Sunday, Nov. 19: A highlight is always the county-fair-style competition for home-fermented concoctions, but it’s also a fun gathering for those more interested in tasting pickle products than in creating them. Of the 100 vendors setting up shop both inside the Rec Center and in and around the large tent outside, about a quarter will actually be selling pickled foods of myriad descriptions, including the legendary deep-fried pickles-on-a-stick.
Nirmala’s Kitchen spice shop and cooking school on New Paltz Road in Highland is a good place to get inspiration.
Carthaigh Coffee, the newest-kid-on-the-block café offering an excellent cup, is owned and operated by an idealistic young man who ultimately wants to contribute his energy to creating a tighter community in Marbletown.
Saturday, Nov. 4: At the height of production, 20,000 pounds of chocolate were produced each day in Red Hook. The Chocolate Factory was founded in Red Hook in 1888 by William H. Baker. Baker was no relation to the older and more famous Walter H. Baker Company, whose production of chocolate began in 1780 and whose name was synonymous with chocolate in America for a time; but Red Hook’s Baker was not above exploiting the coincidence to promote his business, starting what became known as the “chocolate wars.”
The Hudson Valley is a great place to pick your own apples or buy them by the peck. Here’s a rundown of local orchards in Ulster, Dutchess and Columbia counties. (With map)
The business was sold this past April to Lekker’s original chef, Page Moll, and his wife Shala. The sign outside now reads “Hash,” but the sunny space, the casual café atmosphere and the great menu are very nearly the same.
It’s apple cider doughnut time in the Hudson Valley
Overheard at Taste of New Paltz 2017, between two young girls: “I have sprinkles all over my shoe!” “I have hot sauce in my shoe.” That more or less sums up the particular genius of this annual event at the Ulster County Fairgrounds.
“We don’t want to sell you something from a national or international conglomerate that doesn’t care about our community, doesn’t care about the environment or their employees,” says Chef Marcus Guiliano. “We just can’t support a company that does that. We’ve seen it in Ellenville. Even if 12 people lose their job here, that’s an impact.”
Now its 27th year, the event, which began as a food festival, is now much more.