Autumn has arrived and I am getting inundated with lots of emails about wonderful food- and drink-related events coming up within the next month.
Here’s a quick-and-dirty list to help you plan your next fun outing:
Sept. 29: The Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival gets underway this weekend in Christiansburg. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28, with evening hours for the corn maze. The festival also includes TONS of food, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, corn cannons, barnyard animals, face painting and a whole lot more. For all the details, including exact hours and ticket prices, click here.
Also Sept. 29: The Roanoke City Farmers Market is holding its Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will include apple butter making; antique tractors; cloggers- Kountry Kickers (10 to 11 a.m.) and Floyd Ward Dancers (1 to 2 p.m.); Haley Toyota kids area-pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, coloring wall, barrel fishing and more games with prizes; old-fashioned sodas and kettle korn; and the bands Rosco P and Coal Train (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Grass Monkey (2 to 4 p.m.).
Oct. 5: The Blacksburg Partnership and The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center announce the 2nd annual Blacksburg Brew Do Beer Dinner at Preston’s Restaurant. The menu with beverage pairings:
Cider| Prosciutto Wrapped Cantaloupe, Granny Smith Apple with Cheddar
Lager | Spiced Lump Crab Cake with Mixed Greens and Fresh Herbs, Light Citrus Vinaigrette
India Pale Ale | Deviled Eggs, Pickle Relish with Cornichon, Green Olive and Pimento with Paprika
Amber | Grilled Game Sausage with Oktoberfest Braised Sauerkraut and Spicy Brown Mustard Rye Crostini
Porter | Sliced Porter Marinated Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Butternut Squash Hash and Caramelized Shallots
Stout & Fruit | Artisan Cheese and House Made Truffles
Tickets for the Blacksburg Brew Do Beer Dinner are $49 per person plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited. Call Preston’s Restaurant at 540-231-0120 for reservations or purchase tickets online at www.blacksburgbrewdo.com/food/beerdinner/.
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Oct. 6: The 4th Annual Blacksburg Brew Do festival takes place at the First & Main Shopping District. For all the details, visit www.blacksburgbrewdo.com or follow Brew Do on Facebookat www.facebook.com/blacksburgbrewdo and on Twitter under the handle @bburgbrewdo.
Oct. 9: The Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a wine tasting dinner at The Kyle House in Fincastle. A variety of wines from Botetourt County wineries will be available for sample along with food by Schaal’s Catering & Events. Social hour with wine and hors d’oeuvres takes place from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a three-course meal. Cost is $75 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Call the Botetourt Chamber at 473-8280 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make a reservation.
Oct. 13: The Advancement Foundation is holding Vinton’s 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off from noon to 3 p.m. at the Charity Cottage Thrift Store. It is part of the Vinton Fall Festival. Anyone is encouraged to enter, including home cooks and restaurant chefs. The thrift store is seeking participants now! For more information or to enter, email email@example.com.
Oct. 20: The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd is hosting a Floyd Oktoberfest at Chantilly Farm in Floyd to benefit their organization. The event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include home brew tastings, microbrews, food, live music, arts and crafts, and more. Cost is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, click the Jacksonville Center link above.
For more fall events, check out our calendar in Thursday’s Extra section.