All Things Fall Food

Fall began on September 22, which means time on the beach, at barbecues and enjoying ice cream is over. It’s time to start thinking about fall food favorites.

From tailgating to festivals, there seems to be something for everyone. Fall is especially a time when we start craving certain flavors such as apple, pumpkin and cinnamon.

Let’s take a look at different things to enjoy over the next few months.

Fall Foods

When the weather starts to cool off, we start turning towards comfort foods and baking. Simply Recipes has compiled a fantastic list of Fall Recipes. Here you will find different uses of some fall favorites such as pumpkin soup; as well as classics like apple pie.

For another option, New Green Cuisine has a list of Seven Fall Superfoods. Here we see the usual apples and pumpkins, but also foods not commonly thought of such as kale and turnip greens. These foods can often be found at farmers’ markets this time of year, and all pack a powerful punch of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.


Football season is underway and one of the best parts of it undoubtedly is tailgating. Tailgating is a way for fans to build a small community to support their team. They pack up to grill out, eat, drink, and socialize before their game starts. Traditional tailgating favorites include burgers, hot dogs, wings, and beer. Check out Food Network for traditional tailgating recipe ideas.

Love the idea of tailgating but not a big football fan? No problem. Check out these great ideas for fall tailgating in a less traditional setting.

Visit Central’s website for a huge selection of outdoor grills for your tailgating needs too! Or you might have items on-hand and haven’t even realized it. Check out The Daily Meal’s 11 Essential Tailgating Tools From Your Kitchen.


Fall Festivals

Another way to celebrate this time of year is to attend one of the many festivals across the country. Often times, these festivals are focused around a popular fall item or food, such as a pumpkins and apples, while others have less common themes.

Here is a list of some festivals that take place in the fall:

  • Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, North Carolina
  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair, California
  • National Apple Harvest, Pennsylvania
  • Circleville Pumpkin Show, Ohio
  • Floresville Peanut Festival, Texas
  • Fall Festival, Silverton, Oregon
  • Town of Porter Cabbage Festival, New York
  • Wellfleet OysterFest, Massachusetts
  • Black Walnut Festival, West Virginia
  • Harvest Festival, Santa Fe, NM
  • GermanFest, IN


Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival that is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It runs from late September into the first weekend of October. However, many cities in the United States hold their own Oktoberfest celebrations.

Some traditional Bavarian menu items straight from the Hippodrom Oktoberfest Menu include:


  • Bavarian Beergarden Special with Radishes, Bavarian Bacon, potato-cheese spread, bread with lard, butter and chives
  • Spicy raw minced beef with cornichons, capers and onions, with roasted bread from Andechs and butter


  • Aromatic potato soup finished with Véronique
  • Beef bouillon with liver dumpling


  • 2 original Munich sausages according to the masterly recipe of Sepp Krätz with Mari mustard
  • 6 Andechser Klosterseufzer sausages with mashed potatoes, barrel sauerkraut and horseradish


  • Baked Potato with Andechser soft cheese made from skimmed Milk and spring onions
  • Cheese Spaetzle with onion–pear Chutney


  • Juicy roast pork with crusts, natural sauce and potato dumpling
  • Half duck with red cabbage, apples and potato dumplings


  • Sweet yeast dumplings with butter crust and warm vanilla sauce.
  • The Hippodrom dessert dream with Bavarian pancake, baked apples, mini-dumplings, apple strudel, plum compote and creamy vanilla sauce.

Along with a ton of food, there are also several beer tents. Oktoberfest visitors have 14 big tents and 20 small tents to choose from. A “Mass”, or liter of beer, that can cost anywhere from 8.70-9.20 Euros (approximately 11.30-12.00 USD).

Be sure to check out Central’s selection of beer mugs.

Oktoberfest Events in the United States include:

  • Tulsa Oktoberfest, Oklahoma
  • Oktoberfest Denver, Colorado
  • Oktoberfest Chicago, Illinois
  • Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Ohio
  • Addison Oktoberfest, Texas
  • New Ulm Oktoberfest, Minnesota

So from menu ideas and flavors, to tailgating and festivals–fall really does have something for everyone. What fall foods, festivals and trends are you getting excited about?

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About Rachel Beck

Rachel Beck is a Content Specialist at Central Restaurant Products, a food service equipment and supply distributor in Indianapolis. Rachel specializes in the cooking equipment category. In her role, she is responsible for web product launches, and she also writes content for Central's catalog, website, and blog. Rachel contributes to social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google +. Rachel has attended NAFEM and looks forward to attending the National Restaurant Association Show this year.

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