The second annual Catskill Food Festival, taking place Saturday, makes a perfect end-of-summer bookend to the inaugural Food Festival Hudson, which opened the season in June. Given the success of last year’s event and a forecast of beautiful weather, it promises to be a splendid, festive afternoon.
Anybody who loves to eat, anybody who is a connoisseur of food-truck cuisine, will have a smorgasbord of options. The event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Main Street in the village. Guilty Pleasure is the scheduled musical guest and there will be other entertainment all day.
Palate-pleasers will range beyond the typical fare. In addition to the food trucks, there will be honey and maple syrup producers, pickle chefs and homemade dog treats.
Organizers wanted to return the festival to Catskill in 2019 because of last year’s success and because of the huge support the event received.
Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley was so impressed with last year’s turnout, he and the village board began developing plans to make the festival an annual event. “This has become one of our major annual events,” Seeley said. “It provides an opportunity for new people to become acquainted with Catskill as well as bringing locals out to see the improvements we are making.”
The festival also presents a great opportunity to meet Main Street business owners and catch up with friends. This year’s festival is bigger, with organizers expanding its area by another block to accommodate more vendors.
Where Food Festival Hudson showcased the city’s evolving waterfront, the Catskill Food Festival, like Olde Catskill Days and many other street festivals since the 1970s, turns the spotlight on the village’s business district. This is going to be a big day for Catskill. We urge you to spend a sunny Saturday at the festival.