Hudson Valley Wine and Chocolate Festival :Patterson, NY


(tracey) #1

I just won tickets to this event for tomorrow. Has anyone ever been? Is it worth the hour drive for me? Any tips?


#2

I’ve never been, but it sounds intriguing! Please report back if you do go!


(tracey) #3

Well I went to the festival and it was great, if you are into finger lake region wines. I find them overly sweet and bland. I got there at 11am and it was packed. by the time I left at 2, the place was mobbed. There were lots of 20 somethings all asking for the watermelon wine or whatever else was overly sweet. (hangover!)

I did happen to find some really good spirits: KAS (spiced honey liqueur) and really nice single malt (Hillrock Estates). There were cookies to die for from Cardoso Cookies (CIA grad) and some good cheese spreads from Wordlings Pleasure. I also bought handmade soaps from Periwinkles at Rhinebeck.

For lunch there were 4 food trucks outside. My friend and I tried the Empanda Sonata Truck. They were good, but on the dry side. I didn’t know I had to purchase a sauce for extra, they should have asked when we didn’t order one. Prices were fair: 4 empanda’s and an order of tostones was $29.

Overall there were 45 vendors and plenty to drink and sample. Toward the end I stopped drinking, all the sweetness was turning my stomach. I like the dryer wines and did sample all that were suggested, but they all ended up being on the sweeter side.(I’m a Chianti drinker)


#4

What was included in your ticket? The food and booze?


(tracey) #5

Yes, a tasting glass and samples of food. Mostly chocolate and cakes/cookies. A few oils and cheeses. Not meal worthy.