Madison County Hop Fest
September 18-20, 2015!
The Madison County Hop Fest surpasses all of the other fests out there because it is the only one of its kind that can proudly declare that it celebrates over 200 years of hop heritage that began right here in Madison County! It was right here in Madison County that James Coolidge from New England planted the 1st commercial hop yard on acres of farmland in Bouckville. It was also right here in Madison County where James Coolidge was the first to transport hops to the New York City market in 1816. Thus, establishing a commercial agricultural connection between the hop fields of CNY and the agricultural commodity marketplace. (Cultural Resource Survey of Hop Heritage Sites in Madison County. Nell Ziegler, 2007. Survey funded by Preserve New York, a grant program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts.) Many Madison County farmers followed in Coolidge’s footsteps turning over their fields into commercial hop yards as did the farmers from neighboring counties- Montgomery, Schoharie, Chenango, Otsego, Herkimer and Oneida. The Madison County Hop Fest is a signature event for Madison County and New York State for that matter, as there are no other fests that can make the historic claim that New York State’s Hop Heritage began in their county.
The Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Madison County Hop Fest will be held on the third weekend in September. (September 18-20). In our 20th year, the fest will continue to offer: programs about hop culture in NYS; home brewing demonstrations; exhibits on the history of hops; exhibitor booths from hop suppliers, hop farmers and beer clubs; Taste of Hops: food and beer pairing; paired beer dinner at a local Madison County restaurant; sampling of regional craft beer; crowning of Hop King or Queen and a Hop Tour. The Hop Tour on Sunday will take visitors to historic hop houses, related hop heritage sites, craft breweries, and a restaurant within Madison County.
Stay tuned for further event details!