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It's time to reap the harvest and savor the bountiful fall flavors. From apples to pumpkins and with a little Oktoberfest thrown in September is full of tasty treats so grab a fork and Eat This! 

All About Apples 

Apples are the first harvest of the season and in my opinion the best! Start the apple feasting by picking your own apples at a Lake County Orchard or McHenry County Orchard. 

Be sure to pick up apple cider donuts while you are there. My favorite is from Stade's. That whipped cream topped beauty up there is the signature drink of fall this year at Goebbert's Farm (Barrington location only). It's a hot caramel apple cider topped with whip cream and an apple cider donut served in a souvenir mug. 

Eat These Apples: 

Bake These Apples: 

If that's not enough apple goodness for you save the weekend of September 20 for the annual Long Grove Apple Festival. A celebration of all things apples with plenty to do and eat for the whole family. If you're in McHenry you don't want to miss the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Crystal Lake. This year's festival is September 28. 

PSL All the Way

If pumpkin and spice and all the ways it can be consumed is more your speed. We suggest you start at Holcomb Hollow for the Pumpkin Muffins, gluten-free and delicious. See their Facebook page to find out who has them and when the next pop-up shop is.  

Want a PSL that is tastier and totally natural? Head to Hansa Coffee (in Libertyville and Lake Bluff) but you will have to wait, pumpkin doesn't roll out until October. 

PSL Made Your Way

If you prefer your pumpkin on a plate than in a cup try these recipes: 

I'm Just Here for the Beer

Prost! Oktoberfest is held annually in Germany and was originally run in the days up to the first Sunday of October. So while its name says October it's actually a celebration leading up to October held in September. Originally started to celebrate the marriage of the king it's evolved into promotion and celebration of German culture, Bavarian agriculture and of course beer! Zum Wohl! (To Health) With these German eats and brews.

Oktoberfests don't have to be drunken parties, there are many that are family-friendly. Find them in Lake County or McHenry County. 

Find your favorite Bier: A guide to Lake County Breweries.

Get your fill of brezel &  weißwürste: 

Share this with a hungry friend!
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