Soergel Orchards Hosts Fall Fest

Plus, Panera bakes a special bagel and we give you an amazing recipe for honey-fig goat cheese spread.


Photo by Laura Petrilla

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Local market hosts seasonal events once again

Now that fall has officially arrived, summer fun is a thing of the past.

While that may seem like a grim realization, it doesn’t have to be. After all, autumn has no shortage of seasonal fun to offer. And Soergel Orchards’ annual fall festival is a great place to find quite a few fall-centric indulgences.

From seasonal staples like kettle corn and candy apples to summer carryovers like hot dogs and ice cream (yes, it’s still warm enough!), Soergel has it all. You can even take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, and pick one to take home for carving or cooking. This weekend, however, the main draw is the free apple cider. Produced on presses, Soergel's apple cider is somewhat legendary in this city—so why not check out one of the scheduled demos?

Before you leave, be sure to stock up on must-have fall amenities—candles, decor and more—because Soergel has that covered, too.

(Fall Festival at Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford. Every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 724/935-1743, soergels.com)
—Rob McCoy, PM Editorial Intern

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Panera creates special bagel to support good cause

Who knew that bagels could make a difference? It's true.

Starting tomorrow, Panera Bread will whip up batches of the signature Pink Ribbon Bagel to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During October, a portion of earnings from the ribbon-shaped breads—made of cherry chips, vanilla, honey, brown sugar and dried cranberries and cherries—will go to The Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, benefiting Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation. Even sweeter news: On Oct. 4, Panera will donate all proceeds to those groups.

The bagels are popular, so to ensure that you'll get your hands on some, Panera is accepting advance orders. It's OK—go ahead and request a few dozen. Why shouldn't you satisfy your craving for sweets while helping a good cause?

(Pink Ribbon Bagel available Oct. 1-31 at Panera Bread, all area locations. Info: panerabread.com)
—Kristina Martin, PM Assistant Editor

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Simple recipe makes use of locally produced honey

Figs and honey have been enjoyed in combination since antiquity. For something new, try a dollop of this creamy spread on a crisp Fuji apple slice. Then top it with a lightly toasted walnut. Each bite captures all the flavors of fall.

Honey-Fig Goat Cheese Spread With Fuji Apples:
Remove the tough stem and non-stem end from two dried Turkish figs (about one-and-one-half ounces) and chop them roughly. Using a small food processor, combine the chopped figs with a half-cup of plain, mild-tasting, soft white goat cheese (do not purée). Transfer to a small bowl and beat in one teaspoon Goldenrod honey. Meanwhile, cut a large Fuji apple into eighths and lightly toast one-quarter cup walnut pieces. Top each apple, slice with a dollop of the honey-fig spread and garnish with a toasted walnut. This is a perfect snack for two.

For more on local honey and the varieties that are currently available, click here.
—Kate Chynoweth, PM Food Editor, pittsburghmagazine.com/food

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