As our best of everything Fall in the ‘burgh series continues, we move from pumpkins, to candles, to perhaps the most versatile fall contender of them all. Whether made into a hot and delicious cider, used in a warm and tasty pie, or becoming nice and ripe for picking, apples will forever remain one of our fall faves! 

Apple Picking – Soergel Orchards 

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Tracing its history back to as early as 1850, Soergel Orchards farm now consists of 450 acres in different locations in Allegheny and Butler counties. Due to Covid-19 the Wexford location had to cancel their annual fall festival but we are excited to hear they are allowing apple picking for the remaining days of the season! The apple orchard will be open with a limited number of guests permitted and the wearing of masks as well as social distanicng is required. The apple fun doesn’t stop there, on Saturdays and Sundays the Outdoors Farmers Market will be open offering apple pies, candy apples, and apple cider. 

Hard Apple Cider – Arsenal Cider House 

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Establishing itself as a Pittsburgh staple during the last ten years, Arsenal Cider House was the  first cidery in Western Pennsylvania and the first to sell wine in “beer kegs” and growlers in the state. Since then, Arsenal Cider has been a vital influence in the rise in popularity of the craft hard cider industry. Arsenal has a host of hard apple ciders that apple lovers can enjoy, from the off-dry Fighting Elleck, the semi-sweet amber flavors of Archibalds Ado to the classic Pickett Bone Dry Cider. All ciders are available to enjoy at the Lawrenceville’s location’s cider garden as well as for pick-up. 

Gourmet Apples – Applelicious 

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Applelicious located in Carnegie, PA is serving up deliciously gourmet apples with their own unique twist. These offerings include the Peanut Butter Blast apple covered in sweet caramel and luscious chocolate and smothered in peanut butter morsels topped with frosty peanut butter chocolate drizzle. Not a peanut butter lover? There’s plenty of other flavors to choose from; chocolate lovers paradise, undressed plain, roasted cashew, and roasted pecan. Gourmet apple orders can be submitted in-store, online, and are perfect for special occasions all year round but especially during the fall season. 

Apple Cocktails – Downtown Fall Cocktail Trail

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The Pittsburgh City Paper and the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership have partnered up with 16 downtown restaurants to offer crisp cocktails and autumn food pairings for dine-in and takeout in The Downtown Fall Cocktail Trail. The cocktails being offered have all our favorite elements of the fall season but most importantly apples! Enjoy an Apple Chai Margarita at August Henry’s Saloon, pop over to McCormick & Schmick’s for an Apple Cinnamon Mojito, and try a Not Your Mama’s Apple Pie at The Simple Greek. The full list of participating restaurants and cocktails can be found here and are available until this Sunday, October 25th. 

Apple Pie – The Pie Place 

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Listed among the best places to get pie in the ‘Burgh by several publications, The Pie Place located in the South Hills has rightfully earned its name. Selling an array of freshly baked fruit and cream pies such as peach raspberry, strawberry rhubarb, banana cream, and lemon meringue, but the quintessential classic and dutch apple pies remain the best choices. Pies can be purchased individually in store as well as wholesale. 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Rebecca Hansborough

Rebecca is a Pittsburgh transplant of five years with experience in content writing, social media management, public relations, web editing, and much more. Her passion for food inspired her to create an Instagram based food blog that shares a combination of local cuisine and homemade meals. When she’s not focusing on food, she also enjoys the Pittsburgh arts and entertainment scene, from Broadway shows, music festivals, to gallery crawls. She is excited to share her love for all things Pittsburgh with future readers!

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