Leaf-peeping season has arrived in full force, ringing in October and bringing with it some of the Catskills’ most popular food and drink festivals. Here are a few happenings around the region this month.
- Narrowsburg Honey Bee Festival: Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., various locations. With seven species recently placed on the endangered list, our favorite pollinators can use all the help they can get. This wildly popular fair returns for a second year to spread the word. Look for a mix of local food and drink vendors, educational initiatives and kids’ activities, along with special events such as bee-themed movies at the Narrowsburg Union. Organizers are also encouraging everyone to don bee outfits in an attempt to break a Guinness world record. Admission is free.
- Taste of the Catskills: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 8 & 9, 10 a.m., Maple Shade Farm, 2066 County Highway 18, Delhi. The Delaware County farm’s annual festival spotlights local food and beverage producers, along with live music, agriculture-themed workshops, opportunities to meet animals and plenty of farm-related fun for both children and adults. Tickets are available online and at the door: $10/adults and $5/children 4-16 (children under 4 are free). A locally sourced harvest feast co-hosted by Ommegang Brewery happens Saturday night ($24/person).
- Supper Club at Early Bird Cookery: Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m., 6 Hills Resort Road, Callicoon Center. Supper clubs are growing in popularity across the Catskills, as farmers, restaurateurs and caterers expand their business models to introduce more diners to locally sourced fare. Try out the trend at Early Bird’s one and only harvest feast for 2016, a four-course meal for $65/person. Vegetarian options are available and you can BYOB. Reservations are required and can be made online here.
- Halloween at the Cat: Friday, Oct. 28, 8:30 p.m. to midnight, 2037 Route 17B, Bethel. Dancing Cat Saloon and its sister company, Catskill Distilling Co., put on a holiday party with local libations, live music by LaMar and a big-stakes costume party. Tickets are $12/advance and $15/door and include your first cocktail.
- Halloween Dance Party at Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room: Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. to midnight, 8373 Route 28, Big Indian. The popular farm-to-table restaurant puts its own twist on all things spooky, with an evening of bar food, special cocktails, tarot card readings and a costume contest. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/door. More info on the restaurant’s Facebook page.