A big welcome to Kelli of 3 Boys and a Dog and cohost of the #learntoblog hangouts! She’s sharing ideas and recipes for a Fall Festival. My mouth watered as I read through the recipes! Make sure you keep this list handy for planning a festival at your church or school.
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When you are planning a Fall Festival, don’t forget that all those attendees are going to be hungry! Don’t be boring, mix things up and satisfy the hunger with these delicious Fall Festival: Food Ideas! From themed to apple flavors, all of these foods would be great at the concession stand of your next Fall Festival.
Fall Festival: Food Ideas
Turn your festival into a Carnival and offer carnival inspired goodies like these:
Nothing says “The Fair” or “Carnival” like meat on a stick – any type of meat really, but my favorite is chicken! Try this Shish Tawook recipe on for size!
These Funnel Cake Bites are a perfect way to get the flavor of the Fair into the theme without having to deal with full-sized Elephant Ears!
Seriously, why is everything on a stick? LOL! This is the best ever Corn on the Cob recipe and perfect for the Carnival theme!
You could also go the Tailgating route for your festival and serve foods like these:
Any of these 15 Grilling Recipes would be great for this theme. If you have some Dads that are willing, they could back some trucks up and really go all out with their grills!
The Best Ever Hamburgers are a GREAT addition to any Fall Festival and they are seriously THE BEST EVER!
Does it get any more “football season” than boiled peanuts? Not down here in the South it doesn’t!
The following foods make great finger foods and can easily be sorted individually:
Chicken Nuggets and Fries – don’t go to all the trouble, Chickfila offers great prices for schools wanting to do fundraisers. Just call your local place and ask!
Hot Dogs – this is a birthday party and large child gathering staple down here. Quick and easy to make and most kids love them.
Pizza – Show me a child that doesn’t like pizza and I will show you a flying pig. LOL! I know, there are a few out there but the chances of finding several are pretty slim. Sold by the slice, pizza is a great way to go.
Don’t forget, you can always stick with seasonal foods like these:
- Apples – 10 sweet and delicious apples recipes
- Cranberries – Over 18 recipes for cranberries! Use a ton of cranberries with these recipes sorted by dried and fresh. There is even a section that includes a mixture of recipes using sauce, juice, and butter!
- Plums – Over 18 sweet and tangy recipes using this fruit that is in season from early summer through mid-Fall!
- Squash – Acorn squash, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash recipes to help you enjoy the abundance of squash in the autumn-time!
- Sweet Potatoes – This article is chock full of a dozen scrumptious sweet potato recipes! The fall recipes from yams includes range from casseroles to breads to desserts!
Heat up your crowd with these “cooking for a crowd” inspired dishes:
A big pot of soup, chili, or gumbo is easy to spoon into a bowl and can go a very long way for a little money. I bet your children would love any of the following recipes.
Have you ever had Pizza in soup form? Try it! This Crockpot Pizza Soup is delightful!
This Saucy Beef Chili Recipe is a family favorite – just make more for the crowd!
You shouldn’t have to worry about too many allergies with this Chicken & Sausage Gumbo at your next Festival!
More Fall Festival Resources:
Do you help plan a Fall Festival? What is the plan this year?
Shared at Foodie Friday