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What’s happening in the food, beverage and tourism scenes?

What’s happening in the food, beverage and tourism scenes?
Local food and local drink are huge in the Finger Lakes region, which the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce has long recognized. Inspired by ongoing developments in the region’s travel and tourism marketplace, the Chamber is hosting an event June 3 called “al fresco flx” to talk more about and experience what is happening on the agritourism, food and craft beverage... more

New York Wine and Grape Foundation moving from Canandaigua to Penn Yan

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The New York Wine and Grape Foundation is coming back to Penn Yan. The marketing and trade agency associated with the wine and grape industry here in the Finger Lakes moved to Canandaigua in 2006. They had relocated to the New York Wine and Cullinary Center, which is now known as New York Kitchen. Steve Griffin tweeted his approval of... more

Wine, Dine & Dance at Ontario ARC’s Wine Mixer on April 27th

Wine, Dine & Dance at Ontario ARC’s Wine Mixer on April 27th
Raise a glass – and funds for the Friends of Ontario ARC Foundation! Join Honorary Chairs Debbie and Don Culeton for Ontario ARC’s Wine Mixer on Saturday, April 27th. The event kicks off at 6PM at The Cracker Factory, 35 Lehigh Street in Geneva. Proceeds from the Wine Mixer will benefit Ontario ARC’s growing menu of programs and services that... more

Peeps ale has some hop in Canandaigua

Peeps ale has some hop in Canandaigua
On occasion, the mind of a beer maker wanders on the job, just like everyone else’s does. Take Phil Platz, the founding head brewer at Young Lion Brewing Co. Just about a month ago, Platz was doing some accounting-type work, he said. The life of a beer maker isn’t solely lagers, sours and pilsners — he has to do office... more

Millions visit, billions spent: Seneca at the heart of Finger Lakes’ success

Millions visit, billions spent: Seneca at the heart of Finger Lakes’ success
Following the announcement that 5.56 million people visited the Finger Lakes region in 2018 and spent a total $2.43 billion tourism, officials rejoiced. While certain industries may not be as strong as they were in decades past, tourism has risen to become the driver of the Finger Lakes. Travel Marketing Insights conducted the comprehensive study on behalf the Finger Lakes... more

Outpouring of support for winemaker battling cancer in Naples

Outpouring of support for winemaker battling cancer in Naples
Support for Naples winemaker Tim Moore as he battles cancer is pouring in. Its many forms include production of a new wine called Resilience. The white wine blend from locally grown grapes will be made at the Moore family’s Inspire Moore Winery and was the topic of a recent gathering with members of the core group behind the project. “Tim... more

Cayuga County brewery expanding; opening Sodus Bay taproom

Cayuga County brewery expanding; opening Sodus Bay taproom
or a brewery that produces beer on a such a small scale, Cayuga County’s Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing has a strong reputation in Rochester, according to its owner. That speaks to the quality of the beer. And that’s also part of the allure of opening a new taproom closer to Monroe County, brewery co-owner Derric Slocum said earlier this week. “The... more

Constellation Brands to sell about 30 brands in $1.7 billion deal

Constellation Brands to sell about 30 brands in $1.7 billion deal
The company once called Canandaigua Wine is making another move away from the wine business. Constellation Brands announced it is selling off dozens of lower price wine and spirits brands. The Victor-based company reached a $1.7 billion deal with E. & J. Gallo Winery in California. Constellation will divest about 30 brands in all, most of which sell for around... more

Third Thursday Summer Music Series makes return to Anthony Road Wine Company

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After a successful summer season in 2018, Anthony Road Wine Company’s “Third Thursday Summer Music Series” is coming back this June. Liz Castner, who manages Anthony Road Wine Company’s tasting room expressed her excitement for the return of this summer staple. “I’m looking forward to this year’s Summer Music Series because I love celebrating summer nights. It reminds me of... more

NY state launches monthlong crackdown on underage drinking

NY state launches monthlong crackdown on underage drinking
State officials say several agencies will be conducting sweeps of bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores across New York during a monthlong crackdown on fake identifications and businesses that sell alcohol to minors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the State Liquor Authority and Department of Motor Vehicles will join local police agencies for the enforcement effort this month.... more

Lunkenheimer to open new Weedsport brewery, Wayne County tasting room

Lunkenheimer to open new Weedsport brewery, Wayne County tasting room
Fresh off taking three medals at the New York State Craft Beer Competition in March, Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co. has announced that it is expanding. The Weedsport brewery will move from its 1,200-square-foot space at 8920 N. Seneca St., which owners and brewers Derric and Kristen Slocum opened in September 2014. The brewery’s new space will be closer to 3,000,... more

Glenora Wine Cellars joins SVRA sponsors

Glenora Wine Cellars joins SVRA sponsors
Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Glenora Wine Cellars has become the “official sparkling wine” of SVRA. The first winery on the shore of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York, the acclaimed wine cellar and inn are nestled in a bucolic setting within shouting distance of the world-famous and historic Watkins Glen International Speedway... more

Auburn’s Prison City and Weedsport’s Lunkenheimer win big at state beer competition

Auburn’s Prison City and Weedsport’s Lunkenheimer win big at state beer competition
Auburn’s Prison City Pub & Brewery and Weedsport’s Lunkenheimer Craft Beer Co. acquitted themselves well at the third annual New York State Craft Beer Competition. The competition’s winners were announced Friday night at the New York State Brewers Association’s annual conference in Albany. Prison City took four awards and Lunkenheimer took three. Prison City took the night’s top prize, the... more

Summerhill Brewing: With strong local support, Cayuga County brewery expands

Summerhill Brewing: With strong local support, Cayuga County brewery expands
Summerhill Brewing needed to expand before much of Cayuga County even knew it existed. The brewery opened humbly in September 2016 in the southeastern corner of the county. It started with a 20-gallon system, or roughly half a barrel, and its Champlin Road tasting room has only been open one weekend a month. But by the following March, owners Megan... more

Finger Lakes winemaker is semifinalist in James Beard awards

Finger Lakes winemaker is semifinalist in James Beard awards
A winemaker noted for pushing the edges of what can be produced well in the Finger Lakes region has been named a semifinalist in the wine, spirits and beer producer category of the annual James Beard awards. Nancy Irelan, co-owner and winemaker at Red Tail Ridge Winery on Seneca Lake, joins a list of 20 vintners, brewers and distillers from... more

OUT & ABOUT: 17th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration along Cayuga Lake

OUT & ABOUT: 17th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration along Cayuga Lake (gallery)
Even though the calendar said February, and winds were expected to drive area residents into their homes for half of the weekend – the 17th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration along Cayuga Lake went off without a hitch. Wine tastings, food pairings, and plenty of positivity filled the 14 participating wineries and tasting rooms. “This has been a really unique, fun... more

Craft beverage convention coming to del Lago in March

Craft beverage convention coming to del Lago in March
The 2019 Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at del Lago Resort & Casino, 1133 Route 414, Tyre. Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County, the conference will feature expert speakers on subjects related to craft beer and cider. Subjects will include marketing and improving businesses, updates from... more

New York Beer Project readies for opening in Victor

New York Beer Project readies for opening in Victor
Having driven by the New York Beer Project building a few times during the last few weeks, Tevin Tallons of Rochester was excited for the massive beer garden to open. What he wasn’t expecting was just how large the interior of the two-story, 15,000-square-foot structure is and just how large the menu of beer and food items was to choose... more
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