Buy your advance tickets now for the Taste of Hops: food and beer pairing and Craft Beer Sampling at the Madison County Hop Fest on September 16, 2017 at the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida.

Patrons enjoying last year’s Taste of Hops. This year’s Taste of Hops is Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm. Tickets are limited and on sale now.

The Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing at the Madison County Hop Fest, from 12-2 on September 16, pairs area restaurants with a craft brewery to create an appetizer using craft beer as one of the ingredients. This year we are pleased to have the eight restaurants participating.  Colgate Inn of Hamilton will be creating “Beer Bombs” a smoked sausage meatball seasoned with a house made hops salt wrapped in bacon IPA Dijon-honey mustard paired with Good Nature’s Blight Buster. No. 10 Tavern of Hamilton will be serving Critz farms braised pulled pork sliders slathered in beer mustard barbeque sauce served with a side of house made pickles and coleslaw paired with Critz Farm’s Honey Blond Ale.  Creekside Inn of Oneida, Empire Farm Brewery of Cazenovia, Good Nature Farm Brewery of Hamilton, Hipstir Café of Oneida, Napoleon’s Café of Oneida, and Poolville Country Store of Earlville are also participating.

Tickets are $25 advance or $30 at the door, if available as they are limited- only a 150 will be sold. Join us after the Taste of Hops for the craft beer sampling from 2:30-5:30 pm to sample craft beer from over 30 craft breweries. Come enjoy craft beer and hard cider from: Come enjoy craft beer and hard cider from: Copper Turret Brewery; Cortland Beer; Ommegang; Empire; Erie Canal Brewing; Henneberg; WT Brews; Good Nature; Middle Ages; Saranac; Seneca St. Pub; New Belgium; Binghamton; Southern Tier; Collective Arts; Allagash; Well; Young; Firestone Walker; Millhouse Brewing; Schofferhofer; Troegs; Bronx; Down East; Spaten; Stone; Laugnitas; Dog Fish; Sierra Nevada; Brooklyn; Wachusett; Harpoon; Switchback; Oskar Blues; Abita; Smutty Nose; Cider Creek; Ithaca; 1911 Hop Cider; Adirondack; Browns; Founders; Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Co.; Woodchuck Cider; Butternuts; Bells; and Six Point. Brewery Representatives will be on hand to answer all your beer questions. Participants must be 21+ years of age to sample the

craft beer. Advance Craft Beer Sampling tickets are $30 or $35 at the door. Buy them ahead at the following locations: Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill; MCHS; Empire Brewing Co. in Cazenovia; WT Brews in Baldwinsville; Copper Turret in Morrisville, or

There are many activities planned for Hop Fest Weekend September 15-17. Please call the society at 315-363-4136, or visit our website- for more details. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or volunteering your time, please contact the society today! Like Madison County Hop Fest on Facebook. All proceeds from the Madison County Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society.   There is no admission to attend the Hop Fest. Admission is charged for the Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops, Craft Beer Sampling, and Hop Heritage Tour. Tickets will be available for designated drivers (who must be 21 years of age) at the entrance of the Craft Beer Sampling tent. No one under the age of 21 will be permitted to enter the events where beer is served. Proper ID is required for entrance to all areas where beer is served!

53rd Annual Craft Days is September 9 & 10, 2017 at the Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society will host its 53rd Annual Craft Days at the society, on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am-5 pm and on Sunday, September 10 from 10 am- 4 pm on the society’s grounds at 435 Main Street in Oneida. Admission is $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Purchase a weekend pass for $6 and join us both days! Crafters will be demonstrating their artistry twice each day from 11 am- 12 pm and 1pm- 2 pm.

Craft Days is an outdoor craft show, featuring juried crafters, artisans of edible treats, food vendors, music, and NYS wineries. Craft Days is a craft show for artists to create and sell their original, handmade work. We have a wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative works including fabric, glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, metal, glass, floral, drawings, paintings, jewelry photography, soap, skin care products, leather, and wood. Come see what all the buzz is about when Showtime-CNY’s Ultimate Cover/Party Band since the 90’s performs on Sept.9 from 1-3 pm. Showtime’s performance is made possible from the generous support from The Gorman Foundation. Double Chase returns to perform their contemporary and classic country songs on Sept.10 from 1-3 pm. New this year is our kid activity tent on the side yard- a special area designated for the scheduled kid activities to take place.  One of the planned kid activities is a free interactive program for your kids by the Utica Zoo mobile on Saturday from 11 am- 1pmOn Sunday from 11 am- 1 pm under the kid’s tent is a free magic show by CNY Magic Shows.  On Saturday and Sunday under the kid’s tent from 10 – 11 am; and again from 1-4pm kids can partake in the free martial arts demonstration by Owens Martial Arts and free face painting by the Girl Scouts Unit 230 of Oneida.  There will also be free house tours of Cottage Lawn and storytelling by the Oneida Public Library ongoing all weekend.

New York State Designer Blacksmiths will be on grounds by the agricultural barn demonstrating the craft and art of blacksmithing all weekend. The Oneida Rail Trail will be back both days with their popular free children’s craft activity of creating a colorful walking stick on the side yard near the gazebo.

There will be plenty of food at Craft Days from Promotions Plus Roasted Nuts of Saratoga Springs; Pops’ Kettle Korn of Whitesboro; Come Fry with Me of Rome; Gypsy Girl Wood Fire Pizza and Catering of Sherrill; Springdale Creamery of Madison; Oneida Rotary Gyros; Rossi’s Catering Co. of Canastota; The Cremeria of Sherrill; Mara’s Minis of Fulton and The Coffee Shop of New Hartford. We have three New York State wineries participating from: Lakeland Winery of Syracuse; Victorianbourg Wine Estate of Wilson; and Thousand Islands Winery of Alexandria Bay.

