Mu­seum to host Taste NY Hol­i­day Mar­ket

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Record staff

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, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free. Ven­dors will of­fer sam­ples and sales of choco­lates; cheese; ap­ple and maple prod­ucts; hand­crafted beer, wine, spir­its and cider; and other ed­i­ble gifts. All par­tic­i­pat­ing ven­dors pro­duce their prod­ucts in New York. 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 Dec. 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 con-

sumers, 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 Ave. in Al­bany, the Mu­seum is open Tues­day through Sun­day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 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.

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