Thursday, April 16, 2009

Beer, Herbs, and... Martha Stewart?

This summer, the New York Botanical Garden's 'Edible Garden' series will offer some super cool programming celebrating plants, food, and booze...

The highlights of the summer programming include two weekend food festivals and seven Thursday evening gatherings featuring beer and wine tastings.

So where does Martha Stewart fit into the equation? Ms. Stewart will be redesigning NYBG's historic Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden, which showcases a display of the finest culinary herbs that can be used in countless recipes.

The annual Farmers Market will also return each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm beginning June 24 and ending October 28th.

Here are all the details we have so far on the weekend festivals and Thursday night events:

The Edible Garden will begin and end with two exciting festival weekends. The fun will start with The Edible Local Garden: A Local Food Festival on June 27 and 28, the exhibition’s opening weekend. Visitors will explore the Botanical Garden, where they can discover the origins of food and learn about the plants and plant parts that they eat every day. Experts in the local and sustainable food movements will share information, and Garden scientists will explain their research relating to food plants and healthy living. Celebrity chefs will provide healthy cooking demonstrations, and Garden staff will offer home gardening demonstrations on growing vegetables.

The special festivities will continue Thursdays in July and August with Edible Evenings: A Celebration of Wine, Beer, and Food. From cooking demonstrations with local chefs to beer and wine tastings, guests will experience what can only be described as a cross between a friendly neighborhood block party and a sophisticated New York City banquet as they sample culinary delights and discover the ins and outs of beer and winemaking. Edible Evenings will take place on July 9, 16, 23, and 30, and August 6, 13, and 20, 6–9 p.m.

*Photo of Martha Stewart boozing it up courtesy of*


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