The 2nd annual Escapemaker.com Local Food and Travel Expo competed for food-enthusiasts on a busy afternoon yesterday in Brooklyn, where Smorgusburg and Dekalb Market were also in full swing. Still in its youth, this event definitely has potential to grow, promote and expand this niche of interests to a broader audience. With travel gurus on the main entrance the vault floor was reserved for a “Made in Brooklyn” food marketplace of the Skylight One Hanson building. Those with a palette for great weekend getaways in the countryside should not miss this event next year.
The travel convention was a haven for wanderlusting (or simply hard working) city dwellers who love a good wine and farm tour. All within reasonable distance of the city, these charming getaway destinations are about two to three hours away and help promote “staycations” close to home that depend on independent agri-businesses to supply the food, drinks and entertainment. The vendors all touted their local styles of tours and homemade confections that come directly from their farms or locally-sourced businesses. More than half of the upstairs vendors offered wine tours all across the state along the Hudson Valley to the Finger Lakes. For an incredibly friendly experience with fantastic wine to boot, check out the Americana Vineyards in Interlaken; the oldest and first real wine tour in the country. With a variety of wines sold, they specialize in Rieslings and sweeter Ports that pair indulgently with their hand-crafted fudge. For a taste of country orchards and fruit-based vino, visit the Brookview Station Winery in Castleton, which is open year round for tours, special events and private tastings.
For a list of complete vendors as well as the more familiar food offerings and shops from Brooklyn, check out the website here.
Diana Tsuchida U.F.P Contributor