5 Pumpkin Festivals Across the Country

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Spice company McCormick & Company introduced its Pumpkin Pie Spice nearly 90 years ago to give bakers a flavorful boost when making their pumpkin pies. Over the years, the popular blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice has spread far beyond dessert to all foods and beverages, including beer, cereal, and even spam. . But most pumpkin spice lovers will point to the 2003 Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (or PSL for true lovers) as the treat that turned the flavor profile into an obsession. To wit, a Starbucks spokesperson told us that PSL is the company’s most popular seasonal drink of all time, selling more than 600 million in the United States since its launch.

​PSL may have sparked a cultural phenomenon, but the demand for all pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavored items continues to grow. A report found that sales of pumpkin spice products have increased about 47% over the past five years and, according to data from analytics firm NielsenIQ, US grocery sales pumpkin-flavored snacks reached a record $236 million in late July. 2022.

For fun ways to enjoy pumpkin spice season, check out the following events and destinations across the country.