Food Column: Celebrate Halloween with treats and shots

Halloween events

Halloween Party at Market: Doggy costume contest, trick-or-treating with the vendors, pumpkin painting, children’s parade and Lawrenceville United Haunted House and Halloween event at Arsenal Middle School. 1 p.m. Saturday at Lawrenceville Farmers Market, 250 40th St. Free admission. (search for “Halloween Party at Market!”).

Trick or Treat Free Whiskey Festival: Dress in a costume and get five free whiskey samples, spooky treats and discounts on bottles. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse, Spring Garden.

Sweet Horror 3.0: Savory and sweet treats from local food vendors, brews, and horror/pop culture-inspired art. Vendors of sweets include Relish, Sugar Spell Scoops and Sweet Alchemy Bake Shop; vendors of savories include Chip and Kale, Onion Maiden and SaludPgh. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at East End Brewing, Larimer. Free admission.

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Pop-Up Bar: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” looping on dueling screens, film-inspired decor and themed cocktails. 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at The Commoner, Downtown.


The Original Pittsburgh Vegan Festival: Food, desserts, speakers, cooking demos, cruelty-free products, wellness activities, cultural dance, live music, children’s activities, vegan trick-or-treat for kids, and a vegan gingerbread house competition. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills, Franklin Park. $5 admission. (search for “The 11th Pittsburgh Vegan Festival”).

Hoe Dance and Chili Cook Off: Dancing, music, square dancing lessons, and a chili cook-off featuring chili from various area nonprofits. Dinner also includes Breadworks bread, cornbread, dessert, hot apple cider and craft beers. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Snuggery Farm, Sewickley Heights. $50; ages 21 and up only. Advance tickets: or 412-741-6136.

Fall Fest: Fall cider beer samples, food, music and games. 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dairy District Pavilion, Carrick. (search for “Fall Fest”).

Farm to Table Harvest Tasting: Samples and sales of local foods from 50 different vendors including bakeries, grocers, farms, breweries, wineries and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Meadows Racetrack and Casino in North Strabane, Washington County. $25; $20 for ages 2 to 12; free for children under 2.

World flavors

Taste of Africa Marketplace: African foods, crafts, nonprofit vendors, music and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Duquesne University Student Union, Uptown. (search for “Taste of Africa Marketplace”).

Kanto Kitchen Filipino-Style Pig Roast: Pasture-raised pig from Goodness Grows Farm in Saxonburg, slow-roasted on a spit with Filipino sides, cocktails and microbrews served at family-style tables. 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Spirit, Lawrenceville. $85.

Holiday classes

Healthy Holidays 101: Workshop featuring nutritious holiday recipes and tips for surviving the holidays without gaining weight. 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at East End Food Co-op, Point Breeze. Free, but register ahead. (search for “Healthy Holidays 101”).

Feast of the Seven Fishes: Learn to make stuffed calamari, lemon caper shrimp salad, marinara with clams and other seafood favorites for the traditional Southern Italian holiday meal. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crate in Scott. $55.

Raise a glass

Vincentian Fall Fest: Bites, brews and spirits from local vendors. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Burns White Center, Strip District. $30 in advance; $40 at the door.

Coffee & Doughnuts: Celebrate the release of coffee liqueur with coffee cocktails, coffee liqueur samples, Relish Co. doughnuts and Steel Cup Coffee Roasters coffee. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wigle Whiskey, Strip District. Free admission.

Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival: Hundreds of vendors with mixed drinks and liquors from around the world, full buffet and an Atlantic City theme. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Rivers Casino, North Shore. $100.

Sewickley Wine Walk: Sample 30 choice wines while strolling through Sewickley shops. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Downtown Sewickley (starts on Locust Street). $30 in advance; $35 at the door. (search for “Sewickley 8th Annual Wine Walk”).


The Foundry Farm Dinner: Foundry Table & Tap’s executive chef, Michael Godlewski, prepares a six-course meal with ingredients grown at Root & Heart Farm. 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Root & Heart Farm, West Deer. $80. (search for “The Foundry Farm Dinner @ Root & Heart Farm”). Ticket deadline Thursday.

Pork & Rye Dinner: Five-course dinner featuring house-smoked pork with Whistle Pig Distillery whiskey pairings. 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Cioppino, Downtown. $150. Reservations only: 412-281-3090.


Pillsbury Bake-Off: The Pillsbury Bake-Off is back, but the prize is no longer a million dollars, and contestants won’t cook on site in a giant roomful of ovens. Contestants can enter recipes, along with the family stories behind them, in four categories: Cozy Breakfasts, Appetizers for Any Party, Dinners with Heart, and No-Fuss Desserts. Entry deadline is Nov. 10. The grand prizewinner will get a kitchen makeover from GE Appliances, $50,000 in cash, a trip to New York, and appearances on “The Kitchen” and in Food Network Magazine.

School Learning Gardens: Through Nov. 2, enter your school for a chance to win a Learning Garden by filling out an application at or Two schools will be chosen.

Rebecca Sodergren:; @pgfoodevents.


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