Café at Hunt Country offers ‘locavore fare’ until Oct. 9

The Hunt Family will be hosting their 28th annual Harvest Festival at Hunt Country Vineyards from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30  and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. It’s going to be an excellent fall weekend event for the whole family. There will be grape stomping and tours of the seventh generation farm by hay wagon. Children (and the young at heart) can enjoy pumpkin painting, lawn games, board games, and a hay-bale play area filled with corn. Under the tent will be local craftspeople and artists displaying their finest work.

Admission and standard wine tastings during the festival are free. Visitors pay only for the other activities, wines, and food they choose. 

•  The Café at Hunt Country will have a special menu of tasty comfort foods like stew, mac and cheese, sandwiches, chocolate cake, and grape pie.

• The Buffalonian food truck will be serving up delicious fare made from scratch, including gluten-free options.

•  Potatoes and Molasses, the food truck from Black Brook Farm, will be offering micro greens, baked potatoes, farm-style fries, and savory and sweet pies.

• Hunt Country will also be serving up their special mix of fall cocktails, sangria and mulled wine, made with their own wines and local gin and whiskey.

• Live music by Kubrick’s Rubes and Bob & Dee Saturday, and the John Beck Quintet Sunday.

• From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Wild Wings raptor sanctuary will be at the festival with several of the birds they care for, including kestrels, owls, falcons, and a red-tailed hawk.

• Suzanne Hunt - a global consultant on renewable energy and Art & Joyce Hunt’s younger daughter will also be leading special tours and discussions about the farm’s sustainable technology and practices.

Visitors may also meet three new faces leading the Hunt Country experience. 

New Winemaker Craig Hosbach brings both a wealth of experience in cool climate wines and a fresh palate to his duties at Hunt County. His 13 prior vintages as winemaker have been at Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere, N.J., Thousand Islands Winery in Alexandria Bay, and most recently, Tug Hill Vineyards in Lowville. In addition to mastering all the business, cultivation, and chemistry involved in commercial winemaking, Craig created an educational winemaking facility at Tug Hill Vineyards for students of Jefferson Community College’s Winery Marketing and Management program.

New Café Chef Kasey Angelo made a name for herself working at both Kismet New American Bistro in Naples and the Snug Harbor restaurant in Hammondsport. Her skillful creations feature the best of the Hunt family’s own and other local organic produce, meats, and cheeses. Be sure to sample her work before the café closes for the season Oct. 9.

New Tasting Room Manager Allie Sutherland returns to her home in the Finger Lakes  leaving a position as  the Estate Manager at Locusts on Hudson in Staatsburg. Her career includes management and hospitality work in London, New York City, the Hamptons, and the Bahamas. 

The Hunt family has been farming west of Keuka Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region for seven generations. In 1981, they began crafting wine, committing themselves to being stewards of the earth by reducing their fossil fuel use, installing solar and geothermal systems, improving soil health and increasing habitat for wildlife and pollinators; “Because to make great wines, you need clean air, clean water, and healthy soil.”

Visit them at 4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport, visit the Hunt Country website, www.HuntWines.com, call 800-946-3289, or contact Tessa Olsen at tessa@huntwines.com.