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Kansas City Fall Treats and Eats

September 25, 2014

As the cool fall air sweeps through Kansas City the aroma of warm baked goods and comfort food linger in the breeze delighting our senses! Good food and good fun is had by all at our area Fall Festivals. Savor the deliciousness of your all-time favorite fall treat or discover a new one that's sure to tickle your taste buds!

  1. Experience the Chuckwagon Cook-Off at Mahaffie's Wild West Days in Olathe, KS on Saturday September 27. Three chuck wagons begin cooking at dawn to provide samples beginning at noon. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite categories: best meat dish, best potatoes, best beans, best bread, best coffee, best dessert and people's choice. Enjoy wild west skits, live entertainment and children's games at this event along with the savory flavors of the Chuckwagon Cook Off. Top it off with root beer and cream soda from Doc's Mercantile.  
  2. Witness the largest barbecue competition in the world at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue, October 2-5. This year's contest will have more than 550 teams competing in four meat categories.
  3. The German American Club's 12th Annual Oktoberfest is Friday, October 3 from 5:30-10:30pm at the Shawnee Civic Centre. There will be traditional German food and a biergarten with four types of keg beer, German wines, and hard cider. Oktoberfest will feature live entertainment as well as plenty of activities for the kids, all open to the public with free admission. Betty Jo Simon and the Alpen Spielers will be performing a wide range of lively music from Polkas to traditional folk songs. Blautaler Schuhplattler, a German Folk Dance group that performs internationally, will perform German folk dance routines in authentic traditional costumes. Enjoy the fall weather on the patio in the Biergarten, where the Dixie Cadillacs will be performing a more American style performance with tunes from the last 50 years.
  4. New tasty treats are in store for you this fall at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, KS. An assortment of food fit for a king is offered throughout the village, and now you can dine in leisure at the all new sit down restaurant, White Stag Inn. The most popular fare are turkey legs, apple dumplings, Scotch eggs, funnel cakes, chicken & chips and pickles! The festival is open weekends through October 12, including Columbus Day. The food, entertainment, artisans, and themed weekends are definitely worth the trip alone! Huzzah!
  5. Fresh apple cider doughnuts, apple cider slushes, carmel apples, warm apple crisp, kettle corn and gallons of apple cider are all waiting for you at Cider Hill Family Orchard in Kansas City, KS. Catch a ride to the U-Pick Orchard on the "Apple Wagon" or enjoy a family picnic under the trees and get ready for some fall fun!  
  6. No need to cook dinner on Sunday, October 12. Instead, bring your crew to Merriam and dine al fresco at Funday Sunday, a food-truck event at the beautiful downtown Merriam Marketplace. From 4:00-7:00 p.m., you can sink your teeth into various eats and treats from over 12 local food truck vendors. Music and inflatables will round out the festivities, so come hungry and dance the evening away in downtown Merriam. 
  7. As you make your way across the golden farm at Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch, you will be captivated by the sweet aroma of their mouthwatering pumpkin doughnuts. Not only can your family search for that perfect pumpkin in their 60 acre U-pick pumpkin patch, but there are numerous fall favorites for everyone to enjoy. Open daily from September 20 through October 31, guests love to gobble their sweet, crunchy kettle corn and home-baked goodies that are just like grandma's. Children enjoy endless fun digging in the Colossal Fossil House or mining for real gemstones at Uncle Earl's Mining Camp. Make sure to stop by Little Bud's Railroad for a train ride and sample their delicious melt-in-your mouth fudges or warm up with a velvety glass of wine. The sights, smells, and flavor of autumn are never ending at the family farm!
  8. Calling all women to join us for Witch Walk on the Square October 23, 5:00-8:00p.m. on the historic Independence Square. Dress in your best witch wear for a wicked good time! There will be a contest for the best hat, best broom & best overall witch. Prizes to be awarded!  Visit with a Psychic -- if you dare, "adult" trick or treating with Square merchants, or taste some "witches brew" (wine tasting) and many more spooktacular surprises for the evening. Participants will receive a bag, "book mark" of spells, special offers from merchants and more!  
  9. Sink your teeth into a crisp caramel apple at Deanna Rose Farmstead's Pumpkin Hollow in Overland Park, KS from September 26 through October 31. You're sure to work up an appetite in the corn maze, climbing the hay pyramid, sliding down the giant hay slide, racing pumpkin boats and more! Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin just right for you! Before you head home warm up with a cup of hot cider.
  10. Enjoy an evening of good haunting fun for the whole family at Haunted Havens Hayride. Join us Saturday October 25 at Havens Park in Leavenworth, KS from 7:00-10:00 p.m. There will be free trunk or treating, bounce houses, games and activities for children, music, face painting and the Fire Safety House. Ride through the haunted trails, if you dare! Beware of losing your kettle corn that you could toss up in fright as you encounter spooky scenes and scary monsters along the trail ride. 
  11. Indulge in some of the best home cooked meals around and benefit a good cause too.  Several churches and other organizations in Franklin County have community dinner fundraisers. From homemade chicken and noodles, coleslaw, rolls and mouthwatering desserts to turkey and ham with all the trimmings you will find something to delight your taste buds.