Named as one of the 10 coolest small towns in America by CNN Travel in 2015, Delhi’s accommodations and community events offer something for every New York visitor. The city’s location in the Catskill Mountains offers stunning natural scenery and proximity to a variety of outdoor activities like golfing, biking, and hiking. Home to boutique shops, unique restaurants, and cultural attractions, the downtown area is a must for travelers.
The Taste of the Catskills has showcased the finest foods, wines, and crafts in the region since its inception in 2010, and will take place October 7-8 at Maple Shade Farm. Attendees will encounter a variety of local farmers and food producers selling fresh produce, and the participating restaurants will use the locally-sourced ingredients in the foods available for sampling. Patrons can learn first-hand how locally produced foods make their way from the farm to the table. Local crafters will sell everything from one-of-a-kind jewelry to pottery, and a spectrum of beers, ciders, and wines will be available from local breweries and wineries. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about cooking, brewing, farming, and more at a variety of workshops hosted by local professionals. Live entertainment will take place on two stages including predominantly acoustic artists representing a variety of genres. We received the opportunity to interview Jonah Shaw, Event Founder to learn more about this unique culinary experience.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
JS: Our first year was in 2010.
RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?
JS: We expect around 5000 attendees.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
JS: This is a great event for all ages.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
JS: We feature food, crafts, and activities from the region. Learn how your food travels from the farm to the fork. The entire farm [200 acres] is open for exploration. Local craft breweries and cideries sponsor the event, so you can stroll around with a beer as you enjoy the amazing colors of autumn in the Catskills.
RAL: Take me through the activities of a day at the event.
JS: WE have two stages of music, lots of games for the kids, giant puppets, hay rides, pumpkins, arts and crafts, and more.
RAL: What dining options will attendees encounter?
JS: Attendees will encounter lots of local food vendors using local products. Plus, the Harvest Dinner will take place on Saturday night.
RAL: Tell us about the overall atmosphere.
JS: This is an outdoor event on a farm. The fall colors provide a colorful backdrop, and there is ample room to explore.
RAL: Our travelers seek out unique and boutique accommodations. Where can they find these in your area?
JS: The Marriott in Oneonta has great accommodations and we suggest it to any visitor. Patrons will also find a variety of quaint B&Bs and a local motel within minutes of the event. There are larger hotel chains 20 miles away in Oneonta. The Roxbury is the has the most boutique-like atmosphere.
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
JS: Many of the participating farms have their best weekend of the year. It's a great way for them to sell out all of their products before the winter comes. Our event provides great exposure for our great local producers and businesses.
RAL: Does the event support a particular cause in the community?
JS: The fire department runs a bounce house area for kids, school groups fundraise at the event, and local service organizations are invited to have tables.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
JS: It’s a fantastic fun time for families and friends. Many groups from across the state use our event for reunions. There is nothing unpleasant [unless it snows early] about the event!
For more information about the Taste of the Catskills, please visit the event website.