For Immediate Release: June 12, 2023
Media Contact: Mackenzie LeVan | 518-668-9463
THE ADIRONDACK WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL EXPANDS
The Lake George Region’s Top Rated Annual Event Returns June 24 & 25 with a major expansion, more vendors & new features
(LAKE GEORGE, N.Y.) The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival returns to Lake George on Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25. Recently voted as the #1 annual event by LakeGeorge.com, the Festival will feature more than 120 of New York’s best wineries, distilleries, breweries, cideries, artisan food producers, food trucks, crafters, and more at the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons in Lake George Village.
The family-friendly event is one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the Northeast, drawing visitors from 36 states. Now in its 7th year, the Festival anticipates 7,800+/- attendees this year. The 2022 Festival had over 6,800 guests who attended, with 81% of attendees saying they planned a trip to the Lake George area specifically to attend the festival. The 2023 Festival is expected to generate 12,000+ overnight stays in the area and produce an economic impact of just under $5 million on the region.
New this year, the Festival is expanding onto the adjacent Betty Little Boulevard, launching a “Food Truck Alley”, with 15 food trucks and several local artisans and festival sponsors. “Last year, we sold out on Saturday with over 4,000 attendees. With this expansion, attendees will enjoy more space on the festival grounds with access to more vendors than ever. We are also providing free public access to Food Truck Alley for our guests who just want a bite to eat but may not be able to or wish to enter the ticketed festival grounds,” said Sasha Pardy, Adirondack Festivals Owner.
For a fourth time, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks (BBBS) will return as the festival beneficiary. A portion of every ticket sold is donated to this incredible organization that provides mentorship, tutoring, and experiences to youth in Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga counties. BBBS operates the Drop-Off / Pick-Up Tent, where guests can “check” the beverages and foods they purchase at the festival until they are ready to leave. They also provide ove 60 festival volunteers, sell water bottles, and raffle tickets to amazing gift baskets filled with goodies from Festival vendors. This is one of their most significant annual fundraising events – last year over $23,000 was raised and this year’s goal is even higher!
Throughout the weekend, attendees will enjoy Culinary and Cocktail demonstrations and competitions under the Taste NY Culinary & Cocktail Tent. These segments feature the festival’s resident chef, Chef Eric Hudson (owner of Hudson’s Private Chef Services) and resident Mixologist, Kelli Hatin (owner of Mixaritas Mobile Bartending and SUNY Adirondack Business Professor) as they prepare food and drink made with ingredients supplied by Festival vendors. There will even be “Iron Chef”-style cooking and mixology competitions with secret ingredients from festival vendors.
New this year, Festival Entertainment is “amped up”, with a 2-day lineup of local solo musicians arranged by 518 Rock, plus the impressive Street Magic of TJ Clancy and jaw dropping stilt walking and aerial work from Jessica Black returns, as well as a fun photo booth.
Adirondack Brewery will be running a brand new Biergarten this year, where festival attendees can purchase full glasses of Adirondack Brewery and Mean Max Beers, or Adirondack Winery wines, and sit back and relax in the shade while they chill with their friends.
New this year, Festival VIPs will enjoy their own exclusive VIP Hangout Tent, provided by Event in a Tent, which will be situated within a new dedicated space for “VIP Cabana Village”, where VIP ticket holders rent posh “glamping tents” for their private groups. These luxurious tents are provided and sponsored by Adirondack Safari, a glamping campground in Warrensburg.
This year’s festival will boast more vendors than ever, including 22+ wineries, 14+ distilleries, 3+ breweries, 4+ cideries, 3+ meaderies, 11+ food trucks, 16+ artisan food vendors, 5+ non-alcoholic beverage producers, and 18+ craft and specialty vendors. “Our vendors hand-craft so many unique products you won’t find anywhere else. It’s fun to try something new, and it feels great to support local artisans by bringing your newfound favorites home with you,” said Pardy. A current vendor list is provided below, but last-minute updates will be posted at adkwinefest.com/vendors.
“We encourage attendees to come with families, and especially locals to attend on Sundays when there is more room to roam, a more laid-back atmosphere and locals discount if you buy in advance. Designated Drivers get in for only $20 and Kids 15 and under get in free; and will enjoy access to food trucks, samples from artisan food vendors and non-alcoholic beverage vendors, and a kids activity tent located within the festival gates featuring several yard games, bubbles, crafts and more. There is also a natural playground and skatepark right outside our gates,” said Festival Director, LeighAnn Loftus.
Tickets will be available at the door; however, VIP and Saturday tickets have sold out in the past, and an exclusive locals ticket discount is available for Sundays when buying in advance, so advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
When: Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(VIP Ticket Holder Entry starts at 10am each day)
Where: Charles R. Wood Festival Commons
17 West Brook Road, Lake George, NY 12845
General Admission Tasting Ticket: $50
One Day Ticket. Includes sampling at craft beverage and artisan food vendor booths, a souvenir wine glass, a reusable eco-friendly bag, use of the Drop-Off / Pick-Up Tent, access to the culinary tent and Biergarten, and a program guide with a map to help navigate the festival.
Designated Driver Ticket: $20.
Includes sampling from non-alcoholic beverage and artisan food vendors, a reusable eco-friendly bag, a program, a bottle of water, and a souvenir wine glass for 21+ guests upon exit.
Extra Discounts: Extra 5% off Sunday Tickets for locals with advance purchase.
Children Age 15 and Under: Free Entry
Food Truck Alley: Free Public Access (must by ticket to enter festival interior gates)
VIP Tasting Ticket: $99 (a $170 value!).
One Day Ticket. Includes everything in the General Admission ticket, plus 1-hour early entry both days, a priority admission VIP entry line whenever you arrive, and exclusive front-row seats at the Culinary Tent (with free food & cocktail samples, while supplies last). Also includes a 6-bottle reusable wine tote, a collectible sticker, a wine glass necklace holder, a bottle of Saratoga Spring Water, a 10% discount on festival merchandise and at participating vendor booths, and a coupon book with $300+ in savings. Also includes access to a VIP Hangout Tent and the ability to rent an exclusive VIP Cabana (Saturday Cabanas are sold out).
About Adirondack Festivals LLC:
Founded in 2014, Adirondack Festivals LLC is based out of Queensbury, N.Y., and owned by Sasha Pardy, who is also the co-owner and president of Adirondack Winery, the presenting sponsor of the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival. The festival is held annually, the last weekend of June, at the Lake George Festival Commons in Lake George, N.Y. It is generously supported by Warren County Tourism and many local and corporate sponsors.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks:
Since 1975, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks has changed the lives of children by matching them with caring adults who guide them on a path to success throughout Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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