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Sep 14, 2014
Tina George

Home grown veggies and pie-eating competitions at these Tooting food festivals

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As denizens of SW17 already know, Tooting is the new Shoreditch. But more than just being a thrilling, diverse and remarkably affordable place to live (okay, maybe it’s not the new Shoreditch), it’s also rapidly becoming one of London’s best food villages. For proof, look no further than these two new food festivals.

Tooting Foodival runs Saturday September 13 and Sunday 14, organised by Transition Town Tooting. On Saturday donors drop off food they’ve grown locally and on Sunday guests are invited to come and eat it. It’s a proper community event, now in its seventh year, which attracted 300 visitors in 2013.

And then there’s Tootopia, from October 3 to 5. This more business-focused event is organised by the best of Tooting’s burgeoning restaurant and bar scene, with beer and cider festivals, live music, and even a pie-eating competition. SW17: it’s rootin’ Tooting!

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Sep 13, 2014
Tina George

Upcoming food fests cater to every taste, cuisine

Do you think just because summer is winding down, the food festival season is, too? Absolutely not. There are still several outdoor food festivals to try in September, and a full schedule of indoor events going into the fall. After the Cincinnati Food Wine Classic this weekend, sample these upcoming fests.

The Taste of India, presented by the Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, is now 14 years old. It’s one of the largest Indian festivals in the Midwest, featuring Indian food, dance and culture, crowned with a Rozzi Fireworks show. Both restaurants and home cooks provide the dishes for the festival, drawing on the great regional diversity of Indian food, and it is all vegetarian. There is also a dance competition called “Naach Sitare,” vendors with clothing, jewelry and spices, local arts and crafts, and children’s games. 4920 Klatte Road, Union Township. Free. 513-528-3714;

Carriage House Farm is open for its tour and local food open house from noon-4 p.m. Sunday. This farm currently supplies local, sustainably raised food to regional chefs and retailers. The tour includes sampling stations from chefs and artisan food producers who use the farm’s products, such as Chocolats Latour, Fab Ferments, Fireside Pizza, Nuvo at Greenup, Salazar and Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bakehouse. 10251 Miami View Road, North Bend.

St. Leon, Indiana, will host a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned barbecue festival this Friday and Saturday called the St. Leon BBQ Smoke Fest Chili Cook-off. The competition takes place Saturday, with chili tasting open to the public at 2:15 p.m. St. Leon Community Park;

The Cincinnati Street Food Festival will bring together 15 local food trucks, craft beer, live music and art on East McMillan Street in Walnut Hills. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27;

The Asian Food Fest will be in Washington Park this year, with chefs and restaurants from Asian countries, including China, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines. Participants include Pho Lang Thang, Yat Ka Mein, Huit BBQ, Red Sesame Korean BBQ, Amerasia, Angie’s Malaysian Satay Sauces, Budina, Lady Lavang Vietnamese Church, and other chefs, both professional and amateur. Food is $2-$6. There also will be a Human Foosball Arena, Asian cultural shows and arts and crafts. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 5;

Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire will celebrate hot sauces and hot foods in more ways than you can imagine, including eating contests that test the most macho hot-sauce aficionado. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5. 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. Tickets are $8 per day through Sept. 25, $10 through Oct. 3 and at the door; $1 for children, free ages 5 and under.

River Grill Before the Big Chill, the city of Cincinnati’s first Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event, will bring professional and backyard competitors, plus plenty of barbecue vendors, to Sawyer Point. 5-11 p.m. Oct. 10, noon-11 p.m. Oct 11;

Many foodies consider, the annual Friends and Family SIDS Brunch fundraiser for the de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation, to be one of the best food events of the year. It raises money to fight Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and includes many of the best chefs in town. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 19. The Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway, Clifton.

The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival celebrates pungent sauerkraut by cooking it into dishes both traditional and daring, such as cabbage rolls, cabbage soup, sauerkraut fudge and sauerkraut pie. It’s all made by local non-profit organizations. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 11 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12 in downtown Waynesville.

