The North American Aronia Berry Festival is held annually the third full weekend in each September. Mark your calendars – the 7th Annual North American Aronia Berry Festival will be September 20 – 21, 2014, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 2159 Kennedy Ave., Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 — At America’s first aronia berry farm!
Starting as a field day with dozens of farmers, the event quickly blossomed, with attendance last year reaching over 3,000 people. Now, Sawmill Hollow’s North American Aronia Berry Festival is a regional celebration of the Loess Hills, and Midwest agriculture, featuring over 30 Loess Hills artisans and musicians, as well as the work conventional and organic farmers across the Heartland. In honor of the festival and the impact it has on the State of Iowa, Governor Branstad even declared September Aronia Berry Month!
Your usual festival food and fun aren’t the only things happening at Sawmill Hollow in September. The event focuses on growing the aronia berry but also partners with farming and rural entrepreneurship focused organizations to grow healthier families, farms, and communities.
Adults enjoy complimentary wine tastings, locally produced products, artisans, and cultural programming. Gardeners and farmers learned and asked questions at the aronia planting demonstrations. Children’s activities are offered through out the Saturday and SundayFestival.
Visitors are invited to showcase their culinary creativity by submitting aronia berry recipes. Past submissions included entries in pies, baked goods, ice cream, even a micro-brewed aronia beer.
And later, everyone kicked off their boots, shoes, and birkenstocks to join in on the ever popular aronia berry stomp!
City-folk and rural dwellers alike this is an event that celebrates the culture and spirit of the Heartland, and with free admission, food, crafts, and activities, it’s a berry good time!