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Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival returns

Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival returns

Saturday, Nov. 2: The Chocolate Factory in Red Hook was founded in 1888 by William H. Baker – no relation to the older, more famous Walter H. Baker Company, but Red Hook’s Baker was not above exploiting the coincidence to promote his business, starting what became known as the Chocolate Wars. At the height of production, 20,000 pounds of chocolate were produced in Red Hook each day.

Brew U Beer Festival returns to CIA

Brew U Beer Festival returns to CIA

Saturday, Oct. 19: Guests can tour the CIA brewery with head brewer Hutch Kugeman, talk to local and regional brewers, taste their beers and learn what’s unique about their breweries, all while enjoying food for which the CIA is world-famous.

Celebrate the mighty cauliflower in Margaretville

Celebrate the mighty cauliflower in Margaretville

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.

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.