rs1502_136276999Never been to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties? The annual festival will be taking place on Oct. 1 from 10AM-6PM and Oct. 2 from 10AM to 5PM.  Here are a couple of tips that will save you a few dollars and make your day even better than you were expecting.

1. Buy your tickets in advance. Here are the locations where you can pick them up. Advance tickets will cost $7 each, $5 for 65 and over, kids under 12 are free. Tickets at the gate will be $10 each.

2. Plan to get there by 10:30. This will get you in there before the big crowds. You won’t get stuck in traffic (which only angers you and takes away from your time to look around) and you’ll arrive in a happier mood.

3. Eat a light breakfast to leave space for all of your sampling. There will be garlic this and garlic that. Most samples will be complimentary (the garlic vinegar and hot sauce are two I look for each year), but there will be garlic flavored food items for you to purchase. Including, but not limited too, garlic flavored ice cream and garlic taffy. If you have ever thought that it could have garlic in it, or made with it, it will be at this place.

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Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival


Dr. Ashik Raval (L) and Jalangi Raval from Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen vegan restaurant at the Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival in Newburgh on Aug. 14, 2016. (Colin Fredericson/Epoch Times)

The City of Newburgh hosted the first Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival Aug. 14. In the midst of the heat wave that overtook much of the northeast this weekend, people made it out to sample vegan offerings by vendors from the Hudson Valley and beyond.

The football field of the Delano-Hitch Recreation Park was host to a few dozen vendors selling smoothies, plant-based hot dogs,vegan Indian food, and other vegan food options, while also showcasing crafts and clothing that fit the vegan theme, and vegan-friendly organizations in the Hudson Valley.

The event’s organizers are two young, local entrepreneurs. Both Newburgh natives, Kyla El and Sam Simmons are 23 and 30 respectively. They originally had the idea of gathering friends together for a vegan barbecue with two vendors. The idea gained popularity and soon grew into a food festival open to the public. And when local vegan restaurant Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen agreed to be the main food sponsor, the event was suddenly much larger. Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen is a 2-year-old Newburgh-based vegan Indian restaurant on Robinson Ave. It was easily the largest, and one of the busiest, food stands at the event. The owners of the restaurant encouraged Simmons and El to promote the event as the Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival.

“It went from backyard barbecue to literally Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival,” said El.

FULL STORY at The Epoch Times

Hudson Valley RibFest 2016

ar-160819814With Labor Day fast approaching, there are only a few weeks to enjoy a summer barbecue, so don’t pass up the chance to sink your teeth into the Hudson Valley RibFest this weekend at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz.

The event takes place Friday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The ribfest is actually three events in one. It’s a food festival, a music festival and a sanctioned barbecue contest in which the winners can advance to the national finals in Kansas City.

Some 60 teams will be pitting their barbecuing skills against one another in the competition. Along with bragging rights, there will also be $8,500 in prize money to go along with a berth in the national finals.