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Jan 3, 2007 05:34 PM

Planning for the year: Kansas City Food Festivals

Determined to be more organized this year, I'm entering fairs and festivals into my Microsoft Outlook calendar so I don't miss them. Can we start a list with festivals/fairs with dates, locations and websites (if they have them) or phone numbers? and any tips you wanna pass on!

Here's a couple of easy ones I never miss:
Early May- Brookside Art Fair (It'll be 5/4-5/6 in 2007)
63rd and Brookside, between Main and Stateline in MO
Ok, you're supposed to look at art, but there's all that food!

Early June- St. Dionysius Greek Festival(in 2006 it was 6/2-4
)8100 W95 st, OP
Except for last year, doesn't it seem like they are cursed with rain when they have their festival?

Early September- Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church(in 2006 it was 9/8-10
)12001 Wornall, OP
I like going late in the evening, no long lines and better parking. The expressline is the way to go during peak hours.

Third weekend in September- Plaza Art Fair (9/22-9/24 in 2006
)Plaza area
Instead of jockeying for a sticky table, I like to eat along Brush Creek.

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  1. Wish I could afford the art- the only thing I *can* afford is the food! :-)

    I've never been, but would love to go to the Kansas City Irish Festival:
    Dates: Aug. 31-Sep. 2
    Location: Near Crown Center

    One festival that I always enjoyed, though not in KC, is the Apple Festival in Topeka. Really good bierocks!

    I went to the Italian Festival last year, but the only thing I really enjoyed was hearing Lidia talk- the food was nothing special from any of the vendors, and I sampled most of them!

    4 Replies
    1. re: Katie Nell

      The Irish Fest is a blast! And usually has some pretty decent food. I think it's O'Dowd's that has a really good Lamb Burger/Loaf. My only complaint - no Guinness or Harp (I can't remember why)- plenty of Boulevard Pale Ale though!!

      1. re: Mushroom

        Even better then the Irish Fest is the Weston Irish Fest, great food and all the great beer, Guinness, Harp, Smithwick's and ect.... This year fest is Oct 12th, 13th and 14th!

        1. re: Irishbeer4me

          And such a cute little town too! I'll have to look into that one!

          1. re: Irishbeer4me

            Aaaahhhh.....Smithwick's, how could I forget Smithwick's?

            I love the Weston Irish Fest! This past year is the first time we've missed it since it started. Even that first year with that torrential downpour nearly drowning us - it was fantastic. It's not quite as family friendly as the KC Irish Fest, however, I tend to have a little bit more fun in Weston (go figure - we don't bring the kids to that one!).

      2. I missed the Ethnic Enrichment Festival (Aug. 17-19) last year, moving down here a couple weeks too late, much to my dismay

        From the site:

        "Traditionally, the highlight of the festival is the authentic ethnic food prepared and served by the EEC membership....Taste African-American fried-bread, Lithuanian potato pudding, Jamaican jerk chicken, Japanese shrimp tempura, French crepes or a Filipino cantaloupe juice."

        (Credit for tip to LTHForum poster bnowell724...don't know if she posts here or not.)

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        1. re: Aaron Deacon

          I have been participating in and attending the Ethnic Enrichment Festival every year for the last 5 or 6 years and it is hands down one of my favorites. From each country participating in some sort of ethnic entertainment in traditional costumes, to the fantastic food that is to be scored at each booth. I go every year, and now I take my son with me and we enjoy getting passports stamped at each booth. Held at Swope Park every year, this is a must for any ethnic food lover in KC. (Most of the food booths are run by local ethnic restaurants or even better made authentically by volunteers of that Ethnic Club.) Stand in line for the Jerk Chicken at the Jamaican booth, don't miss the Columbian booth for empanada's, Brazilian booth for black bean stew and rice and cheese bread with Guarana soda, and then finish at the French crepe booth. The food is cheap and authentic and the atmosphere is colorful, lively and most of all FUN.

        2. Anybody gone to Ohev Sholom KosherFest? There was a ad in Dead Sea Scroll insert in KC Star. May 20 from noon to 7pm at 5311 W75 st, Prairie Village, KS.

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