What Happens When You Cross a State Fair and a DIY Video?
Want to raise chickens? Keep bees? Preserve vegetables? There's a festival here for you, edible souvenirs included.
By Lynn Andriani
Do Try This at Home
With more city dwellers and suburbanites rolling up their sleeves to raise chickens, make their own cheese or even brew their own moonshine, a new breed of food festivals is taking place across the country this summer and autumn. These gatherings are often a cross between a local food celebration and a group lesson in sustainability—places where people can learn to keep bees, make fresh mozzarella or build a backyard chicken coop. Here are seven empowering fairs taking place through September, along with a sampling of what you might learn (and the treats you might bring home).