September Means Apple Festivals
September 1, 2014 – 12:04 am | No Comment

A tasty harvest takes place across temperate zones this month, Road Trips Foodies. Yes, we’re talking about apples — and not just those half-dozen varieties you see in the grocery store.
Festivals and farmers’ markets celebrate …

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National Kale Day
October 1, 2014 – 8:19 am | No Comment

kale_pestoAdmit it, Road Trips Foodies: you were hoping there’d be a day set aside to celebrate this year’s trendiest green veggie, right?

Today is National Kale Day; in fact, it’s the second annual National Kale Day.

The idea for the celebration was spearheaded by Dr. Drew Ramsey and Chef Jennifer Iserloh, authors of Fifty Shades of Kale.

The day kicks off with a fresh kale giveaway in the Los Angeles area (not sure exactly where) and a YouTube broadcast of “The Year in Kale”.

Schools and universities around the country will be featuring kale on the menu. In fact, New York City Public Schools will feature a kale and citrus salad, and students in Missoula, Montana, will celebrate with kale chips prepared from kale grown in schoolyard gardens.

Here’s a recipe to whet your appetite for kale:

Kale Pesto with Toasted Walnuts (pictured)

Yield: 8 Servings

2 cups packed torn kale leaves, stems removed
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a food processor, combine the kale leaves, basil leaves, and salt. Pulse 10 to 12 times, until the kale leaves are finely chopped. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Scrape down the sides of the processor. Add the walnuts and garlic and process again, then add the cheese and pulse to combine. Toss with your favorite pasta and serve immediately.

Note: recipe reprinted with permission from the publisher, HarperCollins, from Fifty Shades of Kale by Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh. Copyright 2013)

(Photo courtesy of National Kale Day)

Tartufo Bianco d’Alba
September 30, 2014 – 8:47 am | No Comment
Tartufo Bianco d’Alba

Road Trips Foodies conversant in Italian might what to schedule a visit to the White Truffle Fair in Alba, Italy.
Myriad events are scheduled during the fair, which runs from October 11 through November 16, …

Pumpkin Festival
September 29, 2014 – 8:58 am | No Comment
Pumpkin Festival

It’s the 24th year for the Pumpkin Festival in downtown Keene, New Hampshire.
Jack o’ lanterns carved by schoolchildren will fill the square from noon to 8:30 p.m. October 18, 2014. There’s entertainment, of course, plus …

Where Food Sharing is Expected
September 28, 2014 – 8:42 am | No Comment
Where Food Sharing is Expected

Union Common, a “social concept” steakhouse, is now open at 1929 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee.
The 125-seat restaurant with a 27-seat bar focuses on shared dining from a menu created by chef Bobby Benjamin, who created many …

Wellfleet OysterFest
September 27, 2014 – 8:30 am | No Comment
Wellfleet OysterFest

The 14th annual OysterFest takes place in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both October 18 and 19, 2014.
A family festival, it celebrates the town’s famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions …

Applefest in Glastonbury
September 26, 2014 – 8:32 am | No Comment
Applefest in Glastonbury

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Apple Harvest Festival in Glastonbury. It’s set for October 17, 18 and 19, 2014, in Welles Street Riverfront Park, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut.
Of course the …

September 25, 2014 – 8:28 am | No Comment

Have you ever wanted to make your own apple cider, Road Trips Foodies? Schedule a stop at the 20th annual Franklin County CiderDays in western Massachusetts.
A Cidermaking 101 Workshop with Bob Delisle and Charlie Olchowski …

WorldFood Kazakhstan
September 24, 2014 – 8:58 am | No Comment
WorldFood Kazakhstan

WorldFood Kazakhstan 2014, the 17th Central Asian International Food Industry Exhibition, takes place November 5 through 7, 2014, in pavilions 10 and 11 of the Atakent International Exhibition Centre, 42 Timiriazev Street, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
A …

Savannah Food & Wine Festival
September 23, 2014 – 8:44 am | No Comment
Savannah Food & Wine Festival

A Food & Wine Festival takes place on both Ellis and Johnson squares (and other venues) in Savannah, Georgia, November 10 through 16, 2014.
On tap are cooking demonstrations and classes, gala dinners, heritage hog roast, …

Cooking Festival in Beirut
September 22, 2014 – 8:27 am | No Comment
Cooking Festival in Beirut

A Cooking Festival is set for November 6, 7 and 8, 2014, in Beirut, Lebanon.
Hours for the fourth edition of the fest are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day in the Beirut International Exhibition …

Cranberry Harvest Celebration
September 21, 2014 – 8:34 am | No Comment
Cranberry Harvest Celebration

Ever wonder where cranberries come from? Road Trips Foodies can get right to the source at the Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham, Massachusetts.
It’s held Columbus weekend — October 11 and 12, 2014 — by the …