10 Hudson Valley Food Festivals to Chow Down at This Spring

Break out the napkins for burgers, beer, cupcakes, and more at the region’s tastiest culinary fests.


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The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and Hudson Valley food festival season is fully in swing! After a long winter of sweaters and so much soup, we’re exchanging hats for sunglasses and comfort food for…oh wait, we’ll keep that. After all, spring marks the return of burgers, ice cream, and all the warm weather treats you know and love.

So what are you waiting for? Make the calls to your foodie squad and get ready to savor the best of springtime food fests in the Hudson Valley. P.S. You might want to break out the stretch pants before you hit the road.

 

 

Cupcake Festival

Stormville Airport, Stormville
May 4, 12-5 p.m.

Flowers are great and all, but cupcakes are the real reason to sing the praises of the springtime season. Kicking off the sweet celebrations is K104.7’s annual Cupcake Festival, which relocates from Beacon to Stormville this year. As far as sweets go, there will be more than 20,000 cupcakes onsite for your sweet tooth pleasure. When you need a break from the sugar high, shop the wares from regional vendors or bring the kids to the inflatable slide or jump castles. By the time the tykes are tuckered out, you’ll all be ready for a second sugar high.

 

Maifest

Germania Festival Grounds, Poughkeepsie
May 17-19

Oktoberfest may still be a few months away, but you can get your soft pretzel fix at Germania of Poughkeepsie’s annual Maifest. Held in Poughkeepsie, the event is a must for authentic German beer – think Spaten and Maibock – and plentiful baked treats. A kid-friendly occasion, Maifest plays host to local vendors and children’s entertainers as well. Add to that German singers and Bavarian dancers, and it’s the perfect way to kick back on the weekend after Mother’s Day.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Gardiner Cupcake Festival

Wright’s Farm, Gardiner
May 18, 12-5 p.m.

Yes, there are two cupcake festivals in the Hudson Valley. Yes, they’re both in May. No, we’re not mad about it. In fact, we’re counting down the days to eat all the cupcakes at Gardiner’s annual Cupcake Festival. Held at Wright’s Farm, the event features more than 10,000 cupcakes, some of which will feature prominently in the 5K Cupcake Classic. If you’re not sure what a Cupcake Classic is, imagine a stunning run through the orchards, followed by the awarding of one apple and cupcake apiece, because balance. If you’re wondering about exactly which vendors will be there, keep an eye out for favorites like Deising’s in Kingston, Peace, Love & Cupcakes in Woodstock, and Mid-Hudson Cakes in Wappingers Falls. Savory concoctions from Handsome Devil BBQ, Pizza a Legna, and Reggae Boy will be there as well.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L.A.B. Fest

Garner Arts Center, West Haverstraw
May 18-19

Love beer? Want to learn how to homebrew? Then L.A.B. Fest is the one for you. L.A.B., short for Live.Art.Beer., is a collaborative effort with Garner Arts Center and Industrial Arts Brewing Company that highlights the harmony between the Hudson Valley’s innovative arts and beer industries. Over the course of two days, the fest brings together 40 breweries, talented live performers, and top local food truck vendors. In addition to eating and drinking your fill, you’ll also be able to ogle immersive art installations, catch live performances, and explore a 14-acre, pre-Civil War, repurposed textile mill. In other words, it may just be the coolest thing you do all season.

 

Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival

Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham
May 25-26

Take a trip to Columbia County over Memorial Day weekend for the region’s sixth annual wine and food fest. The occasion features vendors from the Hudson Berkshire beverage trail along with a number of other regional cideries, distilleries, and wineries. To pair with your sips, take time to snack on the variety of gourmet cheese, baked goods, and jams available. If you want to learn something new, the seminars hosted by local craft beverage experts are worth a listen.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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PLUS Polish Festival

89 Western Hwy, Tappan
June 1-2

Now in its 11th year, PLUS Polish Festival shines a light on the vibrant Polish culture in the Hudson Valley. Throughout the June weekend, Polish performers and entertainers take the stage in Tappan, while family rides and competitions keep the fun going all day long. As for eats, Polish classics like kielbasa, stuffed cabbage rolls, and bigos tempt visitors to try something new. For anyone who’s really hungry, the pierogi and paczki (Polish donuts) eating contests are just the thing to cure your cravings…and then some.

 

 

Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival

Various locations
June 4-9

If you’re looking for the ultimate foodie event, Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival is a no-brainer. With seven events over seven days, the ninth annual shindig honors the leading chefs, sommeliers, and tastemakers who shape Westchester’s cuisine. Happenings range from wine tastings and burger fests to junior chef demos and food truck get-togethers, so there’s a little something for everyone. On Saturday, June 8, the wining and dining reaches its peak with the Grand Tasting Village. From 12-4 p.m., the festival’s signature event brings together more than 50 local restaurants and 200 wine and spirits for a truly unforgettable afternoon.

 

 

Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Stormville Airport, Stormville
June 8, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stormville’s food truck fest is ready to roll (pun most definitely intended) this June. In honor of its third anniversary, the celebration rounds up more than 15 food trucks and cuisines for your eating pleasure. Also on tap that day are 50-plus craft beers and ciders from local vendors, along with an artisan market stocked with one-of-a-kind wares from regional makers. Bring your friends to sip and snack throughout the day, but don’t forget to take a pause to listen to the live music or test your skills with cornhole and Jenga while you’re there. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, Independent Helicopters will also be offering 10-minute helicopter rides across the Hudson Valley throughout the day.

 

Farm to Fork Fondo

Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick
June 8-9

Farm to Fork Fondo is not exactly a food festival, at least not in the traditional sense. If we’re getting down to it, the late spring event is a full-day bike ride that interweaves food with Hudson Valley views. On Saturday, riders can pick up their registration info and mingle at the Meet the Farmers dinner. The following day, the race begins at 8:30 a.m. sharp, with varying competitions (Piccolo, Medio, and Gran) available for riders of all levels. Throughout the day, a barbeque and festival market entice revelers and supporters until the riders return to feast.

 

 

Hudson Valley Wine & Chocolate Festival

Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz
June 15-16

Chocolate is great. Wine is great. So it only makes sense that a festival with both of your favorite food groups would be downright wonderful. Just in time for Father’s Day, the Hudson Valley Wine & Chocolate Festival returns for all-day sampling, shopping, and sipping. This year, the event takes place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds and features more than 85 vendors. Also new this year is the fest’s updated admission policy. For the first time, it’s opening the grounds to visitors of all ages and offering free admission for children 10 and under. While the official vendor list is being finalized, expect to see an assorted roster of wineries, snack spots, craftspeople, and food trucks while you’re there.


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