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
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
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
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
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
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.