Fall festivals brim with apples, whiskey, wine, chestnuts


Walkabout Apple Whiskey Weekend: Activities unveiling Wigle’s new Walkabout Apple Whiskey. 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse, North Side: whiskey release party with two apple whiskey cocktails, family-friendly apple activities, food truck and live music for $15. 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Barrelhouse: banh mi from Blue Sparrow Food Truck, apple whiskey cocktails, live music, free admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Wigle Whiskey Distillery, Strip District: apple whiskey cocktails, apple cinnamon frozen yogurt, live music, family-friendly apple activities, free admission. wiglewhiskey.com/event-tickets.

Hometown-Homegrown: Food samples from more than 40 local vendors, cooking demos, live music, cookbook exchange, spirits samples. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Heinz History Center, Strip District. Free with History Center admission. heinzhistorycenter.org/events/sixth-annual-hometown-homegrown.

Harvest Moon Wine Festival: Wine, live music, vendors, food, bonfire and more. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Millvale Riverfront Park. $50; $25 for designated drivers; $80 for VIPs (includes early admission, wine tote, admittance to a special food and wine tent and more). millvalepa.com.

Rivers Brew Craft Beer Fest: Food trucks, live music, craft beer tastings, retro arcade games. 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Rivers Casino, North Shore. $30; $15 for designated drivers; ages 21 and up only. showclix.com/event/RiversBrew.

Mt. Oliver Fall Fest: Chili cook-off, vendors, food, music, kids’ activities, pie-eating contest. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Transverse Park, Mt. Oliver. Facebook.com (search for Fall Fest Mt. Oliver in Events).

West Virginia Chestnut Festival: Chestnut samples and sales, craft vendors, chestnut tree sapling sales, food and drink sales, scientific presentations, chestnut dinner banquet. 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Rowlesburg, W.Va. Festival admission is free; for banquet ticket sales, contact 1-304-329-1240. Info: wvchestnutfestival.com.

Smoketoberfest IV: Smoked cuisine from local vendors, live music and Roundabout beers, including smoked varieties. 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday on 49th Street outside Roundabout Brewery, Lawrenceville. $25. roundaboutbeer.com/events/.

World flavors

Oktoberfest 2017: Beer, cider, bratwurst, lemonade and hot dogs for kids, pig roast and more. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Koenig Field, Edgewood. $30 in advance; $35 at the door; free for ages 20 and under. edgewoodfoundation.org.

Oktoberfest: Renew the “I Do” Foundation presents Oktoberfest with mass, square dancing, German dinner and beer. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Church and Syria Shriners Pavilion, Cheswick. $68 per couple. renewtheido.org.

The Greek Grille: Outdoor party with gyros, chicken and pork souvlaki, salad, Greek desserts and more. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Oct. 13, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Oakland. facebook.com (search for The Greek Grille).


FoodBytes: Open-forum chat for food startup founders and aspiring entrepreneurs, featuring the founders of Coop Chicken & Waffles food truck and Pittsburgh Sweet Treats. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Alloy26, North Side. Free. RSVP: 412-281-0101.

Una Serata Italiana: Learn to make homemade pasta and three pasta sauces and then eat them for dinner; enjoy live music and dancing afterward. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Wilkins School Community Center, Regent Square. $30; $65 for a family of two adults and two children. Bring wine and a side dish if desired. facebook.com (search for Una Serata Italiana).

Cabbage Ferment Party: Make sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles; Ferment Pittsburgh provides the cabbage and sells containers to fill. Experts will be on hand to provide guidance, and demos are scheduled throughout the afternoon. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery, Wilkinsburg. $12. eventbrite.com (search for Cabbage Ferment Party).

Taste of Home LIVE: Stage show featuring “Taste of Home” magazine recipe demos, food decorating and entertaining tips and other holiday food themes. 7 p.m. Monday at Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh, Moon. $25; $85 for VIPs (includes catered meal, preferred show seating, gift bag and cookbook). tasteofhome.com/live.


HarvestFest Dinner: Buffet-style dinner featuring locally sourced meats, fruits and vegetables. 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Lebanon. $15; $5 for ages 5 to 12; free for ages 4 and under. stpaulspgh.org/blog/annual-harvestfest-dinner/.

Italian Food and Wine Dinner: Chef Matt Stover crafts a six-course Italian menu with wine pairings. Menu includes maple-glazed pork belly with butternut squash risotto, lemon sole roulade with gnocchi, smoked duck breast with wild mushrooms, rib-eye filet and panna cotta with berry coulis. 6:30 p.m. Monday at Il Pizzaiolo, Hampton. $135. Reservations required: 412-767-0700.

Wild Game Wine Dinner: Five-course menu includes rabbit cacciatorre, elk tenderloin, 65-layer pastry and more, plus wine pairings. $65.10. Reservations required: 412-871-3704. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Roman Bistro, Forest Hills.

For charity

The Art of Wine & Food: Wine and food samples from local restaurants, plus music and raffles. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, North Side. $60; benefits HEARTH. hearth-bp.org.

LOCAL on the Rocks: 18 Pittsburgh restaurants present food samples paired with craft cocktails. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Mine Factory’s warehouse space, 201 N. Braddock. Ave., North Point Breeze. A portion of proceeds benefits 412 Food rescue. $25. showclix.com/event/local-on-the-rocks.

Marian Hall Weekly Soup Sale: Order by noon Thursdays and pick up starting at 1 p.m. Fridays at Marian Hall Home, Bellevue. Three soup varieties are offered weekly from Friday through April 20, except during holiday weeks. $5 per quart. To order: 412-761-6004.

Que Viva Clemente: Latin American cuisine, craft beer, homemade sangria, live music and dance. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at City of Asylum Alphabet City Tent, North Side. $60; benefits Casa San Jose, a community resource center serving local Latin American immigrant families. showclix.com/event/que-viva-clemente4211804.

Wine and Chocolate Gala: Wine tasting, gourmet chocolates, music, raffles and silent auction. 7 p.m. Saturday at Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. $40. Benefits Westmoreland Children First. westmorelandchildrenfirst.org.

Chicken BBQ: Half chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Benefits charitable efforts of the Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club. portal.clubrunner.ca/5025.

Other events

Mushroom walks: Search for mushrooms with members of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. All walks start at 10 a.m. Saturdays. Oct. 7: South Park Nature Center; Oct. 14: Camp Guyasuta, Sharpsburg; Oct. 21: Dead Man’s Hollow, McKeesport; Oct. 28: Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, McCandless. Free. wpamushroomclub.org.

Le Cupcake Shoppe Turns 5!: Samples, contests, prizes, music, kids’ activities and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Le Cupcake Shoppe, Brookline.

Rebecca Sodergren: pgfoodevents@hotmail.com; @pgfoodevents.


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