Since its inception in 2011, Smorgasburg has grown into one of Brooklyn\u2019s top food destinations, showcasing some of New York City\u2019s most innovative vendors along with local beers, spirits and wines at weekly outdoor markets in both the Williamsburg and Prospect Park areas of Brooklyn, along with several city-wide spin offs.\r\n\r\nThis summer sees huge growth for Smorgasburg, breaking out of its Big Apple borders in two different ways. Co-founders Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby recently launched Smorgasburg Los Angeles, and this Saturday, August 6, sees the start of the first Smorgasburg in New York\u2019s Hudson Valley.\r\n\r\nIn this interview\u00a0with Butler, he gives the lowdown on the latest Smorgasburg incarnation, which will take place on 10 acres of land beside the Hudson River in Kingston, New York, at the site of the historic Hutton Brickyards.\r\n\r\nWhy the Hudson Valley and why now?\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s obviously been an incredible creative and culinary renaissance underway in the Hudson Valley for several years now and we\u2019ve been thinking about doing a market there for a few years. When the new owner of the Hutton Brickyards invited us up to check out the old industrial property, we were blown away and thought it was the perfect place to do Smorgasburg. As we started to scratch the surface we also got really excited about being a part of what is happening in Kingston, where there is a dynamic young mayor [Steve Noble] who is guiding the city through its own kind of renaissance. A big part of what we do is in essence economic development so it seemed like a great fit.\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ve chosen an intriguing venue for Smorgasburg Upstate. Can you tell us about it? \r\n\r\nThe Hutton Brickyards is a unique location that should work perfectly for Smorgasburg. It\u2019s a large site with a quarter mile of river frontage and buffered by 50 acres of forestland. The views up the river to the Rhinecliff Bridge and across the river to the estates on the east side of the river are breathtaking, as are the old steel structures we have restored to serve as giant pavilions. I really think the Hutton Brickyards is going to become one of the premier event locations in the state\u2014a much better use in my mind than the previous owner\u2019s plans to tear it all down and build condos. Thank God that cratered during the financial crisis!\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ve received a multitude of positive press for Smorgasburg over the years, but Greg Morabito\u2019s recent rant over on Eater\u00a0suggests that not everyone has the tolerance to endure the crowds, lack of shade, and sparse seating, at least in the Brooklyn incarnations. Will Smorgasburg upstate be different and if so, how?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWell, first of all, I\u2019m not sure who peed in Greg\u2019s Cheerios that morning but I certainly agree with your characterization of his post as a rant. Eater has been extremely supportive of everything we have done over the years and I\u2019ve been assured he went rogue on this one! As one of the commenters pointed out, Smorgasburg takes place in parks\u2014Saturdays in East River State Park in Williamsburg and Sundays in Prospect Park\u2014and there\u2019s plenty of grass in both places.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s a perfectly reasonable thing to say that you don\u2019t like dealing with the crowds but the rest of it was pretty silly and totally ignored the central role of Smorgasburg in the city\u2019s food ecosystem. It\u2019s effectively an economic incubator that has enabled and inspired hundreds of aspiring food professionals to start their own business\u2014an effect we are hoping to replicate in LA and upstate. We\u2019ve lowered the cost of entry and given them a huge marketing platform and test kitchen. And, if this weekend\u2019s crowds indicate anything, it\u2019s that tens of thousands of people don\u2019t share Greg\u2019s views.\r\n\r\nSeeing as it\u2019s the first time the public has had access to the [Kingston] property, what can visitors expect?\r\n\r\n\u00a0It\u2019s still pretty rustic. We tried to clean it up and make it safe without losing the sense of magic you feel when stepping into a space that\u2019s frozen in time. The two main pavilions where the market will take place are literally ten feet from the shore which is a pretty unusual perspective to be able to have.\r\n\r\nIn addition to the local food boom, the Hudson Valley\u2019s wine, beer and spirits scene is also flourishing. What\u2019ll be on the pour at Smorgasburg?\r\n\r\nIn addition to our own made-in-Brooklyn Smorgasbeer, we will feature Pull Brewing from New Paltz and the Suarez Family Brewery from Livingston on opening weekend, with lots of others to follow. We are going to have a dedicated cider bar that will feature local makers like Naked Flock [in Warwick], Maeve\u2019s [in Staatsburg] and Brooklyn Cider House.\u00a0\r\n\u00a0It\u2019s still pretty rustic. We tried to clean it up and make it safe without losing the sense of magic you feel when stepping into a space that\u2019s frozen in time.\r\nDo you drink Hudson Valley wines, and if so which ones?\r\n\r\nHistorically I would say I have been more familiar with wines made out on the East End, particularly the ros\u00e9s, but over the past year I\u2019ve started getting interested in some of the Hudson Valley wineries that are focused on making natural wines\u2014places like Amorici Vineyard in Valley Falls, Bashakill Vineyards in Wurtsboro and Benmarl Winery and Stoutridge Vineyard, both in Marlboro.\u00a0\r\n\r\nDrinks aside, what are some of the vendors you\u2019re most excited to have bagged for Smorgasburg Upstate?\r\n\r\nWell, as far as shopping for myself, I will probably end up spending the most money at a furniture vendor called So Mid-Century and a record dealer called Vinyl Rescue but we\u2019ve got a really nice balance of vintage clothing, home design and antiques, so there should be something for everyone. Anyone who brings their children will inevitably end up at Dan\u2019s Parents House, one of our all-stars from Brooklyn who sells a great mix of 1970\u2019s action figures, fun old letterpress ephemera and assorted deadstock items.\r\n\r\nSmorgasburg Upstate will be open every Saturday 11am-6pm through October in Kingston\u2019s Hutton Brickyards.