Your guide to the BEST fall food festivals near Dayton

The 49th annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival took place in downtown Waynesville this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14.  The festival combines 60 sauerkraut-related food items with 460 craftspeople from 25 states and attracts over 350,000 people annually. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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The 49th annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival took place in downtown Waynesville this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. The festival combines 60 sauerkraut-related food items with 460 craftspeople from 25 states and attracts over 350,000 people annually. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

The beginning of fall is just days away.

That means celebrations of Oktoberfest, pumpkins, apples, sauerkraut, mums, Halloween and more.

Our local fall festivals offer so many opportunities to explore interesting and diverse flavors when it comes to food and learning about other cultures.

The Bratwurst, sauerkraut and spätzle that can be found at any of the Oktoberfest events are old, familiar friends and the Köfte at the Turkish Festival is another pal I look forward to reacquainting myself with.

Sure there are parties being planned around favorite foods like pretzels, apples, chocolate and potatoes, but I highly encourage you to expand your dining horizons with some of the opportunities that will present themselves this fall to explore authentic cuisine from around the world.

These festivals not only offer the opportunity to learn about and celebrate different cultures and their traditional foods, but learning about and supporting our multicultural neighbors with ties around the globe.

Not all of these festivals are built around food, but food is a big part of them all.

Go to the festivals you love this fall, but consider something that will expand your palate and your knowledge of something you may not be familiar with. Food is a universal way to find understanding and common ground in a world that only seems to continue to get more complicated.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE FALL FESTIVALS

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Giant turkey legs are a Medieval favorite at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Giant turkey legs are a Medieval favorite at the Ohio Renaissance Festival.   TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Giant turkey legs are a Medieval favorite at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28: Ohio Renaissance Festival

10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville

Explorewww.renfestival.com

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Sept. 20: Yellow Cab Food Rally

700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

Explorehttps://yellowcabfoodtrucks.com

Sept. 20-22: Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival

Freshwater Farms of Ohio

2624 U.S.-68, Urbana

Explorehttps://fwfarms.com/festival

Sept. 21: Bites in the Heights

The Rose Music Center at the Heights

6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

Explorewww.facebook.com/events/2360051280940655
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Delicious food is prepared during the 2018 Preble County Pork Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the fairgrounds in Eaton. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: David Moodie

Delicious food is prepared during the 2018 Preble County Pork Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the fairgrounds in Eaton. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: David Moodie

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Delicious food is prepared during the 2018 Preble County Pork Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the fairgrounds in Eaton. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: David Moodie

Credit: David Moodie

Sept. 21-22: Preble County Pork Festival

Preble County Fairgrounds

722 S. Franklin St., Eaton

Explorewww.porkfestival.org
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The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Dayton hosted a Turkish Food Festival on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ziya Kara, the Turkish American Society’s treasurer, said organizers hope to have a food festival quarterly going forward. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Dayton hosted a Turkish Food Festival on Sunday, Nov. 4  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ziya Kara, the Turkish American Society’s treasurer, said organizers hope to have a food festival quarterly going forward. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

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The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Dayton hosted a Turkish Food Festival on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ziya Kara, the Turkish American Society’s treasurer, said organizers hope to have a food festival quarterly going forward. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Sept. 22: Turkish Food Festival

Turkish American Society of Ohio

2601 E. Fourth St., Dayton

Explorewww.facebook.com/events/1283724648466147
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Be on the lookout for this year's commemorative Bier Stein to add to your Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest collection. These were from last year. CONNIE POST/STAFF

Be on the lookout for this year's commemorative Bier Stein to add to your Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest collection. These were from last year. CONNIE POST/STAFF

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Be on the lookout for this year's commemorative Bier Stein to add to your Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest collection. These were from last year. CONNIE POST/STAFF

Sept. 27-29: Oktoberfest

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton

Explorewww.daytonartinstitute.org/events-activities/oktoberfest
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This year's Germantown Pretzel Festival took place from Saturday, Sept. 22 to Sunday Sept. 23. The family-friendly festival in downtown Germantown served up gourmet treats like pretzels stuffed with jalapeno cheese, pizza-flavored pretzels and pretzel buns for sandwiches. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF PHOTO

Credit: Tom Gilliam

This year's Germantown Pretzel Festival took place from Saturday, Sept. 22 to Sunday Sept. 23. The family-friendly festival in downtown Germantown served up gourmet treats like pretzels stuffed with jalapeno cheese, pizza-flavored pretzels and pretzel buns for sandwiches. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF PHOTO

Credit: Tom Gilliam

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This year's Germantown Pretzel Festival took place from Saturday, Sept. 22 to Sunday Sept. 23. The family-friendly festival in downtown Germantown served up gourmet treats like pretzels stuffed with jalapeno cheese, pizza-flavored pretzels and pretzel buns for sandwiches. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF PHOTO

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Sept. 28-29: Germantown Pretzel Festival

