Here’s our (unusually hefty) list of fun places to eat and drink while enjoying the Catskills this week. Know other events coming up? We do this every Thursday, so let us know, too.
- Country Affair at Liberty View Farm: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 28-30, 340 Crescent Ave., Highland. The Ulster County farm dives into apple season with its inaugural three-day event offering nocturnal apple-picking, a pie contest judged by the venerable pastry chef and author Rose Levy Beranbaum, and lots of food from local chefs and artisans. There are also bonfires with s’mores, contra dancing and a pop-up antique shop on the schedule. An all-day pass is just $10, and the proceeds benefit People’s Place Food Pantry, a large nonprofit in Kingston.
- Notch to Notch Hike With Nosh: Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. meet at Storehouse, 60 Main St., Phoenicia, or 10 a.m. meet at the trailhead (see Facebook event page for details). The outdoor gear store, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend, has teamed up with Boiceville’s Goods Luncheonette for a day of group hiking and picnicking. The hike is about 5.5 miles, beginning at Notch Inn Road in Lanesville and traversing parts of the Long Path and the Devil’s Path on the way to Stony Clove Notch. The hike is free, and Storehouse is providing the morning coffee. You can order breakfast and/or lunch from Goods in advance (or bring your own).
- Delaware Highlands Conservancy Community Picnic: Saturday, Aug. 29, noon to 4 p.m., at the conservancy’s N.Y. headquarters, 120 Segar and Rosenberg Road, Swan Lake. The environmental group’s annual free picnic celebrates its volunteers, neighbors, friends and supporters with Catskill Brewery beer, local food and monarch butterflies. Enjoy crafts, games and live bluegrass by the the Greater Rio Bluegrass Quartet. Activities include a guided nature walk, live animal presentations by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center and an information booth about land stewardship. This event is free, but RSVPs are requested by phone at 845-583-1010 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Meal in the Field Benefit Dinner at Phillies Bridge Farm: Saturday, Aug. 29, 5 to 8 p.m., 45 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz. Chefs from Ellenville’s Aroma Thyme, Woodstock’s Bearsville Bakers and other Catskill-area restaurants participate in this on-farm dinner, which is served outdoors and features a menu sourced from more than 20 local growers and producers. Tickets are $100/person or $185/couple. Childcare is available on-site. Reservations are required and can be made online, by e-mail to email@example.com or by phone at 845-256-9108. Proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit farm’s educational programs for children and families.
- Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods: Sunday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts kicks off its 17th annual month-long celebration of Sullivan County farms, food and fun. Held each Sunday through Sept. 27, the kid-friendly festival features a farmers’ market, live music, corn and hay mazes, pony rides and crafts. Free admission, $2 parking fee. No pets allowed.
- Pasta Night at Hamden Inn: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 5 to 9 p.m., 35796 Route 10, Hamden. Enjoy an all-you-can eat feast of salad, pasta and the ever-popular “crocodile bread” at the inn, with farm-fresh ingredients from Lucky Dog Organic. Adult meals are $9.95/person, kids 4 to 10 are $5 and kids 3 and under eat free. This event happens the first Wednesday of each month, seasonally; the last one will be Oct. 7.