Autumn is definitely harvest festival time along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario – and inland too! It’s time to pick apples and grapes, and their fragrances fill the breezes with promises of delicious tastes throughout the coming seasons.
Let the celebrations begin in Wyoming’s historic Gaslight Village with their famous apple sausage, pie bake-offs and chicken BBQ!
You’ll find festivals and special events all along the Niagara Wine Trail, as well as regular tours, tastings, and quieter afternoons to enjoy a glass of wine with sunlit views of the vineyards. Downtown Batavia and Buffalo’s Elmwood Village celebrate local vintages and delicious foods with popular walking tours. Restaurant Week is a fantastic way to get acquainted with several of the local chefs and their specialties.
This area abounds with specialty markets for cheese and dairy products, bakeries that sell artisanal breads, traditional Lebanese flatbread and baklava, and many places to find Old World favorites like pierogi and pickled vegetables. If you’re not in the mood to shop or cook, you’ll find a pleasing array of restaurants, from elegant wine bars with tapas to romantic dining rooms renowned for their ambiance (and juicy steaks) to all the regional and ethnic dishes you might desire.
And, when you’re ready to add a few tasty gourmet diversions to your Niagara Falls visit, the Culinary Institute aims to please. It offers dining, tours, shopping for unique kitchen essentials, a wine boutique and classes designed to boost your existing skills.
AppleUmpkin Festival (late September)
Historic Gaslight Village
Wyoming, NY 14591
Scrumptious indigenous foods -- Wyoming’s famous Apple Sausage is only available at festival time -- pie bake-off contests & chicken BBQ too!
Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards
Annual Concord Stomp! (September)
Fall Festivals (September – October)
100 Mile Radius (November)
3724 Quaker Road
Gasport, NY 14067
Fall Festivals (Labor Day through October) feature chicken BBQ & other tasty delights . . . 100 Mile Radius offers five-course meals from local harvests, wines and beer
Buffalo Bites Food Tours
Elmwood & Cleveland Avenues
Buffalo, NY 14203
Delicious & memorable three-hour guided walking – and tasting! – tour of historic Elmwood Village
Elm Street Bakery
72 Elm Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
Family-owned, artisanal breads, pastries, seasonal café menu – tasty, local & fresh!
Euro Deli & Gifts
4166 Union Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Pickled vegetables, naturally preserved foods, European juices, candies, meats, baked goods
K Sisters Pierogi
2116 Clinton Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Home of Buffalo’s world-famous pierogi and old-fashioned Polish delights – just like Grandma used to make!
Kutter’s Cheese Factory Store
857 Main Road
Corfu, NY 14036
Family cheese making tradition; Outlet Store, factory and September Open House offer cheese & wine tastings, tours and entertainment
Local Restaurant Week (October)
Buffalo and throughout the region
200+ local independently owned restaurants celebrate regional food culture; dining specials encourage people to “dine often, dine local, dine well”
Mike A @ The Lafayette
The Hotel Lafayette
391 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
A tasty modern approach to classic cuisine; great for romantic dinners, special occasions, juicy steaks; open for lunch too!
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
28 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Just steps away from the Falls . . . state-of-the-art kitchens, restaurants, bakery, deli, wine boutique; public tours, gift store, classes
Niagara Wine Trail
Harvest Fest (September)
Share the Bounty (November)
Nearly 20 wineries, various locations
Classic viniferas, native grapes, hybrids, fruits and sparkling wines; mead & hard cider too
Pairings Wine Bar
5893 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
Casual elegance, eclectic menu, daily specials, fully stocked bar & extensive wine list
Pete’s Lebanese Bakery
2468 Elmwood Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217
Fresh pita & flatbread, baba ghanoush, hummus, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, baklava, spinach/meat pies, spices and more tasty delights
White Cow Dairy
241 Lexington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Long-time family operation; grass-fed cattle, produce, milk, custards, puddings, creams, grassy yogurts, whey tonics, fresh cheeses, savory spiced sauces, more