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The Weekend in WNY: Where Iron, Post and cider meet

Is there any way to tie together a crucially important food-focused fundraiser, a concert by one of the world's hottest hip-hop artists and a hard-cider tasting celebrating the region's best? Not really, other than in this Buffalo event rundown below.

Daniel Tracy's Iron Event IX leads the weekend charge for two reasons: first and foremost, the desperate need for an effective treatment for the crippling disease, but also the participation of Buffalo's culinary elite at a public event.

Also, Post Malone's visit to KeyBank Center and Buffalo Cider Fest 2 at the Terrace by Hoyt Lake also appeal on Sunday, while festivals in the Elmwood Village, at Como Lake Park and at Graycliff Estate can add spark to Saturday.

Iron Event IX, 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at AcQua Restaurant (2192 Niagara St.). Tickets are $50 general admission, $85 VIP in advance.

Get ready to plow through 21 delicious amuse-bouche on Sunday night at AcQua, where esteemed local chefs will prepare bites live for guests to taste – with $5,000 in total prize money on the line. The fundraiser supports those who suffer from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which event founder/former chef Daniel Tracy has battled for the last decade.

News food editor Andrew Galarneau previewed the event and listed the participating chefs and their establishments. The Iron Event was bumped from its original site – KeyBank Center – by the concert below, which has negatively affected ticket sales for the food fundraiser, but there's still time to join the action.

[Related: Smiles at John Paul White for Team Gleason | Smiles at 2018 Iron Event]


Post Malone, 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $85 to $499.

The world seems like it's at his fingertips. Post Malone's star is so big and bright that he's become a fashion icon, according to this Rolling Stone feature, in addition to best-selling rapper-singer. Posty's third album, "Hollywood's Bleeding," has been No. 1 on Billboard's album charts since its release last month and seems unlikely to concede the spot anytime soon.

One interesting fact: the white-hot rapper coming to KeyBank Center on Sunday actually was born and spent a good chunk of his youth in Syracuse, before moving to Texas.'s Geoff Herbert tracked those roots in his interview with Malone two years ago.


Buffalo Cider Fest 2, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Terrace at Delaware Park (199 Lincoln Parkway). General admission is $15 in advance, with $25 for VIP; see the full ticket details.

Sample some exceptional hard ciders from Buffalo and the surrounding area, with eight different brands offered at the Terrace at Delaware Park on Sunday. Blackman, 1911, Blackbird, Cider Creek, City Roots, Embark, Nine Pin and OSB are the participants, complemented by a soup bar, housemade sausages and fresh pastries for additional purchase.

Tickets allow attendees eight, 4-ounce samples, with each additional sample $2. Thin Man brews will be available, too, while the Bills game will be shown on a large screen.


Buffalo Sabres Party in the Plaza, 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in Alumni Plaza outside KeyBank Center. Free to attend.

Hockey fans are grateful that a new season has arrived, even if the Buffalo Sabres' prospects don't look much more rosy than last year. But hey, Jeff Skinner re-signed, Jack Eichel is a year older and maybe the resolution to the Rasmus Ristolainen saga is nigh.

Weather permitting – and Saturday looks promising two days out – the Sabres Party in the Plaza will raise the anticipation level for fans before the game.

Live music by the Strictly Hip, appearances by 14 team captains from previous years and special activities for kids will keep fans occupied until 6:45, when a special pregame on-ice ceremony will recognize the former team leaders before the Sabres welcome the Devils.


Elmwood Village Octoberfest, featuring Porchtoberfest, Friday through Sunday in the Elmwood Village, with Porchtoberfest taking place from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Here is the Porchtoberfest map. Free to attend.

Two compelling events near Elmwood this weekend? Why not combine them into one? That's what happened with the Elmwood Village Association's three-day Octoberfest and the sprawling Saturday Porchtoberfest, for which acoustic sets will resonate from houses on Elmwood between Forest and West Delavan, with a few exceptions. Here are the bands.

