Laura’s Southern Dish: Apples

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Apple cakes, apple fritters, apple dumplings, fried apple pies, apple cider, apple jelly………it is time to celebrate apples!  The apple is iconically associated with teachers, one a day will keep the doctor away and would Snow White have found her prince without one?   There are tons of ways to enjoy apples whether in a pie, bobbing for them, dipping them in caramel or just crunching right into one.  Here are some fun dates to keep in mind – September 17th is National Apple Dumpling Day, October 5th is National Apple Betty Day, October 21st is Apple Day and in time for Halloween October 31st is National Candy Apple Day.  And now some applelicious festivals to attend.

September 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th mark the dates of this year’s Clay County Golden Delicious Festival in Clay, West Virginia.  And this is the place to go as the Golden Delicious Apple is the official state fruit of West Virginia.  This four day fest is jam packed with things to see and do – you can take a look at the quilt and needlework show, take a spin on the amusement rides, get a good spot for the fireworks, sing some karaoke, listen to live bluegrass music, participate in the Golden Delicious bake-off and make sure you don’t miss the parade!   There will also be a slew of exciting contests like the father-son look alike contest, rubber ducky race, stroller/wagon decorating contest, cookie stacking contest, hula hoop contest and jump rope contest.  So mark your calendar and head over to for the history of “The Gold That Grew.”

From gold to red let’s head to the Big Red Apple Festival in downtown Cornelia, Georgia on October 1st.  This event boasts something for everyone including entertainment, specialty foods, handmade crafts, artwork, an antique car show and music.  There is even a hayride to the historic granite fire tower on Chenocetah mountain – the tower is only open to the public during the festival so don’t miss out!  While visiting make sure and stop by the railroad museum and enjoy the shops and Southern charm Cornelia has to offer.  Check out for more information.

Apples – you can bake them up, fry them up and eat them up – so go grab some whether red, green or golden – Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith or Honeycrisp!

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  1. Going to the apple orchard to pick apples is a favorite Fall outing of ours! Sounds like some greet apple fests going on!

  2. Hey Laura,
    Larry and I love to go to Elijay, Georgia in October. There are miles and miles of apple barns there. My favorite apple is an Arkansas Black, super dark red skin, white inside, crisp and slightly tart. You can find all kind of varieties there.


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