Now in its 22nd year, the Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival is an annual wingding jointly sponsored by the 15 area wineries that make up the Shawangunk Wine Trail, kicking off the summer grape escape with a celebration pairing food and wine-tastings. In years past the event was hosted by different participating vineyards in rotation, but the Festival coming up next weekend is a bit different: It’ll take place on neutral ground, at the Ulster County Fairgrounds.
Purveyors of wine, spirits and hard cider at this year’s Bounty of the Hudson will include Adair Vineyards, Applewood Winery, Baldwin Vineyards, Benmarl Winery, Brimstone Hill Vineyard, Brotherhood Winery, Brunel & Rafael Winery, Clearview Vineyard, Demarest Hill Winery & Distillery, Glorie Farm Winery, Palaia Vineyards & Winery, Robibero Winery, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, Whitecliff Vineyard, Milea Estate Vineyard, Hillrock Estate Distillery, Pazdar Winery, Christopher Jacobs Winery at Pennings Vineyards and Angry Orchard.
Samples of locally made chocolates and cheeses will be available to clear your palate in between sips. The vendor lineup also includes an array of food trucks and booths, plus purveyors of prepared foods and handicrafts at the Bounty Marketplace. There will be live music all weekend as well: Kayla Rae on Saturday and Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones on Sunday.
Bounty of the Hudson goes on from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. A one-day tasting ticket, good for either Saturday or Sunday, costs $30 in advance or $40 at the gate; designated driver tickets go for $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Parking is free. Attendees must be age 21 or over, and pets will not be admitted.
The Ulster County Fairgrounds are located at 249 Libertyville Road in New Paltz, west of the Wallkill River. To find out more or preorder tickets, visit www.bountyofthehudson.com.