Food, Drink, and Festivities
This region abounds in locally-owned restaurants, farmers markets and celebrations of food and drink. Let the locals guide you to the best places and events to experience our local flavor.
“The incredible abundance of the Delaware River valley offers extraordinary pleasures for every palate. The area’s pristine waters supply a growing number of craft breweries, wineries and small-batch distilleries that produce award-winning spirits. Many of the grains used come from specialized farms in the area, whose stunning array of fruits, vegetables, herbs and artisanal products are sold at farmers markets in the surrounding communities. Along with pasture-raised animals, renowned local trout and wild edibles from the forests and fields, they also grace the menus of the region’s many gastropubs, bistros and fine dining establishments. A resurgence of heritage breeds and heirloom varieties provides a connection to an agricultural legacy of delicious flavor. In this beautiful valley, the farm-to-table movement has long been a way of life. Each season brings countless opportunities for residents and visitors alike to discover anew the full spectrum of nature’s bounty.”
~ Laura Silverman, Sullivan County NY denizen and Glutton for Life blogger
“In the past few years our region has become a destination for outstanding restaurants and one-of-a-kind town and regional festivals. We have developed a great dining and restaurant niche with a worldly variety in a small town environment. Cuisines represented in one town alone might include Brazilian, Italian, Portuguese, Mexican, Vietnamese and Thai, not to mention sensational fine dining establishments offering an array of styles to meet almost anyone's palate.
Our newest economic development activities center around a growing microbrew trend and we have recently had several pop up in the region over the last year with more to come. These microbreweries augment the local dining options and complement the host of wineries in the region, which offer top-flight award-winning reds and whites that can hold their own against those around the world.
Our local festivities often tie in our love of food and wine. People come from all over to attend the likes of Crawfish Fest, Irish Fest, Warren Arts, Sweets, and Craft Beer Festival, food truck festivals, and Rock, Ribs & Ridges.”
~ Jim Sheldon, Executive Director, Hackettstown Business Improvement District
"Today’s visitors from the nearby New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas – and from around the world – can recapture that nostalgic, rustic experience. Or enjoy the sophistication, comfort and variety of modern world class resorts featuring live entertainment and recreation and good food and drink. These venues are within minutes of farmers’ markets or homegrown shops in historic colonial and Victorian districts. No matter the time of year, visitors enjoy festivals celebrating uses and varieties of garlic, a community’s founding, old fashioned ice harvesting, artistic ice sculptures and the lifestyles of back woodsmen."
~ David Pierce, Reporter, Pocono Record