One of the great things about Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is that there is so much going on year-round. From the signature summer celebration that is Musikfest, to the lights of the Christmas City in the winter, there is an event to celebrate most seasons. In the autumn, one event you must attend if you’re planning a trip to the Sayre Mansion is the Bethlehem Harvest Festival. If you’re a fan of craft beer, locally made food, great music, and wine, then the Bethlehem Harvest Festival has your name all over it!
Now in its 9th year, the Bethlehem Harvest Festival is presented by the Downtown Bethlehem Association and has become a tradition for locals and visitors each October. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 11th from 11 am until 6 pm on Main Street and until 8 pm in the Sun Inn Courtyard. The festival includes great food, wine and soup tastings, a biergarten, live entertainment, and even a pie eating contest.
A key part of the festival is definitely the Biergarten. This hub of activity will be the place to find local cuisine, live music, and a variety of beer. If you’re in it for the beer, then you should consider a Beer Passport, which allows you to sample 28 beers on Main Street during the day, and gives you a discount on beer at the Biergarten until closing.
Along with Beer Passports, Wine Passports are also available. Get yours stamped at the wine tastings during the day. If you’re a soup fan, there will be a soup tasting and contest featuring soups from downtown restaurants. Try them all and vote for your favorite!
What would any festival be without a pie eating contest? The Bethlehem Harvest Festival’s pie eating contest gives 10 lucky festival-goers the chance to eat some of the most delicious pie in the Lehigh Valley while competing to see who can finish one off the quickest! Of course, standard pie eating contest rules apply: no hands and your pie has to be completely gone, naturally!
Live music will keep things hopping throughout the day at the Bethlehem Harvest Festival. Two stages (one in the Biergarten and one on Main Street) will feature local favorites bringing out their best stuff. So bring your dancing shoes, it’s sure to be entertaining!
When planning your visit to the Bethlehem Harvest Festival, a stay at a local Bethlehem boutique hotel will enhance your experience. The Sayre Mansion has elegant yet comfortable guest rooms that will make you feel at home and luxurious amenities that will pamper you. One of the biggest benefits of staying at Sayre is our location right in the heart of Bethlehem, so no matter when you visit you’ll be close to the action. Plus, our historic property is an integral part of the town’s history, so you can have an authentic Bethlehem experience. And, of course, you can count on a delicious breakfast each morning of your stay, so you can head out to the Harvest Festival fully fueled and ready to fill up that beer passport!
Photo courtesy J R.