Western New York is a beautiful place to celebrate the fall season. Who doesn’t love viewing the fall foliage, pumpkin carving, raising a stein at Oktoberfest parties, and enjoying a slice of homemade pie? With so many activities on our to do lists, it’s hard to make time for it all, but at Rusty Nickel Brewing’s Harvest Fest, you can check it all off your list.
Harvest Fest returns for its 7th year to Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. in West Seneca on Saturday, October 2 from 12pm to 11pm. The event will feature live music from 2 to 10pm by Cheap Peach, Wacko Fest, and JoKüken. Food from Yankee BBQ will be available for purchase starting at 2:30pm. Guests can expect craft cocktail sampling from local distilleries, stein hoist competitions, beer releases, pumpkin carving, caramel apple making, games, and more.
Event planners hope the event will bring community members together to celebrate the annual harvest. General Manager, Katie Brown, says it’s no surprise that Harvest Fest has been so popular amongst their customers. “Harvest Fest is an event like no other. It’s part fall festival, part Oktoberfest, and part Farm to Pint celebration. There are activities all day long and there is something for every member of the family to enjoy. This is the event I look forward to most each year.”
The brewery has released six new fall brews just in time for the event. Garden of Eden Pumpkin Ale is brewed with real pumpkins grown at Zittel’s Farm in Eden, NY. Sprocktoberfest Märzen, Black Rock Black IPA, Not Yo’ Granpa’s Cream Ale, True Pils Fan Pilsner, and Vanilla Chai Tea Milk Stout are all back for their seasonal showcase.
Harvest Fest even features a homemade pie baking competition. Each year, local pie lovers bake their best recipe for judges at Rusty Nickel Brewing. The competition receives many traditional entries like apple and pumpkin, but any pie is permitted. Creativity and presentation are heavily considered in this competition. The winner will have their name etched on the Best Pie trophy and will receive a prize pack from the brewery.
The event is free to attend, and reservations are not required. However, guests that would like guaranteed seating with a view of the band, roof covering, and heat are highly encouraged to make reservations online.