One of the better eatin' and drinkin' events around is the annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, this year scheduled for the weekend of September 6-7 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. This will be the 13th year for the extravaganza that is spread throughout the sprawling venue. The emphasis is on food and beverages produced in New York State, with emphasis on the Hudson Valley, and includes a wine competition for Valley wineries.
The festival will offer hundreds of wines, more than 100 vendors of specialty foods, art and lifestyle vendors items, food sampling from restaurants in the region, a food truck corral and live entertainment. In addition, cooking demonstrations and food and wine seminars are being scheduled.
Some of this year's beverage vendors, updated and verified as of Friday:
WINERIES: Adirondack Winery, Americana Vineyards & Winery, Ashley Lynn Winery, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Bellaforma Wine, Benmarl Winery, Brookview Station Winery, Brotherhood, Casa Larga Vineyards, Cascade Mountain Winery, Castel Grisch Winery, Ceregino Smith Winery, Clinton Vineyards, Coffee Pot Cellars / Osprey's Dominion Winery, Crooked Lake Winery, Damiani Wine Cellars, Eagle Crest Vineyards, Fulkerson Winery, Galway Rock Vineyard & Winery, Glenora Wine Cellars, Halfmoon Cellars Winery, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Heron Hill Winery, Hosmer Winery, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Hunt Country Vineyards, Inspire Moore Winery & Vineyard, Johnson Estate Winery, JR Dill Winery, Keuka Spring Vineyards, Knapp Vineyard, Lakeland Winery, Lucas Vineyards, McGregor Winery, Merritt Estate Winery, Miles Wine Cellars, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Montezuma Winery, (The) Naked Grape, Pazdar Winery, Rasta Ranch Vineyards, Robibero Winery, Seneca Shore Wine Cellar, Sheldrake Point Vineyard, Swedish Hill & Goosewatch Wineries, Thousand Islands Winery, Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, Tousey Winery, Vetter Vineyards, Vine Van Gogh, Vineyard View Winery, Wagner Vineyards, Warwick Valley Winery, Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery.
DISTILLERS: Catskill Provisions, Dutch's Spirits, Gasko & Meyer Inc., Hillrock Estate Distillery, Hudson Valley Distillers, StilltheOne Distillery, Tuthilltown Spirits, White Pike Whiskey / Finger Lakes Distilling.
Ticket information is available online. Parking is free. The Dutchess County Fairgrounds are located at 6550 Spring Brook Avenue in Rhinebeck. Phone: 845-658-7181.