Taste of the Catskills to celebrate 10th anniversary


The Taste of the Catskills Festival will celebrate 10 years of showcasing local foods, beverages, art and music Saturday and Sunday at the Maple Shade Farm in Delhi.

More than 100 local vendors will offer honey and maple products, alcohol, meat, and wool and fiber creations, according to Jonah Shaw, festival organizer and owner of the Quarter Moon Cafe in Delhi.

“We try to highlight all that is good and bountiful in the area,” Shaw said.

A harvest dinner prepared by employees of the Andes Hotel and O’Neill’s Shire Pub, using ingredients procured locally from Greenane Farm and Heller’s Farm, will be served at 5 p.m. Saturday with an optional unlimited craft beer pairing. To view the menu and purchase tickets, visit tasteofthecatskills.com/food.

The festival will feature live music on two stages, including performances by Becca Frame and the Tall Boys, the College Farm, Hummel’s Jug, Mike Herman, Devinne Meyers, John Houshmand, The Stoddard Hollow String Band, Technicolor Trailer Park, the Godforsaken String Band and the Ryan Family Band.

Lila Balliett will take the stage with Joe Kollar of the band Driftwood, and Joseph Emerick Alston of the band Milkweed will perform with Jim Lomonaco and Caleb Estey.

“It’s a lot of extremely talented people playing their own original music,” Shaw said.

Special attractions will include interactive performances by the Catskill Puppets and professional hula hoopers, bounce houses provided by the Delhi Fire Department, a wedding exposition by Morris Tent Rentals, a vintage fashion show, displays by Cornell Cooperative Extension and 4-H, a book signing by town of Bovina Historian Ray LeFever, a bocce tournament, hayrides and tours of the farm.

Attendees may learn how to make earrings, blend tea and make nature crafts at series of “Living the Country Life” workshops throughout the weekend.

The Bovina Dairymen will take on the Mountain Athletic Club of Fleischmanns in a vintage baseball game Sunday at 10 a.m.

Gates open at 10 a.m. both days. The festival will be held rain or shine.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tasteofthecatskills.com.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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