harvest-celebration.JPGWatkins Glen, N.Y. - The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce its second annual culinary event, Debra Whiting's Harvest Celebration, formerly known as A Taste of the Finger Lakes. The stylish affair will be held at the Watkins Glen Community Center on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Chamber's decision to change the name of the annual event to Debra Whiting's Harvest Celebration was done so to honor the late executive chef and owner of Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro, Debra Whiting. Whiting served on the Chamber's board of directors from 2008 to 2011 (Chairwoman of the Board in 2010), was the driving force behind the inaugural culinary event and was one of the many reasons why this social event was successful in 2010.  "This is bittersweet for all of us. We know how much promoting the area meant to Deb - which makes it that much more important for us to follow through and put on another amazing event in her honor," said Rebekah LaMoreaux, Chamber president and CEO. The purpose for the event is to capture the essence of culinary creations and farm fresh produce during the heart of harvest; while displaying numerous local restaurants, farm markets, wineries, breweries, and other food vendors in the area. Attendees and guests will have the opportunity to see, sample and socialize while enjoying a variety of fabulous Finger Lakes fare. Members, partners, famed wine makers, and culinary geniuses are afforded the opportunity to showcase their best offerings of the Finger Lakes region. "We've made this upscale event financially appealing by continuing to offer feasible ticket prices and free vendor spaces," LaMoreaux said. "We want everyone to walk away with something special from this experience." Ticket prices per person are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. There is NO COST for chamber member vendors to register a display space for their products. The cost for non chamber member vendors is $50. All reservations for booth spaces must be made no later than September 16, 2011.  All vendors must carry their own insurance, liability, and food & liquor licenses where applicable. Sign up forms will be available at www.watkinsglenchamber.com. Attendees will have the chance to sample appetizers, main courses, desserts, wines, micro brews, and more. Vendors will be able to network and enjoy free exposure to a crowd of hundreds. Musical entertainment will be provided, once again, by William Groome. His musical genre consists of acoustic, classical, and folk. For more information on tickets or booth space registration, please contact the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce at 607.535.4300 or email Katie@watkinsglenchamber.com no later than September 16th.                                                                                # # # Contact:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nikita Hairston, Director of Tourism and Marketing nikita@watkinsglenchamber.com   607.535.4300