The 1st Annual Women in Food & Farming Festival will be held May 8 and 9 at Stone Ridge Orchard in the Hudson Valley of New York State – two hours outside of New York City in Ulster County.
The two-day-long hybrid live/virtual event, presented by Escapemaker.com, will honor women-owned farms, businesses, and entrepreneurs in the food and craft beverage industries. The May 8 live farmers market will host dozens of vendors with products ranging from cakes and cookies to fresh veggies to honey and hot sauce to teas, hard ciders and spirits – all locally sourced and produced and for sale to the public. There will also be a craft beverage tent for on-site beverage purchases.
Mask wearing is required, and although the live farmers market will take place on the expansive 115-acre farm and orchard, attendance will be capped and procedures in place to adhere to all COVID-19 safety protocols and social distancing.
Additionally, for those not able to attend in person, there will be a virtual experience on May 9 of more than 25 online tours, demos, and educational presentations on various topics for the public and trade by industry professionals, including Food Network television personalities Chef Maneet Chauhan ("Chopped" judge and Culinary Institute of America alumnus) and Chef Judy Joo, (the host of "Korean Foods Made Simple" and Iron Chef UK). Other presenters of note include the prolific author and activist and former presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on "Food & Connection."
Local changemaker speakers include renowned cidermaker and Breezy Hill Orchard farmer, Elizabeth Ryan with a "Hard Cider Tour," leading entrepreneur Liz Neumark of Great Performances and the Sylvia Center with a "Farm-to-Fork Tour of Katchkie Farm," and author and expert reporter Amy Wu on the latest in "Women in AgTech."
Presented by EscapeMaker and Fulton Stall Market, the farmers market and the virtual event is sponsored by The New York Cider Association, Cabot Creamery, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, SnapDragon & RubyFrost Apples, The Diamond Mills Hotel Saugerties, Doorstep Market, VisitIthaca.com, and SullivanCatskills.com, with media partners like Heritage Radio, Edible Hudson Valley and Edible Manhattan.
The event encourages women consumers and entrepreneurs from across the food and farming industries, hospitality service members, chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, craft beverage producers, local agritourism destinations, and lodging operators to attend, shop, taste, learn and participate – either in person or virtually. A portion of ticket proceeds benefits the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
"Now more than ever in this COVID age, women are being forced to leave the workforce in droves. Local food systems are breaking down, and local agritourism is suffering. We've got to dig deeper to find solutions, says Caylin Sanders, President of EscapeMaker.com. "A dream of mine for many years, this event will have a live farmers market at the beautiful Stone Ridge Orchard for shoppers to make conscious buying decisions to support women – the perfect fertile ground for new tastes, trends, and new local culinary trip ideas. Plus, it will also virtually bring together women online from all sectors within the industry to empower and inspire each other.""Women empowerment is a priority at Fulton Stall Market, where our goal is 80% of products from women farmers and producers," says Bob Lewis, FSM's Public Market Advisor and co-founder of New York City's Greenmarket, 45 years ago. We're excited to have the chance to honor their accomplishments during this event, inspire the next generation, and foster the upstate-downstate local food system connection."
A portion of ticket proceeds benefits the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
- Students 21 and Under: FREE on May 8 only
- ALL-ACCESS PASS: $25 and includes live market access and a swag bag of samples on May 8 and virtual event access on May 9. The first 100 registrants will get a free gift box of cheese from Cabot Creamery delivered to their doors.
- VIP PASS: $75 and includes live market access and a swag bag of samples and an exclusive live orchard walk and talk with Stone Ridge Orchard farmer Elizabeth Ryan and cider tasting flight under a 300-year old oak tree on May 8, plus virtual event access on May 9.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. For tickets and info on the live farmers market and virtual events on May 8-9, click here.