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Morning Call: Apple Days in Bethlehem: Our Pick for Delicious Fun

September 4th, 2019 |

Written by Jennifer Sheehan for The Morning Call

Apples can, of course, take on many delicious forms.

Consider: Apple-cider doughnuts, crumb-top apple pies, apple dumplings and caramel-drizzled apples.

If all that sounds good to you, then you’ll want to head out to the sixth annual Apple Days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8 at Bethlehem’s Burnside Plantation. Apple Days promises to be full of family fun, with activities such as apple bobbing, kids crafts and activities, cooking and colonial demonstrations, barn and house tours, live music, culinary contests, doughnut-eating contests, and everything apple.

Speaking of apples, here are just some of the highlights of what you’ll be able to enjoy:

Stop by the Dessert Tent: You can also pre-order freshly baked desserts to take home including: crumb-top apple pie, apple dumplings, apple strudel, apple cider donuts (1/2 dozen), jumbo apple muffins, as well as fall mums.

Prices, order info:

See how big your stomach is: Go head-to-head at the Donut-Eating Contest for kids and adults, noon Saturday and Sunday. Spots are limited so be sure to sign up at the info booth.

Baking battle: Bring your best baking recipe and compete in the annual culinary contest for kids or adults. The adult culinary contest will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 and the Kids Under 15 Culinary Contest will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 8. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place winners. Register online by Sept. 5. Registration does not include festival admission.

Apple Days will also feature live performances on the community stage from the Saucon Valley Panther Players, Yingling and Porter on Tap, Barrel House Brothers, Bethlehem Area School District Music Groups, John Brown and the Hachets, Hometown Fiddlers, and live storytelling by Denise McCormack. You can also check out the plein-air painters from Bethlehem Palette Club and the Lehigh Art Alliance as they live-paint the beauty of Burnside Plantation throughout the weekend.

The event is also a great opportunity to learn something new. A good example: at 1 p.m. Sept. 8 you can watch folks from the Ornithea House of Flowers demonstrate how to create a fall wreath.

Parking: Free parking, shuttle buses available at the former BonTon in the Westgate Mall.

How much: $5 for adults ages 18 and over, and free for children 17 and under.

Info: Call 1-800-360-TOUR or visit



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