Every year, October brings cooler weather, beautiful autumnal color and of course food events.
We have harvested a half dozen for you to consider adding to your calendar.
Here they are in chronological order:
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 1, downtown Bethlehem
One of the most popular fall 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, which take you through the downtown shops, tasting and exploring as you go. A total of 350 passports will be available for purchase for the Soup Trail and 350 for the Wine Trail. 600 passports will be available for the Beer Trail.
Be forewarned: These sell out so don’t wait to get your tickets.
All trails begin 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 stages of live music including the Lost Tavern Brewing Biergarten, which will be at the The 1750 Smithy, adjacent to Historic Hotel Bethlehem and across the street from Musselman Jewelers.
The festival will also have 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, info: 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 taste some of the Valley’s best wines, ciders and more all while enjoying the zoo. You also listen to live music and enjoy a variety of vendors.
Tickets, info: The event is included with 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 Stroudsburg
Food, fun and fine art is in store at this event in the Poconos.
Food vendors include: 2Wayz One Passion (Latin); Al’s on the Go; Belk (Popcorn, Funnel Cake); Butcher Bob’s (American BBQ); Charlie’s Italian Sausage Truck (Italian); Couchpota Doh (Ecuadorian); Empanada Guy (Latin); Ferrara’s Family Concessions; FonDippity (fancy fries); House of Cupcakes; Knights of Columbus (soups around the world); Ray’s Porketta (Italian); Sherri’s Crab Cakes (American, seafood); Shore Fresh Seafood Market (American, seafood); Speckled Lemonade; Square Fare (pizza and Belgium waffles); TLOS Catering (Jamaican, Spanish); Warriors Pizza and more.
This is a family-friendly with a bounce house and obstacle course for kids (Saturday) and a touch-a-truck area (Sunday.) There will be live music all weekend and craft and fine arts vendors inside and outside.
Tickets, info: How much: $10. https://www.shawneemt.com/events/international-food-festival/
Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 8, Coca Cola Park, Allentown
This annual event, which is one of two planned at the ballpark in October, features the opportunity 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 amazing alcohol-infused cupcakes.
With your ticket you’ll get unlimited cider and wine tastings, a stemless wine glass, and can also enjoy live music featuring Colour Sound and Steel Creek Band, games (including the Great Apple Launch), and the chance to purchase cider and wine by the bottle or case. IronPigs Concession stands will be open for fans to purchase food.
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
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8; noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 9, participating Lehigh Valley Wine Trail locations
Chambourcin, that dark berry with rich flavor, is grown by all the members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. And every October, the wineries celebrate with a special weekend of tastings, food pairings and more.
Noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 15, Coca-Cola Park
This is the second annual fall event at the ballpark with this one 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 get unlimited beer tastings, a commemorative four-ounce tasting mug and enjoy live music featuring Dead Jimmy and Steel Creek Band, and on-field games such as Bear Pong, Corn Hole, and Giant Jenga! IronPigs concession stands will be open for fans to purchase food.
Tickets, info: VIP, $45; one hour early entry; general admission, $35; designated driver, $5. https://www.milb.com/lehigh-valley/events