Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Italian Festival in Kingston

This past Sunday Nolan and I wandered around the Italian Festival in Kingston on the Roundout Waterfront. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, full of fun, food, and quality time with my love! 
 After parking way, way, down the street, we finally made it back to the action, where we came across this adorable little stand with some mouth watering aromas wafting in the air.
Mint, located just down the street, participated in this magnificent event and had some adorable little helpers serving some of their specialties.  To begin our Italian feast, Nolan and I shared a bowl of their Rigatoni ala vodka.
 It was heavenly...I even tried distracting Nolan so I could stab the last rigatoni in the bowl!
 We also split a monstrous rice ball smothered in freshly made sauce, or 'gravy' as a true Italian would say! 
 Our bellies were rumbling, so we quickly found a place to sit down and dug in! We are accustomed to rice balls that are stuffed, but luckily their delicious sauce soaked into the rice beautifully.
We hadn't satisfied our craving just yet, so we headed further up the street where more vendors were selling Italian classics. We naturally gravitated to Luigi Oils' booth once Nolan spotted a heaping pile of sopressata. They were selling both hot and sweet flavors, we snagged a sweet.

We didn't mess around and broke into that hunk of meat the next day and devoured almost half with a few happy helpers, all were pleased!

We also tested out a few of their infused oils which were very tasty. We took home a bottle of garlic infused as well as basil infused!

 They also had some scrumptious marinated mozzarella that I should have picked up, but hopefully I'll combine the two oils I purchased and make my own sometime soon!
Next to Luigi's booth was a guy selling some funny Italian merchandise, this sign caught our eye and made us giggle!
After shopping around for a bit we moved on to some food, then had a little bit of food, and ended it with a big pile of food...For starters, we snacked on a delicioussss tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad from Ship to Shore with some of the best balsamic vinegar I've ever tasted. I wish they were selling that by the bottle.  I  also loved how easy and manageable their Chinese to-go containers were!

Afterwards, I moved on to some fried calamari from Mariner's Harbor. I was alone on this one as Nolan despises anything from the ocean. (I must say, he certainly has his boyfriend perks, but this one was almost a deal breaker back in the day!)
Since I focused all my attention on my multi-legged friends, Nolan offered to snap a few photos, wuddaguy!
 Open wide!
 He insisted I look like a lady for at least one photo and made me smile.
While I was waiting for my calamari to be freshly fried Nolan treated himself to a slice of pizza from Plaza Pizza , he just couldn't resist the cheesy smell that filled the air. He also surprised me and snagged one of their little rice balls, so we could compare.
 We were pleasantly surprised once we cut them open to find out that they were stuffed... and quite delicious!
After thoroughly stuffing our mouths we wandered around to pick up a few items from local vendors! 

I couldn't help but to dip into the booth of Cat's View Farm to sniff and test my way around! They sell goat milk soap and lotions made with milk from their own goats!
 I must say, it was a tough choice but I grabbed two soaps, their Passion Fruit & Guava along with their Tuscan Nights bar, in addition to a wild honey lotion! I'm in love.
Usually I'm picky when it comes to lotions because I can't stand feeling greasy after I apply it, but their wild honey lotion doesn't do that at all and just leaves me smelling delightful!
On our way out we ran into another gem of the Hudson Valley, a brilliant business called The Farmers Friend who specializes in bringing quality farm fresh food from Hudson and Rondout Valley Farms to your table! I was tempted to buy a few of their spreads, but just grabbed one of their Pumpkin Butters along with a bunch of home made dog biscuits!
It only took the dogs a second to scarf down these BBQ flavor biscuits when we got home!
This was an absolutely delightful Sunday well spent enjoying quality time with my boyfriend, the gorgeous weather and the Kingston Waterfront!

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