Taste of the Catskills: Film Series, Farm Dinner, Silent Auction Announced


Join us on Columbus Day weekend for Catskill Mountainkeeper's 6th annual Barnfest celebration, at the incredible Taste of the Catskills Festival in Delhi, NY! We've added a ton of great performances, workshops, activities, an environmental film series and farm dinner!


Keeper of the Catskills Award

Join us as we honor famed singer and song-writer Natalie Merchant and award-winning writer and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster for their lifetime of environmental and human rights activism. The annual "Keeper of the Catskills Award" recognizes the varied contributions of our region's environmental heroes. Past honorees include Bill McKibben, Robert Kennedy Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Mark Z. Jacobson, and Jayni and Chevy Chase.

Environmental Film Series

A series of compelling short films will be shown on topics ranging from climate change and fracking to local food and Catskill history. Following are some highlights, visit us on the 3rd floor of the barn for more titles and screening times.

Backyard (Sat & Sun, 11 am & 3 pm) "Backyard" tells the stories of five people in four states (North Dakota, Montana, Dear

dear-pres-obama_sm.jpgPresident Obama (Sat & Sun, 12 & 2pm) — Watch a sneak preview of Jon Bowermaster’s latest film, “Dear President Obama, Americans Against Fracking in One Voice.” This latest film dives deep into the fracking issue by sharing interviews with victims, whistle-blowers, economists and energy experts across the United States. The cross-country look at the issues highlight the stories of fracking’s victims, the false promise of natural gas’s economic boom, the risk of environmental contamination, and a focus on alternative energy solutions. Music, in the vein of Pete Seeger’s life-long work, will be the thread that weaves the varied accounts into a potent story. Bowermaster will be on-hand to answer your questions about the film, and to relay his first-hand account of the impacts of drilling. Jon and Natalie will join us for a Director's Q&A after the 2:00pm Saturday screening.


Pennsylvania, and Colorado), all with very different backgrounds and perspectives, but all at odds with the natural gas extraction occurring around them. Despite their differences, unnerving similarities emerge from their shared experiences of the massive unseen entity that is "the industry." (28 minutes) 

County Fair (Sat & Sun, 10:30 am)  Long ingrained in our culture, county fairs are uniquely American. As we have evolved, so have our fairs. While county fairs are a regular and recurring part of many American lifestyles, they may be completely alien to urban and suburban cultures. The film attempts to document what county fairs are all about and capture this fading slice of our culture. The film features the Delaware County Fair because of its long history and dedication to community. (33 minutes)

Catskill Park (Sat & Sun)  A Catskill Mountainkeeper production that explores the beauty, history and importance of the Catskills through interviews with artists, historians, environmentalists, farmers, residents and visitors. The film considers the historical role of the Catskills as a mecca for recreation, health, and artistic pursuits, and its critical role as the watershed that not only supplies water to millions in the New York metropolitan area but stands as a role model for the rest of the country. See the trailer (3 minutes); world premiere this fall at the Woodstock Film Festival.

Silent Auction — Here’s your chance to take home some great finds, including:

  • Tickets and backstage passes to an upcoming Natalie Merchant concert
  • A 10,000 Maniacs “Our Time in Eden” LP signed by Natalie Merchant.
  • A two night stay and dinner for two at The Arnold House bed and breakfast in Livingston Manor, NY.

Catskill Brewery Farm Dinner

The Firefighter McPadden Pipes and Drums will kick off this year’s Barnfest program with a

brewery_logo.jpgAt the end of each day a tasty dinner will be served, created from the best that the area has to offer. The centerpiece of this year's meal will be roasted pork raised right on Maple Shade Farm and their neighbor Riverdale Farm. The main dishes are prepared by the Quarter Moon Cafe. Side dishes have been donated by some of the area's best farm-to-table restaurants including Rolling River Cafe and Hello Bistro. 

The Farm Dinner is a fundraiser for Catskill Mountainkeeper and all proceeds from the dinner will be donated. As a special treat Natalie Merchant and Jon Bowermaster will be joining us at Saturday's dinner. Purchase your dinner tickets now, and you will receive a complimentary beer fromCatskill Brewery.

Barnfest Main Stage Performances


musical performance not to be missed! At 3:45 on Saturday, come join us as they lead a marching procession to the main stage, performing music that draws on the strong traditions of the Scots-Irish, including marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs, hornpipes and melodic airs. The band features two dozen talented and internationally recognized musicians from the Catskill and Hudson Valley regions, whose varied performances reach more than 25,000 people annually.


Saturday's program will also feature the music of Griffin Anthony, who produced the score for the short film "Catskill Park" -- a Catskill Mountainkeeper production that will premiere this fall at the Woodstock Film Festival (stay tuned for an invite to our post-party celebration!)

Don't miss the "Keeper of the Catskills Award" presentation when we honor Natalie Merchant and Jon Bowermaster!

 On Sunday, October 12th join us for a special production of NACL's Weather Project -- a


dynamic and entertaining community theater production that merges art and science to create a dialogue about the weather and our lives, local history, environment, and current climate. 

 Maple Shade Farm, home of Taste of the Catskills, will again provide a picturesque and historic setting for an entertaining weekend of music, family activities, local food and beer, regional vendors, hayrides, films, puppet shows and more. 

Join thousands of other festival-goers and come celebrate all things Catskills! 

Taste of the Catskills is Mountainkeeper's biggest fundraising event of the year. Please DONATE TODAY to help us continue our work to protect and promote the Catskills!


   ▪ Complimentary Brewery Ommegang Beer with $8 Admission
▪ Discounted Bounce House Tickets for the Kids
▪ Complimentary Catskill Brewery Beer with Farm Dinner Reservation

   ▪ Make a donation to Catskill Mountainkeeper

   ▪ Enter the Farm Olympics Festival


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