'Tis the season for harvest festivals, but while plenty of events highlight apples, pumpkins and hayrides for chubby-cheeked cherubs, the celebration at Colchester's Mead Hall has a rather different tone. There, patrons sip mead from horn tankards, gnaw on ox shoulder and sup on bottomless bowls of soup. There are table games, too.
Harvest Fest: Saturday, September 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Colchester's Mead Hall. Price of drinks (and tankards). Info, 497-2345, colchestermeadhall.com.
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Stowe Oktoberfest: It makes sense to celebrate an Alpine festival amid Vermont's highest mountains. Expect oompah bands, Bavarian foods and local beer. Friday, September 29, through Sunday, October 1; hours vary. Mayo Events Field, Stowe. $5-10. Info, 760-9050, stowerotary.com.
Collaborative Dinner: Jim McCarthy, head chef of the Inn at Shelburne Farms, teams up with chef/owner Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, N.H., for a special dinner. Monday, October 2; 6 p.m., reception; 7 p.m., dinner; the Inn at Shelburne Farms. $125. Info, 985-8498, shelburnefarms.org.