CHATHAM, NY -- More than 20 local restaurants and 30 local farms will be providing the goodies for the "Taste of Columbia County Bounty."
The event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, August 3, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds here.
Local beers and wines also will be offered, as well as demonstrations by local chefs. The sponsoring organization is Columbia County Bounty, which promotes and supports networking coinnections between local agricultural producers and culinary businesses.
Lori Selden, CEO of the Mexican Radio group that has restaurants in Hudson, the county seat, and in New York City, is the current president of Columbia County Bounty. As she explains on the organization's Web site:
"Columbia County Bounty is first and foremost a mission of the heart. It was conceived and given life by people who share a passion for 'the need to feed,' who understand that fresh, local food is healthier for our bodies, for our environment, for our local economy, for our community, for our family-run, independent farms, exquisitely beautiful open spaces. And, quite frankly, it just plain tastes better.
"Every time you spread a dab of creamy local butter on your neighbor’s freshly harvested sweet corn, you are contributing to a more self-reliant, sustainable, local 'foodshed.' Every sliver of spicy local garlic you toss into your delicious, homegrown tomato sauce is not only a spectacular taste treat for your family, but also a decisive vote for a healthier local economy and stronger farmland preservation policies. So many levels of joy from just a single bite of a Columbia County apple."
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• Columbia County Bounty
• Dowd's Guides