Montana June 20, 2017
The Epic Outdoor Food Fest In Montana You Simply Cannot Miss
Ready to savor another summer here in Montana? We cram a lot of outdoor fun into these fleeting sunny months, including our annual events and food festivals. And if you’ve never heard of Stevensville’s Creamery Picnic, make this the year you go.
The historic Creamery Picnic is said to be the oldest community festival in Montana. This summer's event will be the 105th.
Over a century ago, the town of Stevensville came together to rebuild their creamery after a fire destroyed it. The picnic is meant to celebrate the time when the community came together to support each other.
Stevensville is Montana's oldest settlement, so it makes sense that the longest-running festival would take place here.
The picnic has been celebrated annually since 1911 except for one year during World War I.
The community-sponsored event hosts an array of activities that go way beyond food.
The festival kicks off with a parade, followed by a kiddie parade. You can also catch the live music performances, participate in the Milk Run (a 5K and 10K) or grill your finest meat for the BBQ contest., plus shop for Montana-made crafts.
Of course, the main draw is always the food.
The enormous food court has tempting bites from dozens of local restaurants, and you'll want to sample as many as you can before becoming too full to move.
People of all ages love the Creamery Picnic.
The festival strengthens community connections, and it's great for the local economy.
Plus, you just might discover a new favorite restaurant while you're indulging in the food.
This year's festival dates are August 4 and 5.
Thanks to local sponsors, the amenities are free to enjoy - all you have to do is buy your food. There is a local shuttle that takes festival-goers to the Lewis and Clark Park. If you stay at the Stevi Hotel, you can walk.
We love it when outdoor festival season arrives at last. Check out this list of other
annual events in Montana worth checking out.