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:
Les Trois Emme
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Clermont Vineyards & Winery
Hudson Valley Distillers
Berkshire Mountain Distillers
Brookview Station Winery
A partial list of other participants include:
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
Sun Dog Cider
Hummingbird Hills Winery
Cereghino Smith Winery
The Olive Table
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