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Wine and Dine at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival

Wine and Dine at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival

From herbs and vegetables to wines and spirits, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival in Idaho is showcasing locally grown and harvested products from Idaho and the Northwest Sept. 21 to 23.

Highlights of the Sun Valley Harvest Festival include the one-hour cooking demonstrations by television personalities and authors, to be held Saturday, Sept. 22. Tickets are $40 for each session.

Celebrity chefs leading the cooking demonstrations include James Beard Lifestyle nominees Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of The Fabulous Beekman Boys, chef Jesus Gonzales, the culinary director of Cups in La Jolla, Calif., James Beard Foundation 2010 Best Chef of the Northwest Jason Wilson of Crush in Seattle, and John Tesar, executive chef and owner of Spoon Bar & Kitchen which is slated to open in fall 2012 in Dallas.

A sampling of each chef’s presentation and a meet-and-greet follows each cooking demonstration.

Sommelier Jackie Quillen, formerly "the Nose" at Christie’s Wine Auction department in New York City is leading a program on how to properly taste, select, and pair wines Sept. 22.

Idaho’s local organic cuisine is featured at Friday’s Restaurant Walk with Frenchman’s Gulch Winery. Attendees at the festival’s kickoff event partake in a $35 moveable feast and beverage pairing through downtown Ketchum.

Festival-goers can peruse local purveyors who specialize in organic, sustainable and hand-crafted foods, coffee, tea, cheese, dairy, meat, and produce at the free Harvest Marketplace Sept. 22.

Other events include Idaho harvest dinners Sept. 22 at participating restaurants. Sunday, Sept. 23's events include free river guide cooking demonstrations in which attendees can get tips for grilling and cooking with Dutch ovens, and grand wine tastings featuring savory main dishes, side dishes, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts paired with wines from wineries like 80-year-old Washington winery Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington estate winery Spring Valley Vineyard, and California winery Staq’s Leap Wine Cellars.

The grand tasting is $75 and also includes wines from Col Solare, Oregon pinot noir from Erath Winery, and merlots from Walla Walla winery Northstar, all paired with tasty treats like artisanal pizza and ice cream. The tasting, which benefits the new Sun Valley Culinary Institute, includes the chance to chat with chefs, winemakers, distillers, and brewers.

All-event passes to the Sun Valley Harvest Festival are $270.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Ediitor at The Daily Meal. Follow her @lmack.


5-day Harvest Daze & Nights coming to Bethlehem following cancellation of longtime festival

Harvest Daze & Nights kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem. Guests will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as take part in a scarecrow showdown contest.

Bethlehem’s Harvest Festival is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those still wanting to enjoy all things autumn, there’s now an alternative in the city -- and it’s spread over five days this week.

The Downtown Bethlehem Association is launching Harvest Daze & Nights, a five-day event aimed at bringing in more foot traffic and promoting the city’s small businesses in a safe way. It kicks off Tuesday and will run until Oct. 5. While admission is free, passports for shopping and dining experiences cost $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Harvest Daze eventbrite.com page or at Donegal Square, 534 Main St. AM Luxe, 74 W. Broad St. and Handcut Crystal, 452 Main St.

Passports are good for all five days of the event and include a one-hour free parking ticket for either garage in Bethlehem’s Center City historic district. Patrons can choose from spending $5 to dine at two restaurants to spending $10 to dine at four restaurants to spending $15 to dine at six restaurants -- plus receive complimentary offerings at each location and unlock discounts and savings with downtown merchants.

Many of the city’s small businesses took a financial blow when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the March 19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. Wolf then on June 26 moved the Lehigh Valley to the green phase, the least restrictive of his three-tiered reopening plan. This allowed for the reopening of several businesses with restrictions.

Currently, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity. The latest restriction on Sept. 21 by the governor called for a ban on restaurants and bars with alcohol to make any sales after 11 p.m. The governor initially announced that closing time would be 10 p.m. but revised the cutoff after hearing from the industry.

Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association manager, told lehighvalleylive.com for the past 14 years, Harvest Festival has brought thousands of festival-goers to their stores and restaurants. Initially, the street fair was designed as a revenue boost during a slower period in the shopping season, she said.

“Losing that revenue on top of what they’ve already lost due to business shutdowns and other pandemic-related issues is incredibly difficult,” she said.

Instead of live entertainment and vendors throughout city streets, Harvest Daze & Nights will be focusing more on individual restaurants, stores and other establishments offering up the autumn vibes. Guests also will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as a scarecrow showdown contest. The public will have a chance to vote on their pick for best scarecrow.

“Our vision is to have those that love to visit Bethlehem come down during these five days, to support their favorite restaurants and shops,” Wendling said.

