{Weekend} Reading: LOCAL

The next two weekends are BIG BIG BIG with multiple two-day festivals happening. I have added many events to the list, including two harvest festivals in Saratoga and Colonie. Before the local events list, there is a short local news section.


Nick & Britin Foster of All Good Bakers in Delmar, NY  create a line of  vegan and low/no sugar baked goods. They are in the midst of creating a baked-good-CSA, a Community Supported Bakery! GENIUS! They already sell their goodies at the Saturday Delmar Market on Kenwood Avenue. From the Delmar Market Website:
All Good Bakers is an Albany-based at-home bakery, husband and wife team, who look forward to serving you delicious Vegan Cinnamon Rolls & Cookies, no-sugar/vegan Cakes & Bialys, and very low-sugar Croissants and Scones.  We use only sustainably sourced and mostly organic ingredients, and local when we can.

Information can be found on their Facebook page. I wish I could sign up (MJ has Celiac’s). Look for an interview with Nick & Britin soon, as they have fabulous ideas that expand beyond the CSB.


Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, in Tarrytown,  is hosting a very important lunch today. First lady, Michelle Obama, will be hosting a farm to table luncheon for UN representatives’ spouses. White House chefs have been cooking for this event since yesterday. (Both links are to Obama Foodorama, The blog of record about the President and First Lady’s food initiatives, with reporting from the White House by Eddie Gehman Kohan. Links are to different stories).


UPDATE: Tonight (Friday 24th) during Troy Night Out, Pioneer Troy Community Food Co-Op is giving tours of the new store before it opens at the end of October.

New to the list: Adirondack Balloon Festival, through September 26th in Queensbury. This event isn’t food-specific but who doesn’t love hot air balloons? So pretty. Maybe there will be one shaped like a pumpkin or apple?

September 25 & 26th: Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. Chef demos, children’s area, music and GARLIC!

September 25-26th will bring Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at the Washington County Fair Grounds.

Lakeside Farms is hosting an Antique Show on September 26th 9am-4pm. Get yourself some hot-off-the-wire-rack apple cider donuts and pumpkins while you shop.

Saratoga Springs’ Henry Street Harvest Festival, Sunday September 26th 12pm-4pm. Henry Street will be closed between Lake and Caroline Streets for a festival with music, food and games/crafts for the kiddos.

Colonie’s The Crossings is having a Harvest Fest, also on Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Wagon rides, blacksmithing, clowns, facepainting and lots more family friendly stuff. Free.

September 28th: Brown’s Brewery is hosting a Summer Harvest dinner. According to their website: “Chef Paul Minbiole and Head Brewer Peter Martin have teamed up to present a bountiful beer paired dinner that celebrates the fruits of this summer’s labor. Most of the ingredients on the menu will be sourced from Troy’s Waterfront Farmer’s Market.” A full menu is listed on the Brewery’s home page. $65 per person. (Thanks Sarah for the link)

September 24- October 3 Self-Guided Garden of Eating Tour in Columbia County.

Williams College’s Museum of Art will be hosting an all-day (FREE) conference on The Place of Taste: A Symposium of Taste: A Symposium on Food, Culture and Community on October 2nd.

From the website: “This delectable daylong event features chefs, writers, scholars, and artists. Organized by the Williams College Museum of Art and Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture in celebration of the journal’s 10th anniversary.”

October 2nd: Vegetarian Expo , 10am-5pm, Empire State Plaza. Free Admission. From the website: “The NY Vegetarian Expo Brings together the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, and compassion for animals and all beings.”

New to the list: For families there is The Hoopla October 2nd 11-4pm, The Saratoga Spa State Park, Victoria Pool area. There will be games, crafts, local food provided by some GREAT local establishments- 50 South, Four Seasons, Harvest & Hearth, Esperanto and Pies-on-Wheels.

According to the website:

“The Hoopla is all about celebrating healthy choices we make for our families and ourselves.   In our desire to embrace technology and never-ending innovation, sometimes it feels like we have lost some of the joys and benefits of simpler times.  However, it is possible to reconnect with these values in a modern, balanced way.  The Hoopla provides us the chance to meet people, groups and businesses doing just that–bringing health, balance and happiness to our families’ everyday experience.
The day will be full of activities, games, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, food and fun. There is no admission charge, but we appreciate any donations to help offset our costs.  Any revenue will go to improving the event in the future or donated to non-profits which promote balanced choices and options for families. ”

October 16th: Troy Chowderfest, around 30 vendors, samples for $1.

Don’t forget it’s U-Pick apple season– get out and join the fun!


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