Find Fall Flavors in Almost Heaven

Fall in West Virginia means pumpkins, apple butter, cider, farmers’ markets and farm-to-table dinners. The season brings fall harvest festivals celebrating fall foods, farmers markets sharing seasonal crops and pick-your-own farms welcoming visitors to pluck treats for their own homemade dishes. Explore all things fall flavor in Almost Heaven.

Fall Festivals

Clay County Golden Delicious Apple Festival – Celebrate West Virginia’s state fruit at the Clay County Golden Delicious Festival, featuring good old-fashioned bobbing for apples, amusement rides and a baking contest featuring the state’s prized golden delicious apple.

Buckwheat Festival – One of West Virginia’s oldest festivals began in Kingwood in 1938 and celebrates one of the county’s most important crops. During this four-day festival, get your hands on a buckwheat cakes and sausage dinner here and smother them in apple butter or syrup for a tasty fall treat.

West Virginia Pumpkin Festival – At this four-day pumpkin extravaganza, find rows and rows of arts and craft vendors, delicious pumpkin-flavored food, apple butter making, spinning, live music, and piles of pumpkins big and small.

Taste of Our Towns (TOOT) – People from across the region gather in downtown Lewisburg to sample tastings from more than 50 local restaurants, civic clubs and other organizations. Yearly favorites– like The General Lewis Inn’s pecan pie– can run out fast, so get there early!

Taste of Bridge Day – Planning on making the trek to Fayetteville for an unforgettable Bridge Day? Don’t forget to check out Taste of Bridge Day the night before to taste samples from local and regional restaurants.

Pick-Your-Own Farms & Markets

Explore West Virginia’s fall foods first-hand. Take a trip to a pumpkin patch to select your perfect jack-o-lantern, visit an apple orchard to gather a bunch of local apples for a homemade pie or head to a local farm to pluck your own berries. You can also purchase from the local market all your produce needs.

Orr’s Farm Market – Located in Martinsburg, Orr’s Farm Market offers a variety of pick-your-own produce: flowers, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, grapes, blueberries and more. In the fall, though, you’ll find a pumpkin patch to choose the perfect pumpkin, as well as apples and pears.

Gritt’s Farm – This Buffalo farm has several fall playgrounds for the kids, including a slide mountain, corn pit and a hay maze. They can also hitch a hayride, hop aboard the wagon train or ride around in a peddle kart. You can pick your own pumpkin to take home.

Local Flavor

West Virginia’s chefs know exactly how to prepare locally grown foods, and fall is the time for farm-to-table restaurants in the Mountain State to shine. Enjoy prix fixe meals, enjoy daily specials or dine on the signature items. Here are just a few to add to your bucket list: Bluegrass Kitchen, The Dish Cafe, Hill and Hollow, Stardust Cafe, Lot 12 Public House and Cafe Cimino Country Inn.

Which West Virginia harvest flavors are your fall favorites?

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This post was last updated on August 5, 2020