If you are a Finger Lakes wine enthusiast, look no further than Watkins Glen this weekend. Or maybe you just want a music festival with over 90 wineries on hand! It’s like a wine tour, but you camp all weekend and the wineries come to you! If camping is not for you, a one-day or two-day Taster wristband gives you admittance to the festival grounds. This includes a commemorative wine glass, tastings at 90+ wineries in climate-controlled tents, dozens of mouthwatering food vendors and unique craft and art purveyors, along with live music performances, outdoor demonstrations, and educational wine seminars. Festival opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Festivities begin Friday with Launch of the Lakes presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese. Turn out in your best toga as Bacchus, the God of Wine, blesses the festival and you may be crowned King and Queen! Enjoy a preview of what the Finger Lakes Wine Festival has to offer including: Toga and Costume Contest, cheese samples, wine samples from many festival wineries featured at the Festival, live music featuring Keith James Band. Over the course of the weekend there are also Enhanced Wine Seminars presented by Women For WineSense. Enhanced seminars take place in the second floor of the air-conditioned Watkins Glen International media center. Each enhanced seminar will be led by speakers from Women for WineSense and include small plates of food to further augment the tasting experience. There will be music all weekend, as well featuring local and national favorites such as Virgil Cain, Brazilian 2wins, Handsome Young Ladies, and CC Ryder, to name just a few.
Finger Lakes Wine Festival | July 12-14 at Watkins Glen International