Farm Fresh Benefit Dinner at Empire Farm Saturday, July 27th. Shake the hardworking hands that feed you! Shop local at the farmer’s market cocktail hour 6-8pm complete with live music, vendors, local bites and libations! Indulge in a Hudson Valley cheese course, and save room for an organically grown sustainable farm fresh feast! Farmers & friends will be our guests enjoying a family-style dinner overlooking our Victory Garden prepared with ingredients from within five miles of your plate by Chef and Authors Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla of Honey Salt Food and Drink. To cap off the night, guests enjoy live music and dancing under the stars with a barn party to follow dessert.
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2016 HOOT was EPIC! 520 guests, 100 family farmers, 14 students, 12 vendors and volunteers galore made the 6th Annual Hootenanny with Gotham Bar and Grill Host Chef Alfred Portale a delicious success! The farm-chic feel and engaging students made the HOOT super fun! Complete with live music, small bites and beverages from local NYS producers of specialty products, beer, wine, spirits and Hudson Valley Seafood Oysters from Dave Miss schucking in the antique boat for guests made us all wish the mid summer eve would never end….
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Outcomes this significant happened with a tiny but powerful team. Five women and six apprentices worked in acres not hours custom growing in an accredited curriculum for celebrated chefs. These celebrity chefs in turn, offered delicious events that engaged sponsors, partners and donors like you who believe and invest in our philanthropic work. This expands our collective consciousness to secure food for tomorrow responsibly and raises our replacements at the family farm.
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The Hoot! 2014 was our proudest moment in our short history that was hosted perched in the hills of the Hudson Valley lakeside on Copake Lake NY by abc Kitchen and Host Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to a sold out group of 500+ supporters at the Copake Country Club golf course.
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In our third year, the Friends of the Farmer Festival proved indeed to be one to remember with thousands attending the farm chic FarmFest lakeside in Columbia County NY! The kickoff annual Hootenanny! Farm fresh benefit dinner brought nearly 2800 people to celebrate the family farm with vendors, kids activities and live music performance by Lukas Nelson and POTR sponsored by John Varvatos. Local libations and a Hudson Valley cheese course happy hour were additionally provided by a dozen local farms, creameries, food artisans and producers.
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In year two, Friends of the Farmer again feeds the Hudson Valley well and presented the dual celebration of the Hootenanny! Farm Fresh Fundraiser Dinner and Friends of the Farmer Festival. FarmOn! Foundation non-profit organization and public charity is formally organized and announced at the 2nd Annual Hootenanny!
Benefit from FarmOn! 2011 events
FarmOn! launches with the inaugural Friends of the Farmer Festival and Hootenanny Farm Fresh Benefit Dinner with the Beekman Boys of Beekman 1802! Two days of dinner with local farmers and a festival combines commerce and community to connect family and friends with local farms to learn where their food comes from and why it matters.