Saturday May 18th 12:00pm-6:00pm
The Gardiner Cupcake Festival, a popular annual event that offers a variety of fun activities for residents and visitors, will take place this year on May 18 2013 at Wright’s Farm. “In just a few short years, the Gardiner Cupcake Festival has become a local favorite here in Ulster County, and many of our area’s visitors also take part,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. “This is an event for visitors to experience what our region is all about, with local shopping, great food and fun activities for all.” The Gardiner Cupcake Festival features a variety of cupcake vendors who combined bring over 30,000 cupcakes. New to the festival this year is the 1st. Annual Cupcake Classic. The classic will begin at 10:15 with walkers, 10:45 for the runners and 11:00 for the children’s’ 1 mile run. In addition to the cupcake classic there will be the ever popular amateur cupcake contest. Amateur cupcake makers from around the Hudson Valley will be judged in such categories as: Best Decorated cupcake; Best Tasting cupcake; Best Tasting Boylan Soda cupcake and Most Creative cupcake. The event, which was first held in 2009, is a day full of cupcakes, food, music, local vendors, wine tastings and activities for children. The first three years the festival was held on Main Street in Gardiner, but moved last year to Wright’s Farm, a much larger venue to allow for more cupcakes and fun. Wright’s Farm is a 453-acre farm with a 100 year history and is currently run by three generations of the Wright Family. With the new location the ability to expand the event has become possible, in addition to more than cupcake vendors – there will be more activities for kids including face painting, cupcake decorating, helicopter rides, pony rides, wagon rides and 5 bouncy houses. In addition to cupcakes from Wright’s Farms the festival will showcase creations from Deising’s Bakery from Kingston, Kokopelli Cookie Company from Washingtonville, Eat This Bakery from Montgomery with a wide variety of cupcakes along with her gluten free cupcake and last year’s popular Peace, Love and Cupcakes from Woodstock to name a few. Other food vendors include Brookside Farms from Gardiner with their very own grass feed hamburgers and hot dogs, Pasquale Pizza also from Gardiner and Handsome Devil from Wallkill with his fabulous BBQ.