Yeah, it’s felt like summer lately. But autumn — in all its apple glory — is in full swing at two area orchards: Rittman and Bauman, both in Wayne County.

The apple-growing operations are about a 10-minute drive apart and both offer fall festivals with you-pick apples, food, music and other activities.

In Doylestown, Rittman Orchards and its year-old Bent Ladder hard cidery continue Fall Festival Weekends each Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 15. In Rittman, Bauman Orchards’ Fall Festival continues for two more Saturdays.

The heat has an upside for the apple crop, said Chris Vodraska, part of the family that bought Rittman Orchards in 2004: “Heat stress makes the sugar production higher — they taste great.”

He did note that the warmer nights have meant apples “don’t always color as well … They like the cool nights.”

Here are some more morsels about each orchard’s fest:

•?Bauman Orchards’ Fall Festival runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Oct. 7 at 161 Rittman Ave. in Rittman.

Food offerings include hot dogs, homemade caramel apples, kettle corn and doughnuts. Cider is substituted for water in the cake doughnuts, which are made on the premises, said Dianna Bauman. “They’re worth the drive,” she said.

She manages the orchard’s farm market, which is open year-round selling apples and other produce, locally raised Angus beef, eggs, Amish cheese, baked goods and more.

Other activities include live music, pony rides, a hay maze, petting zoo and wagon rides.

Bauman Orchards, which grows 25 different varieties of apples, was founded in 1929. Third-generation owner and sales manager Doug Bauman is married to Dianna. Doug’s brother Bill Bauman is orchard manager.

For more about the business and the Fall Festival, go to www.baumanorchards.com and click on “Events.” Phone is 330-925-6861. Bauman Orchards is closed Sundays.

• For Rittman Orchards’ festival, find a schedule for all three weekends (Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 7-8 and 14-15) at http://rittmanorchards.com. Rittman Orchards is at 13548 Mount Eaton Road (state Route 94) in Doylestown.

This Saturday, food trucks Quite Frank and Scott’s Fire & Ice will be on hand. See the schedule for a listing of trucks that will roll in for other festival days.

There’s live music Saturday evenings at the Bent Ladder hard cidery, on the orchard grounds, as well as live music during the day each Saturdays and Sundays.

Bent Ladder celebrated its first anniversary this month, and is offering seven hard ciders — all made with apples from the 125-acre Rittman Orchards — as well as seven wines (reds and whites). The wine debuted in August. The grapes “are straight out of our vineyard,” Chris Vodraska noted.

There will be activities each day, including an origami art demonstration from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The year-round Rittman Orchards farm market offers apples, other produce, baked goods and more. Phone is 330-925-4152. Rittman Orchards is closed Mondays.

Treno begins to chug

Treno Ristorante, the new Italian restaurant in the old Erie Railroad station in Kent, has had what co-owner Michael Awad calls “a soft opening.”

The menu has not yet been firmed up, and it is closing between 2 and 5 p.m. each day, Awad said. A grand opening will be held in late October.

Awad, who owns Laziza and other restaurants in the Kent area, teamed up with others, including pro golfer Ben Curtis and Kent developer Ron Burbick, to open Treno in the space at 152 Franklin Ave. that housed the Pufferbelly restaurant, which closed at the end of last year.

Treno’s owners have significantly renovated the former train station, which dates to 1875 and is owned by the Kent Historical Society. We’ll have more in next week’s Akron Dish column.

During the soft opening, hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone is 330-676-5139.

‘Halloween Horrors’

Canton native, chef and food sculptor Steve Baity will duke it out — carve it out? — with other food artists to create a Halloween display on the Food Network’s new Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror. The series will premiere Oct. 2.

On Sunday, the Akron/Canton chapter of the American Culinary Federation will present him with its Chef of the Year award at a sold-out dinner.

This spring, Baity, a 1999 graduate of McKinley High School in Canton, became director of culinary operations at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. He works for AVI Foodsystems Inc. Previously, he was executive chef at Mount Union University in Alliance.

