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Op-Ed by Ashley Dingeman

The DZ Farm Meet the Chefs Event took place this past Sunday, October 12th, and I had the pleasure of attending on behalf of Saratoga.com.

After reviewing the invitation, I had a good idea of what to expect when I arrived at the farm, but reality blew out my prior expectations. The beauty of the property was completely overwhelming at first, initially making you forget where you were.

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Saratoga is recognized for a variety of reasons, from horse races to spas to fine arts and music. Yet, what about a round of applause for 'toga and its vast ethnic cuisine? On October 11, Saratoga Food Fanatic and Network Saratoga are teaming up to present the FIRST annual Saratoga International Flavorfeast, giving your palate the opportunity to try something new!


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September is nearly here and college approaching fast, but before you hit the books, there's so much to do before classes start. The Fab Five awards were announced earlier this summer, and using those as a reference, I present to you the top 5 places to go in Saratoga before summer wraps up.

Travers Day has passed, your skin has absorbed all the UV rays you could possibly imagine, the bathing suit section at Target is almost now fully non-existent, and there seems to be a "back-to-school savings" flyer in your mailbox at least twice a week. What does that mean?...Sadly, the summer is drawing to a close.

It's not every day you are given time off to go around and explore Saratoga is it? I had the pleasure of exploring the patio dining of downtown Saratoga this past Thursday and I was thoroughly impressed.

If you haven't done or seen these things, then you're not doing Saratoga right. I've compiled a list of things, i.e. places to go or eat and activities to do, that I, and most of Saratoga, consider a crime if you haven't at least tried. So grab a seat and read through this list. If you find something you haven't otherwise heard of, you're welcome, because I've just made your weekend plans for you.

Break out the haggis and stout! Harvey's Irish Pub is set to open this Friday, May 16th in the heart of Saratoga Springs.

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Formerly Irish Times, this pub was recently sold and now has new owners. After undergoing renovations it is reopening under a new name: Harvey's Irish Pub & Restaurant.

Here's a look at what you can expect...

Instead of a ribbon cutting this Wednesday, the new Fresh Market in Saratoga will be celebrating their grand opening with a "Cracking of the Parmesan."

We have long awaited the opening since news came out last year that Fresh Market was coming to Saratoga.

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But here is why this event shouldn't be missed...

upsate.jpgThe first-ever Taste of Upstate Wine, Food, & Music Festival will take place this weekend at the Canfield Casino and the Saratoga City Center from April 18th to April 19th, 2014.

Showcasing local wines, beers, food, artisan crafts, and music, the festival is proving that nobody does it better than Upstate NY! 

The festival features two fun-filled events on Friday, April 18th and Saturday, April 19th.

Fall is for apple picking and spring is for maple sugaring. Whether you've gone to a local maple festival or you're just in the mood for some of that nectar of the Adirondack gods, check out these maple recipes to satisfy your cravings. 

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