Favorite Fall Foods

Autumn Delights from Apple Picking to Fall Festivals

Favorite fall foods: pumpkin pies, candy apples, and more!
••• Image courtesy of The Bakery at Sullivan University

During the autumn months, when the temperature finally cool from the sweltering summer months, it is the perfect time to open the windows (after all those months of being sealed in with air conditioning) and go for long walks in Louisville's lovely parks. If you haven't yet, try strolling the Big Four Bridge over the Ohio River. Plus, if you are like me, it's time to switch from ice cream treats to hot beverages, donuts, and other fall delights.

Fall is the season for apple pies and pumpkin lattes. Sound good? Here are some ideas on where to get your favorite fall food fix in and around Louisville, KY.

Go Apple Pickin'!

One of the many advantages of living in lovely Louisville is our proximity to working farms. Just a short drive and you will be surrounded by the green of Indiana or Kentucky land. This is a huge advantage when you are seeking out a fun family outing that culminates in fresh, delicious food. Visit an area farm to pick apples, pumpkins, gourds, and jellies. From there, you can whip up your own fall treat, or buy one of the many pies and cakes available at the farms. Yes, they have markets and bakeries at the farms too. There are some great​ options worth checking out. 

Visit a Coffee Shop

A warm beverage on a cool fall morning is a cozy way to enter the winter season. The best coffee shops in Louisville serve up seasonal favorites throughout autumn.

Think pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pie lattes, an all sorts of baked goods (there are especially good baked items at Please & Thank You in Nulu). Coffee shops are great places to meet a friend and catch up or bring a laptop and get some work done.

Fall Specialty Desserts 

Many bakeries specialize in seasonal deserts.

This is true at The Bakery at Sullivan University. Chef Robin Richardson adds several items unique to her autumnal menu. Think pumpkin cupcakes, caramel apple pie and a popular pumpkin roulade. The items are available only in fall and while supplies last. Customers are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their selections. While the treats range in price, they are all affordable. For instance, A pumpkin cupcake is less than $3 and a full pumpkin cheesecake is around $20. Prices low enough for you to take home some treats for the whole family! Below is a list of what has been served in the past, of course, selections vary. 

  • Pumpkin roulade 
  • Pumpkin cupcakes 
  • Salted caramel trifle 
  • Caramel apple pie 
  • Pumpkin pie 
  • Pumpkin cheesecake 
  • Caramel apple cheesecake 

Wondering when you can stop by for your pumpkin pie? The Bakery at Sullivan University hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested, call (502) 452-1210 or visit TheBakeryofLouisville.com for an updated list of selections and a possible change in when the bakery is open for business.

Attend a Fall Festival

From art fairs to free Halloween festivities, there are many fall festivals in and around Louisville.

And the timing makes sense, autumn months are the perfect time to spend time outside. Although I can't guarantee what will be on the menu at each fall festival, there is nearly always food, especially of the seasonal variety. If you are not finding the fresh foods you are looking for—because it is true many festivals are heavy on corn dogs and funnel cakes—venture out to an area farmers market. A side stop at a farmers market will ensure you return home with a market bag of fresh produce. The Bardstown Road Farmers' Market is a favorite, and if you head down to the Flea Off Market, you'll find a plethora of food along with live music and vintage treasures.