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A COLUMN BY CINDY LARSON

Restaurant news: Get a taste of 8 craft beers at Deer Park

And can you guess weight of pub's gigantic pumpkin?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 8:25 am

Deer Park Pub, 1530 Leesburg Road, has some fun events coming up.

On Oct. 30, Deer Park will have its Fall Seasonal Craft Beer Tasting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eight craft styles will be available to be sampled. These seasonal beers include several different brands of pumpkin beers and Oktoberfest beers. O'Fallon's, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium are just a few of the microbrewers' beers on hand to sample.

Only 30 tickets are available at $10 each.

Then starting at 6:30 p.m. on Halloween, Deer Park will have its traditional pumpkin weighing contest and solemn procession for the “Dramatic Drop.”

This year's gourd was retrieved from southern Indiana near Richmond. It is huge, according to Deer Park owner Tony Henry. Patrons will guess the weight of the pumpkin. An authentic Toledo scale will weigh the pumpkin. After the weighing, a candlelight procession, accompanied with a snare drum roll, will proceed to the rear of the pub where the pumpkin will be hoisted 40 feet to a platform on the billboard.

The person winning the pumpkin weight contest gets to cut the rope, allowing the pumpkin to fall.

Costume karaoke with Bucca Baby will happen later in the evening.

Congratulations are in order

On Oct. 5, Renee Moore, owner and manager of Broadway Deli, 504 Broadway St., New Haven, participated in ChiliFest at Headwaters Park. Broadway Deli won third place in the “Red Chili with Beans” and the “Restaurant” categories.

Even better, Broadway Deli won the gold medal for “People's Choice Award” — the overall winner as voted on by the public.

Something happening at your eatery? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email clarson@news-sentinel.com or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel. To read other columns, go to www.news-sentinel.com/ section/LARSON.