WinterFest 2010

What a glorious winter day we experienced on Saturday, January 16th as we celebrated the 13th annual WinterFest on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.

After a very long cold snap, the sun came out and provided beautiful 40 plus degree weather. In turn, hundreds upon hundreds of people attended the WinterFest.

The "Best of Chili" competition was one of the highlights of the day. Sixteen pots of chili (about 48 gallons) were tasted by hundreds of event goers who voted for their favorite. Participating in this year's competition were:

#2                              Global Palate
#3                              The Would
#4                              Del Forno's Deli
#5                              Main Street Cafe
#6                              El Paso Deli
#8                              P&G's
#9                              Highland Bagel Cafe
#10                           Wagon Wheel Deli (meat chili)
#11                           Wagon Wheel Deli (vegetarian chili)
#12                           Sal's Place
#13                           Casa Mia
#14                           Village Grill
#15                           Elia's Catering
#16                           Hard Roll Deli
#17                           Hudson Baking Co.
#18                           Dubliner Irish Pub

Tying for "Best of Fest People's Choice Award" was Pot #2 (Global Palate) and Pot #9 (Highland Bagel Cafe).

For the first time ever, a "Vegetarian" category was awarded, with Pot #11 (Wagon Wheel Deli) taking the top honor.

The Children's Tent featured volunteers from Lowe's Home Center who provided craft materials and worked with the children to make special projects. Outdoor children's activities included the Snowman ring toss/knock the hat-off game, bowling, beanbag games and a "Find it on the Trail" photo scavenger hunt.

The tractor drawn wagon rides were a big hit, as were the hot dogs, hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows and roasted chestnuts.

It was a great family fun day as families enjoyed the festival, walked the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and explored the 1915 New York, New Haven and Hartford caboose located alongside the Highland Rotary Pavilion.

Next year's event is scheduled for Saturday, January 15th, 2011 - Mark your calendars!