HUICHICA EAST: The Laid-Back Music Festival You’ve Been Waiting For

  |  August 16, 2018

Walter Hergt

Head to Chaseholm Farm in Pine Plains, NY for the micro-music festival August 24-26, 2018…

For nearly a decade, the Huichica Music Festival has offered an alternative to the crowded festival atmosphere, and this year, Huichica East – presented by (((folkYEAH!))), Jeff Bundschu and Sarah Lyons Chase – will be filling the air with music at the 350-acre, northern Dutchess County dairy farm.

Once a farm-to-table music festival celebrating the bounty of Sonoma, CA, Huichica expanded its reach three years ago to include the Hudson Valley. The hand-picked line-up of musical acts include: Allah-Las, Bettye Lavette, Martin Courtney (of Real Estate), Garth Hudson, Circles Around The Sun, Mercury Rev (Performing A Live Improvised Film Soundtrack), Hailu Mergia, Amen Dunes, Robyn Hitchcock, Vetiver Plays “Thing Of The Past”, Espers, Alex Bleeker & Friends, Ryley Walker, Here Lies Man, Mail The Horse, Robert Earl Thomas, Pearl Charles, A.R.D., and Driftwood Solider.

Walter Hergt

Eat. Drink. Be Merry.

Huichica East is all about the music, but food and wine play a huge role in the micro-fest. After all, the festival was created around the idea that music, food, and wine make beautiful harmony together, especially set against the backdrop of bucolic, rural Dutchess County.

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Walter Hergt

Regional culinary talent showcased in this year’s fest include Chaseholm Farm Whole Hog, Hudson Valley Table of Contents, and Itsa Pizza. Lagunitas Brewery provides the brew, and a selection of wines from Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma, CA will also be available.

According to Marina Mayer from Gundlach Bundschu Winery, this year’s fest will feature educational programs like a creamy tour, farm tour, and a farm ecosystem talk. Attendees can also take morning yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am. For more information on educational programs at Huichica East, visit

Charles Gullung

Stay the Weekend.

Why drive home after all the great music, food, and drink? Camp at Chaseholm Farm, located at 100 Chase Road, Pine Plains, for $20 per night or $30 for Friday and Saturday nights, August 24 and 25. Pop-up tents or RVs are allowed, as are small cooking stoves. Campfires and outside food and drink cannot be brought in since they will already available at the festival. No showers provided, but restrooms are on-site.

Or, you can bed down at the Inn at Pine Plains, located just down the road a piece from Huichica East. Mention that you’re attending the festival, and the Inn will give you a special offer.

Three-day general passes are $90, one-day Friday passes are $45, one-day Saturday passes are $60, and one-day Sunday passes are $30. Purchase tickets here.

Ready to trade in the crowds and $10 bottles of water of a massive music festival for something a bit more mellow? Find out more about Huichica East at

Charles Gullung

About Gundlach Bundschu Winery and Vineyards

Established March 12, 1858, Gundlach Bundschu Winery is California’s oldest family-run winery. Currently managed by the sixth generation of the Bundschu family, the historic winery focuses on making small lots from its sustainably farmed vineyards at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range. Gundlach Bundschu remains focused on the future—approaching its vineyards, wine and world with spirit, creativity and dedication to excellence. For more information, please visit or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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