The Cincinnati Chocolate Festival celebrates all things chocolate at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, featuring chocolate samples, demonstrations and publicly judged competitions. $10; kids 12 and under free, discounted tickets ($7) at Kroger. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 19. 1624 Herald Ave., Evanston.

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Sep 11, 2014
Tina George

What’s Cooking on 1060: More Ben & Jerry’s, and 2 Food Festivals

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a new Ben Jerry’s ice cream store in Philadelphia, this one in the heart of center city.  It’s located at 1726 Sansom Street, next door to the Joseph Fox bookstore.

Franchise co-owner Katie Bertelson (top photo) says renovating the building for their new enterprise was an adventure.

“Anytime you renovate an old building, you find all sorts of funny things,” she notes.  “Like, we found a window in the middle of a wall.  We’re like, ‘Wow, this building must’ve been added onto.’  But it was really cool to see it come together.  You know, you go from this empty space to this beautiful store, and there have been some cool things we found along the way.  Like, the store has beautiful hardwood floors!  Things like that.”

Hear the full “Ben Jerry’s Center City” interview (runs 7:59)…

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The fifth annual Fringe Arts fundraiser known as “Feastival” takes place on Thursday, September 18th.

Nick Stuccio, president and producing director of Fringe Arts, says it’s a collaboration of the performing and the culinary arts — but he was reluctant to give away too many surprises.

“So it’s really fun — it’s food, it’s art, it’s the waterfront,” he tells What’s Cooking.  “There are some really cool…(pause)…  Along the bars and along the food there’s gonna be really interesting things to see.  But every year it really is about the food.  The food is absolutely extraordinary.”

(Nick Stuccio, at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(Nick Stuccio, at the KYW Newsradio studios. Photo by Hadas Kuznits)



Feastival” takes place on Penn’s Landing, in the “River Rink” parking lot.

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Also on Thursday, September 18th, Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll takes place in in Mt. Airy.

Anuj Gupta, executive director of Mt. Airy USA, says this food-centric event is being held from 6pm to 10:30pm along historic Germantown Avenue, between Sedgwick Street and Mt. Airy Avenue.

“It’s a great way of bringing the community and the rest of the city together to highlight our food scene here,” he says.  “We have great ethnic dining, we have great pizza, we’ve got great beer.  We have a diversity of offerings here.”

(Anuj Gupta, executive director of Mt. Airy USA, on Germantown Ave at media preview for Mt. Airy Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(Anuj Gupta, executive director of Mt. Airy USA, on Germantown Ave at media preview for “Mt. Airy Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll.” Photo by Hadas Kuznits)


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Sep 10, 2014
Tina George

A glimpse of food-festing season in Palm Beach County

Enough with the summer salads, the skinny cocktails and bikini season deprivations – it’s time to chow down for real, with gusto.

Food festival season is upon us and this year’s slew of events offers more than a few opportunities to celebrate the year’s best weather over a series of decadent bites.

The most decadent of these bites are promised in December, when a shorter, better focused Palm Beach Food Wine Festival returns to the island and its environs.

But well before the first celebrity chef raises a toast at that fest, we’ll have plenty of other occasions to indulge.

Here’s a glimpse of the food-festing season.


Dec. 11-14

Tickets went on sale Friday for the crown jewel of the local food events season. This year, the PBFWF has been trimmed back by one day. Unlike in previous years, the four-day fest makes far better use of the weekend:

It begins on a Thursday and ends on a Sunday. That means no straggling into Tuesday night for the grand tasting.

In reworking the festival days, organizer and director David Sabin kept many of the fest’s most popular events, such as the poolside grilling party at the Four Seasons Resort (the festival’s lodging partner), the Daniel Boulud-hosted event at his Brazilian Court restaurant, the Kids Kitchen cooking classes, and fan-favorite soirees at The Breakers and Buccan Palm Beach.

“When the weather reports in the month of December are frigid and cold in the Northeast, Palm Beach gives chefs an opportunity to mingle and enjoy great weather,” says Sabin.