Visitors can use the passports to receive offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. The following promotions are being offered:

  • Edge Restaurant: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room: Receive a beer or wine with purchase of an appetizer.
  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar: Receive a draft cocktail with purchase of an appetizer, entree or dessert.
  • Coal Lounge and Grill: Receive a Kelewele (fried plantain) with purchase of an entree.
  • Twisted Olive: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Apollo Grill: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Santoro’s Franks & Chili: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Casa del Mofongo: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree or empanadas with mofongo (fried plantain dish).
  • Tavern at The Sun Inn: Receive a free soup with purchase of a sandwich or salad.
  • Mama Nina: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Corked 2.0: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree.

The intimate setting of Harvest Daze & Nights will allow the association to have a better handle on any overcrowding. Wendling said social distancing would have been impossible with the larger one-day festival.

“This new event allows us to stretch out the length of time people would visit to celebrate the kick off of the harvest season, to ensure safety and minimize overcrowding,” she said. “We feel it is important for people to want to come to Downtown Bethlehem and enjoy everything. However, first and foremost we want them to feel safe.”

Future plans for the event are unknown yet for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. The organization plans to garner feedback from this year’s event before deciding if future years will be a single day or five days again. What won’t be changing are the beer, wine, and soup trails, in which guests in the past were invited to taste samples at participating eateries by following individual trails with their passports.

“We definitely intend to bring them back,” Wendling said.

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5-day Harvest Daze & Nights coming to Bethlehem following cancellation of longtime festival

Harvest Daze & Nights kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem. Guests will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as take part in a scarecrow showdown contest.

Bethlehem’s Harvest Festival is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those still wanting to enjoy all things autumn, there’s now an alternative in the city -- and it’s spread over five days this week.

The Downtown Bethlehem Association is launching Harvest Daze & Nights, a five-day event aimed at bringing in more foot traffic and promoting the city’s small businesses in a safe way. It kicks off Tuesday and will run until Oct. 5. While admission is free, passports for shopping and dining experiences cost $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Harvest Daze eventbrite.com page or at Donegal Square, 534 Main St. AM Luxe, 74 W. Broad St. and Handcut Crystal, 452 Main St.

Passports are good for all five days of the event and include a one-hour free parking ticket for either garage in Bethlehem’s Center City historic district. Patrons can choose from spending $5 to dine at two restaurants to spending $10 to dine at four restaurants to spending $15 to dine at six restaurants -- plus receive complimentary offerings at each location and unlock discounts and savings with downtown merchants.

Many of the city’s small businesses took a financial blow when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the March 19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. Wolf then on June 26 moved the Lehigh Valley to the green phase, the least restrictive of his three-tiered reopening plan. This allowed for the reopening of several businesses with restrictions.

Currently, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity. The latest restriction on Sept. 21 by the governor called for a ban on restaurants and bars with alcohol to make any sales after 11 p.m. The governor initially announced that closing time would be 10 p.m. but revised the cutoff after hearing from the industry.

Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association manager, told lehighvalleylive.com for the past 14 years, Harvest Festival has brought thousands of festival-goers to their stores and restaurants. Initially, the street fair was designed as a revenue boost during a slower period in the shopping season, she said.

“Losing that revenue on top of what they’ve already lost due to business shutdowns and other pandemic-related issues is incredibly difficult,” she said.

Instead of live entertainment and vendors throughout city streets, Harvest Daze & Nights will be focusing more on individual restaurants, stores and other establishments offering up the autumn vibes. Guests also will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as a scarecrow showdown contest. The public will have a chance to vote on their pick for best scarecrow.

“Our vision is to have those that love to visit Bethlehem come down during these five days, to support their favorite restaurants and shops,” Wendling said.

Visitors can use the passports to receive offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. The following promotions are being offered:

  • Edge Restaurant: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room: Receive a beer or wine with purchase of an appetizer.
  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar: Receive a draft cocktail with purchase of an appetizer, entree or dessert.
  • Coal Lounge and Grill: Receive a Kelewele (fried plantain) with purchase of an entree.
  • Twisted Olive: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Apollo Grill: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Santoro’s Franks & Chili: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Casa del Mofongo: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree or empanadas with mofongo (fried plantain dish).
  • Tavern at The Sun Inn: Receive a free soup with purchase of a sandwich or salad.
  • Mama Nina: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Corked 2.0: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree.

The intimate setting of Harvest Daze & Nights will allow the association to have a better handle on any overcrowding. Wendling said social distancing would have been impossible with the larger one-day festival.

“This new event allows us to stretch out the length of time people would visit to celebrate the kick off of the harvest season, to ensure safety and minimize overcrowding,” she said. “We feel it is important for people to want to come to Downtown Bethlehem and enjoy everything. However, first and foremost we want them to feel safe.”

Future plans for the event are unknown yet for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. The organization plans to garner feedback from this year’s event before deciding if future years will be a single day or five days again. What won’t be changing are the beer, wine, and soup trails, in which guests in the past were invited to taste samples at participating eateries by following individual trails with their passports.

“We definitely intend to bring them back,” Wendling said.

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5-day Harvest Daze & Nights coming to Bethlehem following cancellation of longtime festival

Harvest Daze & Nights kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem. Guests will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as take part in a scarecrow showdown contest.

