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Weekend Agenda: Brandywine Valley Wine Trail’s Harvest Festival & Downingtown Fall Fest Unfolding Sept. 28 & 29

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The autumn season is officially here, with food and drink lovers packing their social calendars with must-attend food festivals, seasonal beer and wine tastings, and so much more. With a busy upcoming weekend closing out the month of September, we’re highlighting the festivals that we’re proclaiming the season’s “best bets.”

For food and beer lovers …

Downingtown Fall Fest takes over East Lancaster Avenue on Sunday, Sept. 29, from noon-4 p.m., throwing the borough’s culinary movers and shakers in the spotlight for one delectable street fair. At the Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce event presented by Victory Brewing Company, taste-test the area’s top restaurants, from Amani’s BYOB and Station Taproom, to Stella Rossa, PJ Whelihan’s, Beaver Creek Tavern, and even the coming-soon Molly Maguire’s. Acclaimed food trucks will elevate the edible experience, including Ka’Chi, The Cow and the Curd, and Pizza Wagon Catering Co., as will artisan snack purveyors like Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel.

Additional fest highlights will include a Victory Brewing Co. Beer Garden, BMX demos, craft vendors, and live music. For more details, visit downingtownfallfest.com.

For wine aficionados …

The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail’s 11th Annual Harvest Festival is slated to unwind over the next two weekends, Sept. 28 and 29, and Oct. 5 and 6. With each of the eight member wineries presenting jam-packed calendars of events, from grape-stomps for a cause, to hay rides, live music, and of course, endless wine tastings, you better snag your trail passports (available at $12 per person) and opt to savor our local trail’s harvest season.

Harvest Festival highlights include: Black Walnut Winery’s Fire & Wine Festival unfolding Sept. 28, 7 to 11 p.m.; Paradocx Vineyard’s A-maize-ing Harvest Adventure (open through Oct. 27) featuring a 7-acre corn maze, a pumpkin slingshot, and pumpkin bowling; and Penns Woods Winery hosting local food trucks on-site (Sum Pig Food Truck and Dia Doce on Sept. 28, The Pizza Wagon on Sept. 29, Koi on the Go Food Truck on Oct. 5).

For full schedule and details, visit bvwinetrail.com.

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