Harvest is an exciting time. It marks the end of the growing season.
The weather changes from hot and steamy to cool, fresh air with light breezes and we are ready to put on our favorite sweater.
It's when we enjoy seeing the changing colors of the leaves which is one of the most beautiful pictures that nature paints for us.
And it's a time when many areas have festivals to celebrate the final harvesting of the crops and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Here is a list of a few festivals being held in September in Colorado, Virginia, Texas, and Niagara, New York and Canada. Join in the fun if you are in the area.
Grapevine GrapeFest (Texas) September 16-19
This is the largest wine festival in the southwest with local music artists performing.
Colorado Winefest September 16-19
Enjoy a terrific food and wine fest with Top Chefs' Kelly Liken of Vail, Colorado. The festival will be in the Rocky Mountain town of Palisade. There will be demonstrations, seminars and special VIP events. Make plans early for this fun weekend.
Niagara Wine Festival (Canada/New York) September 17-26
This weeklong festival is the perfect time for a short vacation. Enjoy wine tours and seminars, local Niagara cuisine and one of Canada's largest street parade.
Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival (Virginia) September 25-26
Visit Stratford for the weekend and enjoy live music, local foods like Southern barbecue and fresh crab cakes all served up with Virginia's terrific wines.