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About the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival
Founded by Sasha Pardy in 2014, Adirondack Festivals LLC is based out of Queensbury, New York, and is the organizer of the Adirondack Wine and Food Festival.
The 8th Annual Adirondack Wine & Food Festival will be held on June 29th & 30th, 2024, at Charles R. Wood Festival Commons in the heart of Lake George, New York. The festival is a celebration of the amazing wines, craft beverages, artisan foods, and more that New York State’s finest producers have to offer! With a tasting ticket, attendees use their souvenir wine glasses to sample wines, beers, spirits, ciders, and unique food products from a variety of vendors in a farmer’s market-style set-up. All vendors will also be selling their products for people to take home and the Festival makes that easy by providing a Purchase Drop-Off/Pick-Up tent for attendees to utilize.
Food Trucks will also be offering unique food selections at a-la-carte pricing at the NEW “Food Truck Alley”, which is located outside the Festival Grounds on Westbrook Road (access to Food Trucks is FREE to the public).
The designated beneficiary of the 2024 Adirondack Wine and Food Festival is Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks; their volunteers are on hand all weekend long helping the event run smoothly and raising money through water & t-shirt sales & more. In partnership since 2018, we have raised over $50K for BBBS!
The Culinary Tent features cooking demonstrations performed by special guests all weekend long. Chefs utilize local foods and craft beverages from our vendors in their recipes, as well as provide wine pairing suggestions. Also under the Culinary Tent, local bartenders demonstrate unique wine cocktail recipes opposite the culinary demos, mixing new concoctions from wines and liquors available for purchase at the festival.
The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival has quickly become one of the largest Wine Festivals in New York State and is recognized as a premier event for the Lake George Region. The 2022 Festival was the biggest yet, with a record 6,837 attendees and an estimated $4.1 Million economic impact on the Greater Lake George Region. The family-friendly wine and food spectacular, despite the rain, heat, or other obstacles, continues to grow each year.
Official Festival Photography
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Sasha Pardy (Adirondack Winery Co-Owner) and Stephanie Ottino (then Event Manager) founded the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival after representing the Winery at many Wine Festivals across New York, seeing the opportunity to host a similar fest in Lake George, but do it so much better!
June 27 & 28 2015
At the first Adirondack Wine & Food Festival, we hosted 40 vendors and drew 2,500 attendees over the two-day event!
SUNY Adirondack Culinary students ran the Culinary Tent and the beneficiary was the SUNY Adirondack Alumni
Craft Beverage Grant
The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival received a $60K grant from Governor Cuomo’s Craft Beverage Initiative to grow the event, thereby benefitting New York’s burgeoning Craft Beverage industry.
June 25 & 26 2016
The 2nd Annual Event more than doubled in attendance, drawing over 5,200 attendees from 25 states and hosting 57 vendors! SUNY Adirondack once again ran the Culinary Tent and was our event beneficiary.
June 24 & 25 2017
At the 3rd Annual Festival, we sold nearly 6,000 tickets and drew attendees from 31 states and Canada to Lake George, generating nearly 3,400 room nights for the region!
We hosted nearly 90 vendors and offered a new 2-Day Ticket option. Also new was a Kids Activity Tent. For the 3rd year in a row, the event benefited SUNY Adirondack Foundation and the Culinary Tent was run by the Culinary Arts Students.
June 23rd & 24th 2018
The 2018 Adirondack Wine & Food Festival was the biggest yet, with a record 6,376 tickets sold and over 90 vendors, the event generated an estimated $1.87 Million economic impact for the Greater Lake George Region.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks was the 2018 Beneficiary, while the Culinary Tent featured Finger Lakes Celebrity Chef William Cornelius. New this year, cocktail demonstrations and a VIP Experience was added.
June 28th & 29th 2019
The 5th Annual Adirondack Wine and Food Festival hosted nearly 120 Vendors and 6,800 people; generating a $3.5 million economic impact for the region.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks was once again the Beneficiary and raised $15,000 from the event.
The Culinary Tent once again featured Finger Lakes Chef William Cornelius, but new this year, an Iron Chef-Style competition was added.
6th Festival Rescheduled due to Covid
The 6th Annual Adirondack Wine & Food Festival was Rescheduled to September 26th & 27th, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We spent our time figuring out how we would operate the event safely if the pandemic was still an issue in September.
August 10th 2020
6th Annual Fest Cancelled
We decided to cancel the September date for the Fest due to the overwhelming COVID-19 environment. 2022 Dates were set for June 26th & 27th 2021.
COVID-19 Cancellation Again!
We made the difficult decision to postpone the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival AGAIN to June 25th and 26th, 2022.
At the time, current NYS DOH regs would require the fest to limit attendees to <1,000 people. Combined with the additional costs of security, crowd control, cleaning and other COVID-19 safety compliances, we decided that moving the event to 2022 was the best option.
June 25th & 26th 2022
The Fest is Back!
The 2022 Adirondack Wine & Food Festival returned after a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, with over 6,800 people and 120 vendors in attendance and an estimated $4.1 Million economic impact on the Greater Lake George Region.
The Festival raised $23,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks as the event beneficiary.
New elements included the Culinary Tent featuring Chef Eric Hudson and Mixaritas, hosting both Culinary and Mixology Competition and Demonstrations. Additionally, VIP was taken to the next level, with Private VIP Glamping Tents.
June 24th & 25th 2023
The 7th Annual Adirondack Wine & Food Festival expanded onto Westbrook Road this year, hosting “Food Truck Alley”, and other specialty Vendors outside the fest grounds. This area was open to the public.
The event once again benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks and the Culinary Tent was run by Chef Eric Hudson and Mixaritas, hosting local chefs and bartenders, including Celebrity Chef Billy Trudsoe. Also new this year, VIPs enjoyed a posh hangout tent featuring live music and Adirondack Brewery offered a Biergarten for the first time.