Dutchess County Culinary Tourism Conference, Tuesday February 28th

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Join Dutchess County and the
Hudson Valley tourism community
on Tuesday, February 28th for
Creating Culinary Adventures,
a day-long program featuring
new trends in agritourism and
culinary tourism, and new ways
you can attract visitors.

For more information go to:  http://dutchesstourism.com/culinarytourism.asp



Creating Culinary Adventures
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
8:30 am registration
9:00 am – 3:00 pm conference
Poughkeepsie Grand
40 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, NY
$65 per person 


9:00 am Welcome, Dutchess County Executive, Marcus Molinaro (Invited)
              Mary Kay Vrba, Director, Dutchess County Tourism, Welcome/Intro about culinary tourism

9:20 am – 10:00 amLocal Agritourism Leaders Panel:

  • Laura Pensiero, Gigi Hudson Valley
  • Don Lewis, Wild Hive Bakery
  • Mark Strausman, Agriturisimo chef/owner

10:00 am – 10:30 am Sara Grady, Glynwood Center – Session on regional
branding/cider week & cider trail

10:30 am – 10:45 am Break

10:45 am -11:45 amIdeas for Packaging:

  • Valerie Knoblauch, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection – Sample culinary packages
  • Janet Crawshaw, Valley Table, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week – How to make the most of it

11:45 am – 12:00 pmBreak 


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Betty Fussell, Keynote Speaker, presents:
                                TASTING THE RIVER AND THE ROCK. 


1:30 pm – 2:30 pmRoundtable – Ideas for Future Agritourism Projects:

  • Derek Grout, Harvest Spirits/Berkshire Hudson Beverage Trail
  • Scott Boggs, Crown Maple Farm
  • Todd Erling, HV Bounty

2:30 pm- 3:00 pm Questions

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Posted on Feb 7, 2012