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11th Annual Putnam County Wine & Food Fest to Be Held August 6-7

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The annual Putnam County Wine & Food Fest returns to burn with a potpourri of activities for its 11th staging on August 6-7 at the Mayor’s Park at 61 Fair Street in Cold Spring.

“I am thrilled that the festival is returning to Mayor’s Park in Cold Spring, an attractive venue and centrally located for many of our longtime patrons,” festival founder Lauren Drummond said. “With COVID-19 restrictions lifted, we are looking forward to an exciting but safe festival for all our attendees and participants.”

The entertainment offering this year includes a not to be missed cooking demo from renowned Chef Marcus Guiliano of Aroma Thyme Restaurant in Ellenville, NY. There will also be live music with a mix of genres from Rock & Roll, Blues, Soul, and Reggae. Confirmed performers include Bernell Henry (Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band Member); The New Administration; The Cadillac Brothers; School of Rock Band (Beacon); The Levins and the Eugene Tyler Band. Musically patrons will be entertained by DJ Saggy, a.k.a., Tennyson from Reggae Vibes, who will also bring his dining skills to bear.

First held in 2011, the event attracts cider, spirits and wine lovers who savor and purchase some of the finest ciders, spirits, and wines from New York’s cideries, distilleries and wineries. Though it is a for-profit show, the Putnam County Wine & Food Fest partners with local bodies to assist a charity monetarily.

And this year, designated charity is The ARC Mid-Hudson who will receive a portion of this year’s profits when you use their promo code at checkout. The ARC Mid-Hudson is a private not-for-profit agency founded by families in Ulster, Greene, and Putnam Counties who believed that their children with disabilities should have the same opportunities as their peers.

Opening Day activities start at 11 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. Day 2 begins at 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. sharp. The event, which is for all ages, brings together a multicultural audience while highlighting regional cideries, distilleries, vineyards, specialty food, arts, and crafts. 

The cideries, distilleries, and wineries that will be highlighting their products at the festival are as follows: Liquid Fables, Manor Sangria, Zugibe Vineyards, Coopers Daughters at Spirits Old Yorke Farm, Shady Knoll Orchards & Distillery LLC, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, Taconic Distillery, Freefall Sangria, Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery. Throughout the weekend, these cideries, distillers, and wineries will be highlighting their goods through tastings, and will be selling either by the bottle or the case.

There will be several food trucks, specialty food and arts and craft merchants as well. Some of the vendors attending this year’s festival include Personal Scents, Sage Wings, Farmbody Skin Care, Soldier Solutions, LLC, Prudential Financial, Nemeth Orchards, K Bloody Mary Mix, Gusto Dela Vita Olive Oil and Olivewood, Finger Lakes Harvest, Senor P, Big Guy Hot Sauce Dutchess Dogs, and S&C Food Cart. These vendors will be selling their finest goods throughout the weekend as well. Also at the festival, there is a beer tent that will allow visitors to purchase beer.

Putnam County Wine & Food Fest’s current sponsors and partners include Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, Manhattan Beer Distributors, MTA Metro-North Railroad, and WAG Magazine.

Tasting Tickets are $30 each day/ $40 at the Door (for 21 years & over) and $12 for Designated Drivers. Children under twelve are free. Attendees will need a photo ID at registration. Rain or shine, no refunds.

The Putnam County Wine & Food Fest is still accepting sponsorship, vendor, and volunteer applications. The festival expects to keep growing with new products and offerings.

Tickets are on sale now. Buy tickets at:

The fest is accessible to all transportation modes. Customers can take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to the Cold Spring Station within walking distance to the venue. Parking is available at the Metro-North Station, Haldane High School at Craig Avenue to connect with Putnam County Transit Trolley, a free shuttle bus to and from the Wine Fest during the festival hours.

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