Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or hot apple cider and enjoy good conversation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the 37th annual Apple Festival, which was held in downtown Erwin, Tennessee. The festivities took place Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4. I have no idea how many people were there on Saturday, but this I know for sure–you couldn’t stir them with a stick!
I was a first-timer to the Apple Festival–actually, it was my first time in Erwin–and it was a fabulous experience. The town is picturesque, and its apple celebration is ginormous.
It was the perfect fall day for “festival-ing”–chilly temps, lots of sunshine and a blustery breeze…this is where I need to add that I am not prepared for the cooler temps of my new location. Good news is I bought a wool hat at the Apple Festival. Bad news is I need an entire knitted wool suit to survive the cold *wink* Speaking of my new hat, it is time to take a look at SSL’s Top Picks from the Apple Festival in downtown Erwin, Tennessee.
These top picks are in no particular order…and I am positive, had the crowd not been so thick…I would have spied more fabulous vendors. There was not much time to chat with the artists…and the hubby barely had room to snap photos! I am telling y’all the truth…it was crazy busy! Any who…the first vendor I want to highlight is Crafty Creations by Bryan and Kristy Adams. This booth had the most adorable and funky yard art–from pigs to owls–it was all fabulous. I debated between an owl and a goat…and came home with an owl…I absolutely love it! Great news is I can shop their website in my PJ’s…no fighting the crowd…Click here and y’all can shop their metal treasures too.
As we inched our way up the street, the smell of kettle corn and polish sausages was in the air. We also saw lots and lots of Tennessee Volunteer orange! Apples and orange *wink* I digress. Back to the top picks, one of my sweet neighbors posted a Facebook status/photo about her nieces being at the festival–in the photo, she was wearing a darling, knitted hat. I was freezing…my ears were numb…I needed one of those hats…I commented on her FB status to find out where this booth of warmness was located…long story short…the hubby found it, and I got a lovely hat. I immediately put it on and wore it the rest of the day and to a neighborhood gathering that evening. I love my new, cuddly hat *smile*
The next pick is Grann’s Gourmet Apples & Confections. Abby said it was totally worth the long wait in line! I really thought she was going to share with me…but she did not. So, we will just have to take her word for how delicious her candy apple was *wink*
There were so many vendors there–from food to crafts. There was entertainment. And of course, apples…lots and lots of apples! There was no way to pick a favorite apple–because all apples are delicious. My grandmothers made the best apple pies…I wish I knew someone to fry me some gluten-free apple pies…I really should learn to cook and bake *smile* Where was I going with this bit of conversation? Oh, yes! SSL’s top pick for the apple category is all the apples *smile*
The last top pick for the Apple Festival is Ramblewood Ridge out of Franklin, North Carolina. I got a brief moment to chat with Susan Camera about her art…she is precious and her birdhouses are beyond precious! It wasn’t easy picking what I wanted to bring home…the hubby was patient as I talked through it…birdhouse…garden stake…funny sign…
Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the 37th annual Apple Festival in downtown Erwin, Tennessee. It was so much fun, and I totally recommend y’all coming out next year and staying a bit because there is always something happening in around the Northeast Tennessee area *smile*