Food Festivals in the North Shores
The North Shores region of Lake Erie Shores & Islands is home to several charming communities – Port Clinton, Catawba Island, Lakeside, and Marblehead. These small towns welcome guests to their scenic shorelines and myriad of shops, wineries, breweries, and restaurants. There is definitely no shortage of delicious places to eat.
However, sometimes you just need a food festival to really celebrate the unique tastes of a place. The Catawba Island and Marblehead peninsulas particularly are known for a history of abundant peach orchards. In fact, on your way out to East Harbor State Park, you’ll pass a sign at Bergman Orchards which advertises “Take a peach to the beach!”
The coastal communities are popular with fisherman as well, home to several marinas and boat launches. Lake Erie is well-known for its sizeable walleye catches, but it’s the light and flaky perch that really gets hungry folks drooling. This small white fish is usually deep fried and served as several small pieces, either in a basket or on a bun.
The region also uniquely boasts a heritage of Carpatho-Russian culture, home to Ohio’s oldest Orthodox Church. These foods and culture are celebrated annually at Marblehead’s Holy Assumption Orthodox Church at the Halupki Festival. Festival-goers line up for a taste of these delicious old-world foods, including the famous halupki (cabbage rolls), halushki (cabbage and noodles), pierogi, and smoked sausage.
Don’t miss your opportunity to taste your way through the North Shores with these mouth-watering food festivals:
Catawba Peach & Wine Festival
Aug 3, 2019
Schwan Orchards, Catawba Island
A day of live music, games, and food in the middle of one of the last peach orchards in Catawba. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Ottawa County.
Aug 10, 2019
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Marblehead
Event features homemade pies and desserts, ice cream, sliced peaches, hot dogs, chips, and beverages.
Aug 18, 2019
Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, Marblehead
A celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, hosted annually by the oldest Orthodox church in Ohio. Foods such as cabbage rolls, pierogis, kolbasi, Old World baked goods, Herman Halupki's craft fest featuring 35+ vendors, historic church tours, bounce house, live polka bands, and more.
Marblehead Lion's Perch Festival
Aug 24, 2019
James Park, Marblehead
The day will begin with a parade and tours of LaFarge N.A. quarry operations. Other festival activities include music, car cruise-in, children's activities, vendors, and more. And, of course, there will be food featuring Lake Erie perch sandwiches.
Perch, Peach, Pierogi & Polka Festival
Aug 30, 2019 - Sep 1, 2019
Knights of Columbus, Port Clinton
Three-day festival over Labor Day weekend with award-winning polka bands, excellent food and beverage choices in a friendly atmosphere. Music, food, dance, and fun.
Eat your heart out, Lake Erie Shores & Islands!
Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands
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