Last day of April marks Taste of Rhinebeck food festival

It only happens once a year: The village businesses open their doors and chefs line up along the streets to showcase their appetizers, entrees, beverages and desserts — all for a good cause.

The 15th annual Taste of Rhinebeck food festival, fundraiser and culinary competition returns at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the village’s center. The culinary crawl features about 20 restaurants, spirit shops and specialty food retailers within a four-block radius.

“Rhinebeck is the perfect setting for a food and beverage crawl,” said Dawn Morrison, executive director of the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. “We are known for having great restaurants and we’re lucky that they are within a short walking distance. It really makes for a fun event.”

Taste raises about $25,000 for the hospital’s patient care services. It draws about 400 people.

It is also a competition. Last year’s crowd favorites included a Peppermint Patty sandwiched between two Oreos from Samuel’s Sweet Shop, a warm cauliflower soup with avocado toast from Bread Alone and The Amsterdam’s house paté.

The cost is $75 in advance or $100 at the registration tent in the Foster’s Coach House parking lot on the day of event. For tickets or more information, visit or call the NDH Foundation at 845-871-1711 (TTY:  800-421-1220).