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Oct 14 / laurence

Glampin’ in the Catskills With All My Friends


Adult summer camp in the Catskills?  Yes, please.  This is exactly what the Catksills Wine & Food Festival had in store.  The weather wasn’t ideal, but over the course of a gloomy weekend in Bloominburg, NY, the Catskills Food & Wine Festival was a foodie and audiophile’s paradise.

On Saturday Afternoon, Ripe’s funktastic dance party kicked off the music for the day.  Relatively new to the scene, Boston based funk outfit Ripe brought out the energy.  This was my first time seeing them, and it certainly won’t be the last.

The festival offered limited but great food options.  The most visually appealing booth was that of San Mateo.  With a deep fried pig head displayed on the counter, they were kicking out some amazing pork sandwiches and arancini.  The Roast pork Panini with arugula and fresh mozzarella was a masterpiece.  Legendary Brooklyn pizza spot, Roberta’s, was also at the fest.  Their classic bee sting pie, topped with spicy soppresata, fresh mozzarella, tomato, sauce, and honey chili oil, was a crowd favorite.

Swapping live cooking demonstrations and live music on stage threw some diversification into the day.  Josh Capon, of B&B Burger, Lure Fish Bar, among other New York establishments, put on a comedy laced demonstration of some deliciously sautéed prosciutto wrapped shrimp.

The culinary highlight, however, was the eight-course dinner.  Chef Dan Holzman, The Meatball Shop, kicked off dinner with an incredible Roasted Squash & Ricotta Bruschetta with wilted onions and toasted walnuts.  Chef Jordan Andino served the real gut punch of the meal, host of Late Nite Eats on Food Network.  His Wild Mushroom Potage with Hen of the Woods, Shiitake, Ricotta Salata, and a Crispy Fried Quail Egg became more delicious with each bite. The meal was certainly a culinary adventure with each chef adding his or her flare to the seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood got the musical vibe set for the evening with their soulful rock sounds.  Chris Robinson’s legendary voice cuts just as beautifully distinctive as it always, dating back to his days with The Black Crows.

The headlining act for the evening were The Revivalists.  With a new album coming out on November 9th, Take Good Care, The Revivalists seamlessly mixed new tunes and fan favorites into their set.  With a Criminal opener, the stage was set for an energetic night.  If not familiar with the band, I highly recommend seeing these guys and giving them a long listen.  The band added a second drummer for this album, PJ Howard, whose everlasting smile and funk roots are a welcome addition to an already incredible band.   The Revivalists are some of the nicest, most humble guys in music, and I’ve been lucky enough to see their evolution, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store.   The tunes from the new album are a perfect next step for the band.

The rain and underwhelming size of the crowd didn’t put a damper on the party for the first Catskills Wine & Food Festival.  The eight-course dinner took guests on a culinary expedition, and the music made for a rocking fall evening.  Hopefully they come back next year for an even bigger and better festival.

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  1. / Nov 1 2018

    hallo! Ich liebe sehr eine Menge! Aktie werden in Kontakt
    extra über Ihre article auf AOL? I erforderlich Spezialist über diese Haus zu entwirren mein Problem.
    Vielleicht das ist Sie! Ein Blick vorwärts Sehenswürdigkeiten Sie.

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