Gardiner will be satisfying all your sweet treat needs on Saturday, May 14, at their annual Cupcake Festival. First held back in 2009, the event is a day full of cupcakes, music, local vendors, food, wine tasting and activities for children.
The Gardiner 5K Cupcake Classic will be the kick-off to the festival. The one-of-a-kind run through the beautiful peach and apple orchards of Wright’s Farm, along with views of the Shawangunk Mountains, is one you won’t want to miss. Walkers, strollers and dogs are all welcome.
Also held during the festival will be the Amateur Cupcake Contest. Bakers from around the area are given the opportunity to showcase their best cupcake making talent. This year’s categories include: best tasting chocolate cupcake, best tasting candy bar inspired cupcake, best animal decorate cupcake and best “Star Wars” themed cupcake.
The festival was originally held on Main Street in Gardiner but moved to Wright’s Farm four years ago. Wright’s Farm is a much larger venue sitting on 453-acres of land. The farm, with a 100-year history, is currently run by three generations of the Wright family.
The new location allows more room for the event, and even better, more cupcakes! Along with more cupcakes came the addition of more local vendors and activities for the kids, which include face painting, a zip line ride, pony rides, wagon rides, bouncy houses and cupcake decorating.
There will be various cupcake vendors showcasing their tasty treats this year. Those vendors include Deising’s Bakery from Kingston; Peace, Love and Cupcakes from Woodstock and Eat This Bakery from Montgomery all with wide varieties of cupcakes, including gluten free.
Other food vendors will include Raggie Boy featuring Jamaican delicacies; Pizza Alegna, a mobile wood fired pizza truck; a Mexican food truck with authentic Mexican food; Off The Hook food truck featuring great seafood and Handsome Devil BBQ.
The Gardiner Cupcake Festival will take place in rain or shine. Include #GardinerCupcakeFestival in your social media posts to showcase your experience at the festival! Wright’s Farm is located at 699 NY-208 in Gardiner. For more information call 255-5300 or visit gardinercupcakefestival.com.
– Brittany Ambrosino