WE ARE ALL
FRIENDS OF THE FARMER
In our third year, the Friends of the Farmer Festival proved indeed to be one to remember with thousands attending FarmFest lakeside in Columbia County NY! The kickoff annual Hootenanny! Farm fresh benefit dinner offered local libations and a Hudson Valley cheese course happy hour provided by a dozen local farms, creameries, food artisans and producers.
Dinner was prepared by Chef Zakary Pelaccio and Jori Jayne Emde of Hudson’s premier farm-to-table restaurant team at Fish & Game Restaurant, some media tagged the “French Laundry of the East”.
50+ local farming families provided the menu’s seasonally inspired ingredients while mixing, mingling and eating together with patrons. When one lucky diner subtly declared that the berries she had just tasted were outrageously delicious the farmer seated next to her responded, “thank you, I grew them,” giving the whole table a jolly laugh.
Our Hoot! 2013 capped off the evening’s event with another Whole Foods Market sponsored golf cart drive-in movie, “Vanishing of the Bees” preceded by a screening of John Varvatos’ original film, “Willie Nelson & Sons”.
The next day, 3rd annual Friends of the Farmer Hudson Valley Food Lover’s Festival brought together thousands of future farmers for a wild goose chase, pony rides, hay maze, petting zoo, face painting, seed plantings and other farm-fun events for kids, a locavore village of vendors, five-mile grill, food stands and community food education programs and experiences as well as local libations and a barn to belly mixer Q&A hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Stone Barns Center, Wholesome Wave,HV Agro-Business and Hudson Valley Fresh. $10,000 was raised and donated.