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Here’s what the New Jersey and Eastern PA area are dishing up this month! Keep checking back as this page will be updated as new events come to our attention. If you have an event you would like to submit, click here.

 

October 5: Meet The Maker: Ironbound Cider

Brick Farm Tavern (Hopewell, NJ)

“Join us for this new special series of events at the Brick Farm Tavern: Meet The Maker. Ingredients drive everything we do and we are proud of these local growers, millers, brewers and more. Select artisans and growers that make our unique local products will be on hand in the Tavern to answer questions and talk about what they do. The night begins at the Brick Farm Tavern with cocktails from 6:30-7pm, followed by dinner. Our series kicks off on October 5th with Ironbound Cider’s CEO, Charles Rosen. Watch the video to learn more.”

 

October 7: Pumpkin Festival

Windsor Farm (West Windsor, NJ)

“Windsor Farm & Market’s annual pumpkin festival will be October 7th & 8th from 11am to 4pm. Join us for a weekend of fall fun! Bring your family out and enjoy Jake’s Rockin Country Band, hayrides, pumpkin picking, pony rides, sand art, face painting, vendors, food and more! Admission fee for adults is $8, kids 12 and under are free! Additional costs inside. This year new to our festival, FOOD TRUCKS!”

 

October 7-8: Easton Garlic Festival 

“EAT*DRINK*STINK Join us for the stinkiest street festival around! Dozens of the Lehigh Valley’s best Chefs will treat you to amazing culinary treats. With 80+ vendors, enjoy Cooking Contests, Tasting Contests, Garlic Farmers, Food Vendors, Beer Tent, Crafters, Little Stinkers Row kids area, 3 stages with live music all day. Join with over 50,000 attendees in Historic Downtown Easton PA as we EAT*DRINK*STINK”

easton garlic fest

 

October 8: Barn Fun-Raising

Glemoore Farm (Hopewell, NJ)

“Please join Mayor Kevin Kuchinski and Hopewell Township Committee candidate Michael Ruger at the Glenmoore Farm for our 2nd annual Barn Fun-Raising Event! Signature cocktails by Sourland Mountain Spirits, and a special Barn Brunch menu by Trenton Social. Additional special guests to be announced”

 

October 8: The Bird Dinner

The Chef’s Garden at Crystal Springs Resort (Hamburg, NJ)

“This autumn night will be complimented by 3 substantial family style courses, featuring each chef’s unique preparations of different birds and seasonal vegetables. The evening’s cocktail menu includes specialty drinks created with Black Dirt Applejack and Naked Flock Hard Ciders, as well as table wines from Alba Vineyard.”

 

October 12: Fall Squash & Pumpkin Cooking Class

Ryland Inn (White House Station)

“Join us, October 12th for another hands on Cooking Class! Executive Chef, Chris Albrecht will be instructing a hands on class all about Fall Squash & Pumpkins. Learn the secrets to making:
Spaghetti Squash
Grey Hubbard Squash for Purees both Sweet and Savory
Kabocha Squash Agro Dolce
Pumpkin Chips
Spice Roasted Butternut Squash
Sugar Pumpkin Crepes”

 

October 13, 20, 27: Friday Nights on the Farm

Froehlich’s Farm (Furlong, PA)

“You asked and we listened! Starting this 2017 fall season, join us for Friday Nights on the Farm. Enjoy a fall night of tractor drawn hayrides (slighty spooky), cornmaze (byo flashlight), bonfires, smores, live music and fun! Want more? We will also be hosting local breweries and food trucks! Plus, rumor has it that on Friday the 13th, a special guest by the name Jason Voorhees, may be lurking on the farm along our hayride route…

October 13th: Great Barn Brewery, The Proper Brewing Company, Empanada Mama, Dump-N-Roll, All of a Sudden Dessert Pantry, White Horse Coffee & Creamery
October 20th: Great Barn Brewery, The Proper Brewing Company, Empanada Mama, All of a Sudden Dessert Pantry
October 27th: Great Barn Brewery, The Proper Brewing Company, Empanada Mama, Wahlburgers Philly, Have-A-Ball, All of a Sudden Dessert Pantry”

 

October 13: River Horse 2017 Oktoberfest

River Horse Brewing Company (Lawrenceville, NJ)

“Come out and celebrate the most wonderful time of year with music, friends, food, and most importantly BEER! We’ll be unveiling a delicious NEW BEER, perfect for the season: a crisp and malty DUNKLEBOCK brewed just for our Oktoberfest! Some other things we have in store for you:

Stein-holding contests
Tapping of FIVE special casks
Limited Editon Oktoberfest mugs
Food Truck: Empanada Guy
Live music from Modern Mojo
Accordion performances from John Collins
Talk to our brewers to learn aboout the brewing process, and the history of Oktoberfest.”

river horse oktoberfest

 

October 14: Central Jersey Beer Fest 

Mercer County Park Festival Grounds (West Windsor, New Jersey)

“We can’t think of a better way to honor our great state than by purchasing your tickets to this year’s festival… 30+ NJ breweries, over a dozen NJ food trucks & food vendors, local NJ musical talent, and more!”

