Pride of New York Harvest Fest, we figured there was no better way to sample the best of the best! Our tickets were generously provide by the Pride of New York Harvest Fest and Heather got to do her first blog giveaway on I Heart NY Y'all on Albany.com! Readers entered to win two tickets (a $50 value!) by commenting on the blog or by following @iheartnyyall on twitter. Heather was just so excited that apparently people other than her family were reading!
|Double fisting it...|
Our mental image of New York is urban sprawl, complete with skyscrapers and tons of metal and concrete, but it turns out that farm land occupies about one-fourth of the total land of the state. Honestly, we were super surprised at how many things were produced in New York! Did you know that New York is the second leading producer of Concord Grapes in the nation? Turns out, the state is choked full of vineyards! We actually saw some on our exodus from Mississippi around the Niagara area. Heather also got a little confused when she saw Lake Erie and swore for a moment she had taken some sort of wrong turn and was at the ocean. Hey, it was a loooong drive!
|It's wine time!|
|Fall in a cup|
It might have been the wine samples, but when an exhibitor explained that sorghum was big in Kentucky and Tennessee and had made its way to New York and we just had to try it, we got a good laugh. Obviously, he had not been to Lambert's Cafe (in Sikeston or Ozark, MO or down in Foley, AL) and had a throwed roll with sorghum molasses on it. We're not sure he understood the irony when Heather said "Oh, y'all are finally catching up!" Wait until these Yankees meet Paula Deen.
|All things NY|
Image credits: Will Sherman, prideofnyharvestfest.com