Smorgasburg Upstate in review

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On breezy and sunny days in the warmer months, everyone aches to be outside. They look out their office windows or homes and then gather in sculpture parks or have picnics. Visit swimming holes or dine in a friend’s backyard. In the Hudson Valley, we are lucky enough to have endless outdoor options any given day. But now Saturdays are a special day for Kingston. Saturdays mean the Farmer’s Market, and right now, Saturdays mean Smorgasburg: UPSTATE.

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I came in to the food industry by way of the fashion industry, where I traveled almost constantly around the world, shopping and designing for a living, and eating some of the most amazing food on the planet. There was nothing better than a good market. ESPECIALLY if it was open air. You’re tired, and you want to maximize your day. Whenever I hit a market, I have a routine. This is my Smorgasburg routine

  • Get at least 3 other people to meet me there. Preferably more, that way each person can get in a different food line and procure something hot and yummy, the more unique the better.
  • Set up shop at a picnic table, marvel in the sun, and get comfy discussing the previous evening and future events.
  • Settle in for the food! Photograph, take a bite and pass it on, so you can try a little bit of everything and decide on your favorites.

Hillbilly Banh Mi from PAKT in midtown, Scrapple and Country Ham!

Raclette and goat cheese sourdough pizza from ITSA Mobile Pizza Oven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Full and happy, its time to grab a beer and hit the flea market section. I like to pick up unique versions of things that I need or procure gifts for future birthdays and holidays that I will admittedly forget about and then be glad I already shopped for them. Plus you get to meet people from various different industries and connect for future projects.
  • Now back to the food. But packaged food this time. You have a full week ahead of you and you want to be ready. Maybe some pastries and coffee for the morning, or hot sauces to keep the fridge stocked.

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At the end of the day, you’re outside. You’re supporting your community. You are voting with your money, the most influential vote there is. You are so lucky. WE are so lucky!

“Vendor, Customer” Photo by Elke Wong

“Vendor, Customer” Photo by Elke Wong

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Eryn Stutts, Mouth of Madness, Filler of Bellies and Dream Wrangler at PAKT Kingston, an eclectic southern restaurant. She is also known for her alter ego, SweaterMeat, and UglyFoodTastesBetter.com

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