Eat, Drink, and Party Your Way Through These 12 September Food Festivals
Craft beers, wines, oysters, wings, and garlic everything — this is the best time of year to hit a food festival.
Norwalk Veteran’s Memorial Park, Norwalk
Benefiting the nonprofit Norwalk Seaport Association, this popular fest celebrates the history of the oyster industry along the Sound. Fresh-off-the-boat oysters are the main attraction, but also expect New England lobster dinners, a host of international options (Mexican, Colombian, Italian), and a craft-beer tent. Entertainment includes Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company; amusement park rides; and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus acts.
The 2018 @norwalkoysterfest has live music from dozens of bands on multiple stages throughout the weekend and features a variety of crowd- pleasing entertainment. . FRIDAY - @funkydawgzbrassband kicks off the festival with an exuberant performance that combines a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, hip-hop, funk, and today’s top hits played with a brass twist. The amazingly talented New Orleans style jazz- funk band, @deepbananablackout takes the Main Stage at 9 p.m. and the festival audience will be treated to Grade A+ funk. This eight piece musical ensemble is a legendary musical force on the East Coast underground funk, jazz and jam scenes and considered by many to be one of the hottest, hippest live shows to be heard in the Northeast. . SATURDAY - Festival Headliner, Steve Augeri, Journey, the former lead singer takes the Main Stage and will take festival goers on a “journey” well worth taking. Expect fan friendly audience interactions, a strong stage presence, soaring vocals and hit after hit of iconic classic rock songs like Don’t Stop Believing, Anyway You Want It, Faithfully, Loving, Touching, Feeling and many other hits. Fans may even be in for an exclusive treat if Augeri decides to include an original new song or two in the mix that has thrilled audiences worldwide. . SUNDAY - Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band plugin on the Main Stage. So, put on your best “Parrothead” gear, grab some food and drinks from one of the nearby vendors and get ready to sing and dance along to some of the best of #JimmyBuffett, #KennyChesney and the #zacbrownband Band plus a variety of country favorites, summer pop, reggae and tropical classics that are the perfect finale to the 2018 Oyster Festival. PICTURED HERE ARE #LOCAL FRIED OYSTERS FROM @knotnormscateringco IN EAST NORWALK! #eatlocal #drinklocal #shoplocal #203local #203kids #203life #bestofwhatsaround
Yorktown Grange Fair Grounds, Yorktown Heights
Celebrating 95 years in 2019, this annual event promotes local agricultural practices (tractor parade, anyone?), while allowing visitors to hobnob with horses, cows, goats, and sheep. Whet your appetite with wood-fired pies from 5 Alarm Pizza Company, a pig roast by Chef Jon Pratt, sandwiches, classic fair foods, and craft beers from top producers, including Allagash, Ommegang, Peekskill Brewery, Captain Lawrence, and Ithaca.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
Break out the tasting glasses to sip wines, craft beers, ciders, and whiskies — all from Hudson Valley and NYS producers. In between demos from chefs, vintners, brewers, and distillers, sate your drink-induced munchies with more than 75 food trucks and vendors, offering everything from crab cakes, kettle corn, barbecue, and homemade Polish pierogis, to cheese and charcuterie, fudge, artisan popsicles, and maple-syrup candies.
Arthur Avenue between E 187th St and Crescent Ave, Bronx
Average attendance hovers around 20,000, but brave the crowds and you’ll be rewarded with all your favorite Italian street foods done right, including pasta, porchetta, made-on-the-Avenue sausage and peppers, and freshly filled cannoli. Beyond the red-and-white-checked tablecloths, there are plenty of cultural activities to consume, as well, from theatrical performances to music.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Elmsford
Each fall, Captain Lawrence assembles some of the country’s best craft breweries for a deep dive into the season’s most crushable style. This year, 30+ breweries will be on hand, including Grimm, Gun Hill, Newburgh, Other Half, Plan Bee Farm Brewery, River Outpost, and Sing Sing Kill, pouring sours to pair with snacks from the CLBC kitchen, including house-made BBQ brisket and gourmet hot dogs.
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Riverfront Park, Beacon
More than 90 breweries, pouring more than 180 beers, make this a destination-worthy event for craft-beer fans. The lineup includes plenty of NYS breweries (Evil Twin, Finback, and Sloop), plus others from throughout the U.S. like Founders Brewing Co., Goose Island, and Mikkeller. Soak up all those suds with some of the food offerings, including hearty barbecue, spicy Thai, mac ’n’ cheese, and deep-fried pickles, and a game of corn hole or hatchet throwing (maybe before you’ve gone too deep on the beer sampling).
Waterfront Park, Dobbs Ferry
Now in its second year, this newbie fest on the Hudson River waterfront brings together a lengthy list of our favorite Rivertowns producers and restaurants, including Big Bang Coffee Roasters, Boro6, Campbell Meats, Harper’s, Penny Lick Ice Cream Co., Sing Sing Kill Brewery, Wild Culture waffles, The Cookery, and more. Stick around for the live music and plenty of kid-focused activities, including 30-minute karate classes and children’s yoga.
Let's put our hands together for an exciting market newcomer: Ardsley's beloved @liniziony will be setting up shop at RPM, offering their new-to-menu paninis (shown: prosciutto with brie pickled onions and arugula; chicken sausage with chimichurri and mozzarella). Sounds pretty good to us! Welcome! . . . . . . #rivertownpublicmarket #rivertowns #westchester #dobbsferry #hastings #hastingsonhudson #irvington #tarrytown #foodfestival #festivals #westchestereats #hudsonvalley #lohud #escapebrooklyn #ediblewestchester #food #localeats #localfood #eatwestchester #visitwestchester #westchesterwithkids #westchesterfamily #weartherivertowns #nyceats
Benmarl Winery, Marlboro
Get a taste of Old World traditions at Benmarl’s annual grape-stomping festival. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass, tastings of six wines, tours of the vineyards, and live entertainment, hayrides, and, of course, a chance to learn about the traditional (and very messy) winemaking technique.
Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich
The tickets are pricey, but this multi-day fest packs some big-name chefs and entertainment, including Food Network’s Marc Murphy, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Valerie Bertinelli, and headlining concerts by Little Big Town and Michael Franti & Spearhead. The baseline Saturday All Day Pass — it’s the cheapest option at a whopping $200 — brings a surprising amount of value, with access to the Grand Tasting (more than 150 wines and restaurants, largely from Westchester and Fairfield Counties), the demo tent, the Bartender Showdown event, and a viewing area for the evening’s big-ticket concerts.
photo Courtesy of Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2018 | Sarah Luckey
Empire City Casino, Yonkers
Our third annual Wingfest is back at Empire City Casino with 20 restaurants — Coals, RiverMarket, The Blind Rhino, The Rare Bit, The Wooden Spoon, Southern Table, and more — vying for the titles of Best Traditional Buffalo, Best Traditional BBQ, Most Flavorful, Most Creative, and Crowd’s and Judge’s Choice Wings.
photo by ed shin
Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon
Online craft beer mag Hop Culture brings its Juicy Brews series to the Hudson Valley for the first time this September, featuring unlimited four-ounce pours from a curated selection of nearly 20 breweries, including Hudson Valley favorites Industrial Arts, West Kill, Equilibrium, Hudson Valley Brewery, and Foreign Objects.
photo courtesy of hop culture
Cantine Field, Saugerties
It’s worth the stinky breath to hit this festival celebrating all things allium. Indulge in a garlic everything, from steak sandwiches, fries, and breads, to garlic ice cream and garlic caramels. Then, shop some of the food vendors to pick up savory garlic jams, pickles, powders, sauces, and more.
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