Fall Festivals in Lancaster County: Best Places to Experience the Tastes and Traditions of PA Dutch Country

As summer winds down and autumn approaches us here in Lancaster County, get ready to experience the fun – and the tastes! – of the many fall festivals throughout our area. What better way to explore our county and its treasured historical sites – and sample the flavors of our rich culinary traditions?

Apple Dumpling Days at the Ephrata Cloister – Fri. Oct. 11 & Sat. Oct. 12, 2013, 9:30 am – 4 pm
Locals and visitors rave about the Ephrata Cloister’s traditional PA Dutch Apple Dumplings and Octoberfest Soup. Both are available for purchase during Apple Dumpling Days. Either eat them while you’re on-site or take them home to enjoy later.  Plus, on Saturday, there will be other treats to satisfy your appetite as well. Proceeds help fund the purchase of Cloister artifacts for return to the museum site.

And for the price of regular admission on Sat. Oct. 12, you can also savor the sounds of  Ephrata Cloister’s Day of Music (10 am – 4 pm). The renowned Ephrata Cloister Chorus will perform at various times throughout the day.

Whoopie Pie Festival at Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn – Sat. Sept. 7, 2013, 11 am – 4 pm
Your visit to Lancaster County wouldn’t be complete without sampling a whoopie pie! This festival will have over 100 varieties – traditional and those with contemporary twists – to choose from.

Snitz Fest at the Hans Herr House – Sat. Oct. 5, 10 am – 3 pm
On the grounds of Lancaster County’s oldest home, this festival celebrates over three hundred years of Pennsylvania German tradition. Food, colonial-era arts and crafts, and demonstrations of what life was like on the farm way back when.

Harvest Days at Landis Valley MuseumSat. Oct. 12 & Sun. Oct. 13, 11 am – 5 pm
With all sorts of family-friendly activities, Harvest Days will immerse you in Pennsylvania German tradition. Experience demonstrations of colonial-time craftsmanship, wagon rides, hands-on activities, and of course phenomenal food!