Perhaps most new and noteworthy is the expanded presence of star women chefs taking part in this year’s festival. The constellation includes national heavyweights Gabrielle Hamilton (chef/owner at Prune restaurant, New York, author of the critically acclaimed 2011 memoir, “Blood, Bones Butter”), Elizabeth Falkner (chef, restaurateur and alum of both Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”), Christina Tosi (the James Beard Award-winning chef and co-owner of New York’s Momofuku Milk Bar), Virginia Willis (Southern chef and cookbook author), Anita Lo (chef/owner at Anissa Restaurant, New York), and Elizabeth Karmel (national grilling expert and author).

“It’s very exciting to welcome great, world renowned chefs to Palm Beach. From Gabrielle to Christina to Elizabeth to Virginia to Anita, who is a force to be reckoned with, the lineup will be a great one,” said Sabin. “And we should mention we’ve got some pretty well-respected guys coming as well, from Daniel Boulud to Ken Oringer (Boston chef/restaurateur).”

The highlights:

Thursday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. – Two Palm Beach dinners dominate the festival’s launch night.

  • The First Bite at Buccan stars chefs Anita Lo, Ken Oringer and Jonathon Sawyer, who will join Buccan chef Clay Conley for the multicourse feast. ($175 per person)
  • The SUSTAIN dinner at PB Catch, already sold out, will be a seafood-centric affair featuring a powerhouse trio of women: Chefs Elizabeth Falkner, Gabrielle Hamilton and Virginia Willis join PB Catch chef Aaron Black.


Friday, Dec. 12 – The day’s lineup includes a celebrity volleyball game, a kick-off party and a late-night bash.

  • Get Served! (2 p.m.) is the chef volleyball game at the beach behind the Four Seasons resort in Palm Beach. Expect small, beach-y bites. (Free)
  • The Chef Welcome Party (7 p.m.) is a red-carpet affair at The Breakers Palm Beach. Expect food samplings, wines and cocktails. ($125 per person)
  • The Late Night Rock hosted by Jeff Mauro (11:30 p.m.), hosted by Food Network’s Sandwich King Jeff Mauro, is described by festival organizers as “an evening of cocktails and karaoke gone wild.” Turns out the Sandwich King is also a karaoke king. ($75 per person)


Saturday, Dec. 13 – This fest day belongs to culinary-minded kids, grilling fans and street food lovers.

  • Kids Kitchens (9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) are chef-led, hands-on tutorials for kids who love to cook. Headlining the classes at the Four Seasons Resort: chefs Robert Irvine and Lindsay Autry. ($45 – includes one child and one adult)
  • Chillin’ N’ Grillin’ (12:30 p.m.), a cookout on the poolside terrace of the Four Seasons resort, will be hosted by Cooking Channel personality Eden Grinshpan. Grill-masters include chefs Robert Irvine, Elizabeth Karmel, Mike Lata, Marc Murphy, Jeff Mauro, Christina Tosi, Fabio Viviani and Darryl Moiles. ($125 per person)
  • Street Food (7 p.m.), hosted by food TV personality and producer Marc Summers, promises to fill the front of the Four Seasons resort with the aromas of fair food. The main event: Five Palm Beach chefs face five Miami chefs in a street food showdown. ($125 per person)


Sunday, Dec. 14 – The festival’s final day starts with brunch and ends with a grand tasting.

  • Daniel Friends (11 a.m.) is what happens when star chef Daniel Boulud hosts Sunday brunch with acclaimed New York chefs Gabrielle Hamilton and Christina Tosi. ($125 per person)
  • The 8th Annual Grand Tasting (5 p.m.) invades 150 Worth once more, turning that shopping plaza into a jam-packed, gourmet food court. Expect tastings from 40-plus South Florida eateries, cocktails, wine and the annual Grand Chef Throwdown. ($100 per person)


The names:

Visiting celebrity chefs and food personalities include chefs Daniel Boulud, Marc Murphy, Gabrielle Hamilton, Elizabeth Faulkner, Robert Irvine, Jeff Mauro, Christina Tosi, Virginia Willis, Anita Lo and Ken Oringer. Local stars include chefs Lindsay Autry, Clay Conley, Darryl Moiles and Aaron Black.


