Catskills Food Guide

Food news from around the Catskills

Photo by Liz West, via Flickr.  The humble cucumber has a celebration all its own this Sunday: the Rosendale Pickle Festival. This will be the festival's 17th year. Over 6,000 people are expected to come to the Rosendale Community Center seeking...
The Greenheart Farmstand is selling pumpkins and produce this week at the former Bank of America building on Route 28 in the Ulster County hamlet of Shokan, according to its customers and to Drew Boggess, the chair of Olive Planning Board. The farmstand...
Above: An Autumn Olive (Wildberry) Mojito. Photo courtesy of Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower. Make your own with the recipe at the bottom of this story. Foraging for food that grows wild has long been a hobby for nature lovers out walking in the woods. But...
The annual Cauliflower Festival celebrates the wonders of the palest cruciferous vegetable this Saturday in the Delaware County village of Margaretville, which was once the epicenter of the cauliflower growing industry in New York State.  Munch on...
A nook off the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, a 24-mile hiking and biking path through Ulster County, is the last place you’d expect to find a food truck. But that’s just where to look for the Rail Trail Cafe, a non-motorized food cart with a decidedly...
Above: Amy’s Take-Away Ensalada Mixta from 4 local farms — Story’s, RSK, Migliorelli, and Foxcroft, by Robert Sink, one of the entries so far in the 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest.  The contest is closed. Check out all great entries on the...
Above: A promo photo for the Pig Mountain Pig Roast and Veggie Fest in Narrowsburg on Saturday, August 23. Via the Pig Mountain website. Main Street Narrowsburg plays host this Saturday to an all-out celebration of local food, the Pig Mountain Pig Roast...
A new restaurant that serves an eclectic mix of Turkish specialities and American diner classics is bringing together a Sufi Muslim community and its rural Catskills neighbors. “More and more we are seeing less and less prejudice,” said café manager Erdem...
About two dozen people attended the first public forum of Transition Catskills, a group dedicated to making the Catskills more economically resilient, on Wednesday night at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville. “This was our first effort to organize a...
Animal-rights activists hoping to shut down Sullivan County foie gras manufacturers lost a court battle last week. On July 17, the Third Judicial Department of the New York State Appellate Division denied the California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund's...
The fourth annual Catskill Forest Festival will celebrate the region’s forests this weekend by inviting people to participate in fun that promises to also be educational. The festival, held in Margaretville Village Park on Saturday, July 26, will provide...
“I just stared and said ‘Oh, that’s my restaurant.’ This is my dream,” said Paula Douralas, proprietor and chef of Petra Estiatorio, the Greek restaurant that opened at Shephard Hills Golf Club over the Fourth of July weekend. Last winter, Douralas...
For Catskills dairy farmer Shannon Mason, it all comes down to controlling her own—and her family’s--destiny. Putting the fruits of her labor on a milk truck every two days meant surrendering to the economic realities of the commercial market, with its...
Squeezed between the end of spring and the beginning of summer, strawberry season in the Catskills emerges for a brief but illustrious period. For most farms, the season begins in June and lasts about four weeks, sometimes stretching into the first week...
Residents of the Catskills are often people who thrive on privacy and peace, but it’s also important that the commons contain ample opportunities to get off of the farm and out of the woods to socialize. Happily, we’re blessed with a fine selection of...
Sohail Zandi’s friends think he’s crazy. He could have stayed in the New York City restaurant world, where he's worked successfully for a decade. Instead, in January, he left Brooklyn, bought an old building on Bovina’s Main Street and opened a restaurant...
After five years as executive chef at Full Moon Resort and a career in traditional restaurants before that, Adam Kowalsky knew he wanted to do something different when he finally opened his own place. Living in West Hurley and raising three kids, the...
Above: Vietnamese Restaurant Bà & Me will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow in Callicoon. Photos courtesy of Nhi Nguyen.  The name of the first Vietnamese restaurant in Sullivan County, Bà & Me, is a play on words: In Vietnamese, it means...
Above: Heather Williams of Pippy's Hotdog Truck greets customers in Palenville. Photo by Clancy Nolan. The geographic spread of the Catskills region creates often-daunting distances between would-be diners and their dinner plates. One solution to that...
Above: A sign declares the shuttered Hanover Farms farmstand "Closed By The Town Of Shandaken By Court Order." Photo by Julia Reischel. Concerned residents crowded Shandaken Town Hall last Thursday night, lining the walls and spilling out into the hallway...
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