Go There, Eat That: Oct. 1-7

It must be fall, because Chef Rob Handel of Heather Ridge Farm is making cider doughnuts. Photo courtesy of Niva Dorell.

Here are our picks for fun places to eat and drink while enjoying the fall beauty and bounty of the Catskills this week. Know of a food-related event coming up? We do this every Thursday, so let us know, too.

  • Harvest Festival at Heather Ridge Farm: Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 989 Broome Center Road, Preston Hollow. Heather Ridge‘s first harvest festival features a scarecrow competition to benefit the Food Bank of Northeastern New York, a birds of prey show by Wes Laraway and the New York Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, spinning demos, cider-pressing demos and tasting. The day’s menu, created by Chef Rob Handel, celebrates all things autumn, including cider doughnuts, pumpkin-spice muffins, sweet crepes topped with spiced apples and pears, savory crepes topped with pumpkin mole and other specials, along with the farm’s regular brunch menu of egg dishes, salads and stew.
  • Kymar Farm Harvest Fest: Saturday, Oct. 3, noon to 6 p.m., Kymar Farm Distillery, 102 Bindery Lane, Charlotteville. Enjoy a pig roast and a variety of local craft beverages at Kymar’s headquarters, which has plenty of indoor space in case of inclement weather. Schoharie County farmers and food producers will be on hand with goodies, including Peck and Potter Farm’s jams, Black Cat’s treats and Thompson Sugar Shack’s maple products. The pig roast begins at 1 p.m. and runs until it is sold out. Mike Herman, SoLo, will play music.
  • Farm-to-Table Wine Dinner with Live Jazz: Saturday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Forestburgh Tavern at the Forestburgh Playhouse, 39 Forestburgh Road, Forestburgh. The Sullivan County theater pairs a locally sourced feast with tunes from the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet. Enjoy dishes like smoked trout mousse, chicken and pork from Hilly Acres Farm and mushroom alfredo from Northern Farmhouse Pasta. Tickets are $75/person with an optional $20 wine pairing or cash bar. Proceeds benefit the performance venue’s productions.
  • Pasta Night at Hamden Inn: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5 to 8 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 will be the last pasta night of the season.

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