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Walkway Over the Hudson and Hudson Valley Rail Trail Celebrating Bounty of the Hudson Valley, Hosting Walktoberfest Farmers and Makers Market on October 1 and 2
Area farms and specially curated local products will showcase alongside food and drink tastings at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and Hudson Valley Rail Trail
The Walktoberfest Farmers and Makers Market brings a curated selection of the Hudson Valley’s finest producers, including farms, distilleries, wineries, restaurants, artists, artisans, and more to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and west approach to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 12-5 p.m. Vendors will exhibit their wares for tasting or purchase, allowing participants to support many local agribusinesses all in one beautiful location.
“Walktoberfest is always one of the best weekends on the Walkway calendar,” said Diane Haight, Interim Executive Director, Friends of the Walkway. “From the tasting area featuring the Hudson Valley’s finest to the dozens of local vendors, live music, and special surprises that are sure to delight, it’s always wonderful to see the community come together to have a great time.”
With more than 190 vendors located throughout the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Walkway’s Ulster Welcome Center Plaza (87 Haviland Road, Highland, NY, 12528), Walktoberfest features not only farm-fresh products, food from local restaurants, and beer, wine, and spirits samples in a designated tasting area, but also art installations, locally made goods, a special area for children’s activities, live music from 7he 7eam on Saturday and Americana Oak and Tiny Bubble Ukulele on Sunday, and more. All proceeds from Walktoberfest benefit the Friends of the Walkway and Hudson Valley Rail Trail, who have partnered to present this farmers market.
Children will pose for pictures with their favorite princesses courtesy of The Snooki Shop and with superheroes including Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Captain America, and Spiderman thanks to Starlight Studios. Two By Two Petting Zoo and Parrots for Peace will bring their furry friends to Walktoberfest, and there are three craft areas hosted by Crazy for Art and Lowes of Highland, NY. The Lake Placid 2023/FISU University Games are making their debut onsite.
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and the Hudson Valley Rail Trail will remain open and accessible at no cost as usual throughout Walktoberfest. Admission to Walktoberfest is free, however special tickets are required for access to the Walktoberfest tasting and showcase area.
Tasting tickets are available now for $25 and include full access to wine, beer, spirits, and cider samples from more than 20 area purveyors. Must be 21 & over to purchase tickets. Walkway members, veterans, active-duty military, and senior citizens (65+) receive discounted admission. Children do not need a ticket to enter the tasting area when accompanied by an adult. To see the current list of participants as well as day of information about parking and more, visit walkway.org/walktoberfest.
The Walktoberfest Farmers and Makers Market is sponsored by Tompkins Community Bank, The Snooki Shop, Benmarl Winery, Lake Placid 2023/FISU World University Games, Metro North Railroad, Hudson Whiskey NY, Chronogram, Cantele Tents, Guardian Self Storage, iHeart Media, Hops on the Hudson, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week/The Valley Table, Coupe Champagne Bar, Sleep n’ Spa, Taste NY, Quality Bus Service, Radio Woodstock, Barbara Carter Realty, Hops on the Hudson, Groups to Go, WMCHealth, Mountain Float Spa, Barbara Carter Century21, Sloop Brewing, Knucklebusters Car Care Center, Total Cleanups with the Sorbello Family, Two By Two Zoo, DroninAllDay, Fox Pest Control, Salisbury Bank, and Devine Insurance.