When the young Leader first went to Europe on a food tour, bread was not on his mind. Things changed fast as he found himself thrust into a series of unplanned apprenticeships with some of Europe’s most revered traditional bakers.
Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 28/29: Expect dozens of vendors of every conceivable variety of garlic and garlic-flavored dish (yes, the ice cream is a real thing), plus lectures from chefs and growers, plenty of live music and entertainment.
That basic philosophy? It’s summed up in a slogan that seems to have stuck over time: “Make pierogi, not war.”
Saturday, Sept. 21: Beginning in the 1890s, Margaretville was the center of the nation’s cauliflower industry. The village’s farmers supplied New York City gourmets for 50 years, before California farms took over. Cauliflower remained a vital component of the Catskills economy for decades.
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.
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.
Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 7-8: Hundreds of New York wineries, cideries, distilleries, craft beers, food trucks and gourmet foods will be represented.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 6-8: The event features live German bands, German food, home-baked desserts, traditional Reinheitsgebot beers, children’s entertainment, Bavarian dancers, Germania singers and Germania team soccer games.
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.