NNY and VT get props for 'awesome' farm festivals

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Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. Photo: Allison H, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

A magazine called Modern Farmer has listed what it calls five of the "hottest ag-related festivals" this summer, and three of them are just a day trip from the good ole' north country.

Here's what the magazine had to say about our local(ish) farm celebrations:

July 12 – 14 : Finger Lakes Wine Festival

It’s not everyday that you can unabashedly sport a toga in public. But the Finger Lakes Wine Festival encourages its several hundred annual visitors to do just that. To kick off the weekend of wine-tasting, festival-goers are invited to channel their inner-Bacchus by participating in the celebrated toga party. Over the ensuing two days, they are free to mingle with 200 of the region’s wine and food vendors, take a wine-tasting seminar or sit in on a cooking class.

July 19 – 20 : Friends of the Farmer Festival

A native of upstate New York, Tessa Edick decided to launch an annual Friends of the Farmer Festival in 2011 as a way to celebrate her home state’s emergent local farming and food culture. Set in Copake — nestled between the Berkshires and the Hudson River, two hours north of New York City — the festival begins with a fundraising soirée, the proceeds of which go to the FarmOn! Foundation, which in turn supports students from the Hudson Valley to study agricultural sciences. On Saturday, the festivities begin at 11 am and until 6 pm, visitors will be able to engage with farmers, chefs, winemakers, brewers and distillers from the region.

July 21 : Vermont Cheesmakers Festival

Boasting the most cheesemakers per capita, it is not surprising that Vermont hosts one of the foremost cheese festivals in the United States. Replete with workshops, cooking and cheesemaking demonstrations, it is inevitable that the festival attendee will emerge from this day of degustation with a more intimate relationship with cheese and deeper understanding of what goes into making it.

- From Modern Farmer magazine

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