The Bagel Capital Of The World Is Right Here In Illinois

Are you surprised that an Illinois town calls itself the “Bagel Capital of the World”? We were, too. But if you take a closer look at the way Mattoon, Illinois celebrates this baked treat, you can see why. The residents of the town go to great lengths to recognize the part that bagels play in their lives and local economy. Here’s why we think they deserve the title:

Bagelfest is held each year during the third week of July. Learn more about the festival here.

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