Taste of the Valley
Woodstock - posted Sep, 25 2013
WOODSTOCK- The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) held its 8th annual Tastes of the Valley on Sunday, Sept.15, at the Mansion at Bald Hill in Woodstock. While the event raises much-needed funds for the National Heritage Corridor, it originated to celebrate local farms and local chefs. Each year restaurants prepare tasting portions of delicious menu items using products grown and produced in the region. This year, the attending crowd of 200 voted for the “Best Cuisine of the 2013 Tastes of the Valley,” choosing from among 13 contenders. Bella’s Bistro in Putnam, was selected as “Best” for its smoked corn and chicken chowder. Honorable Mention went to the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Mass., for its coriander braised buffalo with leeks and potato hash. Special libations were provided by wineries, breweries, distilleries and other beverage makers. The “Best Beverage” was awarded to Taylor Brooke Winery, Woodstock, which served samples of Woodstock Hill White, Autumn Raspberry, Corot Noir and Roseland Red. For its seasonal favorite, Apple Cider, the Farmer’s Cow was selected for Honorable Mention. TLGV raised more than $20,000 from the event to support its programs. The celebration was supported by 43 restaurants, farms and beverage producers, and an additional 69 individuals and businesses who collectively donated goods and services valued at $25,625.