Taste the Adirondacks at FlavorFest

TUPPER LAKE – The price of admission will grant visitors to The Wild Center access to the fifth annual FlavorFest this Thursday.

Attendees can enjoy local cheeses, meat, seasonal vegetables, fruit dishes, and beverages at more than 15 tasting stations located throughout the nature museum and its grounds. Adirondack artisan products, guest speakers and music by Ed and Geraldine Berbaum will also be on hand.

Wild Center naturalist and FlavorFest planning committee member Emily Nestlerode said the food hails from farms within a 500-mile radius of the museum.

“The ongoing theme of this event is that this food is delicious, and the reason it’s delicious is it’s local, it’s fresh, it’s in season, it’s fresh it’s healthy and it’s cost effective,” Nestlerode said. “That’s what makes it delicious. People come and they can taste, but what we really want them to take away is you can make this food at home and it can be this good.”

Nestlerode said FlavorFest attendance increases each year, and as many as 950 people attended in 2013.

Nestlerode said people are becoming more aware of local food options, but the availability of that food isn’t new. In fact, with the proper knowledge about storing fresh fruits and vegetables, she said Adirondackers can eat locally year round.

“We wouldn’t be here if that wasn’t possible,” Nestlerode said. “We haven’t always been this globalized. Even though the Adirondacks have a short growing season there’s always canning and other ways of preserving food throughout the winter, and there are things that will grow when it’s cold out if you have the proper cover for them. I think you can get just as much variety here as you can anywhere else.”

The Wild Center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the tastings go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Underwood Herbs owner Jane Desotelle will give a talk on collecting wild edibles in The Wild Center theater at 11:30 a.m., and she will lead a walk along the museum’s trails at 2 p.m. to share that knowledge first hand.

Lake Placid Pub and Brewery owner and brewmaster Chris Ericson will give a presentation on pairing beer with food in the theater at 1 p.m. He will offer beer tastings throughout the day.

Yvona Fast, author of the new book “Garden Gourmet: Fresh and Fabulous Meals from your North Country Garden, CSA, or Farmers’ Market” will give short, informal cooking demonstrations throughout the day, and Hallie Bond will be on hand to show the pleasures and pitfalls faced by bread bakers 100 years ago.