Catskills Food Guide

Food news from around the Catskills

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...
If you’re planning to eat out today — Friday, May 1 — think of dining at one of the 23 Catskills restaurants in Delaware and Ulster counties that are participating in Fighting Hunger Friday, a fundraiser for the Margaretville’s Community Food Pantry,...
A new outpost of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition is launching in the Catskills, and this Friday they’re throwing a big party and dance at the American Legion Hall in Delhi. Even if you’re not a farmer, you’re invited. Morgan O’Kane and DJ...
The Catskills beer boom shows no signs of slowing down in 2015. New breweries continue to open: the Hunter Mountain Brewery (7261 Route 23A Hunter, 518-263-5231) announced its launch on April 1, and the Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company is now operating on...
Irene Hussey and Alex Wilson, the co-owners of Wayside Cider (waysidecider.com), a brand-new cidery based on a farm in the Delaware County town of Delhi, just delivered their first batch of hard apple cider to shops, bars, and restaurants in the Catskills...
Bryan Graham, the owner of Fruition Chocolate (3091 Route 28, Shokan, 845-657-6717, tastefruition.com) grinds his own cocoa beans, then turns them into simple, small-batch craft chocolate bars in flavors like brown butter milk chocolate and rustic crunch...
The Catskills region has plenty of culinary traditions — maple tapping, cider brewing, cheese making — but one thing the area has never been known for is pasta. Bob and Jen Eckert are out to change all that, using local ingredients to bring the...
New eateries serving fresh doughnuts, Vietnamese banh mi, baklava and cheesy grits have all opened in the mountains this past year or so. From the 2015 Catskills Food Guide, here are some of our favorites. The doughnuts at Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts (...
New York state produces almost a fifth of the nation’s maple syrup, and much of that comes from the Catskills. The mountains are home to many sugarhouses, from large operations with state-of-the-art evaporators that use reverse osmosis to little shacks...
Lori Robin didn’t set out to start a vegan cheese company. A gilder and stone carver by trade, she had planned to teach restoration workshops for antiques lovers in a studio in the Delaware County village of Fleischmanns. “Take people out shopping, buy...
Above: A shamrock on the slopes at Plattekill Mountain.  Why do so many turn part Irish in the season of St. Patrick? Perhaps because there is something primal about celebrating the end of winter by slathering swathes of green everywhere. Perhaps...
Above: Tuna skewers at Commune Saloon. Photo via the Commune Saloon website.  With Woodstock still reeling from the closure of beloved Mexican restaurant Gypsy Wolf Cantina in December, it’s a good time for the Ulster County town to have something of...
Above: Get your fill of cuckoo clocks and schnitzel in the Greene County Catskills. Photo by Katherine Speller. German and Swiss immigrants have made their mark on Greene County, which is home to the most Alpine of the Catskill region's peaks. Be sure to...
The 2015 Catskills Food Guide is out. Click here for more info. - Ed. Each year, we ask readers of the Watershed Post and our Catskills Food Guide to send us their best photos of Catskills food and farms. This year, 32 photographers entered our 2015...
The print 2015 Catskills Food Guide is hot off the presses. This year, the guide features articles about farm-made pasta in Roscoe, Bavarian dining in Greene County, the growing Catskills cider industry, how to visit a local chocolate factory, the...
Above: Detail of a 2015 "Visit a Catskills Farm" map.  Drive a couple of hours north of New York City, and you’ll be where your food comes from. The Catskills are home to farms and food producers that make the 100-mile trek to NYC’s greenmarkets and...
Above: The fire that engulfed the Hymers Family Farm on Dec. 11, 2014. Photo via the YouCaring.com farm fundraiser for the Hymers.  Musicians, Farm Catskills and neighbors throughout the region are throwing a fundraiser to benefit the Hymers family,...
Above: Locally cured bacon from Fleisher's, the artisanal Catskills butcher shop that has outposts in Kingston and Park Slope, Brooklyn. Photo via the Fleisher's Facebook page.  Another downstate media outlet is tackling our question: Is 2015 the...
Above: A Southside cocktail made with Warwick Gin at Livingston Manor, a new bar in downtown Brooklyn. Photo via the Livingston Manor website.  Livingston Manor, the Sullivan County hamlet, meet Livingston Manor, the new bar in downtown Brooklyn. The...
Above: Raw honey made by bees at Westwind Orchard in Accord. Photo via the Westwind Orchard website.  Westwind Orchard, an organic farm in the Ulster County hamlet of Accord, has won a 2015 Good Food Award for its raw unpasteurized honey. Farmers...
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