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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival (May 28th & May 29th) by Philip S. Kampe







This Memorial Day weekend is expected to be sunny and unusually warm, upper 80’s. To me, that means summer. And what is summer about in the Hudson-Berkshire region? Festivals, farmer markets  and country fairs.

Well, the first Festival of the season is this weekend, Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May29th.  It is time for the 4th Annual Hudson-Berkshire Wine and Food Festival, Activities take place at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Route 66 in Chatham, New York.

Hours are 11-6pm on Saturday and 11-5pm on Sunday.

Purchase tickets with a savings in advance at www.hudsonberkshirewinefestival.com .

Or buy tickets on the day of the event for $25, which includes one day of admission, a tasting glass and all ‘all the wine you care to drink’. 
Children under 12 are free.
Non-tasting admission is $10 and includes a souvenir glass on exiting the festival.

The line-up for local wineries and distilleries includes:
Tousey Winery
Les Trois Emme
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Clermont Vineyards & Winery
Hudson Valley Distillers
Hudson-Chatham Winery
Harvest Spirits
Furnace Brook Winery
Berkshire Mountain Distillers
Brookview Station Winery

A partial list of other participants include:
Whitecliff Winery
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
Sun Dog Cider
Pazdar Winery
Montezuma Winery
Hummingbird Hills Winery
Adirondack Winery
Cascade Mountain.Winery
Cereghino Smith Winery
Gravity Ciders
Yankee Distillers
The Olive Table
Smokin Oak
Ioka Valley Farm
Grandpa Pete’s Gourmet Sauces
Goats and Gourmets
Highland Farms


The Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail extends from southeast of Albany to Hudson, NY The trail features handcrafted, award-winning wines, beers and spirits.

I love this festival and eagerly await Memorial Day weekend each year. I cherish the idea that all of the wine, food and spirits are local products from both New York and Massachusetts. The opportunity to visit the producer of your favorite product, whether wine, spirits or food, is a reality. Use the Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail map as a guide for your tasting adventure.


                                                  






Philip S. Kampe
philip.kampe@thewinehub.com
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