The pandemic may have forced the cancellation of the annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, but the good eats will go on all month long in this coastal Pumpkin Capital.
Enjoy some seasonal dishes at the local restaurants, then — full, and full of inspiration — stop at a pumpkin patch to buy a few for home cooking or decorating. Want to make it a mini-vacation? If you mention “Great Pumpkin Getaway” at any one of 11 local hotels, you’ll receive a bottle of wine and discounts at local pumpkin farms; details at VisitHalfMoonBay.org.
Here are some menu highlights:
— At It’s Italia, a Main Street restaurant, you can start with Farmer John’s Pumpkin Festival Salad, which showcases the local grower’s pumpkins (the Cinderella variety) with greens, smoked gouda, avocado and toasted pumpkins seeds, then move on to a main course of Pumpkin Ravioli or the appropriately named Highway 92 Pizza, topped with shaved pumpkin (the Sugar Pie variety), cider-caramelized onions, honey-mustard bacon, cheese and herbs. For dessert, there’s Maile’s Butter Crust Pumpkin Pie.
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— Sam’s Chowder House is featuring Pumpkin Gnocchi with a brown butter and sage sauce and dishing up Lobster Bisque with the Red Kuri variety of pumpkin and Pumpkin Ice Cream. The Pumpkin Time Cocktail blends Absolut Vanilla, Rumchata, Sailor Jerry Rum, pumpkin puree and pumpkin-seed simple syrup.
— Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. has released its annual special, Pumpkin Harvest Ale, and they’re serving it on the patio with Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Cheesecake and other squash dishes.
— In nearby Pescadero, the goat cheese folks at Harley Farms are selling their seasonal Pumpkin-Spice Fromage Blanc.
— And if you’re one of those people who used to arrive early on festival weekends for the pancake feed, head to the Half Moon Bay Coffee Company for Pumpkin Pancakes with honey-pecan syrup.
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment