Taste Your Way Through Orange County, N.Y.

Raise a glass to springtime in the Hudson Valley with craft beer festivals, restaurant weeks, and more culinary celebrations

ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (March 1, 2019) – Orange County, N.Y.’s chefs and craft brew masters have access to an incredible bounty of farm fresh ingredients and they know how to use it. In fact, just an hour’s drive from Manhattan, Orange County is one of the top agricultural growing areas in New York State. Whether you’re coming to shop Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, tour West Point, or view Storm King Art Center, bring your appetite the next time you visit. There’s no shortage of delectable food and drink at farm-to-table restaurants and more than 24 craft beverage venues

“Come feast on local food and fun at special happenings highlighting the talents of our chefs and craft brew masters,” says Amanda Dana, Director of Orange County Tourism. “On-the-farm dining events and food and drink festivals are a staple on the Orange County Tourism events calendar. Plan to stay the weekend at a cozy B & B, or premiere hotel. A restful night’s sleep is the perfect complement to a day of culinary adventures.”

Exciting upcoming food and beverage events in Orange County, N.Y. include:

Hudson Valley Craft Brew Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, 239 Wisner Avenue, Middletown, Saturday, March 2, 2019, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Let the good times roll with an afternoon of live music, games, delicious food, and craft beer samples galore! Orange County, N.Y. breweries such as Westtown Brew Works, Equilibrium Brewery, Newburgh Brewing Company, and Rushing Duck will be on tap. Only guests ages 21 and older will be admitted. Designated driver tickets available. hudsonvalleycraftbrewfest.com

OCNY West Maplefest, Finding Home Farms, 140 Eatontown Road, Middletown, Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 2019, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday: 11: 00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: This ticketed event will take you on a journey through all things Maple in Orange County, N.Y. Participate in tours, tastings, story time, and more! Enjoy live music, delicious food (both maple-flavored and not!), and mini wellness retreats throughout the day. Advanced tickets recommended. www.facebook.com/events

Farm Dinner with Chef Shawn Hubbell, Soons Orchard, 23 Soons Circle, New Hampton, Friday, March. 8, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Indulge in four courses of food, fun, and learning with an interactive dinner featuring the amazing talents of Chef Shawn Hubbell. Enjoy appetizer and samplings of hard cider and unique cocktails as you browse the curated selection of wines and ciders to pair with your dinner. Advanced tickets recommended. www.soonsorchards.com/events/dinner

Maple Sugar Tours, Outdoor Discovery Center at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Saturdays and Sundays through March 17, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Head outdoors for a tour of the sugar bush and learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, discover centuries-old sugaring techniques and finish the day by participating in a ‘sweet’ taste test challenge. Fun for all ages. www.hhnm.org/maple-sugar-tours-3

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, Various locations, Monday, March 11 – Sunday, March 24, 2019: Discover the tastes of the region with special, three-course dinner and lunch menus from more than 200 restaurants in the Hudson Valley, including 16 Orange County locations such as Borland House, MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant at the Thayer Hotel, and the Stagecoach Inn. www.valleytable.com/hvrw

Download the free OCNY Craft Beverage Tour app from Google Play or the App Store to start planning your personal craft beverage itineraries. For a full list of lodging, activities, and attractions, visit www.orangetourism.org.

About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. Like Orange County Tourism on Facebook for the latest news on local happenings. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail tourism@orangecountygov.com or call 845-615-3860.