Basilica partners with local chefs in early May to present an annual festival-turned-gastronomic-tradition in honor of the ramp. A perennial favorite with our crowd, Ramp Fest celebrates the wild onion, abundant in the Hudson Valley. A large-scale tasting menu features ramps at the center of original dishes created by chefs from the Hudson Valley and NYC.
We enjoy an ongoing partnership with Kite’s Nest, a learning resource center housed in Basilica’s gallery building. Kite’s Nest is a non-profit organization dedicated to curiosity, inquiry and social justice, providing educational programs for local children and teenagers. They also operate Alimentary Kitchen, an on-site culinary laboratory and classroom. We and our guests are lucky enough to enjoy the results of their labors many times throughout the season.
The Hudson Valley is a hotbed of inspired and energetic people, and we frequently open our doors for special events. In the past, we have hosted an amateur martial arts competition, an indoor ice skating rink, a teen theatre troupe, a sewing workshop, a roundtable discussion on marriage equality, environmental advocacy lectures and local business expos.
Basilica Farm & Flea is our largest annual event, bringing over 6,000 visitors and holiday shoppers to Hudson over Thanksgiving Weekend as an alternative to Black Friday. In collaboration with Hudson River Exchange, Basilica Farm & Flea showcases the talents and resources of our region, featuring quality products by farmers, makers and vintage collectors.
Alimentary Kitchen’s BI BIM BOP – Photo by Walter Hergt