Friday-Sunday, August 17-19: The Hudson Valley Ribfest is a qualifying event for the Empire State Barbecue Championship, and there will be 60 teams firing up their grills and smokers to prepare their cherished recipes.
The biggest barbecue gathering in this region happens every August at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, where the 14th annual Hudson Valley Ribfest will be held Friday through Sunday, August 17-19. The event goes on rain or shine, and parking is plentiful and free.
Chef Etsko Kizawa has opened Soy, a restaurant showcasing Japanese home cooking at 419 Main Street in Rosendale.
Saturday, August 11: Giesberg brothers host a summer ale release party in Wawarsing.
Saturday, July 21: Feed watermelon to rescued pigs and learn how to cook vegan delicacies at Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s celebration
Though it may come as a surprise in these days when craft-beer microbreweries are popping up all across the map, the fastest-growing segment of the alcoholic beverage market in the US in recent years has in fact been hard cider.
Saturday, June 16: The 80-mile-long Shawangunk Wine Trail that runs from New Paltz at its northernmost point down to Warwick in Orange County encompasses 13 Hudson Valley wineries. Every year they get together in one place to put on the Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival, a wine-tasting event that allows side-by-side samplings of the region’s best.
Eric and Joseph Cafaro, father and son, have been working to create a restaurant with authentic Italian fare in the middle of the Stockade neighborhood in Kingston.
In the same way they were at the forefront of the craft beer revolution when they first opened their doors in 1998 — when craft beer brewing was still unfamiliar to most people — they’re now serving kegged wine by the glass (or carafe) on tap.
Farmers’ market season has returned to the Hudson Valley. All the markets listed below will be open as of this posting, unless otherwise noted, with most ending in October and November. Many carry on with less frequent indoor markets over the winter, but we’ll leave those listings for another time.