Fairhope, Alabama is already one of the most picturesque towns in Baldwin County and its annual Arts and Crafts Festival is no exception. Set along the entire downtown area it takes and entire afternoon to cover the entirety of the festival. From quirky figurines made from soda cans to intricate, handmade jewelry, there is something for that everyone would be interested in.
This year’s festival was even bigger and better than in years past. With more booths, more dining options and more people, this three day festival proved itself a standing tradition with the residents of Fairhope and those from out of town.
Along with the hundreds of booths stocked with handmade crafts and gorgeous art, Fairhope itself offers boutiques, specialty stores and antique stores that you can visit as you are making your way around downtown.
Probably one of the most popular areas of the festival is the food court. If you are not in the mood for a sit down meal classic carnival food is available
You can find favorites such as funnel cake and fried oreos, or you can go for something a little more out there such as this soft shell crab sandwich (yes, you read that right).
Along with the carnival food, Fairhope has tons of quirky and delicious downtown restaurants that are open during the festival. I would suggest picking one of the staple restaurants in Fairhope rather than buying the “carnival food”. You will spend around the same amount of money to sit down and eat, and if you have never been to Fairhope before, it’s a great way to see the town.
Two restaurants I would recommend are the Gumbo Shack and Panini Pete’s as they were both featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”!
After you have finished with your meal and have headed back to the festival for a few hours a sweet treat is obviously the next step along your path. Again the established local restaurants such as Mr. Gene’s Beans will satisfy your sweet tooth!
Or in the true spirit of a festival head to The Nuttery booth that has a selection of different flavored roasted peanuts, and they are all delicious. If you cannot seem to find the booth, follow the smell of cinnamon and you should be able to spot it!
Overall the Arts and Crafts festival is a great way to spend time with family and friends in a beautiful setting that accommodates all ages (there is a kid’s zone!). If you are in the area next spring, check out The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival website to plan your trip!