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Gather Together! It's Harvest

From apple picking to farm dinners, Greek Festivals to Oktoberfest, ’tis the season for fall festivals – and the food to match. Fall harvest is about gathering the crops but it’s also about gathering together as a community to enjoy the bounty that surrounds us, including each other. Welcome to September!

1: Festival Frenzy.
Kick off the fall season with fall festivals. Whether it’s the grape-stomping competition in wine country, the cider squeeze in Estacada or the Oregon State Fair, there are plenty of ways to festival. Throughout September.

2: Farms & Feasts.
Every season is a good season to be a foodie! But Fall has one of the best food festivals in the nation: Feast Portland. From culinary stars around the world to local favorites, you can join in on everything from hands-on classes to cocktail crawls. If farm to table dining is more your style, check out the Farm to Plate Dinners at Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island. The chef chooses the freshest produce of the day and then creates a 4-6 course meal served under the stars, of course. Throughout September.

3: Senior Safari.
Love the Oregon Zoo? Let it love you back during Senior Safari, a special day for those sixty five and up. Includes free admission for you and a guest, a train ride and lunch – not to mention your favorite animals. Elephant Lands, anyone? September 20th.

4: Pumpkins, beer and baklava.
Have you seen pumpkins shot from a cannon? Danced polka and then cheered on a dachshund race to benefit charity? Have you had the best German beer (and brats) one weekend and amazing Greek gyros and baklava the next? Then you haven’t lived in Portland in September. (Enjoy.)

5: Apple of your eye. (Make that apples.)
One of the best things about Oregon is the varieties of apples. And there’s nothing more satisfying than trying them all until you find a new favorite. From Honeycrisp to Ambrosia, Fuji to Ginger Gold, there’s something for everyone. To celebrate, try Ned Ludd’s Apple Hand Pie or celebrate with friends and some Apple Harvest Punch. Bon appetit!