Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Pittsburgh Area Food and Drink Events for October

We have your month covered with cider festivals, spooky bar crawls and an African food festival.

photos by randy Potter

Fall harvests bring full bellies and an array of autumnal delights for the senses. In western Pennsylvania, festivals, pumpkin carving and apple picking are popular ways to celebrate the season. Looking ahead through October, here are a couple of tasty happenings to help fill out your fall calendars.

Woodlands Wine Auction
October 6
For a fancy and charitable evening out, don cocktail attire, grab a bottle of wine or two and head to the Allegheny Country Club for the first Woodlands Wine Auction. Food and wine pairings and a live wine auction will be the night’s entertainments. Rare and interesting bottles from Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Schrader Cellars in Napa Valley, Vérité Wines in Sonoma Valley and more will be available. Proceeds benefits The Woodlands, which seeks to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities. mywoodlands.org/wineauction/

8th Annual Taste of Africa
October 13
Head to the Teamsters Temple in Lawrenceville for this celebration of African food, music, dance and culture. A buffet of Cameroonian food will be prepared by Cameroonians living in Pittsburgh, including koki corn, African tamales and puff puff, a kind of donut. Performances by Ibeji Drum Ensemble and a silent auction will follow. Proceeds benefit CameroonFDP, an organization that seeks to improve the lives of Cameroon youth through soccer. cameroonfdp.org/toa/

Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival
October 20 to October 21
Stroll the North Shore Riverwalk for a peek at some truly monstrous gourds (some more than 2,000 pounds!) from some of Pennsylvania’s most ambitious farmers. Other activities include a pumpkin pie eating contest, races, pumpkin patch giveaways and carving art. Free admission makes this deal just a little bit sweeter. monsterpumpkin.com

Create Your Own Fire Cider with Native Apothecary
October 21
Come prepared to fight those first sniffles of fall and winter with homemade fire cider. Pittsburgh’s Native Apothecary is hosting a workshop on how to make this time honored herbal remedy of apple cider vinegar, raw honey and herbs to help encourage respiratory health. Pre-registration is required by October 14. nativeapothecary.net/workshops

Nightmare on Carson Street
October 27
Whether you’ve been planning your costume for months or are ready with a sheet and some scissors, all Halloween revelers are invited out to Carson Street to celebrate the spookiness of the season. Ten participating bars are hosting a crawl with drink specials, raffles and a costume contest. Nightmareoncarsonstreet.com

A Few Bad Apples Ciderfest​
October 27
Since 2005, a group of cidermakers who call themselves “a few bad apples”, have been utilizing forgotten and foraged fruit in a community cider making project. This year they’re throwing their fourth annual cider festival in celebration of fourteen years of community cider making. Climb Troy Hill for three courses of cider tastings with live music from The Beagle Brothers, The Armadillos and Ye Olde Royal Sh*thouse Players. The Asado food truck will be onsite and a costume contest will decide who takes home a supply of A Few Bad Apples cider for their own fall shindig. brownpapertickets.com/event/3598303

Soergel’s Fall Festival Weekend
October 27 to October 28
Head outside of the city for an idyllic afternoon of pumpkin and apple picking, tractor rides, games and hayrides at Soergel’s Orchards. The history of this family farm began in 1850 when their German ancestors arrived and planted apple orchards. Today, it’s expanded to include a bakery, a market and a cidery. Adults can sip on Arsenal ciders  and Arrowhead wines while kids get their fill of traditional fall farm activities. www.soergels.com.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Get the Scoop on Up-and-Coming Crafters at Show and Sell

Taking place at Construction Junction, the spring pop-up market from Handmade Arcade will feature 30 local makers selling home decor, clothing and art.

The City's Free Grass Cutting Service is Back for Its Second Year

There’s four different ways to apply — do you qualify?

Kennywood Earns Designation as Certified Autism Center

With noise-cancelling headphones and sensory bags, park officials hope its summertime fun can be accessible for more families.

For Three Days, Sesame Street Will be in Pittsburgh

Kids can join Big Bird, Elmo and more Muppets as Sesame Workshop plans three days of events during a stop in Pittsburgh in June.

Penguins’ Lament: ‘To an Extent We Beat Ourselves’

The answer to a self-inflicted postseason sweep must begin with getting the players and their coach back on the same page regarding what’s required for survival in the playoffs.

Picklesburgh to Double in Size for Its Fifth Year

Nation’s top speciality food festival to spill out onto Ft. Duquesne Boulevard.

A Look at The Latest Restaurant Openings in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh says hello to Alta Via, Leo. A Public House, a new Milk Shake Factory location and more.

Is Your Pittsburgh Street on This Year's Road Repaving List?

The City of Pittsburgh has announced its street paving plan for 2019. You’re one click away from finding out if your street or route to work is on the list.

Downtown Pittsburgh Remains a Classic Rock Haven

PM intern Amanda Myers recounts the radio-rock adventures that life as a Downtown student has made possible.

The 400-Word Review: Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

The latest chapter in the Hong Kong martial-arts franchise gets a Pittsburgh release.

The 400-Word Review: The Curse of La Llorona

The latest chapter in the Conjuring franchise concerns a sinister spirit from folklore.

Details Shine in Metallic Hip-Hop Wedding

A graffiti-decorated cake, a sequined jacket for the groom and a violinist playing hip-hop covers wowed guests at this Strip District wedding.

New Restaurants Coming to Smallman Galley and Federal Galley

Look for New Mexican cuisine, customizable chicken and more as half of the Pittsburgh Galley Group concepts change in the next few months.

Design Goes to the Dogs with BARKitecture

Featuring innovative indoor animal shelters designed by local architects and artists going up for auction, the event at PerLora raises money for Animal Friends.

The 400-Word Review: Hellboy

The cult comic character gets a reboot in this R-rated action flick.