To purchase tickets to single or several festival events, visit

Organizers are offering specially priced ticket packages, including a PBFWF Passport for $680 (one-fourth off all events). Details are available on the website.



In its first year of existence, the Feast of the Sea has hit the town in relentless waves. The festival comes after no fewer than five chef throwdown challenges to determine which local toque will be the fest’s “Maestro del Mar.”

On Saturday, the crowned Maestro – Chef Eugenio Santucci of Ristorante Santucci in downtown West Palm Beach – will join more than 50 local eateries at the Feast’s grand finale event. They’ll be serving affordable seafood-centric bites ($6 or less each) along downtown’s waterfront.

Adding to the mix will be ten live bands performing at two stages (Meyer Amphitheater and Fern Street stage).

Feast of the Sea

When: Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown West Palm Beach waterfront, at Flagler Drive and Clematis Street.

Admission: Free and open to the public; VIP passes are $100 and grant access to VIP area, drinks and food; family passes are $120 and buy family beverages and meals for two adults and children and access to a private dining area.

Food: More than 50 vendors will offer dishes priced at $6 or less.



Sept. 17

Nicknamed “Rock, Roll Stroll,” this is a moveable food and drink tasting event that hits many of Mizner Park’s eateries and bars.

Event-goers plot their own crawl through the plaza’s culinary scene with special ticket booklets that buy sips and bites at each participating restaurant. The event also features a craft beer tasting at the Mizner Amphitheater.

As for the rock n’ roll part, there will be two live bands providing the soundtrack for the crawl.

Tastemakers at Mizner Park

When: Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Mizner Park, 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-362-0606

Tickets: $30 buys you a Tastemakers ticket booklet with vouchers for food and drink tastings at participating bars and restaurants. Bonus: The booklets also contain coupons for dining deals through Oct. 31. Buy tickets at

Participating eateries include: Max’s Grille, Racks, Ruth’s Chris, Truluck’s, Tanzy, Kapow!, Dubliner, Jazziz Nightlife, Villagio, Yard House and Uncle Julio’s.


Nov. 8-9

In its third year, the festival offers a weekend of good bites, wine seminars, an artisan fair and plenty of live music performed on two stages.

The culinary highlight of this fest is the wine and food pairing seminars, such as the “Taste of Napa” seminar ($45) that Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. featuring the wines of Cakebread Cellars and food pairings from Caffe Luna Rosa. For the full list of pairing events, visit

Delray Beach Wine Seafood Festival

When: Saturday Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Along East Atlantic Avenue, from the Intracoastal east to A1A

Admission: Free; tickets to the wine pairing seminars start at $45 and are available on the website.


From December through April

During growing season, Loxahatchee Groves’ Swank Farm hosts some of the most sumptuous feasts in the county. This year, farmers Jodi and Darrin Swank are adding a few extra feasts to the roster.

The farm lunches (and dinners) showcase the foods of top South and Central Florida chefs. This season,

Here’s this year’s rundown:

Sunday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. – 50 Eggs Down on the Farm

  • The 50 Eggs restaurant group, which owns acclaimed Miami area eateries Yardbird, Swine and Khong River House, takes over the farm’s outdoor kitchen. Visiting chef: Clayton Miller. A 50 Eggs sommelier will pour selected wines, while Tequesta Brewing Co. pours locally brewed craft beers. Live music: the Killbillies.


Sunday, Jan. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. – Black Gold and Silver Sands

  • This feast, which benefits the Historical Society of Palm Beach, is a celebration of the county’s agriculture, past and present. Cooking at the farm are chefs Jason Pringle (DB Moderne, Miami), Wolfgang Birk (Area 31, Miami), and Kevin Fonzo (K Restaurant, Orlando). Café Boulud sommelier Mariya Kovacheva will pour the wines. Florida’s Native Brewing will supply the beers. Live music: the Jeff Prine Band with Juanita Dixon and Rita Wilburn.


