Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wild Center FlavorFest Focuses On Local Food

7798671182_0f435c4cbfTo taste the salty bite of prosciutto in Italy, the smoky crunch of a German wurst or the hoppy flavor in a beer brewed by Trappist monks you need to pack your bags, fly across the Atlantic and remember your passport. On Thursday, August 15th you can skip the flight and come to The Wild Center for an all-day food festival and pick up a passport that will let you travel freely from one great Adirondack taste to the next.

Your passport will allow you to taste Adirondack delicacies like local cheeses and meat, seasonal vegetables, maple rhubarb crisp and homemade ice cream, and locally brewed beers. The tasting stations, catered by Adirondack Artisan Catering and located throughout the Center’s campus, will focus on the best food and flavors found in the Adirondacks.

This year’s focus is on maple, showing that it’s not just for pancakes and French toast. Parker Family Maple will be on hand to show various methods of maple production from colonial time to the late 1800s through a living history demonstration by this 5th generation maple family. You will be able to sample different grades of pure New York maple syrup and decide which soothes your sweet tooth.

Many of the ingredients highlighted at tasting stations will be available for purchase from the vendors of The Adirondack Farmers’ Market Cooperative, Inc. and The Wild Center’s special Farmers Market. FlavorFest is the perfect opportunity to meet some of our local farmers and take home some local seasonal foods for your family.

See the new documentary Nourish and increase your food literacy. Trace our relationship with food from a global perspective to personal action steps while enjoying beautiful visuals and inspiring stories. Nourish illustrates how food connects us to one another and the world at large.

Chris Ericson of the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery will talk about brewing different types of beer, how to taste beer, how to pair beer with food and provide free tastings of five of the Brewery’s remarkable beers, including Ubu Ale, Lake Placid IPA and 46er Pale Ale. Real beer offers the consumer a wide range of flavors. Chris will briefly examine the ways in which beer, both on the whole and with the differences between all the different styles, pairs with different foods.

Chef Dave Hunt of Generations restaurant will have a local tasting Sauté station where you can create your own dish using local vegetables and sauce sautéed right before your eyes. He will be cooking with Hid-in-Pines wine to make a Juniper Hill Spritzer.

Herbalist Jane Desotelle will give an edible food presentation, lead a walk showing how to identify edible and medicinal plants that can be found on Wild Center and other Adirondack trails and sell her locally-made products including herbal teas, wild foods and catnip toys.

A century and a half ago, lumberjacks and farm workers ate a lot of bread, providing them with quick energy from complex carbohydrates, but it wasn’t as easy as just picking up a loaf from the store. Hallie Bond will show the pleasures and pitfalls of being a baker a century ago.

Worried about what the kids will be doing while you taste the Adirondacks? There will be plenty of family games and activities focused on food throughout the day to keep the little ones occupied. Visit with farm animals from Harmony Hills Farmstead, strike a pose in the food photo booth, hand crank your way to your own ice cream treat, make a real Mr. Potato Head, and hop to the finish during a potato sack race.

Enjoy live music all day on the GreenLeaf pond featuring the foot stomping tunes of Big Slyde and a variety of hoedowns, waltzes, polkas, jigs and more from Ed & Geraldine, an expanded Farmers Market to pick up some fresh items for dinner, and Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension on hand to answer all of your growing questions.

The Wild Center is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For more information, visit

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