Thursday, September 22, 2011

19th Annual Taste of the North Country Festival

The 19th Annual Taste of the North Country food festival will take place on Sunday, September 24th from 11 am to 3 pm in City Park in downtown Glens Falls. The event, which draws thousands each year, will feature specialty items prepared and served up by 40+ area restaurants, entertainment and activities for kids, culinary demonstrations, and an apple dessert contest.

Included this year will be many returning restaurants as well as several new eateries. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under age 18. Food coupons cost 50¢ each, and samples are priced at one or more coupons. Coupons may be purchased at gazebos located near the event entrance gates. A complete list of restaurants participating can be found online.

The 19th Annual Taste of the North Country will again feature a Culinary Demonstration Tent, sponsored by the O’Brien Insurance Agency and Travelers Insurance. Three presentations have been scheduled for this year’s event, as follows:

Noon – 1:00 pm: Chef Amy Rota-Poulin – “Caramelized Apple and Onion Sausage Sliders” and “Roasted Butternut Squash Soup”. Amy is the author of Cooking Gluten Free With Amy and Restaurant Liaison for the Glens Falls & Saratoga Springs Regional Celiac Support Groups. She is a regular guest chef on the “Let’s Eat” cooking segment on WNYT’s Morning Today Show on NBC in Albany.

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Chef Lance Nitahara – “Crisped Sous Vide Breast of Duck, Butternut Squash Couscous Risotto, Tomato Confiture, Pea Shoot Salad, Pomegranate-Maple Duck Glace”. Lance is the Executive Chef at Camp of the Woods Resort in Speculator, NY. He was recently a featured chef and competition winner on “Chopped”, a popular program on The Food Network.

2:00 – 3:00pm: Chef Heidi Hoyt – “Chicken in Lemon Cream with Himalayan Red Rice”. Heidi is co-owner of Black Diamond Caterers, Adirondack BBQ and On Call Caterers in Saratoga. Heidi presented at last year’s event, and her entree and dessert were so well received that she was invited to return.

Rich Cirino, owner of UnCorked Glens Falls, will be back again this year to discuss compatible wines following each presentation. Audience participants may savor these entrees for two coupons per sample. Coupons will be available for purchase at the event.

The day includes entertainment for both adults and kids. Kicking off the event at the Main Stage in the City Park Bandstand will be the Lake George Jazz Quartet featuring Greg Mason, Jim Fuchs, Kathi DiMauro and Frank Rollo. The Marcabes, a popular local classic rock band will perform from 11:15 am – 12:30 pm and again from1:30 to 3 pm. Spellbound, the duo of Cyndie Wade & Bob Noah, will entertain the crowd with well known favorites from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. On the Children’s Stage, Mr. Twisty will delight kids with his magic and balloon creations from11:15 am – 12:15 pm and 1 – 2 pm, and High Peaks Juggling Show will dazzle the audience from 12:15 – 1 pm and 2 – 3 pm.

Members of the public are invited to participate in the apple dessert competition. Sponsored by Hick’s Orchard, the Apple Dessert Contest includes prizes in both adult and youth categories. More information and an application can be found online.

The Taste of the North Country is organized by the Kiwanis Club of Glens Falls to raise funds that will be contributed back to the community. Each year the organization raises over $80,000 to benefit area charities and provide scholarships to area seniors. In addition, members donate time and talents to community events and improvement projects, and the organization promotes service by sponsoring seven Key Clubs in area high schools, a Builder’s Club and an Aktion Club. More about the club can be found online.

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