Bethlehem’s Harvest Festival is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those still wanting to enjoy all things autumn, there’s now an alternative in the city -- and it’s spread over five days this week.

The Downtown Bethlehem Association is launching Harvest Daze & Nights, a five-day event aimed at bringing in more foot traffic and promoting the city’s small businesses in a safe way. It kicks off Tuesday and will run until Oct. 5. While admission is free, passports for shopping and dining experiences cost $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Harvest Daze eventbrite.com page or at Donegal Square, 534 Main St. AM Luxe, 74 W. Broad St. and Handcut Crystal, 452 Main St.

Passports are good for all five days of the event and include a one-hour free parking ticket for either garage in Bethlehem’s Center City historic district. Patrons can choose from spending $5 to dine at two restaurants to spending $10 to dine at four restaurants to spending $15 to dine at six restaurants -- plus receive complimentary offerings at each location and unlock discounts and savings with downtown merchants.

Many of the city’s small businesses took a financial blow when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the March 19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. Wolf then on June 26 moved the Lehigh Valley to the green phase, the least restrictive of his three-tiered reopening plan. This allowed for the reopening of several businesses with restrictions.

Currently, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity. The latest restriction on Sept. 21 by the governor called for a ban on restaurants and bars with alcohol to make any sales after 11 p.m. The governor initially announced that closing time would be 10 p.m. but revised the cutoff after hearing from the industry.

Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association manager, told lehighvalleylive.com for the past 14 years, Harvest Festival has brought thousands of festival-goers to their stores and restaurants. Initially, the street fair was designed as a revenue boost during a slower period in the shopping season, she said.

“Losing that revenue on top of what they’ve already lost due to business shutdowns and other pandemic-related issues is incredibly difficult,” she said.

Instead of live entertainment and vendors throughout city streets, Harvest Daze & Nights will be focusing more on individual restaurants, stores and other establishments offering up the autumn vibes. Guests also will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as a scarecrow showdown contest. The public will have a chance to vote on their pick for best scarecrow.

“Our vision is to have those that love to visit Bethlehem come down during these five days, to support their favorite restaurants and shops,” Wendling said.

Visitors can use the passports to receive offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. The following promotions are being offered:

  • Edge Restaurant: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room: Receive a beer or wine with purchase of an appetizer.
  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar: Receive a draft cocktail with purchase of an appetizer, entree or dessert.
  • Coal Lounge and Grill: Receive a Kelewele (fried plantain) with purchase of an entree.
  • Twisted Olive: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Apollo Grill: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Santoro’s Franks & Chili: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Casa del Mofongo: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree or empanadas with mofongo (fried plantain dish).
  • Tavern at The Sun Inn: Receive a free soup with purchase of a sandwich or salad.
  • Mama Nina: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Corked 2.0: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree.

The intimate setting of Harvest Daze & Nights will allow the association to have a better handle on any overcrowding. Wendling said social distancing would have been impossible with the larger one-day festival.

“This new event allows us to stretch out the length of time people would visit to celebrate the kick off of the harvest season, to ensure safety and minimize overcrowding,” she said. “We feel it is important for people to want to come to Downtown Bethlehem and enjoy everything. However, first and foremost we want them to feel safe.”

Future plans for the event are unknown yet for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. The organization plans to garner feedback from this year’s event before deciding if future years will be a single day or five days again. What won’t be changing are the beer, wine, and soup trails, in which guests in the past were invited to taste samples at participating eateries by following individual trails with their passports.

“We definitely intend to bring them back,” Wendling said.

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5-day Harvest Daze & Nights coming to Bethlehem following cancellation of longtime festival

Harvest Daze & Nights kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem. Guests will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as take part in a scarecrow showdown contest.

Bethlehem’s Harvest Festival is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those still wanting to enjoy all things autumn, there’s now an alternative in the city -- and it’s spread over five days this week.

The Downtown Bethlehem Association is launching Harvest Daze & Nights, a five-day event aimed at bringing in more foot traffic and promoting the city’s small businesses in a safe way. It kicks off Tuesday and will run until Oct. 5. While admission is free, passports for shopping and dining experiences cost $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Harvest Daze eventbrite.com page or at Donegal Square, 534 Main St. AM Luxe, 74 W. Broad St. and Handcut Crystal, 452 Main St.

Passports are good for all five days of the event and include a one-hour free parking ticket for either garage in Bethlehem’s Center City historic district. Patrons can choose from spending $5 to dine at two restaurants to spending $10 to dine at four restaurants to spending $15 to dine at six restaurants -- plus receive complimentary offerings at each location and unlock discounts and savings with downtown merchants.

Many of the city’s small businesses took a financial blow when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the March 19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. Wolf then on June 26 moved the Lehigh Valley to the green phase, the least restrictive of his three-tiered reopening plan. This allowed for the reopening of several businesses with restrictions.

