I will attend any event where food is the star attraction because I love food and I don’t let having celiac disease stop me from being a foodie and trying new things. Last night, I attended a food event that wasn’t specific to gluten-free foods and while I couldn’t sample everything, after an hour and a half of eating, I was just as stuffed as my four friends that could and did sample everything.
The even was the Foodlink Festival of Food at the Public Market. The Festival was a fundraising event for Foodlink, an upstate New York based non profit that distributes food to human service agencies to help achieve its mission to stop hunger. Over 100 local food entities, wineries, and breweries participated, handing out samples to guests. Tickets seemed a little pricey, at $40 in advance or $50 at the door, but it was worth it for the great food and great cause.
To make sure I was being safe, I always asked if a food was gluten-free. Even though the answer sometimes wasn’t in my favor, everyone answered with a confidence that I showed they knew what I was talking about. I only got one blank stare when I said the word gluten and it was because of a language barrier. To my surprise I was able to try cheesecake prepare sans crust from Cheesy Eddy’s and a butternut bisque from The Frog Pond. Both were items I normally cannot even think about eating.
The Foodlink Festival of Food was a great event. I tasted delicious foods, supported a good cause, and can support new local businesses. I am looking forward to next year already!
So that you don’t miss out on any surprising new foods and I don’t forget, here is a list of what I ate.
Butternut Bisque: The Frog Pond
Pumpkin Cheesecake: Cheesy Eddie’s
BBQ Ribs: Fett Svin
Lavender Honey and Lemongrass Ginger Ice Cream: Moonlight Creamery
Italian Sausage, Knackwurst, Savory Apple Sausage: Zweigles
Chocolate Covered Strawberry: Gray Ghost Gourmet
Micro-greens: Thunder Mountain Foods
Pomegranate Vinegar and Basil Olive Oil: F. Olivers
Hard Cider: Bellwether Hard Cider
Aqua Fresca: Dorado