TUPPER LAKE - Pick up a Food Passport upon arrival to The Wild Center today and travel the tastes of the Adirondacks.
There is no extra charge for the food-filled day. There will be local breweries, local artisanal suppliers, farm-to-table tastings, and fun for kids.
Each visitor will get a Passport good for more than 15 tasting stations.
Wild Center employee Natalie Zurek, right, serves up some vichyssoise soup to curious guests on an outdoor walkway at the 2013 FlavorFest. This year’s event is underway today at The Wild Center in Tupper?Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
The passport will allow tasters to sample Adirondack delicacies like local cheeses and meat, seasonal vegetables, delicious fruit dishes, and local beverages. The tasting stations, located throughout The Wild Center and grounds, will focus on the best food and flavors found in the Adirondacks.
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 the local farmers and take home some local seasonal foods.
Ed and Geraldine Berbaum will play old-time music in several short sets between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Family games and activities focused on food will be available throughout the day. Make a foody craft, meet live animals, plan a healthy meal, get your face painted, or time yourself in a bee relay.
Tasters will be able to meet brewmaster Chris Ericson, owner of Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, to learn which beers pair best with different foods and the process beer goes through from brewhouse to dining table.
Jane Desotelle, owner of Underwood Herbs, collects wild herbs and uses them to create teas, jellies, and other goods made of natural items. Her items will be on display.
Yvona Fast, author of the new book, "Garden Gourmet: Fresh and Fabulous Meals from your North Country Garden, CSA, or Farmers' Market" will give short cooking demonstrations informally throughout the day.