Fall food events: A tasty autumn in store for the Lehigh Valley


Trust us, Lehigh Valley, your hunger for food events will be totally satisfied this fall.

From craft beer to vegan mac and cheese, October and November are jammed with fun events featuring delicious local foods and drinks.

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We decided to spotlight five events, listing them chronologically so you can add them to your calendar:

Oktoberfest

Oct. 11-13 at SteelStacks

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Catch the second weekend of this annual event, featuring craft beer samples, authentic German food, family fun (did we mention dachshund races?) and more.

It’s free to walk around the festival. Hours are 6-11 p.m. Oct. 11; noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 12 and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 13.

Menu: You’ll find a wide array of vendors offering German and Eastern European favorites such as chicken paprikash, wienerschnitzel, sauerbratten, halupki, bratwust, strudel and more. If you’re looking for traditional fare, you’ll find that as well, including burgers, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, chicken fingers and more.

Catch the second weekend of Oktoberfest, Oct. 11 to 13 at SteelStacks.

Catch the second weekend of Oktoberfest, Oct. 11 to 13 at SteelStacks. (HANDOUT)

Beer: Oktoberfest is synonymous with beer, and at this event, there are a lot of choices. You’ll find Yuengling in more than a half-dozen styles, including its Oktoberfest brew; numerous Samuel Adams styles (including an Octoberfest); Hofbräu Biergarten, Stella Artois, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, and many more. In addition, you can taste brews from Troegs, Victory and Yards.

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If all of that isn’t enough, you can get your tickets for the Oktoberfest Brewers’ Village, held in the Musikfest Café. There will be two-hour tasting sessions: 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11; and 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 12. You can sample more than 30 different beers from more than 15 craft breweries, including Fegley’s, Seven Sirens and Weyerbacher.

How much: $20 for ArtsQuest members; $25 for the public in advance or $25 for ArtsQuest members and $30 for the public at the door. Designated driver tickets: $10.

Chambourcin Weekend

Oct. 12-13 at the member wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

Chambourcin is the only grape grown by all the members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. The wineries will all celebrate the grape on Chambourcin Weekend, Oct. 12 and 13.

Chambourcin is the only grape grown by all the members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. The wineries will all celebrate the grape on Chambourcin Weekend, Oct. 12 and 13. (MORNING CALL FILE PHOTO)

This annual event celebrates Chambourcin, the one grape grown by all the members of the wine trail. In fact, in the greater Lehigh Valley area, there are more than 40 acres of Chambourcin, which ferment into approximately 150,000 bottles of wine.

Each winery will feature a complimentary tasting-sized food and wine pairing for guests to sample. Several wineries also have special features such as live music, wine cocktails, food trucks, and more.

Here’s what they have planned:

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  • Amore Winery, East Allen Township, will pair Chambourcin with lasagna from Sodexo Food Service. Porches, decks and patios will be open and available for relaxing and sipping.
  • Black River Farms, Bethlehem, will release their Barrel Reserve Chambourcin ’17, which will be paired with glazed pork tenderloin with a pear and thyme sauce prepared by feast. Free live music from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday by Acoustic Keys and from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday by Andrew Portz
  • Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli, will feature its Victoria’s Passion Wine, made with Chambourcin. The winery will also have an employee chili cook-off, and each customer will get to sample all of the chili recipes and then vote on their favorite. Live music on Saturday: Damian Walck from 1 to 4 p.m., free; Sunday, Music Jam – Lou Franco Project, 2 to 5 p.m. – $7.50 per person includes a wine tasting of five different wines and a reserved table in the glass-enclosed room.
  • Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville, will offer a sample of Agour Ossau-Iraty AOP cheese paired with its Chambourcin and a taste of a Frizzangria made from Chambourcin Frizzante.
  • Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor, will pair its Chambourcin wine with a wild mushroom soup made by Social Still. There will also be a standard menu of small plates available for purchase, as well as specialty flights, a mulled wine bar, a sangria bar, spiked hot chocolate, and 15 percent discount on a case of wine.
  • Galen Glen, Andreas (Schuykill County), will feature a complimentary pairing of its Chambourcin wine and a handcrafted chocolate truffle, created using its own chambourcin by chocolatier Steve Evans of Lancaster.

