Sarah Beard Buckley
Bring your own lobster bib: Kennebunkport Festival, held in a cozy seaside village in Maine, offers up events ranging from intimate dinner parties (hosted by acclaimed chefs in magnificent mansions with stunning views) to a tented tapas party with food from around the world. While that’s all digesting, take a stroll riverside for the art show with live music. If you’re lucky, it’ll help make room for Academe restaurant’s famous Lobster Pot Pie, a dish so beloved that DIY kits are now shipped nationwide.
From the watermelon seed–spitting contests to clog dancing, brace yourself for head-to-toe fun at the RC-MoonPie Festival honoring RC Cola and MoonPies in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Join the wacky ten-mile run that ends with participants indulging in the celebration’s namesake treats, or take it easy on your feet and enjoy a simple MoonPie toss. Fun fact: Festival organizers load up a whopping two semitrucks with the pillowy marshmallow sandwiches for the day’s fun. Here are 10 more weird food festivals to put on your bucket list.