He’s a Food Network veteran: In 2015, his team on Christmas Cake Wars won the grand prize.

Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror, Food Network says on its website, will feature teams of master food artists working in cake, sugar, and “a whole lot of carved pumpkin.” They will create “terrifying Halloween displays” for three episodes, with one team taking home $15,000 each episode.

Veggie U in Cleveland

The Veggie U fundraiser, to raise money for classroom nutrition/gardening education programs in 36 states, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the 925 Building (the former Huntington Bank Building) at 925 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Cost is $125. For tickets, go to www.veggieu.org/food-wine-gala-2017 or call 440-774-8344.

This year, the nonprofit, headquartered in Oberlin, is providing Veggie U classroom gardens to 84 third-grade and special needs classrooms in Akron Public Schools. In April, the Akron Community Foundation, through the Polsky Fund, provided a grant to underwrite a portion of the costs for the Akron district program.

German-American Day

For the first time, the general public is invited to celebrate German-American Day at the German Family Society, 3871 Ranfield Road, Brimfield Township. Previously, the event had only been open to club members.

The German-American Day/Dance/Schlachfest this year will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 7, with homemade sausages, goulash, spaetzle, butter potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans, salad and rolls.

Polka musician Fred Ziwich and his band will entertain from around 7:45 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. German Family Society dance groups will perform during band breaks.

The nonmember price for the dinner is $20. Call 330-335-8985 or 330-633-3949 or see www.germanfamilysociety.com for details.

Trivia: In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed Oct. 6 as National German American Day. The holiday commemorates the date in 1683 when German families landed in Philadelphia. They later founded Germantown, Pa.

Cancellation

This Saturday’s Shakespeare-themed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” dinner at the Akron Civic Theatre has been canceled.

The pop-up dinner had been planned by Cultivate — the team of Rick Carson, chef and owner of Nosh Eatery & Catering in Hudson, and David Holland, chef and owner of Copper Pot Catering, also in Hudson.

A Facebook post cited “medical emergencies” and said to “stay tuned for the revised date.”

The Civic is handling ticket refunds.

Real nice clambakes

• Chef Louis Prpich, owner of the Chowder House Cafe at 2028 Chestnut Blvd. in Cuyahoga Falls, will host his ninth annual clambake Oct. 8.

It will run from 2 to 5 p.m. and diners will get chowder, fresh middleneck clams, half a roasted chicken, a baked yam and local corn on the cob. Cost is $35. Add a whole lobster for $15 and another dozen clams for $12.

Reservations only. Call 330-794-7102.

• Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern, 8960 Wilcox Drive in Twinsburg is hosting a clambake from 4 to 7 p.m. every Sunday through Nov. 19.

The menu, in addition to clams, includes sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, red skin potatoes, roasted chicken with a maple and mustard glaze and apple cobbler.

Cost is $29 for ages 13 or older. Prices for younger children vary.

For reservations, call (330) 486-2583.

Reminders

• Papa Joe’s, 1561 Akron-Peninsula Road in the Merriman Valley, will host a five-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. Friday. The dinner is dubbed “Germany: Classics and New Wave Offerings.” Cost is $85. Call 330-923-7999 for reservations.

• The Something Russian Festival at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Suffield Township runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4. There will be Russian and ethnic food, music, dancing, tours of the church and more. Go to www.somethingrussian.com for information. St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is at 755 S. Cleveland Ave., at state Route 532 and U.S. Route 224.

• The Ido Bar & Grill’s Oktoberfest menu will run Sept. 18 through Oct. 7.

The Ido is at 1537 S. Main St. at Ido Avenue. Call 330-773-1724 or go to www.idobar.com.

• The OPEN M nonprofit will offer a free Networking Extravaganza 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11, featuring samples from local food and beverage vendors. Tours of the facility — including Summit County’s largest free medical clinic — will be offered at 941 Princeton St. near Akron’s Summit Lake, south of downtown.

For questions, call 330-434-0110, ext. 409.

Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or kbyard@thebeaconjournal.com. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com.