Currently, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity. The latest restriction on Sept. 21 by the governor called for a ban on restaurants and bars with alcohol to make any sales after 11 p.m. The governor initially announced that closing time would be 10 p.m. but revised the cutoff after hearing from the industry.

Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association manager, told lehighvalleylive.com for the past 14 years, Harvest Festival has brought thousands of festival-goers to their stores and restaurants. Initially, the street fair was designed as a revenue boost during a slower period in the shopping season, she said.

“Losing that revenue on top of what they’ve already lost due to business shutdowns and other pandemic-related issues is incredibly difficult,” she said.

Instead of live entertainment and vendors throughout city streets, Harvest Daze & Nights will be focusing more on individual restaurants, stores and other establishments offering up the autumn vibes. Guests also will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as a scarecrow showdown contest. The public will have a chance to vote on their pick for best scarecrow.

“Our vision is to have those that love to visit Bethlehem come down during these five days, to support their favorite restaurants and shops,” Wendling said.

Visitors can use the passports to receive offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. The following promotions are being offered:

  • Edge Restaurant: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room: Receive a beer or wine with purchase of an appetizer.
  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar: Receive a draft cocktail with purchase of an appetizer, entree or dessert.
  • Coal Lounge and Grill: Receive a Kelewele (fried plantain) with purchase of an entree.
  • Twisted Olive: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Apollo Grill: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Santoro’s Franks & Chili: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Casa del Mofongo: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree or empanadas with mofongo (fried plantain dish).
  • Tavern at The Sun Inn: Receive a free soup with purchase of a sandwich or salad.
  • Mama Nina: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Corked 2.0: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree.

The intimate setting of Harvest Daze & Nights will allow the association to have a better handle on any overcrowding. Wendling said social distancing would have been impossible with the larger one-day festival.

“This new event allows us to stretch out the length of time people would visit to celebrate the kick off of the harvest season, to ensure safety and minimize overcrowding,” she said. “We feel it is important for people to want to come to Downtown Bethlehem and enjoy everything. However, first and foremost we want them to feel safe.”

Future plans for the event are unknown yet for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. The organization plans to garner feedback from this year’s event before deciding if future years will be a single day or five days again. What won’t be changing are the beer, wine, and soup trails, in which guests in the past were invited to taste samples at participating eateries by following individual trails with their passports.

“We definitely intend to bring them back,” Wendling said.

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5-day Harvest Daze & Nights coming to Bethlehem following cancellation of longtime festival

Harvest Daze & Nights kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem. Guests will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as take part in a scarecrow showdown contest.

Bethlehem’s Harvest Festival is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those still wanting to enjoy all things autumn, there’s now an alternative in the city -- and it’s spread over five days this week.

The Downtown Bethlehem Association is launching Harvest Daze & Nights, a five-day event aimed at bringing in more foot traffic and promoting the city’s small businesses in a safe way. It kicks off Tuesday and will run until Oct. 5. While admission is free, passports for shopping and dining experiences cost $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Harvest Daze eventbrite.com page or at Donegal Square, 534 Main St. AM Luxe, 74 W. Broad St. and Handcut Crystal, 452 Main St.

Passports are good for all five days of the event and include a one-hour free parking ticket for either garage in Bethlehem’s Center City historic district. Patrons can choose from spending $5 to dine at two restaurants to spending $10 to dine at four restaurants to spending $15 to dine at six restaurants -- plus receive complimentary offerings at each location and unlock discounts and savings with downtown merchants.

Many of the city’s small businesses took a financial blow when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the March 19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. Wolf then on June 26 moved the Lehigh Valley to the green phase, the least restrictive of his three-tiered reopening plan. This allowed for the reopening of several businesses with restrictions.

Currently, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity. The latest restriction on Sept. 21 by the governor called for a ban on restaurants and bars with alcohol to make any sales after 11 p.m. The governor initially announced that closing time would be 10 p.m. but revised the cutoff after hearing from the industry.

Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association manager, told lehighvalleylive.com for the past 14 years, Harvest Festival has brought thousands of festival-goers to their stores and restaurants. Initially, the street fair was designed as a revenue boost during a slower period in the shopping season, she said.

“Losing that revenue on top of what they’ve already lost due to business shutdowns and other pandemic-related issues is incredibly difficult,” she said.

Instead of live entertainment and vendors throughout city streets, Harvest Daze & Nights will be focusing more on individual restaurants, stores and other establishments offering up the autumn vibes. Guests also will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as a scarecrow showdown contest. The public will have a chance to vote on their pick for best scarecrow.

“Our vision is to have those that love to visit Bethlehem come down during these five days, to support their favorite restaurants and shops,” Wendling said.

