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What do you call a weekend on Nantucket dedicated to all things pig, cooking, and beer? Hogtoberfest, of course. Chef Michael LaScola of the island’s American Seasons restaurant and chef Matt Jennings of Providence’s La Laiterie team up for this fourth annual event celebrating whole-animal carving and dining. The weekend opens with “This Little Piggy,” a back-of-house, head-to-tail carving demo ($25) that teaches how to harvest and use each part of the animal. Enjoy a beer and charcuterie tasting ($30), pork-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres ($15), Saturday night a la carte pork menu, and Sunday’s “Ode to Pork,” a hog-heavy multicourse meal paired with American Seasons’ craft beer and small-production, all-American wines. ($100) Reservations required.  508-228-7111,  


Lace up your walking shoes and hike to the 11th annual Heritage Walks, Oct. 13-14, sponsored by the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area in partnership with other regional organizations. Choose from 20 free interpretive and educational guided tours that celebrate the historic, cultural, scenic, and natural heritage of the upper Housatonic River watershed area, from Kent, Conn., to Lanesborough, Mass. Led by historians, naturalists, and environmentalists, the tours include nature walks and trail hikes in recreational areas, ruins that were once thriving industrial sites, historic estate gardens and town districts, and behind-the-scenes tours of historical and cultural venues including the Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-394-9773, 


The first annual Food Truck Throwdown pits seven food trucks from Boston against seven from New York, all battling for the Best Food Truck title. Join the fun in Dewey Square on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Festivities include live music, great eats, and celebrity judges including Jenny Johnson of NECN’s TV Diner. Admission is free but bring your wallet to sample all the tasty food.  



In October, Perillo Tours debuts its new 10-day food and wine trip designed to celebrate Italy’s rich culinary reputation. Mangia e Bevi combines the exploration of regional Italian cuisines with visits to UNESCO heritage attractions. Guests stay in Rome, Siena, and Bologna and visit Chianti, San Gimignano, Florence, Parma, and Modena. Visit a Parmigiano cheese factory, sample prosciutto in a Parma ham factory, and taste wine in Tuscan vineyards. Oct. 11-Feb. 14, from $2,490 per person, double occupancy, includes first-class accommodations, airport transfers, most meals, and more.  800-431-1515,  


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Nothing evokes the fall season better than brightly colored foliage and sweet maple syrup. Experience both at Madava Farms, in Dutchess County, N.Y., home of Crown Maple Syrup. This 800-acre farm, lush with 25,000 century-old sugar and red maple trees, boasts a state-of-the-art sugarhouse with its own master syrup sommelier. On Oct. 13, attend the grand opening of the new visitors center that features a tasting room and The Farm Stand, a cafe and food market stocked with produce from an on-property vegetable garden. (Weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) Tour the farm and maple production facility, and partake of a tasting event (noon-4) showcasing artisan companies that use Crown. Free. 845-877-0640,


Eating out can be difficult for people with food sensitivities or allergies. “Let’s Eat Out! Allergy Free Passport” is a how-to guide on avoiding problems while dining out. It provides a full range of allergy information about seven popular cuisines (American, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican, and Thai), including ingredients and preparations, and details the 10 most prevalent food allergens: gluten, wheat, corn, dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy, and tree nuts. You’ll find more than 175 menu items, 200 breakfast and beverage suggestions, 300 questions to ask and how to say them in specific languages, 130 snack and light meal ideas, and hundreds of tips $24.95. Gluten- and allergy-free dining apps for Android and iOS devices, $1.99-$2.99.  


Kurgo, a manufacturer of pet travel and safety products, recently unleashed its Stowe Collection. Each pet travel piece is made of a dura-suede material, and is waterproof, washable, and stain-resistant. The booster seat ($70) can be used in front or rear car seats, and is perfect for a pup weighing up to 30 pounds. The shoulder bag ($80) allows Fifi to be carried in comfort. Protect your dog and car with the plush hammock seat protector ($100) or indulge Fido with a cozy quilted fleece and dura-suede jacket ($16).