Dear Reader, I would like to invite you to sample the finest ales, most succulent barbecue and refreshing wines at festivals and foodie events throughout the Adirondack Region of Northern New York. The Adirondacks are home to culinary traditions as expansive as the mountains, offering wine trails, micro-breweries, farmers markets and a farm-to-table philosophy that makes dining locally easy. Take your taste buds on an adventure and discover the savory side of the Adirondacks.
• On May 24, the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake opens with a flavorful bang. This year, a new exhibition highlights the hunting, fishing and culinary traditions that helped shape the Adirondacks. “Let’s Eat Adirondack Food Traditions” will run through October, introducing the history of Adirondack Great Camp cuisine, the culture surrounding local specialties, as well as exploring the pleasures of eating.
• Along the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail, find a bit of Europe on Lake Champlain and bicycle between seven vineyards offering tastings and tours. Start your journey at Stonehouse Vineyard in Mooers, and continue on to Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery in Chazy, ELFS Farm Winery and Cidermill in Plattsburgh and Hid-In-Pines Vineyard in Morrisonville. The wine trail covers nearly 83 miles, traveling past mountains and lakes – discovering the “terrioir” which lends itself to the flavorful and distinct wines made along the Adirondack Coast.
• The Lake George Area’s foodie fun kicks off this spring with the Glens Falls Brewfest, scheduled for May 4 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. Find craft beer tastings from local and regional brewers, as well as food parings and live entertainment. Celebrate all things maple flavored in the Adirondacks Tug Hill Region on May 18 when the American Maple Museum opens for its 36th season with the annual Maple Festival in Croghan. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, outdoor entertainment, craft fair and awards.
• Mark your calendar for the Adirondack Lakes Region’s Adirondack Arts & Heritage Festival, held annually from the last weekend in June through early July. Sample organic beers and wines at the Lake Clear Lodge, enjoy “Cure Cottage” cuisine, five-course dinners, Philosopher’s Pubs with live music, traditional tea at Robert Louis Stevenson’s Cottage, cooking demonstrations and so much more.
• The Lake Placid Region offers fine dining with lakeside views and an old-fashioned barbecue festival to celebrate the 4th of July. The annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival is slated for July 4-6 on Main Street, offering barbecue samples, food carts, live music and vendors.
For more information about visiting the Adirondacks, log onto www.visitadirondacks.com .