Work up an appetite and satisfy it too.
A hearty breakfast served by the Maple Museum is a great way to start your day at the 2012 Homesteading Fair at Maple Ridge Center, September 8-9, celebrating the overlooked arts of homesteading. Gardening, canning, beekeeping, maple sugaring, and livestock demonstrations and workshops let you practice the skills that kept our pioneer ancestors alive.
You’ll find new ways to enjoy one of America’s favorite cheeses at the Annual Cream Cheese Festival, September 15 in Lowville, with tastings, games and good natured contests like Fill Your Friends Face and Cream Cheese Bingo. See and taste the Nation’s Largest Cheesecake before all 3,500 slices disappear.
The name says it all. Stems & Steins Wine, Beer and Food Festival features all of the above in abundance, September 22-23 in Old Forge. Sample foods from across New York State with an Adirondack flourish, then take some home from the farmer’s market. Live jazz and leaf peeping make an ideal setting.
It’s about time someone celebrated the noble rutabaga. On September 23, Keene’s Great Adirondack Rutabaga Festival doesn’t miss a trick with a 5K Rutabaga Run, hula hoop championship, Fetch-a-baga competition and rutabaga contest. Chefs prepared delectable rutabaga dishes with lots of free samples to share, and you’ll meet the Rutabaga King and Queen.
There are so many great places to dine in the Lake George region, you might want to sample several. Restaurant Week lets you do just that. September 26-30 in Lake George, participating restaurants will offer select three-course meals for just $20, including signature appetizer, entree and dessert. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Follow the sound of oompah bands to Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain, September 29-30, where frosty mugs of German beers and food, Bavarian music and dancing await. It’s two days of crafting and culture, amusement rides and hearty food and drink in a clear mountain setting with Cloudsplitter Gondola rides to the summit of Little Whiteface. You’ll remember the views.
For more mainstream tastes, the October 6 Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Food Festival features local cold climate wines and ciders and the dishes that complement them best. Stroll through four decorated neighborhoods on the shores of Lake Champlain to sample gourmet foods and farm products, local wines and ciders, plus demonstrations, raffles and fun like the Great Grape Stomp.
Whet your appetite for North Creek’s Gore Mountain Harvest Fest, October 6-7. It’s a free ticket to enjoy hearty fall foods and drinks that celebrate the harvest, plus local artisans, kids’ entertainment, and live music with The Ernie Williams Tribute Band and Council Fire.
Here’s a new one: the Let's Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions exhibit at the Adirondack Museum, now through October 14, honoring old world family recipes, potluck dinners and farm markets, turkey shoots and maple sugaring, mess hall and campfire cooking. Whatever your heritage, you’ll find comfort food and nostalgia here.
Your young ones can celebrate the pumpkin harvest and relive the golden age of railroading on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad Pumpkin Train, October 13-14 and 20-21. The rails go north to Carter Station and Wally’s Pumpkin Patch where kids can pick a pumpkin right from the patch. Come in costume.
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