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Food & Drink Events, October 2010 

Gomen Home-Style Sushi Experience

October 3. Join Youko Yamamoto, owner of Gomen-Kudasai Japanese Restaurant, for a sushi making workshop. Yamamoto was born in Yokohama and learned traditional Japanese cooking skills in her mother’s kitchen. She has been teaching home-style cooking since 1998 and will demonstrate how to make Futomaki (thick sushi rolls), and Gomoku-Zushi, sushi in a bowl of rice. 3pm-5pm at Gomen-Kudasai in New Paltz. Sponsored by Unison Arts and Learning Center, $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. (845) 255-1559;

22nd Warwick Applefest

October 3. Celebrate the apple harvest with more than 200 craft vendors, dozens of food vendors, 50 local nonprofit exhibitors, and five stages of music and entertainment all day. Applefest is produced by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and was named one of the “Top 100 events” in the US by the American Bus Association. It attracts more than 35,000 visitors each year. There will be an apple pie baking contest, farmers market, children’s carnival, and apple picking at eight local orchards. 10am-5pm in Warwick. Admission is free. (845) 987-8300;

Beer Tasting at Hudson Beach Glass
October 8. Sample fine crafted beers suggested by Scott Vaccaro, owner and head brewer of Captain Lawrence Brewery from Pleasantville. Vaccarro began brewing at 17 years old and graduated from UC Davis Fermentation Science Program. The beers will be paired with selected cheeses. There will also be local bread from Beacon’s new bakery, Crumb. 6pm at Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon. Tickets are $45. The tasting pint glass is hand blown and signed by Kathleen Anderson who will demonstrate how the glass is made. (845) 440-0068;

Fermentation Workshop
October 9. Learn how to turn cabbage into tasty and healthful sauerkraut with Amie Baracks, longtime sauerkraut enthusiast and maker. Baracks promotes local agriculture that is ecologically sound, community oriented, and economically viable. 10am-12pm at Phillies Bridge Farm Project in New Paltz. $10 members/ $15 nonmembers. (845) 256-9108;

Hudson Chili Contest
October 9. Taste a variety of chili samplings including meat, vegetarian, and seafood at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson. Enter your own recipe and win up to $500 for first place. Beer and wine will be available. There is also going to be a table decoration contest and live performance by country-rock band Thunder Ridge. Price of admission is $5 and includes a ballot to judge. (518) 392-9696;

A Taste of Little Italy
October 10. Downtown Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy (in the shadow of the city’s entrance to the Walkway over the Hudson) hosts a mangia-rific day of food, entertainment, and live music. The event features 11 local eateries serving Italian specialties like , including Caffe Aurora, The Milanese Restaurant, Café Boca, and Amici’s. And don’t miss the cannoli eating contest or the mama’s meatball contest! 10am-6:30pm. Mt. Carmel Area, Poughkeepsie, 483-7300.

October 16.  Indulge in local, homemade, German-style food and beverages such as bratwurst, pierogies, gilled seasonal vegetables, beers of the season, and desserts. 6pm-9pm at St. Andrew’s Church in New Paltz. $20 per person or $10 with student ID, includes entry to the silent auction. (845) 255-5098;

click to enlarge Hudson Chili Contest at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park.
  • Hudson Chili Contest at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park.

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