Saturday, Aug. 17: It will be a day of family fun, relaxation, German food, music by the Joe Unger Band and dancing along the banks of the Hudson River.
A visit to Coppersea Farm’s Springtown Tavern in New Paltz.
The biggest barbecue gathering in this region happens every August at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, where the 15th annual Hudson Valley RibFest will be held Friday through Sunday, August 16-18. The event goes on rain or shine, and parking is plentiful and free.
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.
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.
Coppersea Distilling recently celebrate the release of its long-awaited Excelsior Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon with an event featuring live music and a pig roast.
Both Chef Linda Soper-Kolton and Chef Sara Boan graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan before landing their dream jobs at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, tucked away between Saugerties and Lake Katrine, where they teach the vegan way of compassionate cooking. Now the dynamic duo is making the rounds at bookstores and other venues to launch a cookbook, Compassionate Cuisine: 125 Plant-Based Recipes from Our Vegan Kitchen.
One of Rosendale’s most popular downtown eateries and watering holes, the Red Brick Tavern, has been sold to new owners and is currently closed for renovations. The transfer of ownership from Billy and Michelle Loughlin to the group who run the Santa Fe restaurants in Tivoli, Woodstock and Uptown Kingston took place in late June.
Frances Roth and Katherine Angell opened the institute in 1946, determined to establish a school that would become “the culinary center of the nation” and believing that America could have “the best meals on earth.”
The first ascent into Grinds & Grains, the coffee and cereal bar, now open upstairs at 3 Church Street in New Paltz, can feel a bit overwhelming.