Here’s a look at what’s happening in the South Sound this week.
CIDER SWIG FESTIVAL
The Cider Swig Greater Peninsula Cider Festival will be noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor.
The one-day event features hard ciders from more than two dozen cideries. Each cidery is expected to serve a few ciders.
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Event admission is free for all activities except for the cider garden and cider sales area. Cider garden admission is $35 at the door and includes five tasting tokens and access to a wide range of activities. Those entering the cider garden must be 21 or older.
A children’s area will host entertainment, and there will be live music and food from local food trucks. The event is hosted by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and proceeds will benefit foundation programs and other community endeavors. For more information, visit gigharborfoundation.org/cider-swig or call 253-514-6338.
September is the anniversary month for Toscanos Italian Grill in Puyallup, and in celebration of its 12th year in business, the Italian restaurant is handing out $12 bonus cards when a guest spends more than $20 at the restaurant. Those bonus cards are redeemable from Oct. 1-Dec. 30 (with some restrictions). Also happening this month are Seahawks-inspired dishes added to the Sunday brunch menu, which the restaurant started serving in June.
Find Toscanos at 437 29th St. NE, Puyallup; 253-864-8600, toscanospuyallup.com.
The Harmon Restaurant and Brewery in downtown Tacoma will host a week’s worth of Oktoberfest events beginning Monday. The event includes $3 German Hamburger Night (Tuesday); Bratwurst Night (Wednesday) and bring-your-own-mug (up to 24 ounces) Sept. 30.
Thursday will be a special event beginning at 6 p.m. A paired Oktoberfest brew dinner will feature a cheese plate; a harvest salad; beer-and-cheese soup with a fresh-baked beer pretzel, a hearty lentil-cranberry-walnut-goat cheese salad with roasted carrots, a country pork sausage terrine and apple kuchen. Each course will be paired with a Harmon beer, including seasonals and special-edition brews. Cost for the dinner is $40 per person or $70 per couple. Call 253-383-2739 for reservations. Find the restaurant at 1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.
OYSTERFEST IS UNDERWAY
Oysterfest has arrived at C.I. Shenanigans on Tacoma’s Ruston waterfront. Lunch and dinner specials include a wide range of raw and cooked oyster specials. Featured oysters include Minter Sweet, Dabob, Shinsei and Miyagi.
Raw oysters on-the-half-shell range from $14.95-$19.95 for a half dozen to $22.95-$28.95 for a dozen. Oysters also will be served Rockefeller, casino and barbecue style ($15.95-$22.95). Lunch specials include oyster po’ boys ($13.95); pan-fried oysters ($17.95) and oyster sliders ($11.95). Dinner specials include oyster-stuffed dover sole ($23.95); oysters and grits ($19.95) and poached seafood salad with oysters ($22.95).
Find the restaurant at 3017 Ruston Way, Tacoma; 253-752-8811 or cishenanigans.com.
PACIFIC BREWING ANNIVERSARY
The downtown Tacoma brewery Pacific Brewing and Malting will have a party celebrating its second anniversary beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will include food, beer and giveaways. All ages are welcome. Find the brewery at 610 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-383-2337 or pacificbrewingandmalting.com.