Visitors can use the passports to receive offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. The following promotions are being offered:

  • Edge Restaurant: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room: Receive a beer or wine with purchase of an appetizer.
  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar: Receive a draft cocktail with purchase of an appetizer, entree or dessert.
  • Coal Lounge and Grill: Receive a Kelewele (fried plantain) with purchase of an entree.
  • Twisted Olive: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Apollo Grill: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Santoro’s Franks & Chili: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Casa del Mofongo: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree or empanadas with mofongo (fried plantain dish).
  • Tavern at The Sun Inn: Receive a free soup with purchase of a sandwich or salad.
  • Mama Nina: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Corked 2.0: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree.

The intimate setting of Harvest Daze & Nights will allow the association to have a better handle on any overcrowding. Wendling said social distancing would have been impossible with the larger one-day festival.

“This new event allows us to stretch out the length of time people would visit to celebrate the kick off of the harvest season, to ensure safety and minimize overcrowding,” she said. “We feel it is important for people to want to come to Downtown Bethlehem and enjoy everything. However, first and foremost we want them to feel safe.”

Future plans for the event are unknown yet for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. The organization plans to garner feedback from this year’s event before deciding if future years will be a single day or five days again. What won’t be changing are the beer, wine, and soup trails, in which guests in the past were invited to taste samples at participating eateries by following individual trails with their passports.

“We definitely intend to bring them back,” Wendling said.

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5-day Harvest Daze & Nights coming to Bethlehem following cancellation of longtime festival

Harvest Daze & Nights kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem. Guests will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as take part in a scarecrow showdown contest.

Bethlehem’s Harvest Festival is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those still wanting to enjoy all things autumn, there’s now an alternative in the city -- and it’s spread over five days this week.

The Downtown Bethlehem Association is launching Harvest Daze & Nights, a five-day event aimed at bringing in more foot traffic and promoting the city’s small businesses in a safe way. It kicks off Tuesday and will run until Oct. 5. While admission is free, passports for shopping and dining experiences cost $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Harvest Daze eventbrite.com page or at Donegal Square, 534 Main St. AM Luxe, 74 W. Broad St. and Handcut Crystal, 452 Main St.

Passports are good for all five days of the event and include a one-hour free parking ticket for either garage in Bethlehem’s Center City historic district. Patrons can choose from spending $5 to dine at two restaurants to spending $10 to dine at four restaurants to spending $15 to dine at six restaurants -- plus receive complimentary offerings at each location and unlock discounts and savings with downtown merchants.

Many of the city’s small businesses took a financial blow when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the March 19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. Wolf then on June 26 moved the Lehigh Valley to the green phase, the least restrictive of his three-tiered reopening plan. This allowed for the reopening of several businesses with restrictions.

Currently, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity. The latest restriction on Sept. 21 by the governor called for a ban on restaurants and bars with alcohol to make any sales after 11 p.m. The governor initially announced that closing time would be 10 p.m. but revised the cutoff after hearing from the industry.

Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association manager, told lehighvalleylive.com for the past 14 years, Harvest Festival has brought thousands of festival-goers to their stores and restaurants. Initially, the street fair was designed as a revenue boost during a slower period in the shopping season, she said.

“Losing that revenue on top of what they’ve already lost due to business shutdowns and other pandemic-related issues is incredibly difficult,” she said.

Instead of live entertainment and vendors throughout city streets, Harvest Daze & Nights will be focusing more on individual restaurants, stores and other establishments offering up the autumn vibes. Guests also will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as a scarecrow showdown contest. The public will have a chance to vote on their pick for best scarecrow.

“Our vision is to have those that love to visit Bethlehem come down during these five days, to support their favorite restaurants and shops,” Wendling said.

Visitors can use the passports to receive offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. The following promotions are being offered:

  • Edge Restaurant: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room: Receive a beer or wine with purchase of an appetizer.
  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar: Receive a draft cocktail with purchase of an appetizer, entree or dessert.
  • Coal Lounge and Grill: Receive a Kelewele (fried plantain) with purchase of an entree.
  • Twisted Olive: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Apollo Grill: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Santoro’s Franks & Chili: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Casa del Mofongo: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree or empanadas with mofongo (fried plantain dish).
  • Tavern at The Sun Inn: Receive a free soup with purchase of a sandwich or salad.
  • Mama Nina: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Corked 2.0: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree.

The intimate setting of Harvest Daze & Nights will allow the association to have a better handle on any overcrowding. Wendling said social distancing would have been impossible with the larger one-day festival.

“This new event allows us to stretch out the length of time people would visit to celebrate the kick off of the harvest season, to ensure safety and minimize overcrowding,” she said. “We feel it is important for people to want to come to Downtown Bethlehem and enjoy everything. However, first and foremost we want them to feel safe.”

Future plans for the event are unknown yet for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. The organization plans to garner feedback from this year’s event before deciding if future years will be a single day or five days again. What won’t be changing are the beer, wine, and soup trails, in which guests in the past were invited to taste samples at participating eateries by following individual trails with their passports.

“We definitely intend to bring them back,” Wendling said.

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5-day Harvest Daze & Nights coming to Bethlehem following cancellation of longtime festival

Harvest Daze & Nights kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem. Guests will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as take part in a scarecrow showdown contest.

