Photos by Lauren Thomas
Thousands of visitors converged at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz last Sunday for the 24th annual Taste of New Paltz. The event, hosted by the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, offered samples of some of the area’s finest flavors to locals and tourists alike.
“It’s really just a wonderful afternoon in New Paltz and a whole lot of fun,” said Paty Lott, who runs the Gray Owl Gallery in New Paltz and is co-chair of the event. “The fairgrounds are such a spectacular place to enjoy a great meal in a beautiful setting with live music.”
And as the name of the event implies, that meal was enjoyed in a leisurely fashion throughout the day across the fairgrounds, with generously sized portions of specialties from local restaurants served up for $2-$3 a “taste.” Local wineries, cideries and craft brewers were also on hand.
A big emphasis this year was on shrinking the Taste’s carbon footprint. Volunteer Wendy Toman arranged to have recycling bins in place throughout the fairgrounds to help the public sort their waste into three categories — organics, recyclables and landfill.
Live music and craft, wellness and business vendors rounded out Sunday’s Taste of New Paltz.