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Fall Food and Drink, Chautauqua-Allegheny

Cuba Cheese ShoppeThe frost will soon be on the pumpkins – thousands of them! And, the changing leaves will stage yet another dramatic and colorful curtain call on summer pleasures. Because autumn is just so gorgeous in the rolling hills and valleys of the southwestern corner of New York State, many people come to enjoy outdoor pursuits. Rest assured: Whether you’re here to camp at New York’s largest State park, take a hike or a canoe trip, or maybe just to enjoy a lazy drive in leaf peeping season, you’ll find many ways to satisfy all your appetites.

Autumn is definitely celebration time here. Historically known as the “Grape Belt of America” – it now boasts more than tens of thousands of acres of grapevines – that means grape juice and wine! All over the region, you’ll find you-pick orchards for apples and squashes, and farm stands piled high with the late crops of the growing season.

You can attend a traditional Iroquois or Oktoberfest dinner, visit the area’s most famous cheese shop, tour a working cider mill, stock up on garlic (to eat and to plant in your own garden), or just stop at a local diner for a good cup of coffee and some fresh baked goods. While you’re exploring, take a guided tour of Amish country too: you’ll enjoy delicious meals along the way. And, who knows? You may pick up a few jars of apple butter and fruit preserves, even a loaf of crusty homemade bread to perfectly complement that good bottle of local Concord wine you enjoyed at the requisite vineyard tasting.

Amish Trails – dining
Several locations – Randolph (south) to Gowanda (north)
Take a self-guided tour of Amish country; traditional home cooked meals are a definite highlight along the way

Annual Indian Foods Dinner (October)
Seneca Allegany Administration Building 
90 Ohiyo Way 
Salamanca, NY 14779
Experience pre-Colonial Iroquois dining on Seneca Nation Territory; roast turkey, venison, traditional vegetable dishes, desserts – a unique experience!

Cuba Cheese Shoppe
53 Genesee Street
Cuba, NY 14727
Vast selection of NYS cheddar cheeses & other savory delights; a truly tasty place!

Cuba Garlic Festival (September)
Empire City Farms
105 South Street (Route 305 S)
Cuba, NY 14727
Celebrate “the stinking rose” with food tastings, demos & garlic for planting

Fall Festival (October)
Village of Ellicottville 
13 Washington Street 
Ellicottville, NY 14731
Ellicottville’s oldest, largest “leaf-peeping” festival; unique foods on a lively weekend!

Grandma’s Family Kitchen
8026 Route 60
Cassadaga, NY 14718
Home style diner; breakfast & lunch daily; weekly specials, fresh baked goods

4663 E. Lake Road
Bemus Point, NY 14712
Casual, delicious dining on Chautauqua Lake

Harvest Wine Weekends I and II (November)
Lake Erie Wine Trail
12 wineries, Forestville to Ripley, NY
Celebrate the harvest with autumn fare paired with select wines

Holiday Valley Mountain Resort’s Annual Beer & Wine Festival (November)
Holiday Valley Mountain Resort 
6557 Holiday Valley Road Yodeler Lodge
Ellicottville, NY 14731
Over 30 of the best breweries & wineries + delicious seasonal local cuisine

Park Restaurant
Allegany State Park
Administration Building, 2nd floor
Salamanca, NY 14779
Open weekends year round; fish fry & Grandma’s Buffet are specialties

Pumpkinville (September & October)  
4844 Sugartown Road 
Great Valley, NY 14741
Fresh-pressed apple cider; pumpkin baked goods; grill menu (BBQ pork, chicken), chili, and more – fall family fun!

The Grape Discovery Center
8305 West Main Rd (Rt 20)
Westfield, NY 14787
A gift shop, tasting bar, and exhibits that tell the story of 150 years of grape growing in the Lake Erie region 

Winery of Ellicottville 
14 Monroe Street 
Ellicottville, NY 14731
Quality wine from local grapes; offers tours, samples, events

Zoar Valley Fall Hike (October)
Catt Rafting Adventures 
241 Palmer Rd. 
Gowanda, NY 14070
Following a scenic (and guided) hike, enjoy a tasty Oktoberfest meal, complete with sauerkraut, bratwurst, sausage, hot cider and other fine trimmings.

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