Taste of New Paltz returns

James Morra, Annette Morra, Paula Dutcher and Brian McGlyn cool off at the Taste of New Paltz with pints of beer.

Ever go to an event at the Ulster County Fairgrounds and wonder how people can focus on the activities on offer while the gorgeous, profoundly distracting panorama of the Shawangunk cliffs beckons not far off to the west? Well, this year the Taste of New Paltz celebration, coming up on September 15, will capitalize on its stunning setting by offering opportunities to take a ride in a helicopter above the Ridge. This isn’t the only new feature of the 29th annual Taste: There will also be an assembly of antique and vintage cars at the site.

Coming back for the second year is the “Best of the Taste” competition, in which attendees get to vote for their favorite “taste” in each of three categories: Restaurant, Food Truck and Winery/Distillery. 


From free activities for kids to craft beer, there is something at the Taste of New Paltz for everybody to enjoy, besides great food. Craft vendors, demos and health and wellness practitioners will tout their wares and services, and some of the best local bands will be performing live, including Yard Sale, Soul City, Blue Plate Special and the rising 14-year-old singer Laila Mach.

Taste of New Paltz 2019 runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 15. Entry tickets for age 13 and up cost $3 in advance and $5 at the gate for this annual fundraiser for the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. Coupons exchangeable for “tastes” will be for sale on-site. Helicopter rides will cost extra, but parking is free. The Ulster County Fairgrounds are located at 249 Libertyville Road, just west of New Paltz. To learn more, call (845) 255-0243 or visit www.tasteofnewpaltz.com.

Taste of New Paltz, Sunday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $5/$3, Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz, (845) 255-0243, www.tasteofnewpaltz.com