There are many food and drinks 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 food and beverages you should try this fall at festivals in Hamilton County, Indiana.

1. Bavarian pretzel at Oktoberfest

Sept. 20, 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.

2. Falafel at St. George Festival

Sept. 20-22, 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.

3. Turkey leg at Indiana Renaissance Faire

Oct. 5-6, 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.

4. Caramel apples at the Apple Store at Conner Prairie

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.    

5. Butterbeer on the Wizard Express

Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13
Nickel Plate Express / Atlanta, Indiana

All aboard for a magical experience on the Nickel Plate Express this October. Kids can sip on non-alcoholic butterbeer while parents imbibe in the real deal while learning spells and riding the rails.


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