Food Rules at Harvest Fest

SCHENECTADY, NY – 9-23-13 --- Music, artists, a virtual United Nations of food choices, children’s activities, gourmet marketplace, a psychic, pony rides, treats for Poochie, charity tie-ins, retail promotions and more are all on tap at the 8th annual Upper Union Street Harvest Fest & Art Show set for 10am – 3pm on Saturday, October 12.    
Upper Union Street is home to well over a dozen indoor and patio dining options.  “We would never think of bringing in food carts or outside food vendors to our events like the Harvest Fest,” says newly elected Upper Union Street BID chair, Marie DeBrocky.  “We have over a dozen wonderful food choices here 365 days of the year.  Why import?” 
The incredible array includes several Italian restaurants, an Irish Pub, a Jewish Deli, a bagel shop, two Chinese restaurants, and Delish, a newly opened ice cream shop.   Japanese, Carolina and Tennessee Bar B Q, California Tex Mex, an American Café, a coffee house that is infused with a bit of Colombian culture, and a variety of familiar fast food establishments further contribute to the tasty mix.
At the upcoming Harvest Fest visitors will enjoy traditional fall treats themed for the day like  bratwurst platter with sauerkraut & German potato salad, bratwurst on a roll with sauerkraut and free  apple cider at Gershon’s Deli; a variety of coffees, empanadas and gluten-free Brazilian cheese bread at Tesoros Café; Oktoberfest burritos with chorizo sausage, grilled peppers & onions, rice, and cheese served with chips & salsa and butternut squash & apple bisque as the soup of the day at Hot Harry’s Fresh Burritos; and slider sandwiches and slices of pumpkin pie slices along with tasting samples of  Carolina and Tennessee Bar B Q specialties at Pig Out.  Home Style Pizza is the spot for gelato among many Italian specialties, while Mr. Wasabi will be setting up Japanese Bar B Q on the sidewalk. 
In the libations department there’s a wine tasting from Capoccia Vineyards & Winery at Phillips Hardware special fresh juices featuring fresh pumpkin, apples and cinnamon from the NEW JUICE BAR at Pizza Buono, an incredible selection of fresh hand blended teas at Divenitea, and Dunkin’s famous coffee.  Fido is not forgotten with free dog cookies at Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center.  The Gourmet Marketplace is the place for prepared pasta and pizza sauces, nuts and granola, produce, baked goods, House of Hot hot sauce and more.  The Farmers’ Market will feature locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables and agricultural related products.  Visitors can learn how to can and preserve them all from Cooperative Extension’s exhibit at Phillips Hardware.


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