There's never a shortage of places to get your grub on in the Hudson Valley. This month, we've rounded up a few of the area's food and beverage events to help you celebrate the region's bounty all September.
Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest
A popular favorite among local wine connoisseurs and devoted foodies, this festival toasts the Hudson Valley's culinary bounty and craft producers. Guests can browse some of the region's best concessions and makers, including over 150 wineries, cideries, distilleries, craft brewers, food trucks, and gourmet food vendors. Find something you like? You can buy bottles directly from New York State grape-growers and vintners. Facilitated by regionally and nationally recognized wine authorities, the festival's wine seminars are another exciting highlight, helping oenophiles continue to build their knowledge base with topics like wine pairing, serving, tasting, and storageThe festival will be held rain or shine on September 7, 11am-6pm, and September 8, 11am-5pm.
Does eating a gourmet dinner with new friends in an unknown location sound like a perfectly thrilling Saturday night? Movable Feast, Hudson Hall's annual benefit dinner, is a culinary event cloaked in mystery. The annual fundraiser kicks off at Hudson Hall, where guests can mingle over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before receiving their dinner assignments. Over a dozen private homes, shops, and galleries within walking distance of the historic theater will act as venues for this diffuse supper party. This year's hosts include chef Tehra Thorp, Vogue food writer Tamar Adler, artist Francine Hunter McGivern and author Daniel Rothbart, and notable antiques dealer Colin Stair. Each location will serve up a curated meal and craft libations, with ticket sales supporting Hudson Hall's arts and cultural programming. Seating starts at $100 per person.
Juicy Brews Craft Beer Festival
Nearly 20 craft breweries from around the country are gathering at Beacon's Riverfront Park to pour their latest beers during the Juicy Brews Craft Beer Festival September 28 from 1-5pm. Enjoy fresh beer samples including some limited releases, along with food vendors and family-friendly activities. Locavores can look forward to regional brews from West Kill Brewing, Equilibrium Brewery, Hudson Valley Brewery, and Industrial Arts Brewing Company, among others.
Oktoberfest Pig Roast
Blue Arrow Farm, a picturesque horse farm overlooking Pochuck Creek in Pine Island, is home to the first annual Oktoberfest Pig Roast hosted by the Silver Fox Sportsmen's Association. A local, farm-raised hog will be roasted onsite and dished up alongside classic picnic fare and craft beers by Long Lot Farm Brewery and Rushing Duck Brewing Co. The event takes place September 28 from 3-7pm, with a $40 entry fee that supports scholarships for New York State's Department of Environmental Education summer camps.
Playing with fire is encouraged at Paper to Table's Bonfire Cookout on September 28 at Crown Maple Estate in Dover Plains. Starting at 2pm, an intimate gathering of guests will tour the scenic grounds of Crown Maple's 800-acre estate, learning about the production of their renowned syrup before tasting their 12 of their products. Shortly after, the group will gather by the bonfire for live-fire cooking demonstrations by acclaimed New York City chefs and makers, including Gabriel Dudley of Gauchonfire, Stephen Yen of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, and other; a gourmet feast; and camaraderie until just before dusk.
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
What makes the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival one of the region's most anticipated events? Some say it's the curiously delightful garlic-flavored cannoli and ice cream; others love the opportunity to meet local farmers or attend demonstrations from lauded chefs. With savory, garlic-laden foods to take home or eat on the spot, handmade craft vendors to peruse, live music, and other family fun, there's plenty to enjoy at this year's fest while, September 28-29 at Cantine Field in Saugerties.