 

October 19: Lovin’ Oven Fall Fest 

lovin' oven

 

October 21: Oktoberfest Fire Pits & Food Trucks Festival

Laurita Winery (New Egypt, NJ)

“Food and wine lovers will converge at Laurita Winery in New Egypt for a Laurita Winery Gourmet Food Trucks and Fire Works weekend. Experience the trending Gourmet Food Truck offerings while sipping on wine and enjoying a seat to watch the Fire Works! Live music and good friends will make this day special!”

 

October 21: Pumpkinfest

Weyerbacher Brewery (Easton, PA)

“Join us at our 1st Annual PumpkinFest at The Tap Room at Weyerbacher Brewing!! We will have food from The Flying V and live music from Kara Hartzell – Music and Wig Party. As an added bonus, we are releasing a BRAND-NEW tap room exclusive beer on the same day! Festeweizen is a hybrid style combining the flavors of a German fest beer and a German Hefeweizen. Brewed using Vienna and wheat malts with a traditional German Hefeweizen yeast, this 5% ABV beer is malty and medium-bodied with subtle floral and citrus notes. Available in 12 oz. cans and draft pours in the tap room only. While you’re enjoying our deviously delicious ales and fall-themed drink specials, take part in our Pumpkin Carving Contest. Show off your skills! Carving tools and pumpkins will be provided – feel free to bring your own carving tools as well. The winner will be announced at 3:30pm and will recieve a case of our Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Must be 21 or older to enter, but feel free to allow your ‘inner-child’ creativity to come forth. Drink Specials include:

– Merry Monks Cocktail
– Pumpkin Spice Sangria
– Imperial Pumpkin Ale
– Festewizen

More activities coming soon!”

 

October 26: Meet The Maker: Zeng Family Farms

Brick Farm Tavern (Hopewell, NJ)

“Join us for this new special series of events at the Brick Farm Tavern: Meet The Maker. Ingredients drive everything we do and we are proud of these local growers, millers, brewers and more. Select artisans and growers that make our unique local products will be on hand in the Tavern to answer questions and talk about what they do. The night begins at the Brick Farm Tavern with cocktails from 6:30-7pm, followed by dinner. Tom Zeng of Zeng Family Farms in Ringoes, NJ will be our honored guest for the evening to answer questions about growing GMO-free grains in Ringoes, NJ. Watch the video to learn more.”

 

October 28: Washington Crossing Fall Brewfest

“Most brewfests offer expensive VIP tickets that allow you to sample unique or special beers. In contrast, our brewfest taps these beers throughout the day for everyone, at no extra charge. In addition, many of our participanting breweries send their own reps, which gives you the chance to talk to the people who know the beers best.
Here are some other reasons the Fall Brewfest is unique:

Beautiful wooded setting overlooking the Delaware River (not your typical “parking lot” brewfest!)
Mouthwatering food vendors
100% of proceeds benefit Washington Crossing Historic Park
Special commemorative glass
Revolutionary War reenactors mingle with you during the event (selfies, anyone?)”

 

October 28: Farm to Table Feast Cookbook Edition

Farm Cooking School (Titusville, NJ)

Join us for a special night celebrating the release of the Farm Cooking School’s new cookbook written by chefs Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman! They will be preparing a beautiful meal using recipes straight from the new book using ingredients right from Roots to River and other local farms.

This is not a class, but a night for you to enjoy a meal prepared by our own chefs! BYO! This will be a good one.”

 

October 28: Wicked Costume Party

Great Barn Brewery Taproom (New Hope, PA)

“A fun night filled with live music from The Bridge Band, candy, costume prizes, and a farm fresh beer.”

PA Farm Brewery

 

October 29: Fall Portfolio Wine Tasting

Working Dog Winery (Highstown, NJ)

“The Winemakers Co-Op Fall Portfolio Tasting will feature 32 fine wines from some of New Jersey’s top producers. Attendees will mingle with winemakers and proprietors, with specific opportunities to learn how these wines were crafted, and what makes New Jersey wines unique. Enjoy live music and delicious foods, and talking wine with with the local wine press and enthusiasts. Special guest Bianca Bosker, New York Times bestselling author of “Cork Dork” will give two talks on her wild experiences behind the scenes in the world of top level big city sommeliers. She will sign copies and read excerpts as well. Delicious foods will be available from Princeton hotspots Cargot Brasserie and Agricola Community Eatery. The Winemakers Co-Op holds two large public tastings each year. All wines poured at these events adhere to the Co-Op’s standards for NJ fine wine- that they are classic vitis vinifera varieties, dry or clasically off-dry, and from 100% New Jersey grown grapes. These wines are terroir driven; true expressions of what New Jersey climate and soil can represent! Most are estate grown, and several are single vineyard bottlings.”

 

 

 

 

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