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Aug 2, 2007 05:04 PM

RIBFEST in New Paltz

Looks like this could be a very interesting weekend trip. Check out this website for the info:

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  1. Thanks for the info, that look like a great day/weekend trip. I never made it to the Big Apple BBQ this year so this looks like it will fill the void nicely.

    1. check out ribfest info posted 22 hours ago

      1. I just got an e-mail from Weed Orchards that sounds like a nice day trip:

        Weed Orchards will be open for the 2007 season on Saturday, August 11 with our first ever Sweet Corn Festival featuring our own super sweet
        corn. There will be Acoustic Guitar entertainment from 1-4pm. Our bakery will be open with our famous Apple Cider Donuts and Peach and
        Apple Pies. Food will be served; including sausage and peppers, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc.

        Pick-Your-Own Tomatoes, Eggplant, Hot and Sweet Peppers, and Ginger Gold Apples.

        Please call or respond to this email to check the availability of peaches and nectarines at (845) 236-2684.

        Weed Orchards
        43 Mt. Zion Rd.
        Marlboro, NY 12542
        (845) 236-1369

        I must of been up there apple picking once and gave them my e-mail address. I think this is about 1 1/2 hours from mid-Westchester. There is also a garlic fest coming up in September and I think it's in that same area.

        3 Replies
        1. re: GIOny

          marlboro is about 10 miles north of beacon/newburgh, on the west side of the hudson. i know nyc is about 80 miles from poughkeepsie, so marlboro should be a few less...

          the garlic festival is up in saugerties - that's about 20 miles north of marlboro. it's either sept or oct, i forget which...

          1. re: bob gaj

            Funny, my husband was asking about the garlic festival this morning! It's the 29/30 of September. A very fun - and tasty - place to go.

          2. re: GIOny

            I was at Weed's yesterday. I've been there a few times for apple picking. It's a great place to bring the kids. The staff are very friendly. Yesterday was salsa day. They demonstrated a few different types, plus you could sample. We picked tomatoes, hot poblano peppers, purple bell peppers, eggplants, peaches, and zuchinni. Now - what to do with all this stuff aside from a ratatouille! I'll need to move this to the home cooking board!

          3. Any fest reports yet? I'm in for Saturday. Elia's Meat Market in Highland makes their own Q every Friday and it's damned good. Looking forward to trying their ribs at the fest.

            1. All --- Attended this very sad excuse for a "festival" on Saturday. The event was meager. Nothing more that a handful of vendors selling BBQ and related items. Please write this event off.

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              1. re: Pinnacle

                Not surprised... the pre-event information was that the competitors could not even give out samples, due to "health regulations". Why would you go to a bbq competition where you couldn't eat the bbq???

                I guess that the Ulster County health department is the only department in the county that is enforcing its rules.

                1. re: Pinnacle

                  I couldn't disagree more and I think you did a disservice to those that you discouraged.

                  If you walked up to the people competing and asked questions about their techniques, what competing was like, what sort of rigs they like and then grabbed some great bbq from a vendor and ate it while listening to the band, you would have had a great, great time.

                  Have you been to a bbq competition before? What exactly were you expecting?

                  1. re: vinouspleasure

                    I second those comments from vinouspleasure. For the purpose of non-disclosure, I was a member of one of the competing teams. We only do a couple of competitions a year, but for the past two years, the Hudson Valley event has been THE BEST!

                    One of the best things about these events is being able to talk with the public who walk around the competition area, asking questions about our equipment, our techniques. And this particular contest seems to have more knowledgeable, more inquisitive customers than most. And you'll find that most bbq teams are more than willing to share their ideas - all but those most secret ones, at least.

                    And our ability to sell or give away food is not just a board of health issue. It would be unfair to the vendors who have paid a license to sell their food.

                    The Rotary Club that runs this event does a great job. I look forward to returning next year.

                    1. re: FHBob

                      I became a certified judge this year, and judged the Ribfest. I will tell you that at all KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) events the teams are told not to sell their food. However, what the above poster said is correct. We did the same at Memphis in May a number of years ago, and had lots of great food at many of the booths. However, if you are looking for free food, you may not get it. If you do not mind paying for your food, you cannot really say that you can not get good barbeque. Jack mcDavid, who was on the original "Grillin and Chillin" with Bobby Flay, and was the grand champion at the Maryland Barbeque Bash the previous week, was a vendor selling food. There were many great vendors there as well who have teams that compete. All you have to do is check out the trophies they display to see that they are for real. Trust me, you may not get the best barbeque from the competition teams. It is not always so great, just because it came from a team.