Bethlehem’s Harvest Festival is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those still wanting to enjoy all things autumn, there’s now an alternative in the city -- and it’s spread over five days this week.

The Downtown Bethlehem Association is launching Harvest Daze & Nights, a five-day event aimed at bringing in more foot traffic and promoting the city’s small businesses in a safe way. It kicks off Tuesday and will run until Oct. 5. While admission is free, passports for shopping and dining experiences cost $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Harvest Daze eventbrite.com page or at Donegal Square, 534 Main St. AM Luxe, 74 W. Broad St. and Handcut Crystal, 452 Main St.

Passports are good for all five days of the event and include a one-hour free parking ticket for either garage in Bethlehem’s Center City historic district. Patrons can choose from spending $5 to dine at two restaurants to spending $10 to dine at four restaurants to spending $15 to dine at six restaurants -- plus receive complimentary offerings at each location and unlock discounts and savings with downtown merchants.

Many of the city’s small businesses took a financial blow when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the March 19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. Wolf then on June 26 moved the Lehigh Valley to the green phase, the least restrictive of his three-tiered reopening plan. This allowed for the reopening of several businesses with restrictions.

Currently, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity. The latest restriction on Sept. 21 by the governor called for a ban on restaurants and bars with alcohol to make any sales after 11 p.m. The governor initially announced that closing time would be 10 p.m. but revised the cutoff after hearing from the industry.

Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association manager, told lehighvalleylive.com for the past 14 years, Harvest Festival has brought thousands of festival-goers to their stores and restaurants. Initially, the street fair was designed as a revenue boost during a slower period in the shopping season, she said.

“Losing that revenue on top of what they’ve already lost due to business shutdowns and other pandemic-related issues is incredibly difficult,” she said.

Instead of live entertainment and vendors throughout city streets, Harvest Daze & Nights will be focusing more on individual restaurants, stores and other establishments offering up the autumn vibes. Guests also will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as a scarecrow showdown contest. The public will have a chance to vote on their pick for best scarecrow.

“Our vision is to have those that love to visit Bethlehem come down during these five days, to support their favorite restaurants and shops,” Wendling said.

Visitors can use the passports to receive offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. The following promotions are being offered:

  • Edge Restaurant: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room: Receive a beer or wine with purchase of an appetizer.
  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar: Receive a draft cocktail with purchase of an appetizer, entree or dessert.
  • Coal Lounge and Grill: Receive a Kelewele (fried plantain) with purchase of an entree.
  • Twisted Olive: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Apollo Grill: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Santoro’s Franks & Chili: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Casa del Mofongo: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree or empanadas with mofongo (fried plantain dish).
  • Tavern at The Sun Inn: Receive a free soup with purchase of a sandwich or salad.
  • Mama Nina: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Corked 2.0: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree.

The intimate setting of Harvest Daze & Nights will allow the association to have a better handle on any overcrowding. Wendling said social distancing would have been impossible with the larger one-day festival.

“This new event allows us to stretch out the length of time people would visit to celebrate the kick off of the harvest season, to ensure safety and minimize overcrowding,” she said. “We feel it is important for people to want to come to Downtown Bethlehem and enjoy everything. However, first and foremost we want them to feel safe.”

Future plans for the event are unknown yet for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. The organization plans to garner feedback from this year’s event before deciding if future years will be a single day or five days again. What won’t be changing are the beer, wine, and soup trails, in which guests in the past were invited to taste samples at participating eateries by following individual trails with their passports.

“We definitely intend to bring them back,” Wendling said.

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5-day Harvest Daze & Nights coming to Bethlehem following cancellation of longtime festival

Harvest Daze & Nights kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem. Guests will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as take part in a scarecrow showdown contest.

Bethlehem’s Harvest Festival is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those still wanting to enjoy all things autumn, there’s now an alternative in the city -- and it’s spread over five days this week.

The Downtown Bethlehem Association is launching Harvest Daze & Nights, a five-day event aimed at bringing in more foot traffic and promoting the city’s small businesses in a safe way. It kicks off Tuesday and will run until Oct. 5. While admission is free, passports for shopping and dining experiences cost $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Harvest Daze eventbrite.com page or at Donegal Square, 534 Main St. AM Luxe, 74 W. Broad St. and Handcut Crystal, 452 Main St.

Passports are good for all five days of the event and include a one-hour free parking ticket for either garage in Bethlehem’s Center City historic district. Patrons can choose from spending $5 to dine at two restaurants to spending $10 to dine at four restaurants to spending $15 to dine at six restaurants -- plus receive complimentary offerings at each location and unlock discounts and savings with downtown merchants.

Many of the city’s small businesses took a financial blow when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the March 19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. Wolf then on June 26 moved the Lehigh Valley to the green phase, the least restrictive of his three-tiered reopening plan. This allowed for the reopening of several businesses with restrictions.

