With barely any time for sod recovery after their always-packed fair, the Dutchess Country Fairgrounds host the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest on the weekend of September 10 and 11. Presented by WineRacks.com, the Fest features wines, beers, ciders and spirits from producers all over New York State. Nearly 50 wineries are represented, with more to be added until the last minute. The conscious emphasis is New York wines, but a selection of curated international wines will be on hand as well.
Since its inception in 2001, the Fest has been a prestige gig for specialty and gourmet food vendors. Food trucks this year feature barbecue, Mexican, authentic Canadian poutine, Jamaican, Greek, Middle Eastern and seafood. Guests will be treated to cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, live music both onstage and strolling and a variety of artisanal shopping.
The Fest goes on rain or shine. Regular admission costs $15 at the gate. The Tasting Ticket costs $40 at the Gate and includes a tasting glass and all the wine/beer/cider/spirits sampling. It is only available to those aged 21 and older, and it does not include food. For a complete list of vendors and additional information, visit www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com. The Dutchess County Fairgrounds are located at 6550 Spring Brook Avenue in Rhinebeck.