WinterFest 2011

The morning of Saturday January 15, 2011 began with below zero temperatures. Fortunately, the sun decided to shine upon WinterFest 2011 and the temperature soared to the middle twenties.

The crowds were even bigger than in years past. They came from all over to join in the winter fun. Wagon rides on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, children's activities, the Rail Trail Grille offering hot chocolate and hot dogs along with twenty two pots of chili from area restaurants kept the visitors busy.

The competition for the coveted "Best of Fest" award was fierce. Participating in the 2011 contest were:

#1                            Elia's Catering and Sausage House
#2                            Global Palate
#3                            Hard Roll Deli
#4                            Coppola's La Fantasia Ristorante
#5                            Sal's Place
#6                            The Would
#7                            Main Street Bistro
#8                            Rocking Horse Ranch
#9                            River Station
#10                         Soul Dog Café
#11                         New Friends Café and Bakery
#12                         Paul's Kitchen
#13                         Casa Mia
#14                         Mariners on the Hudson
#15                         Wagon Wheel Deli
#16                         Vigneto's Café
#17                         P&G's
#18                         Amici's
#19                         Mahoney's Irish Pub and Steak House
#20                         Mohonk Mt. House
#21                         Walkway Café
#22                         Wagon Wheel Deli

When the ballots were counted, the "Best of Fest People's Choice Award" went to Pot #19 – Mahoney's Irish Pub and Steak House.

In the Vegetarian Category, the "Best of Fest People's Choice Award" resulted in a tie: Pot #22 – Wagon Wheel Deli and Pot #10 – Soul Dog Café.

WinterFest 2012 is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot located at 101 New Paltz Road, Highland.

Check out the WinterFest 2011 Photo Gallery – you might just find yourself in one of the photos!