NY wine, wine chief on the move

New York’s 20 wine trails aren’t lost on Sam Filler, who recently took the helm at the New York Wine and Grape Foundation. The newly dubbed executive director of the organization is on the road most of the time, leaving his Manhattan home to talk with winemakers, meet with industry groups and delve deeper into the business of boosting an... more

Muranda Cheese Company unveiling new event barn this weekend

A barn built in 1891 is getting ready to see new use, as Muranda Cheese Company is set to hold an “Open Barn” event this weekend. The barn will be available to rent for weddings, parties and other events. Originally built by the Pratt brothers of Waterloo in 1891 – the structure was owned by Lynn Shaffer. The Reginald barn... more

Canal Fest getting closer: Boaters, businesses urged to participate in Aquacade

The Seneca Falls Business Association (SFBA) is inviting all boaters, kayakers, jet skiers, canoers, tubers, floats, and all other watercraft owners and operators to participate in The Aquacade Watercraft Parade on Saturday, July 8th at 4:00 pm during the upcoming Seneca Falls Canal Fest. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to decorate their watercraft to their liking, according to organizers. Individuals... more

del Lago Summer IPA to launch this week

del Lago Resort & Casino is about to add one more unique feature to its repertoire. As it continues its promise to partner with local businesses, the resort is thrilled to announce it has joined forces with local brewery CB Craft Brewers to launch a custom India Pale Ale. On June 22nd, the resort and casino will introduce del Lago... more

Canandaigua brewery goes for three

Although his sights were set on Geneva for a while, Twisted Rail Brewing co-owner John McMullen said an opportunity for the right spot for a tasting room, restaurant and brewery failed to develop right away. That changed when he and partner Ian Boni found a vacant theater building on Exchange Street, near Seneca Lake. And then things changed really fast.... more

Honey Dipper Festival is one sweet time

If you were in the mood for something sweet and local, the Honey Dipper Festival was the place to be Saturday. Kettle Ridge Farm hosted this celebration of local cuisine, whether in the form of sweets, food or alcohol. According to Chris Hurley, who runs the farm with his father, Joseph, the idea for the festival came about as a... more

WILD BRUTE: A winery and tasting room in downtown Hornell?

The traditional model for the Finger Lakes wine industry is fairly straightforward: Build a tasting room and they will come. Typically, this tasting room comes with a production facility and a vineyard, although many wineries started with neither and sourced their grapes and rented production space elsewhere (a differentiation many visitors do not recognize). Regardless, the standard presentation for many... more

Rosé Soireé on Linden sees massive crowd, positive reviews

The Rosé Soireé on Linden St. in Geneva is a collaborative effort. It showed from the moment wine enthusiasts, Genevans, and those from around the region started filing onto the street. Just a few minutes passed and Linden was inundated with folks lined up at tents all along the street — tasting many of the Dry Rosé featured at the... more

ITHACA FESTIVAL: City’s unique identity on display

The city of Ithaca’s identity was on full display this past weekend. Dozens of bands spread out on several stages played an eclectic mix of genres. Samplings of diverse food from local restaurants were available on State Street. Craft booths on Cayuga Street offered wide-ranging items for sale including tie-dye shirts featuring monkeys and hemp-infused bottled water. The Ithaca Festival... more

Five of the BEST events happening in the FLX this weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend with family or friends? The Finger Lakes is loaded with events on Saturday and Sunday, which will give everyone an opportunity to get out and enjoy the springtime festivities that come with living in the region. Whether you’re interested in wine, crafts, arts – or are looking for a parade – the Finger... more

Riesling celebration rebranded as New York State Wine Festival

Finger Lakes Rieslings are considered some of the best wines to come out of the Finger Lakes, and their stature has been celebrated at the annual Riesling Festival in Canandaigua. But this year, the celebration scope broadens from a Finger Lakes focus to a celebration of the rising stature of New York state wines as a whole. The former Finger... more

Experience! The Finger Lakes announces culinary festival in Ithaca to celebrate 10 year anniversary!

For the past 10 years, Experience! The Finger Lakes has produced some of best culinary tours and events in the Finger Lakes Region by vetting out the top food and beverage producers in the area. As a way to show their thanks to their partners and customers, this June, Experience! is bringing everyone together for a celebration in Ithaca to... more

Fleur De Lis Brew Works opens their doors in Seneca Falls (video)

Fleur De Lis Brew Works located at 3630 Route 414 in Seneca Falls held their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday. The new craft brewey occupies a unique space in Seneca Falls. As the town’s only farm brewery uses locally grown and sourced ingredients including hops & grains to brew craft beer in a unique, rural setting. The brewery’s... more

Organizers prep for ‘Music in the Park’ this summer in Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls is going to get musical this summer. Thursday’s are going to be a little more exciting as People’s Park plays host to Music in the Park. It’ll be a summer music series beginning on June 1st — running throughout the summer until August 31st. Organizers say to bring lawn chairs and blankets, depending on the weather — as... more

Get your fill of wine, food at Flights of Fancy

Rotary’s Flights of Fancy: Finger Lakes Wine Classic announces the select food vendors for wine pairings at the May 20 tasting at the Hampton Inn. The Saturday afternoon event features 24 invited wineries pouring and selling Finger Lakes Appellation wines, six food pairing vendors, four chef demonstrations, and music by Artistic License. Chronicle-Express: Read More more

Two breweries beat out Prison City Pub & Brewery to win Cuomo’s Craft Beer Challenge

Two upstate New York breweries tied for first place in the inaugural Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge. Cooperstown-based Brewery Ommegang and Roscoe NY Beer Co. of Sullivan County won the competition with 90 points at the final tasting event in New York City Wednesday. Prison City Pub & Brewery in Auburn was one of the five finalists in the contest... more
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