The Amaranth Apple Festival is proud to be the descendant of the original summer festival, The Taste of Downtown, produced by Downtown Springfield Inc. to raise funds for downtown revitalization.
DSI’s summer festival now takes its name from the mystical fruit in Vachel Lindsay’s utopian novel. S/he who eats of the magical Amaranth Apple shall see the true beauty of Springfield! And wonderfully enough, Lindsay’s novel reaches its utopian conclusion 100 years after its writing – which is during the state’s bicentennial in 2018.
Held each year in beautiful and historic downtown Springfield, the event includes nationally known musicians as always — and now weaves in amazing local poetry, art, and cuisine to feature the best of Springfield today.