The Darlington, Maryland Apple Fest – A Must Do!
Fall is probably my most favorite season but not just for the beautiful changes in nature or the delightfully chilly snap in the air that requires me to once again dig out my favorite sweaters. Over the years my family has adopted quite a few fall traditions, one of which is the Darlington Apple Fest in Darlington, Maryland.
Held rain or shine on the first Saturday of October along the main street in the picturesque little town of Darlington, Maryland, the Apple Fest has become a favorite fall tradition in my family. As we wind our way through the beautiful scenery of the north-east corner of Harford County, Maryland, my four teenagers start talking about what the each look forward to the most about the fest; for one, it’s the food, for another it’s the activities, for the third it’s the performances and for my daughter, it’s the shopping.
I think what always impresses me the most about this festival is the care the town of Darlington takes to make it a truly family friendly event. There is plenty of parking for a reasonable $5 per car and plenty of parking attendants to direct you right to a space. If you do have to park in one of the farther parking areas, they have several busses to transport you to the fest and later, back to your car. There is also plenty of local police directing traffic making it very easy to get in and out of the area.
The entire fest is located along the main street in town and the adjacent park making it very stroller, wagon and wheelchair accessible. There are several large banks of restroom facilities that are…. get this…… incredibly clean and well stocked. And this year they even had ATM’s brought in for the event. They have really thought of everything!
Yesterday we admired the lovely historic homes as we strolled along listening to the live music, smelling the delicious foods and admiring the incredible talents of hundreds of local crafters. There really is something for everyone at this festival. We paused and watched little children excitedly taking pony rides, playing games, having their faces painted and making their own scarecrows. We visited stands run by local animal shelters and played with the sweet dogs awaiting new homes. While doing all of this, we ate, and ate, and ate. We had delicious apple fritters, apple dumplings and apple delight. We enjoyed delicious pit beef sandwiches, chicken tenders, sweet potato fries, kettle corn and, of course, apple cider .
As always, we had a wonderful day and already can’t wait for next years festival. I would strongly encourage anyone to check out the Darlington Apple Fest. It’s a little out of the way but very worth the drive!