The Adirondack Harvest Festival will return to its one-day, in-person format on Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport, NY. This will be the first time the event has fully returned to the Essex County Fairgrounds for one large, in-person event since 2019. The event will follow the same format as past festivals, with a large farmers’ market, local food trucks, local libations tent (beer, mead and wine), demonstrations and talks, kids’ activities, farm animals, and much more.
See below for a list of this year’s events and activities:
- –Farmers’ and artisan market highlighting only locally-grown produce, meat, eggs, artisan dairy products, baked goods, flowers, herbal products, maple products, wine, spirits, fiber, wood products, and much more.
- –Workshops and talks, see the full schedule in the image below.
- –Food trucks and vendors serving local food, including: Old Mountain Coffee, Farmers’ Cone Creamery, The Dogfather, Freddy B’s, The Barley Sandwich, Rivermede Farm Market, and more.
- –Local craft beer, mead, and wine tent featuring: Hex & Hop, Oval Craft Brewing, Four Maples Vineyard and Winery
- –Live music from local artists, including: Marie Marie, the Steve Feinbloom & Bill Ellis Duo, and Ploughman’s Lunch. See the schedule in the image below.
- –Participatory social with traditional dances and songs by the Native North American Traveling College (NNATC), an organization dedicated to raising awareness of Mohawk culture using traditional singing, dancing, and storytelling. The program will be presented by Wadhams Free Library thanks to generous funding from The Adirondack Foundation. (1 p.m.)
- -Pre-Festival hike through farmland with Champlain Area Trails.
- –Farm animal petting zoo
- –Pony rides for kids
- –Free kids’ activities with the Black Kettle School, Essex County 4-H, and Adirondack Farm to School. See the full schedule in the image below.
- –Draft horse and wagon rides with Country Dreams Farm
- –4-H presentations
- –Meet & greet with community organizations like the Essex County Master Gardeners, Essex Co Soil and Water, Adirondack Land Trust, Essex Farm Institute, Essex County Public Health, Whallonsburg Grange, John Brown Lives!, Lake Champlain Basin Program, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Adk Action, Blue Line Compost, ANCA, and more.
- –Horse barrel racing
- –Contests and activities throughout the day, such as a potato sack race, hula hoop contest, straw bale toss, and raffle drawing. See the schedule in the image below.
About the Adirondack Harvest Festival:
The Harvest Festival was created in 2016 to celebrate local farms and food, support the local economy, and give community members experiences that help everyone learn and grow together. It is a day designed to bring farms, local businesses, and the community together. The event gives regional farms an opportunity to showcase their work, and offers community members the chance to learn, try new foods, and meet the makers.
Like everything, the Harvest Festival had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past two years, the Harvest Festival took a different shape. With an online and self-guided festival in 2020, and an “Open Farm Week” with a whole week of many smaller events across the Adirondacks in 2021.
Organizers are thrilled to announce that the traditional, in-person, one-day Adirondack Harvest Festival is back for 2022. Appropriate COVID-19 precautions will be taken to create a fun, safe event for everyone.
Sponsors, volunteers, and donors make this event possible. If you’d like to volunteer at the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to support the Adirondack Harvest Festival, please click here to make a donation.
Photo at top: Scene from the 2019 Adirondack Harvest Festival. Photo by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST).