This weekend: Gardiner Cupcake Festival

Above: Cupcakes at the Gardiner Cupcake Festival. Photo via the Gardiner Cupcake Festival website

Ever since 2009, lovers of cupcakes have gathered in Ulster County for the annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival.

Now in its sixth year, the festival attracts thousands to the orchard at Wright's Farm to ogle and taste cupcakes of every variety, shape and flavor. 

Bakers, too, bring their A-game to the festival. Amateurs compete in a cupcake contest, and the pros set up stalls and sell their wares;  a dozen professional bakeries will be selling their cupcakes at the festival this year.

In addition to the cupcakes -- more than 30,000 of them -- the festival will feature a 5K, live music, a "human foosball game" and dozens of vendors selling crafts, wine and non-cupcake food. 

Gardiner Cupcake Festival. Saturday, May 16, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wright's Farm, 699 Route 208, Gardiner, NY. 12525.