Sunday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. – Hot Pink Tomato

  • This dinner pays homage to the tomato. Visiting chefs are Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak, Miami), Conor Hanlon (The Dutch, Miami), Roy Villacrusis (Aah Loi, Jupiter) and pastry chef Huma Nagi (3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale). Twisted Trunk brewery will pour the beers. Music: Sosos.


Sunday, March 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. – Le Grand Aioli

  • A Provencal-style feast in Loxahatchee Groves. Cooking are chefs Paula da Silva (3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale), Clayton Carnes (The Grille, Wellington), Michael Reidt (Pilgrim, Miami), Carmen Padilla (Meat Market, Miami and Palm Beach). Delray’s SaltWater brewery pours its local beers, while sommelier Stephanie Miskew pours her selection of wines. Music: Hughie Burns and the County Line.


Sunday, March 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. – Where’s the Beet?

  • This will be an all-veggie feast. Participating chefs are Ken Blue (Hippocrates Health Institute, West Palm), Julie Frans (Essensia, Miami Beach), Lauren de Shields (Market 17, Fort Lauderdale). Dessert served by Mom’s Pops. Boynton’s own Due South Brewing Co. supplies the beer, while a Market 17 sommelier pours the wines. Music: The Baron Sisters.


Sunday, April 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. – Dinner en Blanc

  • This feast, which benefits the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, features chefs Michael Schwartz (Michael’s Genuine, Miami), Roel Alcudia (Cypress Room, Miami), Nick Morfogen (32 East, Delray), Rick Mace (Café Boulud), and star pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith (Genuine Hospitality Group, Miami). Wynwood Brewing pours the craft beers, while Café Boulud somm Mariya Kovacheva pours the wine. Live music: Uproot Hootenanny.


Sunday, April 26, 4 to 8 p.m. – Prime Cuts

  • This dinner, which benefits Food for the Poor, is described as a “beef lover’s paradise.” Cooking on the farm: chefs Chris Miracolo (S3, Fort Lauderdale), Blake Malatesta (50 Ocean, Delray), Isaac Cerny (Pistache, West Palm), and pastry chef Jerry Valvano (Ganache 316). Boca’s Funky Buddha brewery pours the local beer. Music: Andrew Morris Band.



This year’s feasts, coordinated by Miami chef Simon Stojanovic (formerly of Altamare, Miami Beach), cost a non-refundable $155 per person (adults only).

To reserve a spot, call 561-202-5648 or visit

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Sep 9, 2014
Tina George

Food fests draw crowds, help economy

Garlic, ribs, wine and more.

Food festivals in the Hudson Valley draw tens of thousands of visitors each year. But they’re more than just entertainment. Spending — both at and related to events — help the mid-Hudson Valley economy, and the events draw visitors back to the valley for return trips, business and tourism leaders said.

“I think the food events are really great because they introduce people to the bounties of the Hudson Valley,” said Lila Pague, owner Winter Sun Summer Moon boutique in downtown Rhinebeck for 26 years. “I think the Hudson Valley is one of the most important food regions in the country. And to have events that expand people’s knowledge of the food in the Hudson Valley is great.”

From the garlic festival at Cantine Field in Saugerties to smaller events like a Taste of New Paltz, which highlights local restaurants, the Hudson Valley hosts a number of agricultural and culinary celebrations each year, particularly from spring to fall.

“People travel far for food and beverage events. People are motivated by food. They like the chance to meet the winemakers, the farmers, the distillers, the craft brewers, and knowing where their food/beverages come from and how it is made,” said Lydia Higginson, deputy director of Dutchess County Tourism.

While it’s difficult to find numbers on how much money goes specifically into food festivals and related spending, county tourism agencies do track visitors’ impact on the local economy — and food festivals are a major draw, she said.

A festival in Saugerties dedicated to pure fascination with garlic.
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Multiple factors bring guests to Dutchess County; however, 50 to 70 percent of people surveyed say fine or local dining is one reason; 18 to 33 percent come because of festival or events; and farmers markets, pick-your-own produce and wineries attract about 20 percent of the county’s visitors, said Higginson.

