Phelps, NY: King kraut
Roughly halfway between Syracuse and Rochester New York, in the Finger Lakes region, is the small town of Phelps. There have been settlers here since 1789 and the town itself was established in 1855. It's been a charmer ever since.
There was a time when Phelps was the sauerkraut capital of the world. What tidings befell Phelps to lose the title isn't entirely clear but they haven't been resting on their laurels. Instead, 45 years ago, they launched their Sauerkraut Festival, and will be celebrating the cult of cabbage again this summer, from August 4th-6th.
Needless to say, there will be plenty of sauerkraut to eat, including a kraut eating contest. But there's also a Sauerkraut Court Prince and Princess, live music, a midway, a parade, and cabbage bowling. A sauerkraut cake, too, free to all intrepid souls.