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The 24th annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival begins this weekend

The 24th annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival begins this weekend

Jack McLaughlin

A festival dedicated to the weird, wonderful Ohio-native pawpaw fruit is kicking off this weekend.

The 23rd annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival will be held Sept. 17-19 in Albany, Ohio. Not to be confused with New Albany, the City of Albany is located several miles southwest of Athens.

The festival will feature a full slate of activities, including presentations of paw paw history, plenty of live music and pawpaw-related art, and the opportunity to sample a wide variety of different foods and drinks created using the fruit.

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No Pawpaw Festival would be complete without an annual paw paw eating contest as well. And speaking of contests, the event will also host a pawpaw cook-off, where teams attempt to create the year’s tastiest paw-paw dish.

The fruit itself, which typically ripens in the early fall, features a custard-like texture and flavor often described as a combination between that of a banana, mango and even some citrus fruit.

Want to read more? Check out our print publication, (614) Magazine. Learn where you can find a free copy of our new September issue here!

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