UPDATED SEPT. 8 -- The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival has announced it will be closing for the rest of the weekend due to the weather.
Take your love of popcorn beyond the movie theater and join in the celebration that is the annual Beavercreek Popcorn Festival. The festival, now in its 31st year, takes place Sept. 8-9.
If you’re one of those people who takes a whole handful of popcorn and attempts to shove it all into your mouth at once, then this festival is most definitely for you.
Prepare to have your mouth watering. We spoke with festival organizer Nancy Hadley and found all the tasty treats to expect at this year’s Beavercreek Popcorn Festival.
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Flavored popcorn is a staple of the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival.
“Any flavor you want, someone will have it,” said Nancy Hadley, festival organizer.
Sure, there’s caramel and cheddar and gourmet popcorn balls. And microwave popcorn and bulk popcorn to take home.
Through the years, the festival has been known to have some unique flavors — even Jell-O flavored popcorn, according to Hadley. But also some popcorn flavors that are a little more gourmet. How about some popcorn coated with white or dark chocolate? Add some nuts, coconut or other dried fruits and you have a tasty treat that’s truly decadent.
There will be buttered popcorn flavored shaved ice.
Kettle corn is just the perfect combination of sweet-and-salty, and the vendors at Beavercreek Popcorn Festival know how to do it justice. One vendor has been in the business of making kettle corn for more than 20 years. If you like your kettle corn with a little zing, keep an eye out for jalepeno flavored kettle corn as well as cheddar and maple flavors. That’s right, flavored popcorn and kettle corn meet, and it’s a beautiful friendship. Whether you’re a traditionalist or maybe a little more adventurous, there is something for you.
Here’s where things get really weird, in the best way possible. It wouldn’t be a popcorn festival if they weren’t putting popcorn on everything.
“If there’s some way a vendor can incorporate popcorn, we ask that they do,” Hadley said.
This has led to some pretty unique creations in previous years. The festival has been known to have cheesy popcorn pizza, popcorn ice cream and even popcorn burgers in the past.
The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival recently started allowing food trucks to participate in their event, and boy, are we glad they did. Hunger Paynes will be there, as well as Flyby BBQ. Here’s a complete list of vendors.
Have a side of dinner with your popcorn; there will be over 30 vendors to provide you with more filling foods. Dig into some BBQ ribs or brisket, buffalo bites, cheese fries and even gyros. Plus, the festival has been known to have a pretty mean chicken noodle soup. There is also a 5K popcorn run and car show on Sunday.
WANT TO GO?
What: 32nd annual Beavercreek Popcorn Festival
When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Dayton-Xenia Road between North Fairfield Road and Meadow Bridge Drive