I know there are regions of the country that woke up to more snow this morning, but I promise, spring has begun. One sure sign of spring besides daffodils and birds singing in the morning is that food festivals start to pop up.

Here’s a sampling of festivals around the country that celebrate the first crops of spring. After the winter we've had, you don't have to be a locavore to get excited about these festivals. 

  • Dandelion Festival, Vineland, N.J. – A dinner that features dishes made with dandelions has been an annual tradition in Vineland since 1973. This year’s Vineland Dandelion Festival will be held on April 2.
  • Strawberry Festival, Ponchatoula, La. – For the 40th year, everyone’s favorite spring fruit will be celebrated with festival games, music, lots of yummy fruit and the crowning of the Strawberry King and Queen. This year’s Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival will be held April 8-10.
  • Asparagus Festival, Stockton, Calif. – One of the very first vegetables that shout “spring has arrived” is asparagus. In Stockton, the vegetable is celebrated with concerts, eating competitions and more. This year’s Stockton Asparagus Festival will be held April 15-17.

Do you know of any other festivals that celebrate spring’s earliest crops? Tell us about them in the comment section, please. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

3 food festivals that celebrate the first fruits of spring
After a long, cold winter, it's time to celebrate the first fruits (and vegetables) of spring.