Hudson Valley Vegfest Returns for Second Year


Strolling the food aisle at HV Vegfest

The second annual Hudson Valley Vegfest will take place November 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, in the 42,000-square-foot events space at Gold’s Fitness Center in Poughkeepsie. Sponsored by the Institute for Animal Happiness, this festival celebrates the benefits of vegan living and explores the issues that drive the vegan movement, from food justice to human health concerns to protecting animals and the environment.

Last year’s Vegfest drew 2,500 attendees, and organizers say the response is an indication of growing interest in veganism and plant-based options, as more people in the Hudson Valley become aware of the beneficial aspects of making these choices.

This year’s festival will feature more than 80 vendors—both local and from around the country—representing a wide array of products and services, including various vegan foods, chefs, authors and innovators, and businesses and nonprofit organizations devoted to change. The lineup of speakers and presentations includes voices from across the spectrum of inclusive and compassion-based activism, such as Alyssa Miller (Deafinitely Vegan); Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment (Vegan Mos); Omowale Adewale (founder of Black Vegfest and GAMENYC); Carmen Ng and Evelyn Li (Ocka Treats); Robert Grillo (author and founder of Free From Harm); Scott David (Compassion Over Killing); Gretchen Primack (activist and poet); Heather Stadler (Official Fat Vegan); and Dr. Milton Mills (featured in the Netflix film What the Health).

And once again this year, Hudson Valley Vegfest will produce zero waste thanks to its partnership with local service Zero to Go. Only six bags of trash from last year’s festival went to the landfill; everything else was composted or recycled.

Among the festival sponsors are WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST, MadeGood, Zero to Go, and Vegan and Animal Professionals Insurance.

Cost: $10 per ticket or $15 for a two-day pass. Children 10 and under free. Veterans $5 (cash at door only). Location: 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY. For more info, visit or













Heritage Applefest in Garrison


Apple with a view at Boscobel

Boscobel House and Gardens will host its Heritage Applefest, featuring live music, sweet and hard cider sampling, press-your-own cider and family games and activities, on October 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to sweet and hard cider, apple cider doughnuts, butter and syrup will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Applefest celebrates the agricultural history of the Hudson Valley and Boscobel, which was constructed in the early 19th century, when the apple was America’s favorite fruit. Boscobel’s apple orchard still features some of those heritage varieties as well as many newer ones.

During the festivities, the Historic House Museum will be open for visitors to explore at their own pace and direction, with expert guides stationed to offer insight and information.

Cost: Pay what you wish. Location: 1061 Rte. 9D, Garrison, NY. Rain date: October 13. For more information, call 845.265.3638 or visit












Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner and Wine Tasting in Scarsdale at Greenburgh Nature Center

Farm to Table dinner at GNC

Farm to Table dinner at GNC

The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) hosts its second annual Farm to Table dinner and wine tasting fundraiser on Sunday, June 22, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy locally grown, seasonal fare from area restaurants, bakeries and wineries in GNC’s lovely and elegant natural setting.

The evening begins with appetizers and a glass of award winning local wine from the Hudson Valley region. Guests can stroll around the grounds and learn about the animals, exhibits and educational programs from GNC naturalists and interns. Afterwards, everyone gathers around long tables to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by several local restaurants and bakeries.

Participants walk around to the different stations, each featuring a different restaurant offering menu items that include ingredients harvested or sourced fresh from local area farms.

Local wines provide a special accompaniment, and guests can speak with the various local chefs and wine makers who contribute to the evening’s meal. In an effort to reinforce GNC’s mission and sustainability message, everyone is asked to bring their own dinnerware, glasses and silverware. There will be an opportunity to rinse everything off before packing up to go home.

Dinner will be served outdoors, under a tent if necessary, at tables set up on the Great Lawn. Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably and casually, wear practical shoes, and bring a light sweater or jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat, if desired. The cost per person is $100 for members, $150 for non-members. Children ages 12 or older can attend at the per person rate. As seating is limited, early online sign-ups are encouraged by visiting and clicking on Farm to Table.

GNC is a 33-acre woodland preserve with trails, a pond, gardens, a playground, and outdoor animal exhibits, including a birds of prey aviary. Its mission is to offer inspiring, hands-on environmental education experiences, foster an appreciation of nature and promote sustainable practices.

 For more information, call 914.723.3470 or visit