September 10 and 11. Taste the Hudson Valley at this festival’s 10th anniversary. Sample hundreds of wines from across New York and the world, including Brooklyn Winery, Clinton Vineyards, and Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. Market vendors of foods and crafts join the festival with gourmet products from Africa Trader’s Market, Luigi Oils, Poppleton Pastries, and more. Don’t miss cooking demonstrations from regional chefs, including four-ingredient desserts by Abby Dodge and a baking bread demo by Dan Leader of Bread Alone. Educate your palate with wine seminars and the gourmet food showcases featuring Reggae Boy Cafe, French Kiss Bakery, Max’s Memphis BBQ, and others. Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. Wine tasting ticket: one day, $30; weekend $50. Regular admission: one day, $15; weekend, $25. Children 12 and under free. (845) 658-7181; www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com.
Hunter Mountain Wine & Brew Festival
September 17 and 18. Spend the weekend at Hunter Mountain for this annual indoor festival. Over 20 wineries will fill Colonel’s Hall, including Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Thousand Islands Winery, and Lakeland Winery. Breweries, including Long Trail and Saranac, will be throughout the base lodge. Arts and crafts, food, and various vendors will be scattered around the festival. And don’t forget to check out the grape-stomping contest! Register in advance for the Skyride and zipline tours that will be operating all day long. Saturday 1-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm. $20 for 10 tastings. Rain or shine. www.huntermtn.com.
Taste of New Paltz
September 18. Taste of New Paltz celebrates its 21st year of cuisine and wine sampling from the Hudson Valley’s best restaurants, farm markets, caterers, and wineries spread across the Ulster County Fairgrouns. Stay full and occupied at activities for the whole family, including Kids’ Expo with face painting and free balloons, Craft Expo with handcrafted jewelry and ceramics, and Wellness and Recreation expo with health and fitness demonstrations. Motorcyclepedia, the Orange County motorcycle museum with over 400 vintage bikes, will load up a trailer with some bikes to showcase. Live music kicks off with soulful acoustic rocker Jude Robert and wraps up with The Big Takeover. Advanced, $5. Adults, $7; children 12 and under, free. 11am-5pm. Rain or shine. Ulster County Fairgrounds. (845) 255-0243; www.newpaltzchamber.org.
Jennie Bell Pie Festival
September 23 and 24. Jennie Depuy Bell’s famous home-baked pies are remembered and celebrated at this annual festival at Kelder’s Farm in Accord. Every kind of pie is available for sale at this event, and the heart of the festival is the pie contest. Categories for the contest include fruit, cream, and custard and judges will check out at the flavor, crust, and looks of the dessert. Winners’ names are added to a plaque on display at the farm. The two-day event includes a petting zoo, hay rides, games, crafts, and a music. The festival concludes with a fireworks show. Free. Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm. (845) 626-7137; www.jenniebell.org.
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
September 24 and 25.
There won’t be any kissing at this annual event: The smell of garlic will permeate Saugerties for the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. Find out all of the different ways garlic can enhance your food, including chocolate, bratwurst, fried dough, french fries, ice cream (a crowd favorite!), popcorn, and nuts. There will be over 60 different types of freshly harvested and organic garlic including Asian Tempest, Chesnok Red, and Polish White. This garlic paradise will also have various garlic lectures and demonstrations as well as arts and crafts such as birdhouses and candles, of course, featuring garlic. Not-so-garlicky music will play throughout the day, including Annie & the Hedonists, The Mojo Miles Band, and Sundad. Advanced, adults, $7; seniors, $3. Gate, $10. Children under 12, free. Saturday, 10-6pm; Sunday, 10-5pm. www.hudsonvalleygarlic.com.
- Hunter Mountain Wine & Brew Festival