ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Banana Split Festival

Randy Mayor
Wilmington, Ohio, second weekend in June

It's a controversy that has been simmering longer than hot fudge: Which American town is the birthplace of the immortal banana split? On one hand, there's Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where optometrist David Strickler supposedly invented the ice cream treat in his downtown pharmacy in 1904. On the other hand, we have Wilmington, Ohio, where restaurant owner Ernest Hazard is said to have created the indulgence in 1907. Although both cities staunchly proclaim themselves to be the first in banana split production, there's one thing we know for sure: Wilmington's the only one with a Banana Split Festival. There, you can enjoy auto shows, rock 'n' roll, and one heck of a lot of banana splits. For more information, check