How to Eat {and Drink} Your Way Through the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest

view of grounds of st huberts lodge with text "hudson valley travel guide" on topEat, drink, and be happy in Upstate New York this fall. The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest is back for its annual showcasing of the best wine, beer, spirits, and food in the state. Don’t waste time and gas traveling through the Finger Lakes and up to the North Country when you can experience them all at this tasting extravaganza.

Discover even more of the Hudson Valley with our complimentary Travel Guide. The on-the-go guide offers all of the best tips for dining, drinking, and entertaining.

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Make the Rounds at the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest

It can be overwhelming to step foot onto the Dutchess County Fairgrounds during the annual foodie fest. You’ll want to spend the weekend exploring every vendor at the festival, but if that seems impossible, here’s our list of recommendations of must-see vendors. 

 

Enjoy the Wine

 

  • Benmarl Winery and Vineyard

This local Hudson Valley winery is located just 20 minutes south of Saint Hubert’s Lodge. Benmarl Winery is the perfect summer treat. Indulge in their sweet sangrias, enjoy a wine-crafted mojito, or check out their canned Chardonnay.

  • Adirondack Winery

wine tasting at Hudson Valley Wine & Food FestAdirondack Winery is a Lake George native and was one of the first micro-wineries to open in the country. The rapidly growing winery has won several awards and consistently ranks in the 90s within Wine Spectator’s 100-point system.

  • Don Tony Perez Wines

The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest isn’t limited to local vineyards. Red-wine lovers should be sure to make a stop at Don Tony Perez. The Chilean wine is refreshingly earthy while maintaining the traditional oakiness of a deep Cabernet. 

  • Tug Hill Vineyards

Tug Hill Vineyards is tucked into the rolling (usually snow-covered) hills of the North Country. The vineyard provides an abundance of cold-hardy grapes such as Marquette, Frontenac, and La Crescent. Experience authentic Upstate wine with Tug Hill.

 

Taste the Beer

 

  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

beer tasting at Hudson Valley Wine & Food FestDogfish Head is a Deleware-based brewery. Sample the mindfully crafted Slightly Mighty if you’re an IPA lover or the summer’s sour Sea Quench Ale. You won’t want to miss out on this friendly brew spot during your trip to the beer tent. 

  • Von Trapp Brewing

The hills are greener, and the beer is better in Vermont. Stop by Von Trapp Brewing and get prepared for fall with their malty Golden Helles and the sweet Oktoberfest Lager.

 

Sip on the Spirits

 

  • Olde York Farm

Olde York Farm is another Hudson Valley local. The family-owned distillery is farm-to-bar with batches made in small sizes and kept on-site to ensure the best product possible. It is a must stop at the festival and, if time allows, a must-see tasting room while staying in the Valley.

 

Don’t Leave Hungry

 

  • Cooking Demonstrations

food at Hudson Valley Wine & Food FestivalMake your rounds discovering some of the best recipes in the area from some of the best chefs. Learn how to expertly blend contrasting flavors from 2009 Food Network “Chopped” champion, Chef Roshni Gurnani. Chef Marcus Giuliano is the owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville, New York. He’ll be teaching visitors natural recipes that will inspire your green thumb.

  • Sample the Festival

There’s no right way to start tasting at the festival—try them all if you can! If you’re already feeling the buzz of the festivities, stop by Last Call 4 Cupcakes and combine your love for sweets and sips with a boozy cupcake. 

If you’re in the mood for some food truck grub, you’re in the right place. There’s something for everyone at the festival. We love Chef Daniel’s Meatoss and Off the Hook.  

 

Roll Back to Saint Hubert’s Lodge

view of gus' room sitting areaAfter a day of booze and bites, retreat to the rustic peacefulness of Saint Hubert’s Lodge. Spend your weekend in one of our cozy Lodge rooms and enjoy a spacious suite and five-star amenities. The Lodge is also equipped with a large, but intimate dining area and an expansive outdoor space complete with a pool and outdoor fireplace. 

Our complimentary breakfast each morning is chef-inspired and guaranteed to get your belly prepared for the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. Dining options may include anything from fresh Apple Brown Betty, vegetable and cheese frittata, freshly baked pumpkin bread, or blueberry pancakes topped with local maple syrup. We can’t wait to welcome you to Saint Hubert’s Lodge this fall!