FREE FEST: New York State Food Festival @ Empire State Plaza on Wednesday


With nearly 100 food vendors to choose from, 15,000 people flock to the annual New York State Food Festival at Albany’s Empire State Plaza for lunch, dinner… or both. They come for the food and stay for an evening of free rock and roll. The fest – which takes place from 11am-9pm on Wednesday (August 12) – showcases New York producers and specialty products, New York State beers and the always popular farmers market.

And, of course, there’s the music… Headliners Cracker have been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country… Heck, they’ve even had terms like “punk” and “classic-rock” thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Co-founders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for almost a quarter of a century making hit songs such as “Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl,” “Get Off This” and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me.” They’ll roll into Albany in support of their latest release, the double-CD set Berkeley to Bakersfield.

Also performing at the festival are Gedeon Luke & the People and Local 518 faves Soul Sky, led by guitarslinger Mark Emanatian.

NOTE: Due to Plaza construction, events will be held at the north end of the plaza in front of the State Capitol Building. Seating will not be available. Please bring a lawn chair.

Here’s the schedule of bands at the 2015 NYS Food Festival:

5pm: Soul Sky
6:15pm: Gedeon Luke & the People
7:45pm: Cracker

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  1. Fred says

    very, very weak lineup of bands esp. compared to what was offered in past years

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