The Octoberfest boasts a shop crawl at village businesses that runs all weekend, with punch cards due Sunday for a chance to win a special package. Alpacas will gather outside Acropolis from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday – a major hit last year, like most alpaca appearances. All of the participating businesses and their Octoberfest specials may be found at the Elmwood Strip site.


Crafter Hours, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at SUNY Buffalo State's Social Hall inside the Campbell Student Union (1300 Elmwood Ave.). Cost is $35 in advance; online orders will now be held at Will Call.

Jericho Road supports six major projects – from a shelter for asylum-seekers to a program for pregnant women – and will raise money for those endeavors Friday at Buffalo State at a hands-on art, food and drink event.

Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, two drinks and make-and-take crafts from several stations led by local artists, plus live music by Naryan Padmanabha and the Buffalo Gamelan Club (we hope the emcee comes prepared).


Erie County Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Como Lake Park (2220 Como Park Blvd., Lancaster). Free to attend.

Consider this family-friendly function in Lancaster, where eventgoers will be greeted by Paula's doughnut holes (while supplies last in the park casino) and then choose from pumpkin painting, scavenger hunts, hay rides, wood-sawing demonstrations and a pie-baking contest.

Like most festivals, an assortment of vendors has been invited to set up and showcase their goods. A small group of food trucks and carts will serve, too.


Choctoberfest for Family Promise, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at World of Beer at the Walden Galleria (One Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga). Tickets are $25 presale ($30 at the door), or $45 for a pair; see the full ticket details.

Name a more decadent food-and-drink pairing than chocolate and beer. (OK, fine, baklava and riesling, but that's beside the point). Choco-Logo Confectionery Design will bake specialty chocolates for the evening, while one free drink voucher allows attendees to dabble in World of Beer's gargantuan selection.

Proceeds benefit Family Promise's homeless shelter, specifically, which provides a place for homeless parents to support young children.


Raising the Roots for Massachussetts Avenue Project, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at 387 Massachusetts Ave. Cost is $75 per person, $125 for a pair; full details.

Sure, admission to this "farm to fork" event is expensive, but those in attendance will eat and drink like Buffalo royalty in MAP's cool new farmhouse.

The emphasis is on fresh, local ingredients, and how those inspire seasonal dishes and benefit the economy – the New Buffalo, as Andrew Galarneau would call it. Those traits are represented well in the participating restaurants/vendors: Shango, Hydraulic Hearth, Five Points Bakery, Lily Belle Meads and Moriarty Meats, for example. Plus, it's all you can eat and drink, so don't hold back.

Proceeds will benefit MAP's programming, and the silent auction items – like the Black Sheep's sticky toffee pudding basket – are legit.


Graycliff Fall Fest, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6472 Old Lakeshore Road, Derby. Free to attend.

Fall might be the best time to visit the Graycliff Estate, off the beaten path in rural Derby, accentuating the season's colors. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed destination, constructed for Darwin Martin, was refreshed a year ago.

The featured food vendors are O'Brien's Farm Fresh Kitchen food truck and Sweet Indulgence Curbside, with live music from Brother James and appearances by the MapleView alpacas. Additional vendors range from farms to chocolatiers to cideries to soapmakers, while lawn games, kids activities and tours will also appease.

[Related: 5 cool things about the design of the Graycliff]


Kind of sold out: Phil Collins at KeyBank Center (only 100-level tickets remain, beginning at $275).

Sold out: The Festival at the Central Terminal.


CONTINUING: Buffalo theater – look back at the recent shows reviewed, plus what's ahead for the 2019-20 season.


7 quick-hitters for this weekend

Griffon Gastropub (Clarence) hosts Bills party
Sweet Pickle in the Parkway for Buffalo Seminary
Boulevard Mall Fall Fest
University at Buffalo homecoming weekend
Lupus Walk at Canalside
Kelly's Country Store Fall Fest in Grand Island
716 Adult Field Day at Sportsplex


5 events to look forward to next week

Local Restaurant Week all over WNY
Resurgence Pizza Cup on Niagara Street
Pink Party at Statler City
JazzBuffalo and Swing Buffalo join together
The Wailers at Asbury Hall in Babeville


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