Just a week into fall and the festival season of the season has begun. In addition to nods to the end of summer, the holidays celebrate the harvest of everything from corn to grapes.
Learn how apple cider and apple butter are made and taste them both at Lake Metroparks Apple Butter & Cider Weekend, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 1 and 2 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Thistle Road, Kirtland. Enjoy harvest-themed activities, including day two’s apple-themed cooking demonstrations. Learn more about bit.ly/farmpark-abcw-22.
Two area wineries are collaborating on the Harvest Crush Tour & Tasting, which runs Wednesday through October 26. The event aims to provide a rare immersive harvest experience, giving people the opportunity to experience what Chardonnay tastes like before it is fermented into wine. Tours begin with a food and wine pairing demonstration over four wine samples accompanied by appetizers at Grand River Cellars, 5750 S. Madison Road, Madison Township. Attendees also taste freshly squeezed grape juice from this week’s harvest before heading to Debonne Vineyards, 7840 Doty Road, for four more wine samples and two freshly squeezed juices. Watch the pressing of grapes during tours of the processing area and the juice house. The cost is $40 per person. Make the necessary reservations at grandrivercellars.com.
A corn pit, wagon rides and a canine costume contest are all part of the fun at Holden Arboretum Fall Forest Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 1 and 2 and again on October 8 and 9. Other experiences ideal for all ages include family hikes, storytelling, a scavenger hunt, crafts, and a hay pyramid. The festival is included in admission. Join the Holden Arboretum at 9550 Sperry Road in Kirtland and find information about holdenfg.org.
Six holes of Halloween-themed miniature golf, a scavenger hunt for the kids, and pumpkin decorating are just part of the fun at The Yard Family Festival from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on October 7. It’s at Stone Water Golf Clubthe 180-acre Highland Heights property framed around the golf course and rustic grillwho will provide the food. The courtyard, which is closing for the season, will celebrate fall with a food stand featuring smash burgers, chili, corn dogs, chicken fingers and sloppy joes. Other tasty treats will include donut and donut stand, s’more kits for the hearth, wine tasting and flights, fall beer tasting and flights, hot chocolate, apple cider enriched and a full bar. Local pumpkin carver Mike Pickett, of Illuminated sculptures, will feature custom pumpkins and designs. Enjoy live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Elmer Gunz. Find StoneWater at 1 Club Drive and contact the Rustic Grill at 440-461-4653.