Adirondack Harvest Festival kicks off fall

Event coming up Sept. 21 at Essex County Fairgrounds

The nonprofit Adirondack Harvest is hosting a harvest-themed festivals featuring food, farmers, and fun, taking place Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport.

The night before, on Friday, Sept. 20, a special Long Table Dinner is planned. Hosted by DaCy Meadow Farm and featuring Paul Smith’s College Chef Kevin McCarthy and his students, guests will enjoy a five course meal using local ingredients sourced from area farms. $80/person. To RSVP, email DaCy Meadow Farm at dacymeadowfarm@yahoo.com or call 518-962-8339.

The full day’s event on Saturday begins with a hike at 10 a.m. with the Champlain Area Trails (CATS). The approximately 2 hour roundtrip hike begins and ends at the Essex County Fairgrounds. Meet at the Fairground’s main entrance and hike Viall’s Crossing Trail (5 miles). $10/per person, kids under 18 free.

The main event starts at noon, with free admission into the Fairgrounds.

Featuring:

  • A FARMERS’ MARKET with over 30 regional agricultural vendors (12 to 4 pm)
  • FOOD TRUCKS: Papa Duke’s BBQ; Lomelis Mexican Food; Full Cord Pizza; Honey Pie & Farmers Cone Creamery
  • MUSIC: Ploughman’s Lunch; William Lee Ellis & Steve Feinbloom duo; DJ Sam
  • BREWERS & VINTNERS: Ausable Brewing Co.; Livingood’s Brewery; Hid-In-Pines Vineyard
  • TALKS: Conservation & Farming with Holly Rippon-Butler of the Young Farmers’ Coalition; Beekeeping with Tim McGarry of Boquet Valley Farm; Pollinators with Brittany Christenson of ADK Action; and Local Brewing Forum with Matt Brankman of Ledge Hill Brewing Co. and Matt Ray of Livingood’s Restaurant and Brewery
  • DEMONSTRATIONS: Flax Processing & Spinning with Mary Heald of Sylvanbrook Spinnery; Cider Pressing with Jori Wekin of Hub on the Hill; and Draft Horse Logging with Chad Vogel at Reber Rock Farm Lumber and Flooring
  • ACTIVITIES: Draft Horse Brushing; Draft Horse Wagon Rides
  • WORKSHOPS (small fee, includes take-home items): Herbal Tea Blending with Christine O’Loughlin of Heron’s Hollow; and Shiitake Log Cultivation with Carly Summers of CCE Essex
  • CONTESTS (Prizes included!) Container Gardening Contest with Essex County Master Gardener Volunteers; Straw Bale Toss Contest; Hula Hoop Contest (bring your own hula hoop!)
  • KIDS’ ACTIVITIES (small fee for some): Pony Rides, Face Painting; Goat Petting; Beet Print Making & Art Show; Mr. ‘Bagahead; Seed Collages; Sack Races and other contests.

Music and beer tent continue to 6 p.m. More info available at https://adirondackharvest.com/adirondack-harvest-festival/

About Melissa Hart

Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor , combined with work for nonprofits. As the Explorer's digital editor, she serves as editor of Adirondack Almanack.(com) and helps manage the Explorer's website. When not online, she enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

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