WHEREIN WE DISH UP CENTRAL PA’S TOP EVENTS
Extraordinary Give 2015
Lancaster’s Extraordinary Give event is your chance to give back to the community. The event benefits 365 local nonprofit organizations. Last year’s event brought in more $4 million. The 24-hour online giving marathon culminates at the Lancaster Marriott and Lancaster County Convention Center in downtown Lancaster on November 20 from 5 p.m.-12 a.m. with a live finale event curated by Atomic Designs of Rock Lititz. The event features more than a half-dozen local bands, including Los Monstros, Vinegar Creek Constituency and Mama Tried, a cash bar and giving stations. Make your donation at ExtraGive.org.
Sweetest Pint Tasting Tour
What goes great with beer? Anything. Pumpkins? Why not? Fall means pumpkin-flavored errything. The Sweetest Pint tasting tour takes place in downtown York on November 7 from 2-6 p.m.The walking tour sponsored by The Beer Ace features local establishments, including Baron Von Schwein, DiCarlo’s, Roburrito’s and more, all pairing pumpkin-inspired small plates with samples of craft beer.
Tickets are $40 and are going fast, so get yours now. This event has been sold-out. Tickets to the Sweetest Pint tasting tours always go fast, so make sure to to get yours for the beer and chocolate pairing event on March 26, 2016 now. Tickets are available here.
Wine Just Off the Vine
Sample some of Central PA’s best wines at the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail’s annual Wine Just off the Vine event taking place during the weekends of November 14-15 and 21-22 from 12-5 p.m. Enjoy a wine-tasting session at all of the 18 participating locations as well as 10 percent off all beverage purchases and a souvenir wine glass. New for 2015 is the scavenger hunt. Pick up a game sheet at any Wine Trail location and compete for a chance to win the grand prize. Visit the website for more details, including a list of participating locations and ticket information.
Flavors of York
Start the month off in style at the Flavors of York event at the Yorktowne Hotel in York on
November 1 from 5:30-9 p.m. The event benefits local nonprofits and features live music, a silent auction and food and drink from two dozen York-based restaurants, caterers, bakeries and beverage-makers including Tutoni’s, The Handsome Cab, Mi Caldero, Mezzogiorno, Essan Thai and more.
LNP Media Group Food & Spirits Festival
The fifth annual Food & Spirits Festival takes place on November 21-22 at the Lancaster
Convention Center in downtown Lancaster. The festival showcases some of the finest local and national restaurants, food vendors, distilleries, craft breweries and vineyards. Guests can sample food and spirits at more than 50 sampling stations as well as attend cooking demonstrations and seminars with Chef Nicholas Elmi – chef and owner of the Philadelphia-based Restaurant Laurel and winner of season 11 of Bravo’s Top Chef – and mixologist Chris Chamberlain – winner of the 2013 Iron Mixologist competition.
Just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. The first of three Hibrewnation beer festivals takes place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on November 21. (The other two festivals take place in Gettysburg on January 16 and in York on February 20.) There are two tasting sessions available during the event – a VIP session takes place from 12-2 p.m. and a general admission session runs from 2-5 p.m. The event features a lineup of local and national breweries pouring a curated selection of more than 90 different craft beers, including some rare and hard-to-find beers. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.
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Movember Jameson Shave-Off
Annie Bailey’s, Lancaster
Dudes, show your support for Men’s Health month by letting your beard and
mustache run free. But first, shave it all off so you can start fresh. The Movember Jameson Shave-Off with The Black Comb barber shop takes place at Annie Bailey’s in Lancaster and helps to raise money benefitting prostate and testicular
Gobble Gobble Gobble Food Drive
The Depot, York
What’s better than rocking out for a good cause? $10, or $5 plus a can of food, gets you a ticket to dance to the rhythms of a great lineup of DJs, including Chuck Luv, Durty Loose, EZRK, Eyes Wide Equal, Gorilla Smack and MC Akira. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m.
Lancaster Story Slam
They say everybody has a great story to tell and at the Lancaster Story Slam competition – held at Tellus360 on the fourth Tuesday of every month – there’s been some great ones. The first season of the Slam has featured stories about embarrassing moments, horror stories, bad jobs, road trips and guilty pleasures. This month is the grand slam event featuring the winners of the previous months’ events all competing for the title of Best Storyteller in Lancaster. You’re going to want to see how this one ends.
Odd Ones Bizarre
The Millworks, Harrisburg
This isn’t your Grandma’s craft fair, unless your Grandma is super hip. Get some holiday shopping done early at the community bazaar that has been going on for a decade. Check out work from local artists including the artists that work out of The Millworks studios from
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
What events are you excited about this month? Let us know…