Check out the Capital Region’s latest rage: Beer Bones Taproom, an industrial-chic watering hole in Latham featuring 15 draft lines ranging from international pilsners to local lager, plus wine, and an ever-growing menu of small plates that includes a charcuterie board, empanadas, and hummus platters. 518.608.4400
Nyack favorite 8 North Broadway has reinvented itself as a casual gastropub with communal seating at the bar and a new bar menu incorporating Hudson Valley spirits, local microbrewery beer, and seasonal hard cider, as well as small production wine. The menu has been revamped with raw bar selections and small plates like tacos, wings, and mini-flatbreads. 845.353.1200
Everyone’s buzzing about Char 1788, the new restaurant at whiskey maker Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner. Local farms and purveyors — plus foraged foods like mushrooms and ramps — supply the menu at this intimate spot. Try the onion soup made with bourbon and Gruyère. 845.419.2961
Graze, sip, and savor at the always-lively Hudson Valley Food & Wine Fest. There are plenty of New York wines, distilled spirits, craft brews, and specialty foods to sample, plus a food truck corral. Sept 8–9, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 845.658.7181
Indulge in decadent desires at Beacon’s Hudson Valley Marshmallow Company, where crispy graham crackers join forces with homemade marshmallows in flavors like French toast, strawberry, and salted caramel. Bring ’em home or let them roast you a s’more on the spot. Sweet! 845.765.2703
Enjoy live music and entertainment while you indulge in fare from local restaurants and merchants at the New City Rotary Wine & Food Festival. Sponsored by the local Rotary, the event’s proceeds benefit anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs in Rockland and beyond. Sept 8, Woodmont Day Camp
September 8, $135
What better way to dine than on an island full of historic structures and a 360-degree view of the Valley? At the ninth annual Chef’s Farm Fresh Dinner, you’ll soak up the history and beauty of Bannerman Island on a self-guided tour before sitting down to a five-course meal, with each course prepared by a different celebrated chef. Expect a soup, salad, cheese, entrée, and dessert, not to mention live music. All proceeds benefit Bannerman Island and Bannerman Castle preservation efforts. Two seatings depart from Beacon Landing at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.