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Featuring regional “rising star” chefs, artists & performers

Albany, N.Y.Albany Barn with the Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts will present “FUSION,” a perennial arts and artisan event taking place on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Washington Park Lake House in Albany, NY at 7:00pm.

Last year’s “FUSION” drew some 350 attendees and featured cuisine by several of the area’s most iconic chefs, including Yono Purnomo and Ric Orlando.

Albany Barn was founded to provide opportunity for emerging artists and artisans. In that spirit, this year’s “FUSION” will instead highlight the culinary styling of six “rising star” chefs from the Capital Region chosen by the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival:

Fusion-inspired dishes will be accompanied by signature cocktails prepared with spirits from Albany Distilling Company, craft beer by Druthers Brewing Company and wine selections by Empire Wine.  Dessert & Coffee is presented by Chocolate Gecko, The Cookie Factory & Starbucks.

“FUSION” will also feature: pocket performances, fashion and live art installations created by regional artists, as well as custom lighting designs by Nicky Lightz and “music mixology” by Space, Time and Spacetime

The price for a regular ticket is $60 and can be purchased online at

Special "Catalyst Committee" packages are are available for $125 (single) and $175 (couple) and include admission to the event, name(s) listing on the "FUSION" event site and event program, as well as special edition Albany Barn glassware.

Albany Barn is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a sustainable creative arts incubator and community arts center in Albany, NY. Albany Barn has partnered with the Albany Housing Authority and City of Albany to redevelop St. Joseph’s Academy, a long-vacant former school building in the Arbor Hill neighborhood, into 22 low-cost live/work artist residences, and 15,000+ square feet of multi-tenant creative enterprise space called “The Barn.”  Renovation of the St. Joseph’s Academy building are expected to be complete in early 2014.  Tenant applications are being accepted now on Albany Barn’s website:

Proceeds from "FUSION" will benefit Albany Barn’s "Raise the Barn" campaign, specifically underwriting operations and the purchase of equipment during Albany Barn’s first year in the newly transformed St. Joseph’s Academy.

Major Sponsorship for "FUSION" provided by Albany Housing Authority, Key Bank, Phillips Lytle, LLP, All Over Albany, Elite Venture Media, Fort Orange Press, MHA Innovations, Times Union, and WAMC/Northeast Public Radio.

WHAT:  "FUSION" presented byAlbany Barn with Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts
Friday, October 18, 2013
The Lake House in Washington Park, Albany, NY
 7 p.m.

Tickets and more information:


Events Calendar updated!

There are many Capital Region Food events in the coming weeks!!   So many (even many on the same date), that we can't visit them all. 

Checkout our Calendar for the Month of September and October as we have added some of the local events we are aware of and the next Downtown Albany Restaurant Week. 

Some Events added to the calendar include:

Bennington Garlic Fest, Greek Fest (Schenectady), Little Italy Fest (Schenectady), Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, Saratoga Wine & Food Festival, Washington County Cheese Festival are among some of the entries to the calendar.

Also, a reminder to any of our readers or fans, if you hear about a restaurant opening, a Food Festival, a Capital Region Restaurant week, or any special events relating to food in the Capital Region, don't hesitate to shoot us an email and let us know.   Thanks


Troy Pig Out & Bacon Fest NY


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This event is at Riverfront Park in Troy, NY and is 11 AM to 9 PM Saturday and 11 AM to 4 PM Sunday. 

For festival guests who want to sample BBQ but want to avoid the frenetic pace of the People's Choice Competition, The BBQ Vendors will be offering a sample size for between $1 and $5, allowing you to try several different offerings from different vendors!

The full list of Food and Craft Vendors, The Competitors, Last years Competition Winners, and the schedule of events can be found here:

Hope to see you all there, and if you see us, say Hello!


Bethlehem Restaurant Week


Three course meal for $20.13   May 13th thru May 19th

Reservations Highly Recommended!

List of participating restaurants can be found on the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce website.  << Click Here >>



Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival - May 25 & 26



Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Fest

May 25th (Noon to 6 PM) & May 26th (Noon to 5 PM)

Columbia County Fairgrounds / Route 66 / Chatham, NY

The Berkshire Wine & Food Festival is an exciting culinary event, marrying the best aspects of the Hudson Valley and Berkshire Mountains. The rich fabric of the countryside is home to artisanal bakers and cheese makers, numerous CSAs, organic meats and vegetables, small and large family owned farms, and a host of other small artisnal food producers. The region is also host to a number of wineries, distilleries, and craft brewers.

Directions: From Albany
Take I-90 to Exit 12; go south on Route 9 to Route 203 in Valatie, follow signs to Chatham.