Falling in the fall with apple harvest festival

As I approached the Commons, the harmonic violin melody greeted me at the entrance to the Commons. This was just the beginning of the 39th annual Apple Harvest Festival, which takes place at Ithaca Commons from Friday October 1 to Sunday October 3 this year. Throughout the House of Commons, the smell of apple cider, kettle popcorn and fried food permeated the air and mingled with wet rain. This was my first Apple Fest experience and it just encouraged me to visit each stall to check out the candy apples and local goodies brought in by the merchants.

The main area of ​​the House of Commons focused solely on apple products such as homemade applesauce, apple donuts, and local cider. My first stop was the apple crumble booth, which already had a line around the tent. For $7 I was able to get a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, garnished with a warm scoop of apples – I wasn’t disappointed. The first bite is filled with applesauce and cinnamon, mixed with apple crumbs, and all finished with cold vanilla ice cream. The addiction was an understatement. Within a few minutes, I was able to finish the entire bowl, which made me crave even more.

The Apple Harvest Festival, known as Apple Fest, was held October 1 through October 3, 2021, in Ithaca Commons and on side streets. (Hannah Rosenberg/Sun Photography Editor)

I proceeded to peruse the arts and crafts stalls, where local vendors were selling a variety of products such as eco-friendly T-shirts, flavored peanut butter, and crystals. On the other side was a section full of food carts, dedicated to selling hot meals like Silo’s famous macaroni and cheese, potato pancakes and pumpkin cake.

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