Tasting event April 30 to kick off Ad’k Lakes Cuisine Trail season

GABRIELS — The Adirondack Lakes Cuisine Trail will launch its inaugural season with a local food and beverage tasting event at Moody Tree Farm in Gabriels on Tuesday, April 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The gathering is a preview event for EAT ADK, the Adirondacks’ restaurant week held May 2 to 9, featuring food and beverages from businesses located along the new trail.

Tapping into the locavore food trend, the Adirondacks Lakes Cuisine Trail is designed to highlight some of the best food and beverage producers in the region and is a way to connect local businesses with visitors.

“We are excited to get this initiative off the ground, which will enhance our area as a culinary destination,” said Cathy Hohmeyer, executive chef and co-owner of the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat in Lake Clear. “Our emphasis on local foods is rich in history and we look forward to being a part of telling this flavorful story.”

Paul Smith’s College faculty and students will present information from a recently completed strategic study they conducted about the cuisine trail.

The Adirondacks Lakes Cuisine Trail is one of six new cuisine-themed trails New York launched last fall in the North Country, doubling the number of trails across the state. It features 20 businesses located on a scenic route that takes travelers through Tupper Lake, Lake Clear, Paul Smiths and Saranac Lake.

The new network of trails features 83 businesses in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. It is a mechanism to boost the state’s growing agritourism sector and spotlight the region’s unique farms, food and beverage businesses, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Adirondack Lake Cuisine Trail includes Adk Cavu Cafe, Campfire Adirondack Grill, Adk Made, The Packbasket at the VIC, The Ganzi at Paul Smith’s College, The Lake Clear Lodge, The Trading Post at Fish Creek Ponds / Adirondack Perk Coffee House, Waterside Cafe at The Wild Center, The Fiddlehead Bistro, Blue Moon Cafe, Nori’s Village Market, Donnelly’s Ice Cream, Skyview Springs Farm, Moody Tree Farm, Tucker Farm, The Health Hub, The Well-Dressed Food Company, Big Tupper Brewing and Raquette River Brewing.

All participating venues on New York’s cuisine trails are committed to offering consumers locally sourced agricultural products. The trail program is administered by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets in collaboration with state Department of Transportation.