A Cross-County Capital Region Collaboration


Albany, Columbia and Rensselaer Counties, in collaboration with ILOVENY, Hudson Valley Tourism, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Columbia County Bounty, are thrilled to announce the launch of A Trip to Bountiful, 1st Annual Garden of Eating Tour!

This one-week, self-guided driving tour, running from Monday, September 15th thru Sunday, September 21, 2008, will feature delicious, creative and sustainable local food and products, highlighting the best independent local farms and restaurants Albany, Columbia, and Rensselaer Counties have to offer. Follow the trail of artisanal cheeses, vegetables and fruits, meats, breads, wines, beers and even local apple vodka as you work your way through the wonders of our family-owned farms, vineyards and orchards to the tables of tastiest fare. Dozens of restaurants spanning the 3 counties will also celebrate our fabulous local bounty by creating specialty dishes emphasizing locallygrown and harvested ingredients. Pick your own fruits and veggies, visit dozens of farmstands and markets, stop into country stores for a vast array of honeys, maple syrups, baked goods and more. From alpaca farms to distilleries, corncakes to apple cider donuts, this first-ever cross-county collaboration will bring together the finest the Capital Region has to offer, providing a unique window into the heart of our local food and farming communities. A Trip to Bountiful, “Garden of Eating” Tour will treat your family (and yourself!) to a fun and relaxing getaway that will tickle your tastebuds and delight your senses with the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of our local, seasonal fare, independent, sustainable farms, comfortable B&Bs (not to mention their farm fresh breakfasts!) stunning vistas and beautiful country roads. More information is available by calling the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-258-3582 or by visiting www.gardenofeatingtour.com