Food & Drink

Pickle Festival returns to Rosendale Nov. 19

Pickle Festival returns to Rosendale Nov. 19

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.

Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival

Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival

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.”