Need another reason to tuck into apple pie or cider? How about five of them? In celebration of National Apple Month, which takes place throughout the month of October, we have a guide to the area’s best apple-related events.
51st National Apple Harvest Festival
Oct. 3, 4 and 10, 11
This two-weekend event truly embraces the spirit of fall and family fun. In addition to plenty of apple-centric events, including orchard tours, apple art and an antique cider press, there will be an antique car display, more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, a petting zoo and plenty more.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. rain or shine. South Mountain Fairgrounds, 615 Narrows Rd., Biglerville. Visit www.appleharvest.com or call (717) 677-9413.
Pour the Core
This touring festival, which also makes stops in New York and Boston, is returning to Philly for the third time. Apple cider enthusiasts can enjoy the flavors of over 75 locally- and internationally-crafted ciders, in addition to live music and cider seminars. Philadelphia food trucks will also be on site. The event is rain or shine, and proceeds benefit the Committee to Benefit the Children. All attendees must be 21 and over.
Philadelphia Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Visit www.pourthecore.com
Lehigh Valley Cider and Wine Festival
Wine and cider lovers will delight in this inaugural event featuring local flavors. Better yet, it takes place on the baseball field. Attendees will receive a stemless glass. The event will include live entertainment, craft vendors, panel discussions of the cider and wine making processes as well as food trucks. Local cideries will include Hardball, Frecon’s and Wyndridge Farms. All attendees must be 21 and over.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Coca-Cola Park, 1050 Ironpigs Way, Allentown. Visit www.lvciderandwine.com.
38th Annual Peddler’s Village Apple Festival
Indulge in everything apple. The annual festival in this quaint Bucks County town will have apple butter, apple cider, apple zeppoles, apple fritters and caramel-covered apples. Bushels of apples will also be available for purchase. Festivities will also include an apple-pie eating contest.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission and parking. Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com.
Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival
This is the perfect festival for hard cider lovers. The event will feature over 75 breweries and cider makers and over 150 beers and ciders from local and national companies including Sir Charles, Kurant and Wyndridge Farm. Event tickets include a 5-ounce tasting glass. There will be tastings and a variety of food available for purchase. All attendees must be 21 and over. Proceeds will benefit the Committee to Benefit the Children in Philadelphia.
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks. Visit www.valleyforgebeerfest.com.
Look for a guide to local cideries in our upcoming issue of Main Line Today.