The average visitor spend about $98 for a “daytripper” to $277 for a person who stays overnight, she said.

Across the river, about 40,000 to 45,000 people attend the two-day garlic festival each year and the Hudson Valley RibFest draws close to 10,000 said Rick Remsnyder, director of Ulster County Tourism.

“Visitor’s spending in Ulster County is close to $500 million each year,” he said.

Rodney Johnson, co-owner of Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market, which serves craft beer and high-end cheeses in Rhinbeck, said some festivals at the nearby Dutchess County Fairgrounds help business more than others.

“It helps a little bit,” he said. “Not all of them, the car show antique motorcycles don’t help me at all.”

Johnson said it likely depends on the crowd who might be dawn by a particular event. His business gets a bump the Saturday night of the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest because people may stay overnight in Rhinebeck. But Sunday, after the second day of the event, most people are heading home so there’s no uptick at the shop.

New Paltz Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Peter Ingellis said it’s the chamber’s hope, in hosting events like Taste of New Paltz, is that people will stay for the weekend, walk around town, and eat at restaurants — not just on the fairgrounds, during the event.

“They say that they see a bump,” he said, of local businesses. “The goal is to have people come to town on possibly Friday or Saturday, and participate in other events that are here, go to the (State University of New York at New Paltz), go to the art studios, eat at some of the restaurants here and then go to our event and have a good time, and maybe stop somewhere else.”

Emily Stewart: 845-437-4882;; Twitter: @estwrt

Upcoming events

These are a sampling of food events in Dutchess and Ulster counties. Find more on the Journal’s events page.

Sept. 13: Dutchess Hops Hoptember

Dutchess County’s first commercial hop yard hosts its second Hoptember fest. Local food, farms and music and over 20 brewers, distillers and cideries. 1167 Noxon Road in LaGrange.

Admission: All-inclusive tickets cost $50. Designated driver tickets are $25.


Sept. 14: Taste of New Paltz

New Paltz eateries prepare tasting portions of food and drink, plus live music, at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz.

Admission: $7 in advance or $10 at the gate; plus $2 and $3 “tasting tickets” for food and drink samples.


Sept. 20: Hudson River Craft Beer Festival

A celebration of Hudson Valley heritage and a sampling of the state’s craft beer and local food, with live entertainment, at the Riverfront Park in Beacon.

Admission: $45 online or $55 at the gate; designated driver tickets are $15 online, $20 at gate


Sept. 27-28: Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

The Kiwanis Club of Saugerties hosts this festival of all things garlic at Cantine Field. Daily adult tickets are $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under free. Advance discount tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors; no discount tickets at the gate.


Oct. 4: Heart of the Hudson Valley Bounty Festival

Guests sip, taste and learn more about the area’s agriculture, attractions, businesses and causes at this benefit for local nonprofits. Cluett Schantz Memorial Park, 1801-1805 Route 9W in Milton. Parking is free.


Oct. 12: Beacon Sloop Club Pumpkin Festival

Annual family-friendly event with food and music at the Riverfront Park in Beacon.

Admission: Free


Oct. 12: New York State Sheep and Wool Festival

More than just sheep and wool. Also cooking demonstrations, farm-fresh lamb for sale and food vendors.

Admission: $12 at the gate, $10.50 in advance, $18.50 for advance weekend pass. Group discounts available.


Nov. 23: International Pickle Festival

The Rosendale Chamber of Commerce and residents Bill and Cathy Brooks hosts this fun and funky event at the Rosendale Community Center, 1055 Route 32.

Information: 845-658-9649

Nov. 22-23; Dec. 6-7, 13-14: Shawangunk Wine Trail: Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

All 14 of the Shawangunk Wine Trail’s wineries will be decorated for the holidays. Guests get a souvenir wine glass and grapevine wreath at their starting winery, then an ornament at each other winery they visit.


