There are many foods fondly associated with the fall season - looking at you, pumpkin spice. But fall means festival season in Hamilton County, and beyond arts, culture and entertainment these festivals also serve up good eats. We rounded up a list of the top five foods you should try this fall at festivals in Hamilton County, Indiana.
Gyros at Greekfest
Aug. 24 4-10 p.m. / Aug. 25 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. / Aug. 26 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church / Carmel, Indiana
Hint: it’s pronounced “YEE-ros.” No matter how you say it, it’s a quintessential Greek dish, and it's on the menu at Greekfest. Meat, traditionally lamb, is cooked on a vertical rotisserie, served in a flatbread like pita and topped with tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce.
Save room for dessert and prepare to stand in line, as the dessert sales are the most popular. Order a classic baklava and try loukoumades, deep fried honey puffs.
Bavarian pretzel at Oktoberfest
Sept. 21, 7-10 p.m.
Carmel City Center / Carmel, Indiana
When you think Oktoberfest, you think pretzel necklaces and German beer. Find it at Oktoberfest during the annual German celebration. Start with a warm Bavarian pretzel and don’t forget the traditional bratwurst and sauerkraut to round out the experience.
Falafel at St. George Festival
Sept. 21-23, 1-5 p.m.
St. George Orthodox Christian Church / Fishers, Indiana
You can’t miss “the church on the hill under the gold dome,” as they call St. George Festival. Get a taste of Middle Eastern culture and order falafel, a dish consisting of spiced mashed chickpeas that have been rolled into a ball and deep fried. If you’re still hungry, go for another signature food, the lamb shanks.
Turkey leg at Indiana Renaissance Faire
Oct. 6-7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center / Noblesville, Indiana
“One order of dragon legs, please.” You’ll hear this only at the Indiana Renaissance Faire. Fret not – these are actually smoked turkey legs that are as big as your head. Come hungry and prepare for a messy, meaty meal.
Sept. 1 – Oct. 31
Conner Prairie / Fishers, Indiana
It’s not truly fall until you’ve sunk your teeth into a caramel apple, and they are irresistible at the Apple Store at Conner Prairie. Choose from classic caramel, caramel with nuts or a decadent dark chocolate sea salt creation. Wash it all down with a refreshing cider slushie.