Savor Fall Treats at These Autumnal Festivals

An all-you-can-eat wingfest, a crafty upstate market, and more from this week’s top picks for things to do in and around the Valley.


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The Blue Hen Bourbon Dinner

The Blue Hen at The Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga Springs
September 27, 7 p.m.

Looking for a special way to celebrate the arrival of fall? Reserve a spot at The Blue Hen’s Bourbon Dinner this Thursday. The event, which ties into National Bourbon Heritage Month in September, features a four-course dining experience that pairs each dish with a fine bourbon. Sample partnerships like pork belly with E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Bourbon and pear tarte tatin with Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

 

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

Cantine Field, Saugerties
September 29-30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Break out the breath mints! The Hudson Valley Garlic Festival returns to Saugerties this weekend to spotlight the history and uses of the flavorful ingredient. Admission is $10, cash only, and includes access to music performances by Ian Flannigan, Annie and the Hedonist, and more, along with demonstrations by chefs Ric Orlando and Noah Sheetz and food shopping galore. As for what to eat, keep it classic with garlic pizza or garlic steak sandwiches. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the garlic ice cream at Guido’s Frozen Desserts or, dare we say, the donuts with garlic pepper glaze at Great Cape Baking Co.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet Project Runway stars Helen Castillo from Season 12 and Ben Mach from Season 8 at @moodfabrics booth. Castillo and Mach will be joining Swatch, Mood’s famous mascot pup, meeting attendees, and talking about their “Project Runway” experiences. Stop by the Mood Fabrics booth and mingle with fashion stars! …. …. #IntheMKNG #projectrunway #designerhelen #designerbenjamin #swatchthedog #swatch #moodfabrics #fashion #designerfabric #moodmascot #instafashion #igfashion #makers #makeityourself #makersmovement #creativityfound #outdoorfestival #gathering #creativelife #DIY #doityourself #makersgonnamake #handmade #craftsmanship #creativity #familyfriendly #upstateNY #craftagram #fallfestival #inspiration @afci_global @DesignerHelen @benjamin_mach

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In the MKNG

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
September 29-30, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For the first time ever, Bethel brings together some of the most talented makers in the Hudson Valley and beyond to celebrate creativity.  Whether you want to shop from local vendors, craft with experts, or introduce the kids to a new hobby, you can spend the day hopping from craft stands to food vendors to music performances and more.

 

Wine, Cider, and Food Truck Festival

Stormville Airport, Stormville
September 29, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you can’t get enough of the Hudson Valley’s food trucks, you’ll want to make a beeline to Stormville Airport on Saturday. Now in its second year, the fest brings together more than 15 food trucks, 40 craft alcohol varieties, and a number of artisanal craft and food vendors from the region. As you eat and drink to your stomach’s content, listen to live music or check out the old-school rides that pull up for the Border Wars NY vs CT Car Show. With a kid zone that features attractions like a bouncy house and face painting, the event is open to little ones too.

 

Wedding Flea Market

Takk House, Troy
September 30, 12-4 p.m.

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive. Whether you’re planning a trip down the aisle or just recently said “I do,” you might want to consider a trip to the wedding flea market at Takk House on Sunday. The resale event aims to share the love between recently and soon-to-be married couples by allowing them to sell and purchase gently loved items from each other. Tables cost $30 to rent, while general admission tickets are $5 for all.

 

 

Westchester Magazine Event: Wingfest

Empire City Casino, Yonkers
September 27, 6-10 p.m.

Make your way to Empire City Casino on Thursday for Westchester Magazine’s second annual Wingfest. The finger-licking evening brings the county’s best wings, not to mention cold beer, food trucks, and local vendors, under one roof. Get ready to eat your way through more than 30 types of wings, then see which eatery takes home the Wingfest title.


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