Currently, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity. The latest restriction on Sept. 21 by the governor called for a ban on restaurants and bars with alcohol to make any sales after 11 p.m. The governor initially announced that closing time would be 10 p.m. but revised the cutoff after hearing from the industry.

Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association manager, told lehighvalleylive.com for the past 14 years, Harvest Festival has brought thousands of festival-goers to their stores and restaurants. Initially, the street fair was designed as a revenue boost during a slower period in the shopping season, she said.

“Losing that revenue on top of what they’ve already lost due to business shutdowns and other pandemic-related issues is incredibly difficult,” she said.

Instead of live entertainment and vendors throughout city streets, Harvest Daze & Nights will be focusing more on individual restaurants, stores and other establishments offering up the autumn vibes. Guests also will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as a scarecrow showdown contest. The public will have a chance to vote on their pick for best scarecrow.

“Our vision is to have those that love to visit Bethlehem come down during these five days, to support their favorite restaurants and shops,” Wendling said.

Visitors can use the passports to receive offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. The following promotions are being offered:

  • Edge Restaurant: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room: Receive a beer or wine with purchase of an appetizer.
  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar: Receive a draft cocktail with purchase of an appetizer, entree or dessert.
  • Coal Lounge and Grill: Receive a Kelewele (fried plantain) with purchase of an entree.
  • Twisted Olive: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Apollo Grill: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Santoro’s Franks & Chili: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Casa del Mofongo: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree or empanadas with mofongo (fried plantain dish).
  • Tavern at The Sun Inn: Receive a free soup with purchase of a sandwich or salad.
  • Mama Nina: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Corked 2.0: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree.

The intimate setting of Harvest Daze & Nights will allow the association to have a better handle on any overcrowding. Wendling said social distancing would have been impossible with the larger one-day festival.

“This new event allows us to stretch out the length of time people would visit to celebrate the kick off of the harvest season, to ensure safety and minimize overcrowding,” she said. “We feel it is important for people to want to come to Downtown Bethlehem and enjoy everything. However, first and foremost we want them to feel safe.”

Future plans for the event are unknown yet for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. The organization plans to garner feedback from this year’s event before deciding if future years will be a single day or five days again. What won’t be changing are the beer, wine, and soup trails, in which guests in the past were invited to taste samples at participating eateries by following individual trails with their passports.

“We definitely intend to bring them back,” Wendling said.

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5-day Harvest Daze & Nights coming to Bethlehem following cancellation of longtime festival

Harvest Daze & Nights kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem. Guests will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as take part in a scarecrow showdown contest.

Bethlehem’s Harvest Festival is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those still wanting to enjoy all things autumn, there’s now an alternative in the city -- and it’s spread over five days this week.

The Downtown Bethlehem Association is launching Harvest Daze & Nights, a five-day event aimed at bringing in more foot traffic and promoting the city’s small businesses in a safe way. It kicks off Tuesday and will run until Oct. 5. While admission is free, passports for shopping and dining experiences cost $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Harvest Daze eventbrite.com page or at Donegal Square, 534 Main St. AM Luxe, 74 W. Broad St. and Handcut Crystal, 452 Main St.

Passports are good for all five days of the event and include a one-hour free parking ticket for either garage in Bethlehem’s Center City historic district. Patrons can choose from spending $5 to dine at two restaurants to spending $10 to dine at four restaurants to spending $15 to dine at six restaurants -- plus receive complimentary offerings at each location and unlock discounts and savings with downtown merchants.

Many of the city’s small businesses took a financial blow when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the March 19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. Wolf then on June 26 moved the Lehigh Valley to the green phase, the least restrictive of his three-tiered reopening plan. This allowed for the reopening of several businesses with restrictions.

Currently, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity. The latest restriction on Sept. 21 by the governor called for a ban on restaurants and bars with alcohol to make any sales after 11 p.m. The governor initially announced that closing time would be 10 p.m. but revised the cutoff after hearing from the industry.

Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association manager, told lehighvalleylive.com for the past 14 years, Harvest Festival has brought thousands of festival-goers to their stores and restaurants. Initially, the street fair was designed as a revenue boost during a slower period in the shopping season, she said.

“Losing that revenue on top of what they’ve already lost due to business shutdowns and other pandemic-related issues is incredibly difficult,” she said.

Instead of live entertainment and vendors throughout city streets, Harvest Daze & Nights will be focusing more on individual restaurants, stores and other establishments offering up the autumn vibes. Guests also will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as a scarecrow showdown contest. The public will have a chance to vote on their pick for best scarecrow.

“Our vision is to have those that love to visit Bethlehem come down during these five days, to support their favorite restaurants and shops,” Wendling said.

Visitors can use the passports to receive offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. The following promotions are being offered:

  • Edge Restaurant: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room: Receive a beer or wine with purchase of an appetizer.
  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar: Receive a draft cocktail with purchase of an appetizer, entree or dessert.
  • Coal Lounge and Grill: Receive a Kelewele (fried plantain) with purchase of an entree.
  • Twisted Olive: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Apollo Grill: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Santoro’s Franks & Chili: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Casa del Mofongo: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree or empanadas with mofongo (fried plantain dish).
  • Tavern at The Sun Inn: Receive a free soup with purchase of a sandwich or salad.
  • Mama Nina: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Corked 2.0: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree.

