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Fall Food and Drink, Finger Lakes

IthacaBeerCo.With “Best Of’s” like the iconic Moosewood Restaurant, Cork & Fork Festival and Gold Medal winning goat cheese, foodie superlatives find their rightful home in the Finger Lakes. Add a generous helping of fine chocolates (with a trail all their own in Corning’s famed Gaffer District), ciders made from NYS apples (and pressed into service for both hard and sweet varieties), and at least a dozen creameries and farms devoted to cheese and other dairy products, autumn in the Finger Lakes offers a complete menu of satisfying destinations. Finger Lakes Restaurant Week – at locations all over the Finger Lakes Wine County – is an eagerly anticipated and well-attended tour-de-force showcase for the region’s finest chefs. And yes, their meals are paired with local wines!

Did someone mention grape pie? Naples hosts a contest for the best, and if you happen to miss that, there’s a shop in town that names grape pie as a specialty, alongside more sweet baked goods, homemade preserves and delectable morsels. 

Four Finger Lakes wine trails offer special harvest season events, alongside their regular Cobble Creek Farm 196tours and tastings, and Oktobercup is the place to tap into samples of some of the very best local craft beers. Cask Nights are one reason that beer lovers regard Ithaca Brewery as one of the best-kept secrets in the small craft beer industry. You’ll find small batch craft distilleries making spirited and flavorful inroads here too.

Plan to bring home a few bottles of your favorite wine, beer or spirits – you’ll want to savor the Finger Lakes harvests through the winter months ahead.

Bellwether Hard Cider
9070 Route 89
Trumansburg, NY 14886
Tasting room, gift shop, tours; hard cider made from NYS apples; dinners & special events too

Chocolate Trail
Several locations, Gaffer District
Corning, NY 14830
Chocolate reigns supreme . . . from pate to fudge, cookies, hand crafted candies, even candles!

Cider Week (October)
Several Finger Lakes locations
Cider tastings, classes and special events through the week – join the hard cider revival!

Downtown Ithaca Apple Festival (October)
Downtown Ithaca
Ithaca, NY 14850
100+ vendors, wineries, cideries & farmers selling apples, hot apple cider donuts, local farm fresh produce & baked goods, regional beverages & more

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail (October open house)
Various locations, some at wineries
At least a dozen creameries, farms, dairies and shops, all devoted to NYS cheeses!

Finger Lakes Distilling
4676 Route 414
Burdett, NY 14818
Small-batch craft distillery brings rich, aged whiskies, liqueurs & other spirits to wine country

Finger Lakes Restaurant Week (October-November)
Participating restaurants in Finger Lakes Wine Country
Enjoy the area's finest & freshest cuisine at leading restaurants; irresistible price points 

Ithaca Beer Company (May – American Craft Beer Week)
122 Ithaca Beer Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
Taproom, weekend tours, Cask Nights (Wednesdays), special events at award-winning craft brewery!

Keuka Lake Wine Trail
2375 Route 14A
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Take a day trip and visit all seven wineries on the Trail – or spend a few days to fully explore the region and its lakeside restaurants 

Monica’s Pies
7599 Route 21
Naples, NY 14512
Signature grape pies (and others), plus jams, jellies, conserves, seasonal specialties

Moosewood Restaurant
215 North Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
“One of the 13 most influential and revolutionary restaurants of the 20th century . . . Moosewood changed American dining forever.” – Bon Appetit Magazine 

Naples Grape Festival (September)
Naples, NY 14512
Since 1961, annual harvest celebration; enjoy wine, food, World's Greatest Grape Pie Contest and sample all things ‘grape’

Oktoberfest Ithaca
Downtown IthacaRestaurant Row
Ithaca NY 14850
Beer, wine, food tastings, music; Oktobercup championship for best beer

Side Hill Acres
79 Spencer Road
Candor, NY 13743
Tours of cheese plant, milk house, parlor and goat barn; Gold Medal Award winning goat milk cheese + goat milk health and beauty aids

The Finger Lakes Cork and Fork (September)
2020 Routes 5 & 20 West
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
“2013 Best Food Event in the Finger Lakes” – showcases regional agriculture, viticulture & culinary arts

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