Friday, October 02, 2009

Lehigh Valley Fests this weekend

If you transplants haven't noticed, the Lehigh Valley loves a 'fest.

Even last week's Celtic Classic is frequently called Celtic Fest.

There are at least three FREE options for your entertainment this weekend.

Easton's Garlic Fest kicks off on Saturday with the Easton Farmers Market from at 9:00 a.m. "The Circle," where Northampton St. and Third St. intersect, two blocks from New Jersey and Route 22, will be closed to traffic. At 2 p.m., the wine and beer tasting event begins. Enjoy live music all day, including a concert by the kids from School of Rock at 2:30 pm! There's a Gastric Garlic People's Choice contest, a garlic dip contest, chef cook-offs and demonstrations, and children's entertainment. Plus, there's a blood drive for those of you who can make the connection from garlic to vampires to blood.

The 4th Annual Bethlehem Harvest Festival will feature an array of fall fun on Saturday. Beer tastings will once again take place on Main Street in Bethlehem from 1-4 p.m, with the beer garden in the Sun Inn Courtyard beginning at 3 p.m. There will be:
•Beer and food sampling
•An open air produce market
•Fine arts and crafts vendors
•19th Century brewing demonstrations
•Live music
•Children’s activities at the Smithy
•Harvest Soup contest and sampling
•Apple dessert features from the Sun Inn

Finally, Galen Glen Winery is offering tours of their vineyard & cellars this and next Sunday. Not to take anything away from the other wineries on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, but Galen Glen is gorgeous. The view reminds me of the hills of Napa Valley, and the wine is tasty. Free tractor and wagon tours depart at 1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m.

I'll be stopping by the Harvest Fest with my sister, after visiting the ArtsQuest Musikfest volunteer appreciation reception at Banana Factory. Go out and 'fest, let us know where you end up and what you think!

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