Dinner on Bannerman Island
September 11. Indulge in a five-course meal while enjoying views of Bannerman Castle, built in the Scottish style by arms dealer Frank Bannerman in 1901. The meal, composed entirely of local ingredients, will be prepared by five local chefs. Omega Institute’s Chef Bob Turner’s will prepare watermelon gazpacho. Chef Jeff Loshinksly, who works as a caterer and personal chef, will serve salad with smoked duck and heirloom apples and the main course of herb marinated chicken will be prepared by chef Laura Pensiero, owner of Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck. A cheese course by Chef Liz Beals and dessert by Chef Noah Sheets, of the Executive Mansion in Albany, will follow. $75-$125. (845) 831-6346; www.bannermancastle.org.
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest
September 11 and 12. Spend the weekend at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck sampling food and drink from across the region—55 wineries from across the state and 70 market vendors. Educate your palate at wine education seminars or learn cooking secrets from the professionals through cooking demonstrations by Chef Vincent Tropepe and Chef Maria Liberati. Live music by regional jazz, folk, and rhythm and blues performers can be heard throughout the weekend. Saturday 11am-6pm. Sunday 11am-5pm. Wine tasting tickets are $30/day or $50 for the weekend. Tickets for those who do not wish to sample wine are $15/day or $25 for the weekend. Food samples start at $1. (845) 658-7181; www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com.
Jennie Bell Pie Festival
September 25. From noon to dusk, it’s all things pie-related at Kelder’s Farm in Kerhonkson, the centerpiece being a pie sale and contest. The festival is named for piemaker extrordinaire Jennie Bell, locally renowned for her baking prowess. Otherwise, it’s a normal day on the farm with you-pick items, food and craft vendors, and music and fireworks! Children can enter the talent contest in the hopes of winning a prize or play mini golf. (And see the garden gnome formerly known as the world’s largest!) Parking by donation to benefit a local organization. 845-626-7137; www.kelderfarm.com.
Brunch in the Fields
September 25. Have brunch in the fields at Common Ground Farm, a CSA and educational center, which grows crops without the aid of fertilizers or chemicals. Feast upon locally grown produce, breads, quiches, cheeses, and more. Programs for children, including a sing-along, craft project, and a barn tour are included. 10am at the Stonykill Environmental Center in Wappingers Falls. $20 per person or $50 per family with up to three kids. 845-231-4424; www.commongroundfarm.org.
Microbrew and Wine Fest
September 25 and 26. Taste an array of wines and beers at Hunter Mountain’s Wine & Brew Fest. Breweries that have attended in the past include Ithaca Beer, Lake Placid Brewing, and Sam Adams. Previous wineries in attendance include Thousand Island Winery, Long Island Meadery, and Standing Stone Vineyards. Enjoy live entertainment, shop at the farmers’ market and speciality foods vendors, and browse the creations that craft vendors have to offer. More than 40 different beers will be featured. Saturday 1pm-5pm. Sunday 12pm-4pm. $20 for wine sampling and 10 beer samples. 800-486-8376; www.huntermtn.com.
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
September 25 and 26. Sample different types of garlic and learn about the varieties and uses of it at Cantine Field in Saugerties during the 22nd annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. Plenty of garlic will be on hand for tasting and cooking as well as more creative uses such as arts and crafts. Chefs and garlic connoisseurs will offer lectures and demonstrations. Children’s activities include pumpkin decorating, rock climbing, and face painting. Saturday 10am-6pm. Sunday 10am-5pm. Tickets $10 at the gate, $7 online until September 20, children 12 and under free. (845) 246-3090; www.hvgf.org.
- At the 2009 Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest.