An Apple a Day Keeps the Rain Away

By Patty Wetli | Sunday, September 23, 2012

Perfect day for an Apple Fest. Credit: Patty Wetli

After a scorcher of a summer, you can forgive Chicagoans their surprise that fall actually has arrived. What better way to celebrate the crisper temperatures than Lincoln Square’s 25th Annual Apple Fest, held Saturday.

“It was an absolutely beautiful, picture-perfect day,” said Patrick Foerster, manager of the Chopping Block (4747 N. Lincoln Ave.).

The Chopping Block’s mile-high slices of apple pie are a perennial favorite with festival goers and this year was no exception. According to Foerster, a team of six assembled 215 pies, starting on the dough nearly a week in advance, and none of it went to waste. “We did run out of pie a little early,” he told Center Square Journal, having scaled back production in anticipation of a “weather issue” that never materialized.

Instead, the sun shone through a cloudless sky as kids slid down the giant inflatable stationed near Lawrence Avenue, musicians performed in Giddings Plaza and fruit vendors served up apple cider. Said Foerster, “There was a lot of good energy.”

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