwise, and live in the moment. As a bonus, you might also learn about local culture, history, and heritage. At a summer festival, you’ll broaden your palate and your understanding of what makes us all Americans at the same time.


Refreshing New Tastes

If you’re yearning for authenticity and connection, you can find it by escaping from your routines, making new friends, and making the most of the opportunities and experiences you can only find at small-town festivals.

An old English proverb says that a change is as good as a rest. It’s true. I feel refreshed after a few hours immersed in the sights, sounds, and tastes of a summer street fair. A day spent at a local festival sampling various foods, sauces, and even drinks is a delightful way to reawaken your senses and reinspire your culinary endeavors. Plus, you just might bring home some new foods to enjoy later or incorporate into familiar recipes.

This summer, swap the same-old summer experiences for new adventures. Give yourself a chance to know our broad and varied America through locally produced, small-batch foods and the people who dedicate their lives to making them.

I promise you won’t be bored.

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