Every year October brings cool weather, beautiful fall color and of course gastronomic events,
We’ve rounded up half a dozen so you can add them to your calendar.
Here they are in chronological order:
October 1 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Bethlehem
One of the most popular autumn street festivals, Harvest Fest is back for its 16th year.
The trails are always the best part of this event. This year there will be wine, soup and beer trails that will take you through the downtown shops, tasting and exploring as you go. A total of 350 passports will be available for the Soup Route and 350 for the Wine Route. 600 passports will be available for the “Beer Route”.
Keep in mind: they sell out, so don’t wait to get your tickets.
All routes start at noon.
How much: Soup Trail, $25; Wine Trail, $35; and Beer Trail, $40.
Along with the trails, you can check out the festival’s four live music stages, including the Lost Tavern Brewing Biergarten, which will be located at The 1750 Smithy, next to the Historic Hotel Bethlehem and across the street from Musselman Jewelers.
The festival will also feature popular food vendors including Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works, Aw Shucks Roasted Corn, Bull & Bear Restaurant, McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar, Take a Taco, Nort Port and more.
Tickets, information: https://getdowntownbethlehem.com/harvest-fest/
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1, Lehigh Valley Zoo
This sixth annual event gives you the chance to sample some of the Valley’s best wines, ciders and more while enjoying the zoo. You also listen to live music and enjoy a variety of vendors.
Tickets, Info: The event is included in general daily admission. How much: 12 and up, $14.50; seniors, 65 and older, $13.50 children 2 to 11, $12.50; rate for groups of 15 or more, $12 per person. https://www.lvzoo.org/fallwinefestival/
11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 8 and 9, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, East Straudsburg
Food, entertainment and fine art await at this event in the Poconos.
Food vendors include: 2Wayz One Passion (Latin); Al is on his way; Belk (popcorn, funnel cake); Butcher Bob’s (American barbecue); Charlie’s Italian Sausage Truck (Italian); Couchpota Doh (Ecuadorian); Guy’s Empanada (Latin); Ferrari Family Concessions; FonDippity (fries); House of Muffins; Knights of Columbus (soups around the world); Ray’s Porketta (Italian); Sherri’s Crab Cakes (American, Seafood); Shore Fresh Seafood Market (American, seafood); Spotted lemonade; Square Fare (pizza and Belgian waffles); TLOS Catering (Jamaican, Spanish); Warriors Pizza and more.
It’s a family-friendly place with a children’s bounce house and obstacle course (Saturday) and a truck area (Sunday). There will be live music all weekend and craft and fine art vendors inside and outside.
Tickets, information: How much: $10. https://www.shawneemt.com/events/international-food-festival/
Oct. 8, noon to 4 p.m., Coca Cola Park, Allentown
This annual event, one of two scheduled at the stadium in October, offers a chance to enjoy tastings from local and regional cideries and wineries.
The lineup includes: Mishka Premium Vodka, Clever Girl Winery, Sleepy Cat Urban Winery, Tolino Estate Winery, Downeast Cider, Five Maiden Cider Company, Kilimanjaro Distillery, Soaked Winery and Barley Creek Cider, who will be bringing their “bacon vodka.”
Blended Bakery will be on hand with their delicious booze-infused cupcakes.
With your ticket, you’ll get unlimited cider and wine tastings, a stemless glass, and enjoy live music by Color Sound and Steel Creek Band, games (including the Great Apple Launch), and the opportunity to purchase cider and wine at bottle or case. IronPigs Concession stands will be open for fans.
Tickets, info: General admission, noon to 4 p.m., $35; VIP, with one hour early access, $45; designated driver, $5. https://www.milb.com/lehigh-valley/events
October 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at participating Lehigh Valley Wine Trail locations
Chambourcin, this dark berry with a rich aroma, is grown by all members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. And every October, the wineries celebrate a special weekend with tastings, food pairings and more.
October 15, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Coca-Cola Park
This is the second annual fall event at the stadium, offering unlimited tastings from regional craft breweries, including Troegs Independent Brewing, Victory Brewing Company, Goose Island, Iron Hill, New Belgium Barley Creek, Saucony Creek, Retriever Brewing Company, McCall Collective Brewing and Bru Daddy.
You’ll receive unlimited beer tastings, a commemorative four-ounce tasting mug, and enjoy live music featuring Dead Jimmy and the Steel Creek Band, as well as arcade games like Bear Pong, Corn Hole, and Giant Jenga! IronPigs concession stands will be open for fans to purchase food.
Tickets, info: VIP, $45; entry one hour earlier; general admission, $35; designated driver, $5. https://www.milb.com/lehigh-valley/events