Taste NY Holiday Expo in Albany this Sunday, December 7

Attention local folks in upstate New York. Here’s a great opportunity to stuff your face and get some holiday shopping done while taking advantage of an unbeatable value: the Taste NY Holiday Expo which happens at the New York State Museum this coming Sunday, December 7.

The entire first floor be given over to tasting stations where you can sample foods and beverages (including beer and wine) from New York producers, and buy if you like to take home or give away. There will also be kids’ activities (making aliens out of apples), a chocolate fondue fountain, and some demonstrations all of which look worthwhile:

A Sampling of New York State Cheeses with the Honest Weight Food Co-op
12 p.m. at Huxley Theater

Holiday Cooking with Chef Noah Sheetz
1 p.m. in South Hall

Holiday Cooking with Chef Steve Kerzner
2 p.m. Huxley Theater

Field Goods: Fresh Foods from Small Farms
3 p.m. South Hall Lobby

The event runs from 11 to 4:30 and admission is just $5, CASH ONLY, with kids 12 and under admitted free. Paid parking is nearby, but I’ve generally been successful finding space on the street within a couple of blocks. As you stroll, you can admire the brutalist architecture of Empire Plaza and whet your appetite by savoring Nelson Rockefeller’s miserable experiment in urban renewal and be glad it stopped where it did.

More information is available here.

Update: I have been informed that there will be a pop-up ramen stand at the Troy Victorian Streetwalk that same day, and plan to stop by on my way to Albany. Those in San Francisco who blithely sashayed into last summer’s Ramen Festival will find this un-newsworthy, but it’s a big deal to the ramen-starved masses in these parts.

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