Fall is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean all of the summer fun has come to an end. You can still check out a food festival. Do you have a favorite treat to enjoy? It might sound odd to talk about food festivals when this is a health site, but you will be surprised at the number of healthy options at these festivals. Some even have ice cream that’s organic, while others post the nutritional information close by so you can take a look. The time of not knowing what’s going on with your food is long over, and festival operators want people to have peace of mind. If people feel comfortable, they’ll keep going to the festivals.
We found this cool graphic on food festivals done by the folks over at http://www.adeltd.co.uk, who make sure that festivals large and small have the power they need to keep food on hand safely. After all, who wants to get sick when they were supposed to be out having a great time?
There are a few ways to get the most out of your next food festival visit.
1. Study In Advance
Food festivals take time and effort to set up. There are some “pop up” food truck festivals, but they aren’t the norm just yet. This means that you’ll hear news of a food festival long before it shows up. See if you can get a map of where everything will be located on the grounds. This gives you time to form a “battle plan” of what you want to try first.
2. Come Early
If you suspect something is going to be very popular, like a wine tasting on the grounds, you need to come early. This gives you a chance to try things out without having to deal with the heavier crowd patterns. If it’s going to rain, make sure that you plan for that as well. Many outdoor festivals are “rain or shine” and that means that the fun won’t stop just because the clouds throw down rain.
3. Focus on the Real Treats
It can get pretty crowded fast at a food festival, so it’s important to focus on the activities that you really came to check out. It doesn’t matter if everyone’s buzzing about some sort of new fruit smoothie if you don’t like the fruits that they’re using, right? Don’t focus so much on the crowd because that’s a good way to get disappointed. Take in the side attractions of a food festival as well. This is a great time to go out and meet people, so don’t be shy. Most people find that food can be a great common ground and a great conversation starter.
If you don’t get active, you’ll miss out on some of the best food festivals and local attractions around. Check out the infographic above for some classic favorites and don’t forget to go outside and get some fresh air once in a while! 😉