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del Lago LogoPortico by Fabio Viviani reopens, del Lago announces new Farmers Market Express & Laughing Buddha Noodle Company

Waterloo, N.Y. – del Lago Resort & Casino is proud to announce the opening – and re-opening – of major dining options for visiting guests. The renowned celebrity restaurant Portico by Fabio Viviani has reopened for sit-down service, along with new options at del Lago’s Farmers Market Express – fast casual stations and Laughing Buddha Noodle Company – an addition to the food court.

The Castle Fun CenterDiscover family-fun at farm-to-table eateries, amusement parks, the drive-in, and more!

Orange County, N.Y. (May 6, 2021) – Family-friendly fun is in bloom all across Orange County, N.Y. this spring! With outdoor recreation options that include scenic hiking, biking, and walking trails, family fun centers, and historic sites, there’s no limit to the adventures that await. For the foodies, don’t miss the county’s acclaimed farm-to-table (and farm-to-spirit) locations -- with many offering outdoor dining options! Plus, the areas’ world-class shopping destinations and boutique shops offering one-of-a-kind items cannot be missed. The hardest question you’ll have to answer is, “What should I do first?”

Seneca Lake Wine TrailOne-day excursions take the planning and guesswork out of your next visit to the Wine Trail

Watkins Glen, NY – The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has partnered with Sip Back and Relax Tours to offer a variety of day trips to take the guesswork and planning out of your visit to Seneca Lake!

Available for small groups of 2-4 people, all options include wine tastings and transportation. Excursions are available to be booked as soon as 10 days but not more than 60 days in advance of a visit.

Waterville Hop Pickers with Load of HopsScheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 PM

Utica, N.Y. – In the late 1800s Central New York grew eighty percent of the hops in the United States.  A number of factors brought a swift end to things about 1920, but that once great industry is striving to make a comeback. The Oneida County History Center will host Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz, who will discuss the rise and fall of the historic hop industry, and Chad Meigs, founder of The Bineyard hop farm in Cazenovia, who will share his adventures in modern hop farming on April 14, at 6:30 PM.

Seneca Lake Wine TrailEnjoy a safe, enjoyable day of delicious cheese-themed food paired with great wine

Watkins Glen, NY – The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is hosting Spring Wine and Cheese on Friday, April 16, 2021. This self-guided tour will take attendees to 6 participating wineries, with each featuring a wine of their choice paired with a delicious, cheese-themed dish for event attendees to enjoy.

These mouthwatering dishes will be served with carefully selected wines, to showcase both the wine and the food. This is a great opportunity to learn about the art of pairing wine and food. The knowledgeable servers that staff member tasting rooms are eager to share their knowledge and to make wine approachable and fun!…

NYS Reimagine Rebuild RenewGovernor's Cup Presented to Pindar Vineyards
Paumanok Vineyards Named Winery of the Year

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the top winners of the 35th annual New York Wine Classic, a nationally recognized competition highlighting the best of New York's wine. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement during a special live virtual event hosted by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.  This year, the Governor's Cup, the most esteemed award given at the Classic, was presented to Pindar Vineyards for its 2019 Dr. Dan's Signature Collection, Gewurztraminer from the Long Island region. In addition, Paumanok Vineyards from Long Island was presented with the 'Winery of the Year' award.

Finger Lakes Wine AllianceGeneva, NY (March 9, 2021) -- The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, premier marketing association for wines in the region, proudly announces the second annual Finger Lakes Virtual Riesling Camp. The four-part series will take place each Wednesday in April, with a kick-off virtual Happy Hour on Tuesday April 6, where campers and wineries will participate in a meet-and-greet via Zoom while enjoying a glass of delicious and refreshing Finger Lakes Riesling.

NYS - Making Progress HappenNew York City Restaurants Will Remain at 35 Percent Capacity

4,789 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide; Lowest Since December 6

999 Patients in the ICU; ICU Patients Fall Below 1,000 For First Time Since December 9

682 Intubated
Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.98%

59 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that restaurants outside of New York City, which have been operating at 50 percent capacity, can now move to 75 percent capacity starting March 19. The data has shown that restaurants can operate safely and in accordance with strict health protocols at 75 percent capacity. New York City restaurant capacity will remain at 35 percent capacity.

Tara KitchenSchenectady, N.Y. (March 5, 2021) – Diners in Schenectady County will have a new reason to celebrate March Madness!

Diners who spend a minimum of $20.21 per check (dine in or take out) will be entered to win a $50 gift card to a Schenectady County Restaurant of choice. We will choose (1) winner every Monday and a grand prize winner will be chosen April 5! The grand prize will be a $100 gift card to a Schenectady County restaurant of choice, (1) Schenectady Ale Trail Passport and swag!…

Seneca Lake Wine TrailWatkins Glen, NY – The Seneca Lake Wine Trail raises a glass and offers congratulations to the eight member wineries who won 𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 honors during the New York Wine Classic hosted by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation and judged by the Beverage Testing Institute.

Best in Class award winners from the Seneca Lake Wine Trail include:

·         Best Cabernet Franc - Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2019 T23 Unoaked Cabernet Franc

·         Best Ice Wine - Boundary Breaks 2019 Riesling Ice Wine…