TUPPER LAKE - On Thursday, Aug. 16., 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.
A passport will allow visitors to taste Adirondack delicacies like local cheeses and meat, seasonal vegetables and gazpacho, berry rhubarb crisp and homemade ice cream and locally brewed beers. Tasting stations, catered by Adirondack Artisan Catering and located throughout the museum's campus, will focus on the best food and flavors found in the Adirondacks. The passport also contains more than $15 in savings for local food suppliers and other area food festivals.
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.
See the new documentary "Small Farm Rising" and speak with Adirondack Harvest representative Laurie Davis to get the behind the scenes scoop on this intimate, local film. "Small Farm Rising" follows a group of first-generation farmers from three unique farms as they carry plants, land and animals through an entire growing season in our region.
Chris Ericson of the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery will talk about brewing different types of beer, how to taste beer and how to pair beer with food, and he will provide free tastings of five of the brewery's 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.
Herbalist Jane Desotelle will give an edible plant 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 of the Adirondack Museum will show the pleasures and pitfalls of being a baker a century ago.
Learn how mushrooms grow, where to find them and the best practices for mushroom collection from Susan Hopkins. She will also lead a walk discovering what mushrooms can be found on Wild Center trails.
There will also 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 out an ice cream treat, make a real Mr. Potato Head, and hop to the finish during a potato sack race. There will be live music all day on the GreenLeaf pond featuring the bluegrass old time flavor of The Barn Cats and foot-stomping tunes of Big Slyde (www.myspace.com/bigslydemountainmusic), an expanded farmers market to pick up some fresh items for dinner, and master gardeners 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 www.wildcenter.org.