Westport, N.Y. — All are invited to experience a showcase of the breweries, wineries, cideries, creameries and farms that dot the Adirondack landscape at the inaugural Adirondack Harvest Festival on the evening of Sept. 16 and all day Sept. 17 at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport, N.Y.
The new Adirondack Harvest Fest showcases the region’s network of (Champlain Area Trails (CATS) hiking trails alongside the farms and food producers of the region.It offers two CATS-hosted hikes along with live music, sausage, cheese, wine-making demonstrations, local food, cider and beer tastings and a county-wide farmers and producers market at the fairgrounds, in a day and a half of activities and local food to celebrate the harvest season.
“This event was inspired by the recent explosion of small farms and locally produced goods and processing centers in the region,” said Nancy Page, an event organizer and member of the Westport Town Council. “The Festival will provide regional residents and travelers with an opportunity to learn about the farm-to-table movement and to join in the celebration of the harvest season with great food and music!”
The Festival begins Friday evening with a Sunset and Harvest Moon Hike led by CATS that begins and ends at the Essex County Fairgrounds, where hikers and non-hiking attendees will enjoy Papa Duke’s BBQ and live music by Grammy Award-winning Taylor Haskins and the Green Empire.
Saturday, Sept. 17 features a new fall hamlet-to-hamlet hike from Essex to Westport, with shuttles to Essex departing from the Essex County Fairgrounds at 9:30 a.m. courtesy of CATS.
The agricultural action at the fairgrounds begins at 11 a.m. with a region-wide farmers and producers market, food trucks and music, and farm demonstrations ranging from wine crushing and pressing to cheese making to bee keeping, and draft power and horse logging, and more.
The film “Small Farm Rising” will be screened throughout the afternoon in Floral Hall, with a special Q&A held at 4 p.m. with film-maker Ben Stechschulte. It will be followed by Essex Farm owner Mark Kimball talking about the beginnings of Essex Farm, a seminal farm for the region. At 5:30, a mixer with food tastings will be hosted courtesy of the Adirondack Farmers Coalition, followed by a pig roast and live music by popular local band Crackin’ Foxy.
Admission to the fairgrounds is free. This event is supported by the Hub on the Hill, the Adirondack Farmers Coalition, Champlain Area Trails, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Adirondack Harvest, the Adirondack Cuisine Trail, and adirondacks, usa.
For more information and updated schedule of events, visit www.adkharvestfest.com.