Wine tastings are $3 and you get the chance to learn more about the grape varietals and the wines they produce. Saturday will be Cheeseboard Day, featuring local cheeses and accoutrements for purchase and to enjoy with a glass of wine. From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, enjoy lunch with the Grilled Cheese Café 2 Food Truck.

  • Tolino Vineyards, Bangor will team up with Bangor Trust Brewing and offer fresh Bavarian pretzels with artisan organic flour, raw sugar, and kosher salt poached in a brewer’s malt bath and baked to perfection. They will be served with a sides of Bangor Trust’s homemade local honey stone ground mustard and spicy chili pepper mustard and paired with Chambourcin or Rad Red (a sweeter Chambourcin.) Tours of the vineyard are offered at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, where guests will have the chance to taste a ripening Chambourcin grape right from the vine. Live music on Saturday by George Baier from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Vynecrest, Breinigsville will offer a chicken wrap with American cheese, lettuce and tomato with a BBQ sauce made by Cibo Food Truck, paired with a newly released 2018 Chambourcin. Live music from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Saturday – Steve Myers, and Sunday – Michael Green. Wine slushy flavors are Vynecrest Red and Pumpkin Spice. Featured drink is Bourbon Pumpkin Cider.
Apple Jam is Oct. 19 at Easton’s Centre Square.

Apple Jam is Oct. 19 at Easton’s Centre Square. (SANGJIB MIN, Daily Press)

Apple Jam

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19, Easton’s Centre Square

As part of the regular weekly Easton Farmers Market, you can come out an enjoy an apple-themed day of fun. If you ever wanted to find out the difference in flavors between apple varieties, this is the event for you. You can come taste samples of up to 20 varieties of Pennsylvania and New Jersey apples. You can also take part in an apple-pie eating contest. enjoy live music and more.

PA Bacon Fest

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 at sites around Easton’s Centre Square

This annual event is one of the most popular food events in the Valley. The smell alone will make you happy.

Back to the festival, which marks its eighth year: The festival will offer more than a 150 vendors and more than a dozen musical acts on several different stages.

Menu: You’ll find every conceivable version of bacon — from strips you can take home to sizzle up yourself, to bacon-wrapped foods, bacon-infused drinks and even bacon desserts.

You can also check out culinary demos, chef battles, hog-calling competitions, mascot dashes, bacon-eating battles, costume contests and kids’ events.

How much: It’s free to walk around. A $2 donation, however, will enter you into a festival raffle. Some events may require tickets.

‘sMac Down

Nov. 17 at Musikfest Cafe, SteelStacks

Two tasting sessions: 1 to 2:30 p.m.; and 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Vegan mac and “cheese” is the theme of this fun food event, now in its third year.

Vegans and non-vegans will find something truly delicious at the third annual s'Mac Down, Nov. 17 at SteelStacks.

Vegans and non-vegans will find something truly delicious at the third annual s’Mac Down, Nov. 17 at SteelStacks. (MORNING CALL FILE PHOTO)

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this event, however, as it offers you the chance to taste a variety of ways to enjoy mac with a non-dairy cheese — from creamy cashew to silky butternut squash.

After you’ve done all your sampling, you can vote for your favorites. The s’Mac Down Champion will be awarded with a custom-blown trophy from the ArtsQuest Glass Studio at the Banana Factory.

How much: General admission to either session, $20 plus fees; VIP, which gives you include early entrance to the event (noon and 3:30) for the first chance to taste the macs and meet the chefs, $29 plus fees.

Morning Call reporter Jennifer Sheehan can be reached at 610-820-6628 or jsheehan@mcall.com


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