Annual Zurich Bean Festival

The annual bean festival is one of my favorite times of the year. I can remember the first one I went to with my father some 30 years ago.


He was a classic car enthusiast, and since I had always shown an interest in working on cars with him in the garage. He and I would spend all weekend some times working on cars, tearing apart motors, and restoring some great, classic cars. My mom would always get mad at us because we would leave finger smudges all over the house after we got done working in garage. Whoops :]. When I first starting showing an interest in cars, he took me down to the festival to take a look at all of the cars.

I still remember that day like it was yesterday. It’s amazing how such a small event can have such a meaningful impact on a child’s life. Two decades has since passed, but I remember the day vividly.

We took our old Chevy to the show and I remember the first thing I saw was a bright red Dodge Charger. The muscle cars that were so common growing up always appealed to me. My dad always appreciated the early Corvettes as his symbol of performance, but to me the muscle cars were always where it was at.

Of course, the car show isn’t the only thing to at the Bean Festival. There is stage set up with all kinds of great live music, and there is a great kitchen that my mother always thoroughly enjoyed going to.

My mom has always loved to cook. This was a natural outflow of her love to entertain. She would always host these elaborate parties with multiple meals and desserts and everything you can possibly imagine. Going to the Bean Festival each year was her way of trying out some of her new creations on a wider audience. Her recopies were always a big hit and town members far and wide would come to get a taste of her culinary creations.

The Bean Festival was also one of the first events that I ever did once I started my own business. Taking a little bit of my mom’s culinary expertise, I founded my own catering service a few years ago and being a vendor at the Bean Festival was one of my first showcases to the general public.

All of this to say, the Bean Festival holds a very special place in my heart. I have so many memories going there as a child, as a teenager, and now that I am starting my own family, I get to bring my own children there to make memories. I can only assume that they will value their times at the festival as much as I did—and still do to this day.

The Bean Festival will be turning 50 years old this year and I hope it will be the biggest one yet. I can’t believe it’s been here for so long. It’s absolutely a staple to my family and me. Here’s to another 50 years!