orange-county-tourism.JPGTaste the food and fun! Orange County, N.Y. - Even in mid-summer's heat, August is a wonderful time for a variety of culinary adventures throughout Orange County. Cool venues and events dish up farm fresh goodness when it's too hot to cook. The August calendar at www.OrangeTourism.org is overflowing with field to fork farm experiences, fairs, festivals, winery, and eatery events from the Hudson to the Delaware that will fill you up with fabulous food and fun. Yum! Finger food fanatics will have a field day at the New York Renaissance Faire. Stroll the 16th century marketplace paths with your turkey leg or steak-on-a-stake as you visit the Tudor-style stalls. Around every corner, there's traditional fair food as well as hearty fare with a Renaissance flair. Try a boar platter while sipping mead or hard cider. All around you, hundreds of costumed characters, dancers, strolling minstrels and story tellers bring 16th century Elizabethan life to Sterling Forest every weekend from August 3rd to September 22. The excitement of the stage shows, jousts, games and entertainment will have the whole family hungering for a taste of the Renaissance. Just an hour north of Manhattan, the Black Dirt region of Orange County makes it one of the largest produce growing areas in the New York State. Local restaurants plan their menus around the seasonal crops that literally grow outside their doors. The farm to fork trend gets even closer to the field when places like Rogowski Farm in Pine Island host special dinners. Chef Heather Kurosz doesn't have to go far to find the ingredients for her Field to Fork Supper Club menu paired with local artisanal specialties. Upcoming dates are August 2nd, September 6th, and October 11th. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation for this tasty experience. Chef Kurosz also cooks up a terrific weekend breakfast on the farm year round. Dinner at the Farm at Soon's Orchards in New Hampton is another chance to savor truly local cuisine. Chef Shawn Hubbell not only cooks for you with just picked ingredients, he'll tell you about his methods and give you some of his tips. August 16th is his next gourmet performance, a real show stopper! Blooming Hill Farm in Blooming Grove, grower of over 200 varieties of organic produce, also has a Supper Club. Their first event, on Saturday August 10th, features eight tasting courses by chefs Cruz Goler and Darren Weston of Manhattan-based Lupa Osteria Romana. Don't wait to make reservations, space is limited. One of Montgomery's most popular restaurants, Wildfire Grill, features farm dinner events at their popular establishment in this quaint village. Reserve for August 1st and you just might get to taste the fabulous Heirloom tomatoes and other specialties from certified organic Late Bloomer Farm. Dinner music takes on an upbeat note during the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival from August 8th to the 11th. Grammy award-winning and local musicians appear at venues throughout the area. Great live jazz will entertain diners at The Dautaj, The Tuscan Café, and within the landmark Iron Forge Inn, where Chef Erik Johansen tailors his modern American menu according to the local harvest. Performances at the casual Pennings Farm Market Harvest Grill & Brew Pub offer their field to table menu with local brews, wines, and ciders. Make a point to try different restaurants throughout the run and you'll hear all styles of jazz with all styles of gourmet dishes. Fair food is more than just fair to many taste buds that hunger for sausage and peppers, fried dough, and cotton candy. Celebrate it all at the Otisville Country Fair from August 22nd to 25th. It's just good old fashioned family-friendly fun with hay rides, amusements, tractor pulls, farm animals, pie-eating contests, car show, antique machinery displays, and a chain saw competition. Munch on some kettle corn as you visit the vendors, have a hot dog to watch the live performances, and sip lemonade when you watch the sky light up with fireworks on the weekend. Best of all, admission is free! Taste Orange County this summer! Find a complete list of attractions, lodging, and events at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, email tourism@orangecountygov.com, or call 800-762-8687. Orange County Tourism is headquarters for tourism in the county and is part of the I LOVE NEW YORK program. RESOURCES: