Catskill Cuisine

New Catskill Cuisine Fest and More New York Italian Food News

A new food festival on the site of the famed 1969 Woodstock festival, the Catksill Cuisine Fest, premieres Saturday, May 13. Headliners include Italian-American celebrity chefs Alex Guarnaschelli (of the new Food Network show Ciao House) and Scott Conant. Cesare Casella, the Italy-born New York chef and salumi entrepreneur, is also in the event’s inaugural lineup.

Tickets are still available for the fest, which will also bring Alton Brown, Marcus Samuelsson and Geoffrey Zakarian to the former farm that hosted one of the most prominent cultural events of the 20th century. Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Janis Joplin and other now-legendary music acts played to an audience in the hundreds of thousands during the three-day fest that came to define the Peace & Love era.

(Coincidentally, Conant’s 2021 cookbook is titled Peace, Love and Pasta. He is also the chef behind the Italian steakhouse Cellaio at Resorts World Casino in Monticello, NY.)

Now the site of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a music venue and museum with stunning grounds in the Catskills, the property will play host to a festival celebrating “Catskills cuisine.” The Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association partnered with Bethel Woods to create this new fest. The daylong event  will also include tastings, demos and other food-focused entertainment, as well as live music, as one would expect for such an historic location. Tickets start at $78 general admission for adults, $25 for children ages 3-12 (2 and under are free). Visit for tickets and more information.