Ciderfest & Other Weekend Possibilities

Cider donuts Cider donuts are back, as is the Ciderfest, at the Louisburg Cider Mill this weekend. (Jonathan Bender I Flatland)

Update: Ciderfest has been postponed because of the weather. It’s been rescheduled for next Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14. The Louisburg Cider Mill hosts Ciderfest on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Louisburg, Kansas. You can watch cider being pressed, eat apple cider donuts,or get a caramel apple. This is an eating and drinking festival, as Louisburg also makes Lost Trail Soda. Ciderfest is free to attend. There’s also a pumpkin patch and corn maze with a $10 admission fee.

Novel (1927 McGee St.) hosts a First Friday Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu will include an heirloom tomato gazpacho, calamari, a halibut filet o’ fish and a house banh mi made with braised pork belly and liver mousse. You can make a reservation at 816-221-0785.

Pike’s Place (1914 NE 72nd St.) is a new donut shop in Gladstone, Missouri. They do old-fashioned and long john donuts and the shop is open from 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Update: This event has been reschedule for next Sunday, Oct. 14. Urbavore (5500 Bennington Ave., Kansas City, Kansas) hosts a potluck dinner and party from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. During Hogs at Sunset, you can take a tour of the farm where they raise pigs, tend to an onsite orchard, and grow fruits and vegetables. You can also drink some Crane Brewing Co. beer and enjoy dessert crepes from Seven Swans Creperie. It’s potluck, so you’re asked to bring a dish and compostable plates and utensils.

The KC Japan Festival is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Carlsen Center inside Johnson County Community College (12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas). See a Japanese candy artist, a Cosplay fashion show, a traditional tea ceremony, learn calligraphy, or check out Japanese snacks and bento boxes.

How do you like them apples? Do you want them in your butter, your cider or maybe your dumplings? The 30th annual Applefest is in Weston on Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). There’s a parade with antique cars at 10 a.m. Saturday, craft vendors, apple butter made fresh over a fire, and pony rides and pumpkin painting. It’s a $1 donation for adults, while kids under 15 years old get in free. The Weston Wine Company (540 Main St.) offers wine flights paired with mini apple treats (cupcakes, caramel apples and crumble).

On your way back from Applefest, you can stop by Vox Vineyards (19310 NW Farley Hampton Road). The winery is hosting a Grand Tasting ($45) at 2 p.m. Sunday with small plates and a focus on wines from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region in France.

Eat your way across the metro in one place. The third annual Country Brunch, a benefit for No Kid Hungry, is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the 28 Event Space (1300 W. 28th St.). Dine on food from Rye, Port Fonda, Affäre, Dolce Bakery, Trezo Mare, Brookside Poultry Company; and brunch-appropriate cocktails (mixologists will make cocktails, but you can also make your own at the mimosa bar). General admission tickets ($85) and VIP tickets ($125) are still available.

There’s a patio party at Ça Va (4149 Pennsylvania Ave.) featuring Lee Meisel, the owner and chef behind Leeway Franks in Lawrence, Kansas. The dinner ($50) at 6 p.m. Sunday, which includes two glasses of sparkling wine or “yard beer,” is themed around Indigenous Peoples’ Day. There will be rabbit pozole, bison sausage with fried wild rice, and seed cookies. The event is rain or shine.

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This post has been updated to reflect the rescheduling of the hogs at sunset party at Urbavore and Ciderfest. 


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