Gardiner Cupcake Festival

The Gardiner Cupcake Festival, the only cupcake festival in the Hudson Valley, was held at Wrights Farm this Sunday. The event has grown in popularity with a thousand guests attending this year, showing that the switch of venue from Main Street was a needed decision for the burgeoning festival. Vendors from across Upstate New York, New York City, and New Jersey presented their best in show. The event boasted activities such as wine tasting, face painting, zip lines, tractor and pony rides, and of course cupcakes!

Deising’s Bakery, Restaurant and Catering’s artful creations caught the attention of children and adults.

New Paltz local, Moxie Cupcake, was a favourite with its wacky flavours. The flavours ranged from alcohol-inspired creations like the tequila-infused ‘Margaritaville’ to the more child-friendly ‘School Days’ inspired by the American classic: peanut butter and jelly. Eddy Gonzalez, cupcake enthusist, tried ‘School Days’ from Moxie calling it ‘amazing because it reminded me of my childhood.’

Another notable flavour came from Sweet Maresa’s Upstate Cupcake. The cupcake in question was Chocolate Lavender, made with lavender leaves from Tweefontein Herb Farm. Maresa stated that the flavour was birthed from a desire to collaborate with Tweefontein Herb Farm, a farm collectively run by young people in New Paltz, New York.

Bettie’s Cupcakes towered over the competition, literally. The cupcake company had a furnished double decker bus. They dished out cupcakes through the side and had convenient seating on the upper level. It was a novelty that attracted a good crowd.

Kupcake Kouture’s twist on the classic cupcake, the Cupcake Push Pop.

Deising’s Bakery, Restaurant and Catering from Kingston took the (cup) cake for most aesthetically pleasing treats. Their cupcakes were figurine-esque creations of animals like lions, ladybugs, and monkeys that were so beautiful that it was a shame to eat them.

Newcomers Kupcake Kouture from Bayonne New Jersey surprised with a new cupcake invention: Push Pop Cupcakes.

Other cupcake companies took inspiration from their local area such as Peace, Love & Cupcakes. The Woodstock based company has named their creations after notable personalities over history.

Peace Love & Cupcake’s cupcake selection.

For those without a sweet tooth there were ample savoury options. Local vendors supplied falafel, pretzels, and pizza. Full Moon Farm cooked up some grass-fed steak, hot dogs, and burgers. All of this could be enjoyed while watching live acts on the main stage or taking a gander at the Amateur Baker Cupcake competition.

Overall the festival was a great family friendly day that didn’t break the budget (most cupcakes were around three dollars). It was great to see the range of local talent in Upstate New York and the surrounding areas.

Forest Fest


Forest Fest is a music and arts festival held in New Paltz, in upstate New York. Held this year at the Center for Symbolic Studies, the Festival has developed greatly from previous years but hasn’t lost any of its grass roots charm. A varying line-up of dubstep, electronic, punk, rock and reggae kept the crowd pleased.

Besides music there was plenty to keep people entertained. A car was left at the whim of the crowd to be decorated and hulahooping was very popular. Food wise local vendors, such as Rock Da Pasta, offered affordable and delicious options.