Celebrity Chefs Flocking to The Catskills on May 13—Here's Why

Bryce Gruber

The first-ever Catskill Cuisine Festival is coming to the Hudson Valley, and it's going to be a celebrity chef hotspot ripe with mouth-watering eats.

The festival, which takes place on Saturday, May 13 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival) in the Sullivan Catskills, has confirmed celebrity chefs including Alton Brown, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Catskill Cuisine FestivalPhoto byCCF

It's the perfect Mother's Day weekend event for food-loving families, promising an immersive blend of cuisine, music, family-friendly entertainment and local support for everything the Catskills have to offer.

Other highlights from the Catskill Cuisine Festival include:

  • Meet and pet alpacas from Buck Brook Alpacas, a family-owned farm in the Catskills (this is enough reason for us to attend, but hey, you do you)
  • Local non-profit, A Single Bite, will also be on hand to teach kids what it means to make healthy food choices
  • Kittatinny Canoes will have a variety of activities such as tube racing, water safety, ring toss, and other family-friendly games. 
  • Bethel Woods will have a station where kids can create their own tie-dye using natural pigments from edible plants, and make their own tiles using various kitchen tools and dried flowers, herbs and vegetable embellishments.
Wine at Catskill Cuisine FestivalPhoto byCCF

Whether you choose to cuddle the alpacas or not is up to you, but definitely be sure to break out the double travel stroller, pop in your convertible car seat and get ready to taste all the wonderful things coming out of the festival's outdoor pizza ovens and hot grills.

The one-day event is expected to draw local Sullivan County visitors, foodies from Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as art-loving Hudson Valley hot spots like Westchester, Woodstock and Rhinebeck.

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Bryce Gruber covers women's lifestyle content and news ranging from shopping to travel, beauty to parenting, wellness and delicious eating. Find her at @brycegruber on social media, and across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting topics at TheLuxurySpot.com, Readers' Digest, Bravo, Parents.com, Martha Stewart, and on your TV screen through national talk shows including The Tamron Hall Show. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children.

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