In the Dutchess County Spotlight
Harvest Kitchen Demonstrations, Dutchess County Fair, Building E
Each day of the Dutchess County Fair through August 26, Building E's Harvest Kitchen presents how-to cooking demonstrations by professional chefs, cookbook authors and even area produce purveyors. Dutchess County Fair's chef extraordinaire, Jack Ford, organizes the Harvest Kitchen Demonstrations and announces each show.
All events start at 11am daily and seating is limited, so be sure to head over early for a choice seat.
Thursday morning's demos start with Deanna Bellacicco Breault from "Bella's Home-Baked Goods" at 11am. Craig Nassar "The Practical Chef" is on at 1:30pm and Joe Longendyke, Seafood Manager from Kingston's Adams Fairacre Farms is on at 3:30pm with a special shrimp and lobster demonstration. At 6pm "My Brother Bobby's Salsa - Beyond the Chip" features Bobby and Valerie Gropper.
Jennifer Brizzi, area food columnist leads off the demos on Friday at 11am. Norma Chang returns at 1:30pm and Debbie Decker, Cheese Shop Manager for Poughkeepsie Adam's Fairacre Farm is on at 3:30pm. Dan Budd, owner of Taste-Budd's Cafe and Taste-Budd's Concessions is scheduled for 6pm.
Andrea Carvalho returns Saturday Morning at 11am. The 10-year-old competition between the "Dutchess County Emergency Services Cook-off"pits the Dutchess County Sheriffs versus the Rhinebeck Fire Department once again. The challenge is presented much like the Iron Chef competitions. Each group is given a 'secret' ingredient and then instructed to make an appetizer, main course and dessert using that item. The bragging rights and cash prize for the winning group's favorite charity is decided by four judges; two culinary professionals and two Dutchess County agriculture board members. At 3:30pm Sean Lacey, from Newburgh Adams Fairacre Farms meat department presents his demonstration. At 6pm Jake Cunningham from the Chatham Brewing Company holds a Beer Seminar.
Sunday, the last day of the fair, brings Andrea Carvalho back for Cooking with Herbs at 11am. Wild Hive Farm, Clinton Corners presents their demonstrations with and about locally grown grains at 1:30pm. At 3:30pm, Chef Meghan Fells from Poughkeepsie's fine restaurant The Artist's Palate is on hand, and at 6pm Andrea Carvalho finishes the Harvest Kitchen Demonstrations for 2012.
Cabot and McCadam cheese samplings are available throughout the week.
This schedule is posted each day in Building E . For information visit www.dutchessfair.com or call 845-876-4000.
Photos by Garret Lown, Dutchess County Fair
2012 Harvest Demonstration Kitchen Schedule Dutchess County Fair
Thursday, August 23rd:
11:00 AM: Deanna Bellacicco Breault, "Bella's Home-Baked Goods", Highland' NY .
1:30 PM: Craig Nassar, Tucson KVOA's "The Practical Chef".
3:30 PM: Joe Longendyke, Kingston Fairacre Farms Seafood Manager.
6:00 PM: "My Brother Bobby's Salsa-Beyond the Chip", Bobby and Valerie Gropper; Poughkeepsie, NY.
Friday, August 24th:
11:00 AM: Jennifer Brizzi, Local Food Columnist.
1:30 PM: Norma Chang, Master Gardener, Author and Cooking Teacher.
3:30 PM: Debbie Decker, Poughkeepsie Adams Fairacre Farm Cheese Shop Manager.
6:00 PM: Dan Budd, Owner, Taste-Budds Cafe; Taste-Budds Concessions
Saturday, August 25th:
11:00AM: Andrea Carvalho, "Nature's Healing Farm".
12 NOON: "Dutchess County Emergency Services Cook-Off", Dutchess County Sheriff's Department versus Rhinebeck Fire Department.
3:30 PM: Sean Lacey, Newburgh Adams Fairacre Farms Meat Department.
6:00 PM: Jake Cunningham, Chatham Brewing Company; Beer Seminar.
Sunday, August 26th:
11:00 AM: Andrea Carvalho, "Nature's Healing Farm"; Cooking with Herbs.
1:30 PM: Wild Hive Farm, Clinton Corners, NY; Chefs Don and Aaryn.
3:30 PM: "The Artist's Palate", Poughkeepsie, NY; Chef Meghan Fells.
6:00 PM: Andrea Carvalho, "Nature's Healing Farm".
Watch for Cabot and McCadam Cheese Samplings throughout the week!