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Check out Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy

Check out Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy

Festa at Italian Center Thursday, May 16-Sunday, May 19: One doesn’t have to stroll far along the streets of Poughkeepsie’s Mount Carmel district to come across a bakery or restaurant that reaches back into the century-old culinary traditions brought to the Hudson Valley by Italian emigrants. The story goes that Eleanor Roosevelt’s limousine driver would pull up to Caffe Aurora and fetch her a box of pastries to take home to Hyde Park.

Tap NY Craft Beer & Food Festival at Hunter

Tap NY Craft Beer & Food Festival at Hunter

Saturday-Sunday. Apr. 28-29: Tap celebrates artisanal beer from small makers – no major corporate brands, even the ones that disguise themselves as boutique and micro. The Festival features pale ales, pilseners, weisbiers, porters, stouts, Scotch ales and much more, from hearty Bohemian and Bavarian-style lagers to glorious Belgian-style ales.

The Brewery at the CIA named New York State Brewery of the Year

The Brewery at the CIA named New York State Brewery of the Year

Cheers to the Brewery at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), an educational microbrewery on campus that was recently honored as the New York State Brewery of the Year for 2019. In addition, two student-produced beers earned Gold Medals competing against professional breweries in their respective categories at the New York State Craft Beer Competition.

Hyde Park hospitality at the hopping CIA

Hyde Park hospitality at the hopping CIA

Culinary Institute of America retools restaurants to become less intimidating, more community-friendly, in keeping with the mission of Waldy Malouf. “The building, the whole campus can be a little intimidating. The reality is that we see about 300,000 visitors a year. The CIA is the largest tourist attraction in this region.”