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Culinary Adventures: Where to Eat and Drink in The Hudson Valley This Fall

Foodies, rejoice! Your calendar is about to get packed, and it’s no wonder:  The Hudson Valley, New York is a burgeoning culinary hotspot. This fall, food lovers are invited to festivals, wineries, and celebrations all over the Hudson Valley to sample some of the best fare around. Events cater to both the child-toting crowd and adult-only groups with everything from grape stomping and live music to a craft beer festival along a gorgeous waterway. All you need to do is bring your appetite. Sounds easy (and mouth-watering), right?

Here’s a handy breakdown of some of the fall fun and upcoming events happening in The Hudson Valley this season:

  • Behold New Lebanon: Escape the hustle and bustle of the urban landscape with a day trip to the picturesque New Lebanon. Visitors will be able to participate in nontraditional (but totally delicious) food how-tos, such as Eating in the Wild and Cooking with Quince on October 11, as well as learn all about homestead living.  Columbia, October 10-13.
  • Southern Westchester Food & Wine Festival: This culinary celebration brings together the best in the business, including everyone from cheese mongers to spirits producers to culinary personalities. The three day festival will feature a chef battle, a barbecue and grilling plaza, a healthy eating and living pavilion, along with plenty of demonstrations and music.  Westchester, September 19-21.
  • Hudson River Craft Beer Festival: The festival promises “beer, food, and fun”—which is really the trifecta of amazing culinary adventures. Explore the thriving beer culture of the Hudson Valley by sampling from dozens of breweries from all over the country. There will also be plenty of food vendors to nosh on while sipping your ales. Dutchess, September 20.
  • Brotherhood Winery 175th Anniversary: Brotherhood Winery, the oldest winery in the United States, is celebrating its 175th consecutive year of operation this year, making it a standout day trip for the fall. Events will include grape stomping and live music for the whole family, along with tours and tastings for adults. We also got word that they’re releasing two exclusive wines for the celebration: a 2009 Vintage Port (only 1,500 bottles!) and a rich, fruit forward Cabernet. Orange, Saturdays and Sundays September 6-October 12.
  • Oktoberfest: Embrace German culture by visiting the Empire State Plaza in Albany near the Egg for an Oktoberfest celebration. The outdoor event will be offering up tasty German cuisine like bratwurst and sauerkraut along with traditional music. It’s from 10am to 2pm, so be sure to pencil it in for some lunchtime fun.  Albany, September 24.
  • Souvlaki Fest: This highly-anticipated free admission event hosted at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church will be serving up quintessentially Greek fare like spanikopita, baklava and loukoumathes. Diners will be able to eat in or take out, but we suggest dining in; we have a feeling you’ll want seconds.  Albany, September 26-27.
  • Benmarl’s September Harvest Grape Stomping Festival: Kids and adults alike will adore this annual autumn event. Take in the fall foliage of Marlboro while stomping away at grapes, sampling local wines, touring the Benmarl Winery’s 37-acre estate, and enjoying live music. Ulster, September 27-28, October 11-12.

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