Do you like wine and chocolate? If so, you're in luck because New York is packed with food and drink events plus plenty of festivals to make this your best month yet. Think sweet maple, sizzling bacon and not to mention Mardi Gras and St. Paddy's celebrations--here's the top things to do this March.    

Bedell Vineyard at Dusk W Studios NY - Photo Courtesy of Bedell Vineyard

Long Island Winterfest - Live on the Vine    
Travel to Long Island's scenic north and south forks for a mid-winter music festival encapsulating the coolest tunes and rarest varietals along Long Island. Learn about Long Island's incredible winemakers and progressive winemaking techniques in the process! Riverhead; now through March 19; Prices vary

Aquarium of NiagaraPenguin Days 
Forget about dog days. Penguin days are all the rage this winter. Head to the Aquarium of Niagara for a weekend of PENGUINS! See them waddle across stage, partake in a Q&A with their caretakers and build your own penguin exhibit. Niagara Falls; March 4-5; $13  

Maple Sugaring - Hudson Highlands Museum Photo By George PotanovicMaple Weekend at Swiss'er Sweet Maple   
Witness the first true sign of spring with a tour of the Swiss'er Sweet Maple sugar house and see the entire Maple Syrup process from tree to table. It's an end-of-winter tradition. Best part? You get to taste and tell...for free! Castorland; March 18-26; Free  

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio - Photo by Mathieu BittonBrooklyn Center for the Performing Arts: The Beauty Ballet   
The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College brings you a free lecture demonstration presented by the School of American Ballet. Learn the Beauty of Ballet from those who know it best and grow your respect of the beautiful performing art. Brooklyn; March 11; Free

Holiday Valley's Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras Parade
Take part in one of the self-proclaimed biggest and best winter events of the season with fun activities and parades in Ellicottville. Highlights include the Snowbar at Yodeler with live music, dancing and other shenanigans, the Village Parade led by the newly crowned Carnival King and Queen, the costume parade and the Dummy Downhill. Ellicottville; March 11-12; Prices available online 

2nd Annual City of the Hills Bluegrass Americana Music Festival
Get your bluegrass boogie on at this Central New York music festival. Groove to the sounds of the Gibson Brothers and the like then refuel with Cowboy BBQ. Don't forget to try the Pulled Pork Sundae and take plenty of groovy photos. Oneonta; March 17; Prices vary 

Wine & Chocolate Fest 2011 - Photo Courtesy of Wine & Chocolate Festival

Albany Wine and Chocolate Festival   
How does all-you-can-eat chocolate and a healthy portion of locally-produced New York State wine sound? Like a day of fun, that's for sure. Head to the Albany Wine and Chocolate Festival to indulge yourself with unlimited wine and chocolate samples, great gourmet food and gifts for the home and body. Albany; March 18; $20 

3rd Annual Bacon on the Lakein  
You read that right. Pork lovers, only! Celebrate the magic that is bacon in Cayuga with a wine trail chock full of tantalizing bacon treats. At every winery, leave a ticket stub in the piggy bank for a chance to win a BBQ Bacon Basket. Your taste buds will thank us. Cayuga; March 18-19; $35 

Hudson Valley Farm and Flea  
This Farm & Flea event highlights the innovation and talent of local Hudson Valley artisans, vintage collectors and farmers. Movies will be shown made by kids for kids, youth performing arts performances will be help and locally crafted food will be served. Basically, you've never attended an event like this. Newburgh; March 25; $5 

Spring Fling and Pond Skimming
This Windham spring fling weekend will have you ready for spring in no time at all. Join the competition or see people fly down the mountain and into the pond for a good laugh and cheer. Who will skim the furthest? You'll have to attend to find out! Windham; March 25; Registration online