I’d been hearing about the Fall Festival for months. And it had been hyped WAY up.
And I’m going to say this right away, before I get stoned, we had a nice time. I enjoyed the late afternoon/early evening outing with my family.
With that being said, I also don’t really get it. Why are people obsessed with this annual event?
There were rides, there was LOTS of food and there were lots of people.
I’m thinking a big part of it must be the tradition and seeing family and friends, something being a newbie to the community doesn’t necessarily lend itself.
I enjoyed the food and it was much easier shelling out WAY too much money because the booths were all non-profit organizations.
We picked up several items (we had orders for my sister and a friend) so we walked by each and every booth. I tried everything, at least a bite. Here’s our list and my thoughts:
–Pickle Juice Icee from Salvation Army, booth 7: As my son would say with a crinkled up nose, “don’t like it!” I did enjoy the giant pickle spear served with it. I just thought the pickle flavor wasn’t strong enough.
–Chicken and Dumplings from Emmanuel Luther Church, booth 18: Yummy. My hubby was incredulous that I would waste precious tummy space for such an item. I said it is apparently a Fall Festival classic. His response (and remember, he’s a Louisiana native), “You Midwesterners have the blandest tastes!”
–Deep Fried Cookie Dough a la mode from Young Life Evansville, booth 77: It was OK. I LOVE cookie dough, seriously love it. I think I may have just rather had balls of cookie dough than have it fried. Miles enjoyed a few bits of the ice cream and chocolate sauce, treats he rarely gets.
–Muddy Pig and Pig Snorts from West Side Christian Church, booth 34: These were cheap little treats, one baggie $1 and the other $1.50. Michael liked the bacon, said it reminded him, both texture and taste, of a Heath Bar. My friend, who I also picked up a baggie for, enjoyed it. I guess I’m more critical, I thought the chocolate to bacon ratio was a little off (too much chocolate.) The Pig Snorts were nice little bite-sized treats (red velvet brownies dipped in pink-tinted white chocolate.)
–Beef Sundae from Howell Untied Methodist Church, booth 32: Michael was so excited about this one but it was sold out, a good thing for the booth, a disappointment for my hubby. I’d featured this item in a recent story and they said the coverage really helped, a reminder that people still do read the newspaper.
–Donut Bank cheeseburger, Grace Lutheran Church, booth 41: This was one of the most expensive items we got, and one Michael had picked out. He wasn’t too impressed, said it was too sweet. I had a couple bites and thought it was pretty good.
–Ribeye Sandwich, AMVETS Post 85, booth 94: Michael said, “Heavenly!” He said this sandwich was all he needed and he didn’t want to taste anything else because “it just won’t measure up.” I had a taste. It was pretty good.
–Nutty Monkey, Substance Abuse Council, booth 112D: This was a special request by my friend who had seen it on Facebook. So we decided to split it. It was a grilled panini with Nutella and bananas. It was pretty tasty. Although we both had ours after it had cooled and decided it would be much better hot and are going to try to recreate it at home!
–Corn Fritters, St. James West United Methodist Church, booth 22: These were for my sister. My husband, who hates corn so much it is a borderline phobia, was disgusted by the smell around the area. I tried them (about two hours after I’d purchased them when I’d dropped them at my sister’s house) and thought it tasted like fried sponge. My sister loved them though. I’ve never had a corn fritter before and even after seeing and tasting them, I’m still not sure what they are. So I’m probably not a good judge.
–Fried Green Tomatoes, Vanderburgh County Humane Society, booth 75: Like the fritters, this was a special request by my sis. They were a popular festival food item though as we waited the longest for them. Again, like the fritters, I didn’t taste these in their prime, but I thought they were delicious. There was a definite kick in the batter. Sarah said they were spicier than she remembers but still delicious.
–Sugar-free Apple Dumplings, Christ Gospel Church, booth 85: When I made a stop for the sugar-free dumplings Michael was aghast. “Only you can go to a food festival and order something sugar free!” But I thought if I had an option to be healthier than I certainly wanted to try. I had never had an apple dumpling and really wasn’t sure what it would be like. The apple part was super tasty, but I was a little disappointed in the dumpling. Michael joked that of course it would be because it didn’t contain sugar, something in the end I determined was needed. But the booth featured TONS of tasty and interesting looking baked treats.
To counteract the TONS of calories we consumed (although much of what we had was “sample-sized” or even just bites) we walked quite a bit. I was carrying Miles on my back in my Ergo and both of us did surprisingly well. It was a lot of walking (nearly two hours of solid walking, we only stopped for about 10 minutes to eat the ice cream and let Miles run around a bit) and it was pretty warm. The weather Thursday between 3 and 6 p.m. was far from Fall-like.
Miles LOVED to watch the rides and the planes that kept flying overhead advertising something that obviously didn’t stick with me. We meandered around the games playing one; you put a quarter on a number and the person lets a mouse, yes a real live mouse, out of a box who then runs to a hole that corresponds to the number. It is like roulette with a mouse instead of a ball! The jury is still out on my thoughts — is this cruel to the mouse? It was pretty entertaining though. We didn’t win.
At the end of the day it was a fun way to spend a night with my family but we spent a lot more than I would have liked and consumed more calories than I would have liked. But for one night a year that’s OK. Next year hopefully we can go to one of the events (like the Lighthouse or Pet Parade.) This year we had conflicts with both.
What’s your Fall Festival review so far?