This time of year there is so much to do in the Hudson Valley that visitors have a difficult time deciding what do to and see. Hudson is no exception and offers a wide range of cultural, literary and performance options all through the Spring and Summer (and into the Fall!). Two notable events are the Hudson-Berkshire Wine and Food Festival being held this weekend at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.
The event’s website describes the event as follows: This unique event will feature award-winning wineries, distilleries, cideries and craft breweries from the Hudson Valley and the Massachusetts Berkshire Region all together under one roof! There will also be Pride of NY and Berkshire Grown food producers sampling and selling gourmet cheeses, baked goods, prepared foods, and more. Local artisans will also be on hand. The festival will feature seminars and demonstrations by wine and food enthusiasts, including chef Josephine Proul from Local 111, CIA-trained Mike Castellano, the World Wine Guys, and wine writer Fred Lebrun. Learn how to “Home Brew” with
Russell from Hennessey Homebrew Emporium. Kid-friendly fun includes
horse and pony rides and bounce houses and more!
Another fantastic performance space is Stageworks, right in Hudson. They recently announced their summer lineup as well as a terrific package deal. What makes Stageworks unique is that in addition to local talent they also use Equity actors, which ramps up the quality of the performances dramatically (pun intended). The plays are held throughout the week, providing a great quick getaway; enjoy dinner at one of Hudson’s phenomenal restaurants and a wonderful show at Stageworks. Both make for an unparalleled evening in the Hudson Valley.