ALBANY — A feast to behold.
That’s what the New York State Food Festival serves up on Wednesday, with dozens of food vendors and performances by the Charlie Daniels Band, among a few others.
“Our annual food festival is a celebration for the senses with delicious food, tasty New York beverages and an exciting lineup of entertainment,” said RoAnn Destito, the commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services. “This is our most flavorful and one of our most popular events of the summer.”
The festival, which attracts thousands of people each year, offers everything from brunch to dinner and dessert from local growers and producers. It’s slated to kick off at 11 a.m. with the Empire State Plaza Farmers Market. Growers and bakers from across New York state will be selling bread, pastries, fruits and vegetables.
The lunch and dinner menus are a smattering of international and domestic choices, from German, Greek, South American, Cuban, Lebanese and Jamaican cuisine to wood-fired pizza and crepes.
New to the festival are Venezuelan arepa-style sandwiches, made by Oh Corn! Arepas and More in Clifton Park. Little Big Fatz will be offering up sliders, fish fry or mini dogs and Pixie Floss (from Athens, New York) will be on hand serving organic cotton candy.
The New York state tap tent will offer a mix of classic and seasonal brews, including Saranac Blueberry Blonde, Druthers’ All in One IPA, Brooklyn Summer Ale, Lake George Cider and Coors Light. Heron Hill will also feature a riesling, a chardonnay and a cabernet.
Entertainment kicks off at noon with The Soul Rebels, a New Orleans-style funk group that remixes pop songs in a marching band style. They’ll be performing as a part of The Egg’s Made in the Shade series.
At 5 p.m., the Kyle Bourgault Band will take the stage to start off the dinner crowd. The band is a local mainstay, playing country covers, along with several country originals. Then the Scooter Brown Band will open at 6:15 p.m. Since starting out in 2005, the group has made a name for themselves in the Texas country music scene.
Headliner Charlie Daniels Band will perform at 7:45 p.m. Few southern rock musicians are as well-known as Charlie Daniels. He’s had a multi-platinum career, famous for both his gospel albums and his rock albums. Even at the age of 80, Daniels is touring all across the country, making stops in Missouri, Virginia, Ohio and other states. Beyond his music, Daniels is famous for his patriotism and his willingness to mentor young musicians.
The festival will wrap up around 9 p.m. Paid parking is located in the visitor lot underneath the Empire State Plaza. There will be free parking available after 2 p.m. in the Grand Street lot and after 4 p.m. in the East Garage on Phillip Street.
For more information on the festival visit empirestateplaza.org or call 474-4759.