Streets closed as Celebrate Lancaster kicks off

A crowd forms Friday afternoon in the first block of North Queen Street, where vendors are selling a variety of food and drinks during Celebrate Lancaster festivities. (Dan Marschka / Staff)

Embedded in Lancaster County's DNA are the ubiquitous, year-round food festivals that fill up both our calendars and stomachs. Dedicated both to heritage dishes and culinary delights the world over, food festivals are an opportunity to add a personal touch to favorites new and old.

On this list, you'll find festivals of all varieties sectioned by season. And with Fall as the most populated season for food, it's only right to start there. Note: Always check the corresponding website for each event for specific start times and entrance prices.

FALL

Lancaster Liederkrantz Oktoberfest (Manheim) [September]

Peach Festival (Lititz) [September]

Whoopie Pie Festival (Strasburg) [September]

Tailgating Festival (Intercourse) [September]

Wacker Brewing Biergartenfest (Lancaster) [September]

Lititz Craft Beer Fest [September]

Sip + Savor (Bainbridge) [September]

Rafiki African Festival (Lancaster) [September]

Marietta Mac-Down [September]

Appleumpkin Festival (Adamstown) [October]

Brew-chanan Fest (Lancaster) [October]

Harvest Day (Musser Park) [October]

Lititz Chocolate Walk [October]

Ephrata Community Oktoberfest [October]

Shock the Block (Lititz) [October]

Lancaster Taste Food, Wine & Spirits Festival (Lancaster) [November]


WINTER

Mount Joy Winterfest [December]

Lititz Fire & Ice Festival [February]

Wine and Chocolate Walk (Mount Joy) [February]

Taste of Western Lancaster County Festival (Elizabethtown) [February]


SPRING

Taste of Success Festival (Lancaster) [March]

Taste of the River Towns (Columbia) [April]

Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest (Manheim) [May]

Sertoma Chicken BBQ (Lancaster) [May]

Rhubarb Festival (Intercourse) [May]

Lancaster Jewish Food Festival (Temple Beth El Lancaster) [May]


SUMMER

Bainbridge Strawberry Festival [June]

Lancaster Vegfest (Buchanan Park) [June]

Strawberry Festival (at Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society) [June]

Strawberry Festival (St. Peter’s Lutheran Church) [June]

Taste of Mount Joy Cruisin’ Cuisine [July]

Foodstock (Manheim) [July]

Mela Indian American Fusion Community Festival (Lititz) [July]

Washington Boro Tomato Festival [July]

Lancaster Craft Beerfest [August]

Rivertown Hops (Columbia) [August]

New Holland Summer Fest [August]