December starts this week, which means hello cold days and hello to a month of great events in Bucks County. The week starts slow (everyone recuperating from a weekend of eating) but starts getting real busy towards the weekend. Here’s a few fun and delicious things to do this week.

Winter is coming! Actually, it’s practically here, which is why this Tuesday, December 1 is the 17th Annual Sellersville Winterfest celebration. It starts with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Sellersville Fire Hall. Santa Claus will arrive at the Fire Hall at 6:45 p.m. and trolley rides begin at 7:00 p.m. Participating businesses and churches will have activities at their locations throughout the borough. The Sellersville Museum will be open with the Christmas Tree Forest exhibit. This is a rain or shine (or snow) event. Head over to the theater for free Washington House chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and music. While you are in Sellersville, stop by the other great restaurants and cafes in the area.

beers from d’Achouffe

Also on December 2 is the Annual d’Achouffe Christmas Party at the Spinnerstown Hotel, in Spinnerstown, PA. This is a reservation only event, with tree decorating, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and beers from d’Achouffe. This is an all-day event, and you can reserve your spot by contacting the hotel.

Gingerbread Competition

Come see a Peddler’s Village tradition this week, and into the rest of the weeks this month. Peddler’s Village has their Gingerbread house competition on display, with the following categories: traditional, authentic reproduction of a significant building, student and kids only. Winners were announced on November 23, 2015. It’s a visual display that you can see throughout the holiday season, but it is closed on Christmas Day. Check it out this week to avoid the weekend rush.

Christmas Cookies

If the gingerbread houses make you hungry, you can eat some cookies this week as well – for a good cause. The Quakertown Neighborhood Association will hold the 11th Annual Cookies, Cocoa & Caring event at the historic Quakertown Train Station on Thursday, December 3 from 6 to 8 pm. The association will be collecting donated gift cards to local stores at the event, to give to families of children within the Quakertown Community School District who are in need. Get rewarded with free hot chocolate and cookies to start the holiday season.

Do you know about the Bucks County Taste Dinner Club? Try new restaurants, meet nice people and eat some very good food. No membership dues but you will want to get on the email list so you are the first to know of an upcoming event. Click here to join the Bucks County Taste Dinner Club email list.

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For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County, or click the “continue reading” link below.

Eating in Hunterdon County? Check out our Food Events in Hunterdon County calendar too!

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals. Now we have a day for giving back! Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is the fourth annual celebration of #GivingTuesday. Be part of a national celebration of generosity, a day to give a gift that makes an impact in your local community. This is an opportunity to give an on-line donation to support the work of the causes you care about. It’s an easy way to be a part of something big, and include what you care about as a part of your holiday giving.

The project started nationally in 2012, a group of volunteers worked to bring in to Bucks County in 2013, and every week, more partners are on board to make Giving Tuesday Bucks 2015 the best one yet!

Want to support local food in Bucks? Here’s a few ideas for donating on “Giving Back Tuesday.”

Rolling Harvest Food RescueRolling Harvest Food Rescue “collects donated produce from local farms and markets, and distributes it immediately to non-profit hunger-relief agencies including food pantries, domestic violence shelters, meals on wheels, senior centers, homeless shelters and at-risk low-income adults with health challenges. In addition to the daily pick-up and delivery schedules, they also hold weekly free “farmers’ markets” at some of the sites to educate the recipients about nutrition, cooking and using the donated produce to their best benefit with no waste.” Read more about Rolling Harvest in our post, A Day in the Life: Rolling Harvest Food Rescue. To contribute to Rolling Harvest Food Rescue click here.

Bucks County Farmers Markets collage

Since 2006, the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance has worked to strengthen our local food system and improve availability of local, healthy, sustainably grown food. BCFA is probably best known for the bustling Wrightstown Farmers Market but they do much more.

BCFA logoMonthly meetings and summer farm tours educate and connect consumers with local food producers and topics related to sustainable food. Behind the scenes, they also build vital relationships within facets of local and regional government, educational institutions, social services, business and economic development, land stewards and others to strengthen our local food system. Sign up for their emails to find out about coming events and local food news. Better yet, become a member. You can donate here.

For a full listing of non-profits participating in Giving Tuesday, click here.

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