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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.

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.

Compassionate Cuisine book signing at bluecashew

Compassionate Cuisine book signing at bluecashew

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.