Food & Drink

Taste of New Paltz returns

Taste of New Paltz returns

Sunday, Sept. 15: 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 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.

Chef Josh Cohen draws from a number of inspirations to create distinctive cuisine

Chef Josh Cohen draws from a number of inspirations to create distinctive cuisine

When chef Josh Cohen appeared on the reality television show “Chopped” earlier this year, the basket of mystery ingredients he and the other contestants were given to utilize in their dishes included a few things that even avid foodies may not have heard of. But when the New Paltz native first discovered his love for making culinary creations, it was with a far simpler proposition: grilled cheese.

Blueberries celebrated in Ellenville

Blueberries celebrated in Ellenville

Saturday, Aug. 10: Along the Shawangunk Ridge, where for many decades people eked out a hardscrabble existence each summer by picking wild blueberries and huckleberries for sale to the New York City market, berry season is now in full swing. That means that it’s time once again for the streets of Ellenville to fill with locals and visitors alike, all in quest of the purple-stained tongue that’s a badge of being a true blueberry-lover.

Sidra Fest & Seafood Boil in New Paltz

Sidra Fest & Seafood Boil in New Paltz

Sunday, Aug. 11: In the mountainous Asturias region of Spain, where more than 200 varieties of apples are grown, traditional sidra is a staple of Basque culture. Tart, earthy and dry, sidra is meant to be drunk up quickly, before it settles and loses its sparkle. The “pour” is very important.