The intimate setting of Harvest Daze & Nights will allow the association to have a better handle on any overcrowding. Wendling said social distancing would have been impossible with the larger one-day festival.

“This new event allows us to stretch out the length of time people would visit to celebrate the kick off of the harvest season, to ensure safety and minimize overcrowding,” she said. “We feel it is important for people to want to come to Downtown Bethlehem and enjoy everything. However, first and foremost we want them to feel safe.”

Future plans for the event are unknown yet for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. The organization plans to garner feedback from this year’s event before deciding if future years will be a single day or five days again. What won’t be changing are the beer, wine, and soup trails, in which guests in the past were invited to taste samples at participating eateries by following individual trails with their passports.

“We definitely intend to bring them back,” Wendling said.

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5-day Harvest Daze & Nights coming to Bethlehem following cancellation of longtime festival

Harvest Daze & Nights kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem. Guests will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as take part in a scarecrow showdown contest.

Bethlehem’s Harvest Festival is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But for those still wanting to enjoy all things autumn, there’s now an alternative in the city -- and it’s spread over five days this week.

The Downtown Bethlehem Association is launching Harvest Daze & Nights, a five-day event aimed at bringing in more foot traffic and promoting the city’s small businesses in a safe way. It kicks off Tuesday and will run until Oct. 5. While admission is free, passports for shopping and dining experiences cost $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Harvest Daze eventbrite.com page or at Donegal Square, 534 Main St. AM Luxe, 74 W. Broad St. and Handcut Crystal, 452 Main St.

Passports are good for all five days of the event and include a one-hour free parking ticket for either garage in Bethlehem’s Center City historic district. Patrons can choose from spending $5 to dine at two restaurants to spending $10 to dine at four restaurants to spending $15 to dine at six restaurants -- plus receive complimentary offerings at each location and unlock discounts and savings with downtown merchants.

Many of the city’s small businesses took a financial blow when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the March 19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. Wolf then on June 26 moved the Lehigh Valley to the green phase, the least restrictive of his three-tiered reopening plan. This allowed for the reopening of several businesses with restrictions.

Currently, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 50% capacity. The latest restriction on Sept. 21 by the governor called for a ban on restaurants and bars with alcohol to make any sales after 11 p.m. The governor initially announced that closing time would be 10 p.m. but revised the cutoff after hearing from the industry.

Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association manager, told lehighvalleylive.com for the past 14 years, Harvest Festival has brought thousands of festival-goers to their stores and restaurants. Initially, the street fair was designed as a revenue boost during a slower period in the shopping season, she said.

“Losing that revenue on top of what they’ve already lost due to business shutdowns and other pandemic-related issues is incredibly difficult,” she said.

Instead of live entertainment and vendors throughout city streets, Harvest Daze & Nights will be focusing more on individual restaurants, stores and other establishments offering up the autumn vibes. Guests also will have a chance to check out fall decorations crafted by community members, as well as a scarecrow showdown contest. The public will have a chance to vote on their pick for best scarecrow.

“Our vision is to have those that love to visit Bethlehem come down during these five days, to support their favorite restaurants and shops,” Wendling said.

Visitors can use the passports to receive offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. The following promotions are being offered:

  • Edge Restaurant: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room: Receive a beer or wine with purchase of an appetizer.
  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar: Receive a draft cocktail with purchase of an appetizer, entree or dessert.
  • Coal Lounge and Grill: Receive a Kelewele (fried plantain) with purchase of an entree.
  • Twisted Olive: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Apollo Grill: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Santoro’s Franks & Chili: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Casa del Mofongo: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree or empanadas with mofongo (fried plantain dish).
  • Tavern at The Sun Inn: Receive a free soup with purchase of a sandwich or salad.
  • Mama Nina: Receive a free soup with purchase of an entree.
  • Corked 2.0: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree.

The intimate setting of Harvest Daze & Nights will allow the association to have a better handle on any overcrowding. Wendling said social distancing would have been impossible with the larger one-day festival.

“This new event allows us to stretch out the length of time people would visit to celebrate the kick off of the harvest season, to ensure safety and minimize overcrowding,” she said. “We feel it is important for people to want to come to Downtown Bethlehem and enjoy everything. However, first and foremost we want them to feel safe.”

Future plans for the event are unknown yet for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. The organization plans to garner feedback from this year’s event before deciding if future years will be a single day or five days again. What won’t be changing are the beer, wine, and soup trails, in which guests in the past were invited to taste samples at participating eateries by following individual trails with their passports.

“We definitely intend to bring them back,” Wendling said.

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Watch the video: Monsoon Valley Harvest Festival (December 2021).