Veterans Memorial Playground

190 W. Warren St., Germantown

Explorehttp://pretzelfestival.com
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It was a milestone year in more ways than one for the Tipp City Mum Festival. The annual salute to everything mums celebrated its 60th year Friday through Sunday with activities ranging from a massive Friday night car show to a parade down Main Street and two days of entertainment, food and arts and crafts at Tipp City Park. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

It was a milestone year in more ways than one for the Tipp City Mum Festival. The annual salute to everything mums celebrated its 60th year Friday through Sunday with activities ranging from a massive Friday night car show to a parade down Main Street and two days of entertainment, food and arts and crafts at Tipp City Park. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

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It was a milestone year in more ways than one for the Tipp City Mum Festival. The annual salute to everything mums celebrated its 60th year Friday through Sunday with activities ranging from a massive Friday night car show to a parade down Main Street and two days of entertainment, food and arts and crafts at Tipp City Park. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Sept. 28-29: Tipp City Mum Festival

Tipp City Park

200 Parkwood Dr., Tipp City

Explorewww.tippcitymumfestival.org
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Here's who we spotted eating delicious apple treats and shopping for unique artisan items at the 36th annual Lebanon Country Applefest on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Ohio. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: David Moodie

Here's who we spotted eating delicious apple treats and shopping for unique artisan items at the 36th annual Lebanon Country Applefest on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Ohio. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: David Moodie

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Here's who we spotted eating delicious apple treats and shopping for unique artisan items at the 36th annual Lebanon Country Applefest on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Ohio. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: David Moodie

Credit: David Moodie

Sept. 28-29: Country Applefest, Lebanon

Warren County Fairgrounds

665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon

Explorewww.countryapplefest.com
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A few of the chocolate treats you'll find at the Chocolate Festival, benefiting Faith and Friends Radio. CONTRIBUTED

A few of the chocolate treats you'll find at the Chocolate Festival, benefiting Faith and Friends Radio. CONTRIBUTED

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A few of the chocolate treats you'll find at the Chocolate Festival, benefiting Faith and Friends Radio. CONTRIBUTED

Oct. 5: 17th Annual Chocolate Festival

Montgomery County Fair & Fairgrounds

645 Infirmary Road, Dayton

Explorehttps://www.faithandfriendsradio.com/events
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This favorite family festival was held at Young's Jersey Dairy on Oct. 1-2, 2016 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Credit: Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

This favorite family festival was held at Young's Jersey Dairy on Oct. 1-2, 2016 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Credit: Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

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This favorite family festival was held at Young's Jersey Dairy on Oct. 1-2, 2016 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Credit: Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

Credit: Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

Oct. 5-6: Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Youngs

6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs

Explorehttps://youngsdairy.com/fall-farm-festival
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Stand-up paddleboarding at the Mad River Run, during the Midwest Outdoor Experience. Contributed photo.

Credit: AMY FORSTHOEFEL

Stand-up paddleboarding at the Mad River Run, during the Midwest Outdoor Experience. Contributed photo.

Credit: AMY FORSTHOEFEL

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Stand-up paddleboarding at the Mad River Run, during the Midwest Outdoor Experience. Contributed photo.

Credit: AMY FORSTHOEFEL

Credit: AMY FORSTHOEFEL

Oct. 5-6: Midwest Outdoor Experience

Eastwood MetroPark

1385 Harshman Rd., Dayton

Explorehttps://outdoorx.metroparks.org
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“A-Peeling Potatoes” was the theme for the 41st Annual Potato Festival that took place in Spring Valley from Friday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 7. The two-day event was a mash-up of potato related fun and featured live music, children’s games, arts and crafts and a pet parade. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

“A-Peeling Potatoes” was the theme for the 41st Annual Potato Festival that took place in Spring Valley from Friday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 7. The two-day event was a mash-up of potato related fun and featured live music, children’s games, arts and crafts and a pet parade. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

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“A-Peeling Potatoes” was the theme for the 41st Annual Potato Festival that took place in Spring Valley from Friday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 7. The two-day event was a mash-up of potato related fun and featured live music, children’s games, arts and crafts and a pet parade. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Oct. 5-6: Spring Valley Potato Festival

Bledsoe Park at Thompson Pavilion, Spring Valley

Explorewww.springvalleyoh.com/events

Oct. 6: Arts, Beats and Eats

Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton

Explorewww.daytonartinstitute.org/artsbeatseats
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The 49th annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival took place in downtown Waynesville this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. The festival combines 60 sauerkraut-related food items with 460 craftspeople from 25 states and attracts over 350,000 people annually. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

The 49th annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival took place in downtown Waynesville this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14.  The festival combines 60 sauerkraut-related food items with 460 craftspeople from 25 states and attracts over 350,000 people annually. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

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The 49th annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival took place in downtown Waynesville this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. The festival combines 60 sauerkraut-related food items with 460 craftspeople from 25 states and attracts over 350,000 people annually. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Oct. 13-14: Sauerkraut Festival, Waynesville

Downtown Historic Waynesville

Explorehttps://sauerkrautfestival.waynesvilleohio.com

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