I continue to be encouraged by some of the regional parks taking chances and doing "Disney"-like things such as a Food and Wine festival. And I'll warrant that the regional park operators are finding out that these kind of experiences often bring in more crowds and more profits than simply plopping down a new ride/coaster every year. And while new attractions are well and good, its the whole park experience that brings in the masses. Cater to every want and people will eat it up (see what I did there?).
On a side note, Silver Dollar City, my local theme park, holds several Festivals a year and unique food items are almost always a staple at these events. Places like SDC and BGW do a great job of filling in the gap between Disney visits for families like mine. They satisfy us in ways the the iron ride only parks simply cannot match.
Anyway, thanks for sharing, Russell.