One of my favorite things about fall is all the rich flavors that accompany it. If there's an apple- or pumpkin-themed recipe out there somewhere that I haven't tried yet, I'd be shocked. For all the lovers of fall flavors out there, this weekend is the prime time to sample all of them by visiting various area festivals.
Apple aficionados (I'm not talking about iPhone junkies) should check out the Hilton Apple Fest (based around West Avenue in Hilton) on Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, September 30, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. In addition to many tasty apple treats, the festival will feature an apple pie contest, various crafters, live bands and entertainment, and a car show. Free admission. For more information, visit hiltonapplefest.org.
After the Apple Fest, move on to the next quintessential fall flavor at the Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Longacre Farms (1342 Eddy Road, Macedon). The farm is open from 9 a.m. until dark, and hosts multiple free and ticketed activities ranging from $1 to $10.50. The festival runs both Saturday and Sunday, with the Moonlight Maze on Saturday 5-9 p.m. Admission $8-$10. For more information, visit longacrefarms.com.
Apples, pumpkins — why choose between the two? Instead, savor both at the AppleUmpkin Fest on NYS Route 19 in Wyoming. Entertainment ranges from live music to jugglers, plus an AppleUmpkin bake-off. The festival runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free admission. Parking $5/car. For more information, visit appleumpkin.com.
Lastly, don't forget the Naples Grape Festival at Naples High School and Town Hall (154 N. Main St, Naples). From 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturday and Sunday sample wine and food while enjoying the arts, crafts, and live music. Free admission, parking $5/car. For more information, visit naplesgrapefest.org.