December is the month to cast aside your diet and be a little naughty (or maybe a lot). And the holiday season offers so many delicious opportunities for indulgence. It may be the last month of the year, but there are still yummy food festivals to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Take a look at these celebrations of food on the menu for December.
- Hammond’s Candy Cane Festival – Denver, Colorado. December 11 to 12, 2016
It’s not Christmas without candy canes. But this festival has it all: cookie decorating, carolers, horse-drawn carriages, trolley rides, and, of course, Santa! Plus, get a peek at the magic with a tour of the Hammond’s Candy Factory. This Denver tradition is perfect for the whole family.
- National Gingerbread House Competition™ – Asheville, North Carolina. November 27, 2016 to January 5, 2017
No holiday festival is complete without gingerbread, right? The largest U.S. gingerbread competition held its 24th annual showdown in Asheville, North Carolina on November 21. The winners are now on display at the Grove Park Inn. Admission is free, so check out the amazing creations of these culinary artists at 3 P.M. Sundays through Thursdays.
- 20th Annual Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour® – White Mountains, New Hampshire. December 10 and December 11, 2016
Take a self-guided tour 11 am to 4 pm through festive inns offering scrumptious holiday cookies and candies. Don’t forget to grab holiday recipes and keepsake ornaments too. Named “The Best Sugar High” by New Hampshire Magazine, this tasty tour will also benefit local nonprofits.
- Indio International Tamale Festival – Indio, California. December 3 and 4, 2016
It’s not all gingerbread and candy canes. If you’re more into spicy than sweet, hurry over to this delicious tamale festival, rated one of the top ten festivals in the country by the Food Network. This event boasts not one but two Guinness World Records: the world’s largest tamale festival in 2000 (120,000 people!) and the world’s largest tamale for a 40-foot tamale. Wander through Oldtown Indio 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
- The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite – December 12 through 25, 2016
Now for something truly special. Get into the holiday mood at a snowy mountain lodge and immerse yourself in the pageantry of old English gentry and world-class musical theatre. Enjoy Peacock Pie, Baron of Beef, and Plum Pudding. This year will be the 90th anniversary of the event. Why not take in an iconic American national park while you’re at it?
From gingerbread and candy canes to cookies and tamales, there is a festival out there for every taste. And don’t forget to check out the holiday fair in your town and peruse arts, crafts, and food while supporting local businesses and crafts people.
So if you’re in the neighborhood, take a stroll through these delectable December food festivals.