I don’t know how it started, but I have an odd fascination for pumpkins. Sure, I’ll admit I’m a fan of the over glorified “pumpkin-spice-everything,” so perhaps that’s where it came from. Who cares? I love a good ol’ round, orange, farm fresh pumpkin. I still run through the local pumpkin patches, my scarf blowing in the wind, my eyes scouring the field for what I consider to be the best pumpkin.
“This one?” “No, this one?” “Ah no, this is the one.”
Even though they look the same, each pumpkin is special and they all have a home. Go and pick yours out this month, there are plenty of pick-your-own patches scattered around Bucks County (like Shady Brook Farm in Newtown). After you’ve worked up an appetite (hey, some of those pumpkins are heavy!), check out the food events that we’ve listed below. Feel free to send firstname.lastname@example.org pictures of what you consider to be, the best pumpkin.
Events are listed in chronological order
1Free Beer at Zio Gio
Fri, Oct 6, 4 – 8 pm
3901 Veterans Highway
Zio’s making his spicy chicken sandwiches (Sriracha roasted chicken and breaded buffalo bleu chicken) buy-one-get=one free, of equal or lesser value, for another week.
Fri, Oct 6 (through Oct 31), 11 am – 4 pm
Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley PA
Whether you paint them, carve them or eat them, pumpkins are just one of those fall staples. Don’t miss the pumpkin harvest down on Shady Brook Farm in Yardley. This weekend through October 31 is their PumpkinFest, a time for festival activities, wagon rides, time in the pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay maze, pig races, and more! Don’t forget to pick up some farm fresh goodies while you’re there too. Searching for the right pumpkin will definitely work up an appetite! Note: it’s $10 per person on weekdays and $16 per person on weekends.
3Bucks AIR Uncorked
Fri, Oct 6, 7 – 10 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor’s Center,
1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA
An elegant and picturesque Fall evening overlooking the Delaware River? Yes! “AIR Uncorked” a wine and beer tasting, featuring wine from Rodney Strong Vineyards, takes place this Friday evening.
In addition to the wonderful wine and food the event will include live music and a silent auction, including works of art by local artists.
Proceeds from “AIR Uncorked” will fund donated art programs to underserved schools, camps and afterschool programs in Bucks County and surrounding communities. Event contact: Amy Woodford 646-763-1525 or email@example.com. Click here for tickets and more information.
Sat, Oct 7, 10 am – 4 pm
105 Court St., Newtown, PA
Market Day is an annual outdoor event that celebrates the colonial tradition of local farmers bringing in their crops, livestock and homemade goods into town to sell to neighbors and townspeople. It dates all the way back to September 17, 1977 — the very first day of Market Day festivities.
It’s a tradition of the Newtown Historic Association to feature high-quality crafters, artisans, farm stands, and food from local restaurants on Market Day. If you haven’t experienced it before, you can stop by this weekend from 10 am – 4 pm.
The event is organized by members and volunteers of the community, and all proceeds support the NHA. Call 215.968.4004 for more information.
5Ivy Hill Fall Festival and Car Show
Sat, Oct 7, 11 am – 3 pm
1811 Mill Rd., Perkasie, PA
This weekend’s Ivy Hill Fall Festival and Car Show is an event for the whole family — including the horses. If you’re not familiar, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is therapeutic riding facility for those with special cognitive, physical and emotional differences. Their fall event is held at Ivy Hill’s new facility in Perkasie, where their 16 therapy horses live and work. The event includes games, a dunk tank, moon bounce, car show, wine and beer garden, vendors, plenty of food trucks, crafters, live music, and more. Also you can meet the newest member of the team: Paris. She’s Ivy Hill’s latest therapy horse, coming all the way from Lexlin Gypsy Ranch in Tennessee.
6Bensalem Fall Festival
Sat, Oct 7, 11 am – 7 pm
2400 Byberry Rd., Bensalem, PA
Here’s another family day featuring entertainment, a car show, amusements, crafts and vendors, and festival food. This fall festival includes a concert at 6 pm, followed by fireworks.
7Ethnic Food Festival
Sat, Oct 7, 4 – 10 pm
190 Mifflin Street, Bristol, PA
Taste the cuisine from different cultures this Saturday, without even leaving Bucks County. Bristol’s Ethnic Food Festival features Irish, German, African-American, Italian, and Puerto Rican food. There’s also music and a cash bar, but hurry, there’s limited space. Must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink.
Also, Bristol wants to give back to their Puerto Rico team by donating all tickets proceeds to The Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Fund. Contribute $20 not only to help those without food, water and electricity, but to give back in a tasteful way.
Sat, Oct 7 – Sun, Oct 8, 12 pm
Triumph Brewing Company
400 Union Sq. New Hope, PA
Triumph’s annual Oktoberfest is back again! There’s German food, German beer, and German music, so you’re practically in Germany without getting on a plane. The festivities will start with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of Oktoberfest by New Hope’s Mayor Keller at noon. Kid’s activities will run from noon until 6 pm. Along with the tasty German specials, Triumph will offer some of their regular, local menu to guests. All of the meats are sourced from a local butcher in Philadelphia: Reiker’s Prime Meats. Prost!
