If you’re wondering what a Covered Bridge is and exactly how it can become a festival, you are definitely not from Indiana. 🙂 This giant fall craft fair has been around since 1957, and it just seems to get bigger every year. Literally millions of people go every year, and you can’t blame them when giant turkey legs, doughy apple dumplings, and pretty much anything you can deep fry and still call it food are involved.
I went with my family this weekend, and for a recap, the food sounds like a good place to start to me.
That would be a big pile of homemade potato chips with cheese sauce and sour cream. (I’m going to preface this parade of food photos by saying that it took place over two days.)
If you’re a vegetarian, this is probably a good time to look away.
One of the signature dishes at the festival is sirloin steak dinners, which is really giant chunks of meat mixed with mushrooms, onions and potatoes in a big old pile of yumminess.
The assembly line in action.
Basically, it’s meat and potatoes and butter. Lots and lots of butter. Works for me. 😉
What’s a fall festival without kettle corn?!
We were all about the free samples. That’s not me, in case you were wondering. That’s my twin sister Corey. Sometimes people say we look alike. (If someone says, “Hey, Corey!” I usually just say hi back and have had entire conversations before as Corey. It’s strangely entertaining.)
There were all kinds of peanuts, pecans, almonds, and any other kind of nut you can think of coated in cinnamon, sugar, hot sauce, strawberry and blueberry flavor, etc.
That free sample guy didn’t know what he was getting into when he said, “have all the samples you want!” He probably had to run out after I left and order another shipment of spicy hot honey peanuts.
Here’s a little visual on the variety of food available. If you leave the Covered Bridge Festival, it’s definitely your own fault.
The tents had so much fun stuff to browse. There were tons of varieties of olive oil from Italy:
And believe it or not, there’s more than food at this thing.
Like covered bridges!
And produce. (Ok, technically food but also pretty to look at.)
And pretty scenery!
There were so many people! My pictures of the crowd would be so much more impressive if I wasn’t four feet tall. It’s hard to take pictures of a crowd when you come up to everyone’s belly button.
It was pretty much a free-for-all at the sirloin steak dinner tent (refresher: it’s the big pile of meat, potatoes, and butter). If you don’t want to eat it at ten thirty AM, like we are perfectly fine with, you’ll probably be standing in line for a very long time.
It was a perfect weekend for being outside and just enjoying an Indiana October. Plenty of other people thought so too!
In my future house, this thing will be in the backyard.
I’ll cook ham and beans in it and pretend I’m on the prairie. I’ll probably wear pigtails while cooking. And then I’ll read Little House on the Prairie to my kids and make them put away their cell phones. And then we’ll probably go order pizza because no one eats ham and beans anymore, right? Thank goodness for cell phones.
This sign disturbs me for two reasons:
First, there is no phone reception in the town. So000 …
Second, my lot in life is to be a grammar nerd. So if they could move those quotation marks two words and put them before “buy” instead of “He” I would probably sleep better at night.
Be back later with more Indiana adventures! 🙂