The food in the American Midwest falls undoubtely in the category of comfort food.
Comfort food as there is plenty of milk for dairy products and durum wheat for the pasta, you can enjoy the best macaroni and cheese, especially when using the great Cheddar cheese from Wisconsin, and then a fabulous burger a Kansas recipe, with corn on the cob, from any of the Cornbelt States - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio - and cherry pie, from Michigan cherries, for dessert. While black walnut cake or black walnut bread, from Missouir, are an ideal snack.
Visiting the Midwest, one can enjoy ethnic food, as the inmigrants settling in the region brought their recipes with them, and their own food traditions, from lovely Sunday dinners, often meat and potatoes, to a Wisconsin fish boil or tailgating party.
…and food events
One can enjoy the Grape Festival, Nauvoo, September, Illinois, or the Strawberry Days, Strawberry Point, June, Iowa; or go to the Minnesota State Fair, end of the summer, St Paul, Minessotta, the St. Paul Winter Festival, January, and hope that the Taste of Minnesota Food Festival, St. Paul, July, will run again.
Michigan has the Cereal Festival, Battle Creek, June, and the National Cherry Festival, Traverse City, July.
Indiana holds the Egg Festival, Mentone, June; the Popcorn Festival, Valparaiso, September; and the Festival of Gingerbread, Fort Wayne, November / December. In Wayne, Nebraska, runs the Wayne Chicken Show, in July.
Kansas is the place for the International Pancake Race, Liberal, where men -ladies have theirs in Olney, England- run 415 yards (379.5 m) with a pancake in a skillet, turning it overas they go. To make things more interesting, the course's contour is like an S. It takes place in February. There is also the Historic Fort Hays Day in Hays, Kansas, with plenty of history, including craft related demonstrations -weaving rugs, whittling- and food related demonstrations -churning butter, to mention one.
Missouri sponsors the Ozark Ham And Turkey Festival, California, September and the Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, August, an event with lovely food.
If visiting North Dakota, try to make it for the Potato Bowl, Grand Forks, September or the quaint Oktoberfest, Leipzig. If you are into German food, you can also book time to visit the Schmeckfest (German festival), Freeman, South Dakota, March or April.
Not entirely a food event, but the Circleville Pumpkin Show, Ohio, is great fun. In Wisconsin, one can choose among the Chocolate Festival, Burlington, May or the many ethnic festivals in towns and cities, especially German and Polish.
Recipes from Midwest states
These are a few favorite recipes from the Midwest states.
Amish stuffing OH - buckeyes OH - cannibal sandwich WI - Cincinnati chili over pasta OH - cheese puffs WI - Corn dogs IA - cornmeal mush with molasses and cream SD - deep dish pizza IL - fried cheese curds WI - grilled Swiss cheeseburger with sliced mushrooms KA - Iowa chops IA - lefse ND - macaroni and cheese ND - meatloaf with brown sugar and ketchup glaze KA - Reuben sandwich with Russian dressing NE - runza NE.