Wednesday, October 10, 2018

6 new cuisine trails announced in North Country

Before the snow flies, the non-skiers among us often like to journey to various scenic spots in the Champlain Valley and Northern Adirondacks. While navigating the region can sometimes be tricky, six new cuisine trails should be a big help.

State and local officials have unveiled a lineup of 83 producers, craft beverage makers, retailers, and restaurateurs during news conferences at Mace Chasm Farm in Keeseville, Rulfs Orchard in Peru, and Tucker Farms in Gabriels. Their participation in the new pathways doubles the number of cuisine trails in the state, according to a news release.

The network of trails should be a major aide in traveling through the rural, and often confusing, area. Paul A. Karas, commissioner of the state's Department of Transportation, noted, "These new cuisine trails will allow travelers from near and far to easily find and patronize agribusinesses, spurring local economic activity and tourism opportunities. These new trail are easy to navigate and will showcase some of the region's best locally-sourced farm products."

The new routes that sprawl across Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties include:
• North Country Cuisine Trail
• Adirondack Lakes Cuisine Trail
• Boquet Valley Cuisine Trail
• Champlain Valley Cuisine Trail
• Ausable Valley Cuisine Trail
• Champ's Cuisine Trail
The trails and member businesses will be featured on trail maps, consumer kiosks, at the Adirondack Welcome Center and the Taste NY website. Click here for an interactive map showing the locations of all 38 food and beverage trails in the state.

The new cuisine trails were created by the Adirondack Cuisine Trail Association, which includes members of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the North Country Chamber of Commerce, Paul Smith's College, and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. The New York State Department of Agriculture approved the designations, in coordination with the New York State Department of Transportation, adding to the expanding network of pathways for exploring locally grown and produced food and beverages.

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