Food and fun go hand-in-hand in Berks County so it’s no wonder that so many of Berks County’s fall fairs and festivals offer something for foodies to sink their teeth in.
Berks County Eats has compiled a running calendar of area festivals and events that will appeal to food lovers. Below is a snapshot of some of the events upcoming in September. To view the full calendar, click “Food & Festival Calendar” in the top menu or click here.
Bowers Chile Pepper Festival
The small town of Bowers grows exponentially each September for the annual Chile Pepper Festival. The two-day event, held on the first Friday and Saturday of the month, brings the heat with a celebration of spice. Weekend events include a jalapeno eating contest and a salsa contest. There is also a pick-your-own pepper field excursion, live entertainment and aisles of food vendors. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days.
Hay Creek Festival
Joanna Furnace takes festival-goers back in time during the annual Hay Creek Festival. The three-day event includes a Civil War Encampment, home craft and antique market, and early American craft demonstrations. Foodies will enjoy the open-hearth cooking demonstrations (and sampling the tasty results). Open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.
Oley Valley Community Fair
The 68th annual Oley Valley Community Fair returns to the Oley Fire Company Fairgrounds Thursday September 18. In addition to agricultural displays and entertainment, the fair is known for its food. Among the food stands are the fair’s famous French fries and soft-serve milkshakes. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Reading Pretzel Festival
FirstEnergy Stadium hosts the second annual Reading Pretzel Festival, featuring special musical guest Foghat. The event celebrates Reading’s snack food of choice, the pretzel, with local vendors including Unique, Tom Sturgis, Uncle Henry’s, Pretzel Revolution, Fallers and Dutch Country Pretzels all scheduled to be in attendance. There will also be pretzel competitions, food and beer pairings and a judged dessert competition, all of which feature some of the area’s top restaurants.