Albany, N.Y. – Visitors can shop at more than two dozen made-in-New York food and beverage vendors at the New York State Museum’s Taste NY Holiday Market on Sunday, December 8 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Vendors will offer samples and sales of chocolates; cheese; apple and maple products; hand-crafted beer, wine, spirits and cider; and other edible gifts. All participating vendors produce their products in New York State. There will also be a cooking demonstration, educational activities and a chocolate fountain station courtesy of We Do Fondue and Price Chopper/Market 32. For more information, including a list of vendors, visit the Museum’s website.
Following is a schedule of demonstrations and educational activities at the event:
- Culinary Historian Lavada Nahon – Nahon will showcase colonial cooking depicting 17th, 18th, and 19th century culinary skills. A display table with reproduction cooking and dining equipage, recipe books, and simple kitchen tools will allow visitors to learn about the development of New York State’s rich culinary legacy.
- Second Regiment of the Albany County Militia’s Colonial Foodways – Participate in demonstrations of colonial activities that depict 18th century cooking and beer making practices.
- Chocolate Historian Paul Supley – Supley will teach the process of making 18th century drinking chocolate! Learn about the use of chocolate in New York State during the colonial period with photographs, historical artifacts, and reproductions. A chocolate demonstration will explain the history behind the beverage and its connection with New York’s history.
The annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival at the Empire State Plaza will also be held on December 8.
Taste NY is an initiative that highlights the quality, diversity, and economic impact of New York’s food and beverage industry. Taste NY provides an opportunity for New York growers and producers to receive increased exposure of their products to consumers, restaurateurs, retailers, wholesalers, and distributors.
The State Museum is a program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is free. Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the Museum website.