From lobsters and scallops to garlic and rhubarb, spring and summer are times for a variety of tastes in New England, highlighted by the dozens of food festivals taking place across the region.. Here’s a roundup of some of the best festivals from each state. Next
Milford Oyster Festival
August 16, Milford, Ct.
Celebrate oysters with a family-oriented festival filled with activities, entertainment, and food. There is something for everyone and for all ages, from games to kayak races and classic cars to music. Several varieties of oysters will be sold at the festival representing some of the most prominent oyster growers on the east coast of the United States. Visitors will be able to taste and sample oysters both sweet and salty, grown locally from Maine to Virginia. Admission is free.
Vermont Stinks! Garlic and Herb Festival
Aug. 30-31, Bennington, Vt.
“Vermont stinks” is the slogan for this festival, but that’s to be taken as a compliment. The annual event in Bennington will feature countless opportunities for garlic and herb lovers to sample specialty foods made with the ingredients including garlic bread, garlic jelly, and garlic ice cream. You can even sample a garlic margarita. Really. No admission.
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Sept. 5-7, Hampton, NH
Hampton Beach closes out its summer season with a seafood blowout, featuring more than 60 area restaurants. Also on hand: a number of arts and crafts tables, fireworks, a sky-diving show, and a lobster roll eating competition. Saying goodbye to summer never tasted so good. Free.
Bourne Scallop Fest
Sept. 19-21, East Falmouth
More than three tons of scallops will be served to some 55,000+ attendees at the Annual Bourne Scallop Fest. In addition to the seafood dishes, there will also be arts and crafts vendors, a midway of carnival rides and games, and a full entertainment slate. This is a great way to say farewell to the sights and smells of summer for another year. No admission.
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