Source: Ulster County Tourism, Dutchess County Tourism


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Sep 9, 2014
Tina George

Food festivals: how to harvest the best this autumn

Next weekend, one of the country’s oldest food festivals kicks off in Shropshire: the Ludlow Marches Festival of Food and Drink ( Now in its 20th year, the three-day festival will offer Camra beer tastings, demonstrations, children’s cookery classes and even a special 30-minute knife-skills course run by Eckington Manor Cookery School. Highlights on Saturday include the popular Sausage and Bread Trails that thread their way around town.

Over the border, the Welsh town of Abergavenny, in the shadow of the Brecon Beacons, has a thriving gastro-scene best experienced during the annual food festival on 20-21 September ( Special appearances include Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer of London’s Honey Co. On Saturday night between 6-8pm, the Lower Brewery Yard will host a Night Market featuring street food vendors as well as a pop-up restaurant from Notting Hill’s La Cave à Fromage.

The Great Cornish Food Festival ( comes to Truro from 26 to 28 September. Attendees will discover there’s more to the region’s culinary riches than Cornish pasties – although these will also be taking centre stage with pasty-crimping workshops as one of the locally-inspired activities on offer. Two Michelin-starred chef, Nathan Outlaw, will also be demonstrating how to cook Cornish fish.

Newcastle upon Tyne has put a novel spin on its own culinary festival with the Urban Night Feast ( In the industrial surroundings of Silverlink’s historic Boiler Shop some of the best street food vendors from around the UK will be under one roof from 6pm to midnight from 3 to 5 October.

Visitors to The York Food Drink Festival ( get the chance to eat Come-Dine-with-Me-style, when locals will open their doors for intimate dinners at home. This is one of an array of events taking place between 19 and 28 September.

Mitch Tonks, Mark Hix, Gizzi Erskine, and Tom Parker-Bowles are just some of the famous foodie faces making an appearance at this year’s Dartmouth Food Festival ( from 24 to 26 October. There will also be plenty of opportunities to sample food and drink from more than 100 artisan producers from all over the region, plus cookery demos and classes.

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Sep 6, 2014
Tina George

New England Fall Food Festivals

Jan. 25, Rockport, Maine

The 11th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour takes place in Rockland on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1-5 p.m. During this event, pie lovers travel from one historic Rockland inn to the next, sampling the pies at each one—including the LimeRock Inn’s signature Key LimeRock Pie. Visit for more info, or call 207-596-6611. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children under 10. 

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Sep 5, 2014
Tina George

Travel insiders: Food festivals can be the Glastonbury for gluttons

Autumn is approaching fast, which means leaves turning red, nights drawing in – and lots of opportunities for pigging out at food festivals.

Think Glastonbury for gluttons, with top chefs, pop-up restaurants, craft beers and plenty of samples.

Taste Cumbria is held in Cockermouth from September 27 and 28. Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan has a pop-up restaurant in a car showroom and the Trout Hotel will have a marquee showcasing food from the region.

On the Sunday night Lakeland Distillery takes over to show off its latest gins, whiskies and vodkas.

Rooms at the Trout Hotel from £125., 01900 823591,

Ludlow Food and Drink Festival takes place from September 12 to 14 in this famously foodie corner of Shropshire.

More than 160 stalls will be set up under Ludlow Castle. Marcus Bean – a regular on ITV’s This Morning – will be giving cookery demonstrations with surprise celebrity guests.

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They don’t get much posher than the Tetbury Food Drink Festival in the Cotswolds (September 17 to 21).

Prince Charles’ Highgrove Gardens are open for tours followed by dinner cooked by TV’s Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry.

Tickets cost £75pp including a glass of organic Highgrove wine.

The Snooty Fox Hotel, where rooms start at £160 BB, is hosting a wine-tasting competition.,

It’s more down to Earth at the Liverpool Food and Drink festival, which celebrates the great British pub at Sefton Park (September 19 to 21).

There’s a pop-up pub and Tom Kerridge, star of the BBC’s Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food, is a special guest.

Or sample the flavours of Scotland at Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival (September 6 and 7).

There’ll be haggis, smoked kippers and a baking demonstration with Great British Bake Off 2012 finalist James Morton.

For accommodation there’s availability at Lomond Woods Holiday Park from £48 a night.,

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