IT'S NOT FALL UNTIL...
How would you finish that sentence? Here at Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, we don’t call it fall until we’ve spent a day (or several) at an outdoor food and beverage festival, reveling in the tastes of local bounty while colorful leaves swirl around our feet.
If you’re in the same camp, then this issue is for you! We’ve got recommendations for six special seasonal events, both brand new and established favorites that we never miss. Do you have any to add? If so, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.
Speaking of fall, look out for the hot-off-the-press print issue that includes a decade’s worth of editors picks, local farm market finds, and a feature on the region’s newest winemakers.
RENSSELAER COUNTY HARVEST HOP
September 22 | 3–6pm | S & S Farm Brewery, Nassau
Sip, sample, and celebrate the bounty of Rensselaer County at this new event to welcome the harvest season. Local brewers, farmers, artisanal vendors, and Gourmelli’s food truck will offer their wares. Enjoy family-friendly activities and live music by Big Creek. Admission is free.
STORMVILLE AIRPORT’S WINE, CIDER AND FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
September 29 | 11am–5pm | Stormville Airport, Stormville, NY
Returning to the Stormville Airport, this second annual festival celebrates local, regional and national wines, ciders, and spirits. More than 40 craft beverage producers will be sampling their products, and 15+ food trucks will serve up tantalizing tastes in American, BBQ, Greek, Italian, Mexican cuisine – as well as delicious desserts! The day also includes live music; an artisan market; Jenga and cornhole tournaments; a custom car, truck and bike show; and a kids’ zone offering family fun for all ages. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcomed.
Admission is $5.00 per person; kids 12 and under are free. A $40.00 Wine Fest ticket includes a souvenir tasting glass for sampling. Designated driver tickets are $15.00 per person.
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CRAFT: BEER, SPIRITS & FOOD FESTIVAL AT BETHEL WOODS
October 13 | 1–5pm | Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
Sample craft brews, hard ciders, spirits, and mead from 40+ regional producers. New this year – a delicious selection of food and artisan vendors! VIP ticket holders gain early entry, exclusive dining event and lounge, and free museum admission. VIP tickets are $85. General Admission: $45. Designated Driver Tickets: $20.
CIDER IN THE MOUNTAINS
October 13-14 | 12–6pm | Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, Hunter
This hard cider-focused event brings a select group of cider makers together to offer samples and sell their handcrafted beverages. Enjoy seasonal food, live music, games and fun for the whole family. Admission: $40 (tasting plus entry); $20 entry only; $10 kids.
CATSKILLS BEVERAGE TRAIL FESTIVAL
November 3 | 1–5pm | Windham Mountain Resort, Windham
This festival focuses on tastes – not only of craft beverages, but also delicious food made from the bounty of the Upper Hudson Valley. Join the celebration and sample beer, wine, cider, and spirits from more than 50 New York State producers.
Local food delicacies includes specialty food vendors with fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, maple syrup, and cider doughnuts. Additionally, several food trucks will serve international cuisines.
Tickets are $45/person at the door, or $35 online. Overnight hotel packages are available with local properties.
Spotlight on our Special Issue
We’re excited to announce the release of our special Shawangunk Wine Trail edition of Hudson Valley Wine Magazine produced with support from Taste NY! Pick up a copy at Applepalooza and look for it in Manhattan and Brooklyn in early October.
For the issue’s Talking Terroir feature, our team spent the afternoon with noted celebrity Chef Marc Murphy who grilled up an improvised feast at the Hudson Valley home of his wine and beverage director David Lombardo. On the menu — bounty from local dairy, meat, and produce farms, and one wine from each of the 13 wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail. Read what happens when those bottled are opened, and the steak and corn come off the plancha.