catskill cake co. - had a stand at the rosendale street festival (more on that) this past sunday. i had samples of their blueberry cream cheesecake, which was out of this world awesome, and apple cream cheesecake, which was just plain good (i prefer apple). wound up buying the blueberry and strawberry ones, and both had this melt in your mouth feel oozing with flavor. i didn't try the cappucino brownies, and asked about their business. they're out of new paltz (number 845-256-0012) and sell at a few local stores (i can't remember which one - i think it was springtown green grocers?). unfortunately, they don't have a walk-up store or anything like that.
i had a sample of some pulled pork from rev kev's (didn't hit my spot, but i'm not a big pork fan; some people there were raving about it, so trust their voice rather than mine)...and some food /drink from rosendale cement. their stand had food (sausage - either chorizo which was quite good, bratwurst, or andouille, along with appropriate sauces for each - $5) and drink (kamikazes, or these watermelon drinks - the latter was outstanding; $2 for a shot, $6 for a large cupful). the watermelon drink is only served in their outdoor area - in the airstream bus?
for those who are not familiar with rosendale...it's like a step back in time. in the 19th century, there was a booming cement business on the main street. the rondout creek goes right along the main street, and there's a sign outside the (former) astoria hotel. this main street is where the festival was, and where the center of town is. most of the stores i saw were of the mom and pop variety, and even the supermarket on route 32 wasn't the 'big chain' variety.
the festival had a far more artsy/hippie feel than even neighboring woodstock and new paltz...and i think that's the way they like it. i found out that a large number of proficient musicians live in and just near rosendale, ones who have been playing for 20 or 30 years - and obviously never made the big bucks, but continue to play when they can.
the theatre has been around forever and shows one picture...the cafe and a couple other stands had their vegan specials, vegetarian specials, and then stuff for everyone else...with V (egan) D(airy) letters next to some of the items on the menu.
rosendale has an 'international pickle festival' later this year.
mark - thanks for the kind words...your lengthy post on new paltz was saved here (when you posted it) as "places we want to try when we're in or through new paltz"...