Taste your way through Orange County Raise a glass to springtime with craft beer festivals, restaurant weeks and other culinary celebrations
The next farm dinner with Chef Shawn Hubbell at Soons Orchard in New Hampton will be Friday, March 8.
GOSHEN — Orange County’s chefs and craft brew masters have access to a bounty of farm fresh ingredients and they know how to use it. There’s no shortage of delectable food and drink at farm-to-table restaurants and more than 24 craft beverage venues “Come feast on local food and fun at special happenings highlighting the talents of our chefs and craft brew masters,” says Amanda Dana, Director of Orange County Tourism. “On-the-farm dining events and food and drink festivals are a staple on the Orange County Tourism events calendar. ” Upcoming food and beverage events in Orange County include: Farm Dinner with Chef Shawn Hubbell, Soons Orchard, 23 Soons Circle, New Hampton Friday, March 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Indulge in four courses of food, fun, and learning with an interactive dinner featuring the talents of Chef Shawn Hubbell. Enjoy appetizer and samplings of hard cider and unique cocktails as you browse the curated selection of wines and ciders to pair with your dinner. Advanced tickets recommended. www.soonsorchards.com/events/dinner • Maple Sugar Tours, Outdoor Discovery Center at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Chester. Saturdays and Sundays through March 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Head outdoors for a tour of the sugar bush and learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, discover centuries-old sugaring techniques and finish the day by participating in a "sweet" taste test challenge. www.hhnm.org/maple-sugar-tours-3 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, various locations. Monday, March 11, through Sunday, March 24. Discover the tastes of the region with special, three-course dinner and lunch menus from more than 200 restaurants in the Hudson Valley, including 16 Orange County locations such as Borland House, MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant at the Thayer Hotel and the Stagecoach Inn. www.valleytable.com/hvrw Download the free OCNY Craft Beverage Tour app from Google Play or the App Store to start planning your personal craft beverage itineraries. For a full list of lodging, activities, and attractions, visit www.orangetourism.org.