9BrewAsana Beer and Yoga
Courtesy of Free Will Brewing Facebook page.
Sun, Oct 8, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Free Will Brewing Co.
410 East Walnut St., Perkasie, PA
“Fall” back into your yoga practice this month, or start the yoga journey for the first time this year — at a brewery.
Free Will Brewing Co. invites you to their October edition of BrewAsana Beer and Yoga. It’s a 45 minute yoga session lead by Beth Howard of Younger Thru Yoga+, LLC. After you stretch out your limbs and enter a state of mindfulness, keep the relaxation going with a private beer tasting of Free Will brews. You must be 21 or older to enter and participate. Bring your own yoga mat, wear comfortable clothing, and make reservations at the Taproom or through this link. Cheers and Namaste!
Sun, Oct 8, 1 – 4 pm
Sand Castle Winery
Celebrate the 2017 harvest at Sand Castle Winery this Sunday and bring your empty stomach. The winery is hosting a harvest-style dining experience in their vineyard, overlooking the river with wine and delicious German-style food from Joseph’s Premier Events and Catering.
Admission gets you an Oktoberfest themed spread, German style music, a glass of your favorite wine, and unlimited hot Alpine Spice.
What’s on the menu you ask? Grilled bratwurst, savory onion pie tart (Zwiebelkuchen), beef rouladen, German chocolate cake, and more. Tickets are non-refundable and cost $50. Purchase online and call 610.294.8303 for more information.
Sun, Oct 8, 3 – 7:30 pm
Blooming Glen Farm
98 Moyer Rd., Perkasie, PA
What better way to enjoy the fall harvest than at a local Bucks County farm? Blooming Glen Farm is ready for its annual harvest fest this weekend, so you can celebrate the season with your community and friends or family.
What’s in store? A sweet potato derby, pie bake-off, veggie pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, wagon rides, music and more. There’s also a potluck dinner at 5:30 pm. Bring a dish to share and all your potluck needs (utensils, beverages, plates, etc). Volunteers and pie entries are needed!
Want to enter your pie? Pies need to be at the farm by 2:45pm on Sunday the 8th, with a notecard listing pie name and ingredients on front (for allergy purposes), and pie bakers name on back. If you are interested in submitting an entry email firstname.lastname@example.org
The pie bake-off begins on Sunday at 3 pm. People get to taste and cast their vote around 3:30 pm. Visit Blooming Glen’s website for more information.
12Oktoberfest at the Lumberville General Store
Sun, Oct 8, 3:30 – 7 pm
Lumberville General Store
3741 River Rd., Lumberville, PA
The Lumberville General Store is serving up a German-inspired menu this weekend. Indulge in all the German favorites, like Hefeweizen-braised pork, dark beer-roasted chicken, smoked salmon pastrami with rye crostini and red beet cream cheese, beer cellar slaw, Bavarian custard and much more. Adults cost $19.95 and kids cost $9.95. LGS is also BYOB!
13Farmers Markets in Bucks County and nearby
For a full listing of farmers markets in Bucks County and nearby, CLICK HERE.
Farmers market season is slowly winding down (so sad, we know!). Stop by your area market to pick up everything from corn to coffee. And check out our full list of farmers markets around Bucks County (with some in Montgomery and Hunterdon County too).
On Thursday afternoon, the Lower Makefield Farmers Market will have: Apples, corn, lettuce, lettuce mix, tomatoes, peppers, kale, potatoes, kohlrabi, eggs, chicken, pork, bread, dog treats, flowers, soap, gluten-free baked goods and coffee.
The Wrightstown Farmers Market: The recent summer weather means veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and green beans are still available, so come get your share before it ends! Among the other delicious fruits and veggies available now are apples – Honey Crisp are here, pears, multiple varieties of winter squash, sweet corn, cabbage, kale, bok choy, beets, turnips and radishes.
The Doylestown Farmers Market: Hershberger Heritage Farm will start taking orders for holiday hams and turkeys this week. Pick up produce like beets, kale, squash, pumpkins, and more.
The Chalfont Farmers Market is going until October 28 from 8 am – 12 pm. Stop by for some great local produce!
Bucks County Taste Dinner Club Upcoming Events
“Pop Up” Dinner with Chefs Paul Mitchell & Alida Saxon
Only 4 tickets left!
Saturday, October 21, 6 – 9 pm
Chefs Alida Saxon and Paul Mitchell are planning one of their amazing menus for us on Saturday, October 21. You may know Alida and Paul from the Rosemont Supper Club and the Pass, where they created exquisite, seasonal and locally sourced cuisine.
For more details and the full menu, CLICK HERE.
In the works…
James & Jamie – Local restaurateur and chef James Seward (Bowman’s Tavern, Bowman’s North) and Jamie Hollander (Jamie Hollander Gourmet) are teaming up to make us one wonderful dinner. Details coming.
Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm (Winter 2018)