One of our favorite things to do while traveling is to check out the local festivals, especially ones that have a particularly local flavor. So we were happy to learn that a local orchard was having their 18th Annual Apple Harvest Celebration.
Showalter’s Orchard is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. It is covers approximately 40 acres with breathtaking views of the Valley. They grow, press, and bottle their own apple cider (hard and sweet) on the premises.
Each October they celebrate the apple harvest with music, crafts, and food. While we were there, a local blues band, Little Walter and the Convictions, were playing. They were quite good. There were also wonderful meal choices from some local food trucks. We had fresh baked pizza with hand made ice cream for dessert.
But clearly the best part of the event was the views from the orchard, which is located on top of a large hill overlooking the valley below. It was a splendid venue. And the cider was tasty, too.