No animals or smoking are permitted on the grounds. Enjoy a fun family weekend shopping, eating delicious food, sampling NYS wineries, touring the historical society, listening to live music, watching crafters demonstrate their artistry, and partaking in the children’s activities at Craft Days at the Madison County Historical Society. For a full listing of all of the talented artisans participating please visit our website and click on the Craft Days tab. For more information please feel free to call the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, or get social with us at Craft Days on Facebook.

Hop Heritage Tour, September 17, 2017. Buy your tickets for a behind the scene tour of hop houses, hop yards, hop related sites, and craft breweries Reservations required by Sept. 8.

Limestone Oast Hop House located in in Munnsville is a stop on the Hop Heritage Tour on September 17. The Hop Heritage Tour is one of the many exciting activities happening during the Madison County Hop Fest Weekend that starts Friday, September 15 with a paired beer dinner, followed by Hop Fest on Sept. 16 on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida.

The Madison County Hop Fest weekend event concludes with a Hop Heritage Tour on Sunday, September 17. During the tour we will visit 1867 English Limestone Oast House to study the architectural beauty of the structure. The last crop of hops grown on the farm was in 1911. Visitors will step inside the Oast House to see how hops were dried and pressed in this unique building. The tour will continue with a visit to Foothill Hops, a family-owned hop yard established in 2001 in Munnsville. Kate and Larry Fisher began growing hops in 2001, earning the distinction of the second commercial hop yard in New York State. Many acres and equipment inventions later, the Fishers are recognized authorities on hop growing, and are generous with their time and advice to others. The Fishers were instrumental in the incorporation of the Northeast Hop Alliance, and were the King and Queen of the Madison County Hop Fest in 2004. The next stop will be at the site of the first commercial hop yard in Bouckville with a visit to James Coolidge’s grave site as he is notably recognized for introducing commercial hop growing to NYS. There will be stops at two double pyramidal hop kilns to examine the layout of the kiln and the four hop processing rooms used during the 19th century. A stop at Morrisville State College to see a modern mechanical hop picker used today and to visit the Copper Turret to hear about the Brewing Institute Program offered at the college and to get a behind the scenes tour of the brewery that is slated to open to the public in October.  The tour will stop for lunch and brewery tour of Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia.

Dot Willsey, hop heritage promoter, and Carl Stearns, preservation architect will guide the tour sharing Madison County’s proud hop heritage during the tour’s journey. Tickets for the tour are $30. Reservation required by September 8. Lunch will be at Empire Farm Brewery. Attendees receive a complimentary 5 oz. glass.  We ask that attendees dress accordingly. Close toed shoes are required to tour the breweries. The tour will start at 9 am at the Madison County Historical Society located at 435 Main Street in Oneida and ends there at 5 pm. The Hop Heritage Tour is made possible from the generous support from Humanities of New York and Hale Transportation Group. For more information and tickets please contact the society at 315-363-4136, or visit our website-, or email Sydney at

Madison County Hop Fest Paired Beer Dinner at Good Nature Farm Brewery is September 15. Tickets for the dinner are $65. Reservations required by Sept.8

Madison County Hop Fest Weekend begins on Friday, Sept. 15 at 6 pm with a five course Paired Beer Dinner at Good Nature Farm Brewery in Hamilton.  Each course will be paired with their signature craft beers. We start with a “Hoppy Hour” of Spent Grain and Local Honey Granola-Nut Clusters paired with Good Nature Blond Ale. For the first course 3 Oysters on the ½ with Pickled Leek and Raspberry Mignonette paired with Good Nature Blight Buster IPA- American. The second course is Frites with Garlic Sausages and Green Peppercorn Sauce paired with is 5 – (5 Year Anniversary Ale) New England Belgian Style IPA. The third course is   Grilled Sword Fish Medallion with Beet Puree and Pea Shoots paired with Non-Stop Hop Onslaught IPA- Session/Indian Session Ale. The fourth course is Wood Fired Ash Crusted Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with Chicory Greens, Hoppy Mustard and Coddled Egg paired with American Brown Ale. The fifth course is a Lemon Creme Fraiche Gelato with Warm Maple Syrup and Toasted Pepitas paired with Annie IPA- Imperial/Double.

Tickets for the dinner are $65 and must be purchased by September 8.  For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit our website-  If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or volunteering your time, please contact the society today by calling 315-363-4136. Like Madison County Hop Fest on Facebook. Combine your love of history, beer and food at the 22ndAnnual Madison County Hop Fest.

Kid’s Day 2.0 at Cottage Lawn Farmers’ Market on August 29 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.!

Make sure you come on out to Cottage Lawn Farmers’ Market at the Madison County Historical Society located at 435 Main Street in Oneida on Tuesday, August 29 from 3-7 pm for our Kid’s Day 2.0!  Join us for a day filled with fun kid activities. The Utica Zoo mobile will be at the market from 3- 5 with a variety of animals. Meet Gil and Molly from Bubble Guppies from 4 – 7.  Friends of the Oneida Library will be providing storytelling from 4-6pm and passing out coloring book pages. Sandra Reilly, author of The Wish Fairy will be autographing and selling copies of her book series that shares messages of friendship, family and life lessons. The Girl Scout troop will be face painting all afternoon!

Bring the kids for a fun day while shopping local from our wonderful vendors that bring great products to the market everyTuesday. Grab dinner from our food vendor Jim’s Pit stop and Fast food. Visit our website for more information about our wonderful vendors and to learn more about our weekly activities,, or call the society at 315-363-4136. Cottage Lawn Farmers’ Market is made possible from the generous support from The Gorman Foundation and Senator David Valesky. Of course every Tuesday of the market is special, so please do come on out and visit with us-your taste buds will thank you!