In our last post, we looked at a variety of classic American carnival foods, many of which we have at our own pumpkin festival here in Homer Glen, Illinois. While we are talking about it, we want anybody reading this to know that it’s not too late to stop by our pumpkin patch this year! We are open until October 30th and are closed on the 31st, for obvious reasons in our estimation. So if you’ve been searching online for a “pumpkin farm near me” to no avail, you can cross that problem off of your list. This is the “pumpkin farm near me” you’ve been searching for, and it has all of the kiddie rides, non-kiddie rides and attractions, and carnival food you could ever dream of. Oh, and did we mention we have a massive pumpkin patch? We did? Good.
In light of our last post about American carnival foods and their origins, we thought we would carry on with this fall festival theme and take a look at the variety of carnival food dishes around the world. Of course, we won’t be able to be comprehensive in this list, but we still thought it would be fun to highlight a few of the most interesting dishes we hope to try at some point. Keep reading if you’d like to do the same!
Germans love carnivals so much, they have three different words for carnivals. Called Fastnacht in the Black Forest, Fasching in Southern Germany, and Karneval near the Rhine, it’s clear that carnivals are near and dear enough to the people of Germany that none of the three regions would give up their preference for a name, and hence, no consensus was ever reached. We can appreciate that kind of stubbornness. And we can also appreciate dang good carnival food. At modern German carnivals, you’ll likely find German classics like bratwurst and a host of other delicious sausages, fresh, soft pretzels, and hot spiced wine. We’d like to try all three during the winter to get the authentic experience!
Brazil is a country that takes its traditions seriously, and there’s nothing wrong with that, especially when many of those traditions are about celebrating. Brazil plays host to the world’s largest carnival party. Traditional foods that can be found there include moqueca baiana (a fish stew), feijoada (pork, beans, and rice), and plenty of sweet food for you to pick from. One of those sweet treats is a brigadeiro, a chocolate truffle made with cocoa and condensed milk. Come to think of it, a trip south of the equator is in order sooner than we anticipated!
Eastern European Countries
We don’t want to lump all of these countries in and call them the same, because that’s not the case. But they do have a few common threads when it comes to celebratory cuisines. Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Poland, and Lithuania all partake in carnival celebrations to one degree or another. We would like to highlight what the Polish have going on, because it reminds us of what we like to do here across the pond. On Tłusty Czwartek, or “Fat Thursday”, there is a tradition that involves eating more than your fair share of doughnuts, or faworki. Fried dough and icing? We like your style, Poland.
Visit The “Pumpkin Farm Near Me”
We love all things fall, all things Halloween, and all things pumpkin-related. Heck, that’s why we opened up our pumpkin festival in the first place. As we’ve written about before, we have our own lineup of treats and eats here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest. Choose from funnel cake, caramel apples, homemade kettle corn, and in-house apple cider doughnuts that are just to die for. So if you are thinking that it’s too late to come see us in Homer Glen this year, you would be mistaken! Get the family together and make a day of it. We’ve got rides and attractions the whole family can enjoy, so visit our pumpkin patch before Halloween.