Another September weekend, another flurry of fall festivals in Utah.
Here, compiled from The Salt Lake Tribune’s Utah Eats newsletter, is a roundup of this weekend’s festivals:
Heber Valley Tractor Days
Meet the cows at Kohler Creamery, 920 River Road, Midway, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Your $5 ticket gains you entry to the cow pastures, where families can “open up a tractor, sit inside, take pictures, slide down the hay slide, play in a sandbox, and enjoy delicious ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches,” and visit the resident cows as well.
Mountain Beer Festival
Deer Valley launches its first Mountain Beer Festival at Silver Lake Lodge at Deer Valley Resort, Park City, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The family-friendly festival features more than a dozen Utah breweries, as well as food, live music, a kids’ area, and a chance to hike and knock around the entire resort grounds.
Festa Italiana takes over The Gateway, 400 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City; noon to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. As the organizers note, this celebration of Italian culture is not a “sausage sandwich festival” — they’re bringing in musicians, food, and even a giant pasta pan straight from Italy.
9th and 9th Street Festival
It’s the 29th year for the 9th and 9th Street Festival, at the intersection of 900 East and 900 South (aka Harvey Milk Blvd.), Salt Lake City, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The free event features live music, vendors, food, children’s activities, and the businesses of the 9th and 9th neighborhood — all overseen by a giant whale sculpture.
Discover Food Festival
The Discover Food Festival is set for Little City, 349 W. 700 South, Salt Lake City, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Organized by the International Rescue Committee, which runs the Spice Kitchen Incubator, this fest aims to introduce the Utah community to some of its cohort members, past and present. The event features more than a dozen Spice Kitchen food companies, cooking demos, drinks, and live performances.
The Utah Brewers Guild returns with its Collab Fest, at McCarthey Plaza, 154 S. Regent St., Salt Lake City, from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Pretty much every brewery in Utah is participating, from the oldest (Wasatch) to the newest (Helper Brewery). In fact, those two are collaborating on an IPA that you’ll be able to taste for the first time on Saturday, and it’ll be on tap for a few weeks at Wasatch breweries after the festival. Some of the other beers, though, will be made in such small quantities that this will be your only chance to try them.
Utah State Fair
Editor’s note • To have information like this placed in your inbox every Wednesday morning, subscribe to the Utah Eats newsletter, at sltrib.com/newsletters.