Summer time in Lehigh Valley means one thing, the beginning of festival season.  The festival lineup has grown over the past few years and now includes some great events including Musikfest, Kutztown Folk Festival and The Great Allentown Fair.

The summer is also highlighted by Historic Bethlehem Partnership’s Blueberry Festival at Burnside Plantation.

One of my favorite parts of the Blueberry Festival is that there is something for everyone.  Some of the highlights from this year’s festival included:

  • Locally grown produceBechdolts Orchard had a great selection of fruits and vegetables at this year’s festival.  I couldn’t leave their booth without getting several ears of sweet corn for dinner.
  • Musical entertainment – Sunday afternoon was highlighted by the Billy Bauer Band.  It was clear that the audience was familiar with this band from their previous Lehigh Valley performances.  The band did a great job of entertaining the crowd with their unique style of music.
  • Historical demonstrationsBurnside Plantation had a variety of historical displays and exhibits taking place during the weekend.  Children and adults really seemed to enjoy the handcrafted work of the blacksmith.
  • Children’s activities – One of the most unique attractions at this year’s festival was the “Flying Swings”.  This mule powered carousel from the 1800’s was a highlight for children of all ages.
  • Festival food – No Lehigh Valley festival would be complete without the food vendors.  The Blueberry Festival offered a variety of options including sandwiches, pulled pork and organic soft pretzels.  However the highlight of the festival was the blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream.  This was a must have for everyone in attendance.

What was your favorite part of the Blueberry Festival?