LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (May 24, 2016): Adirondack Festivals LLC today announced the full list of vendors slated for this year's Adirondack Wine & Food Festival, being held June 25th & 26th at Charles R Wood Festival Commons in Lake George Village.

"This festival celebrates the bounty of amazing craft beverages and locally made foods that New York has to offer
and we're not short on vendors for this year's event," said Owner Sasha Pardy.

The vendor list for the 2016 Adirondack Wine & Food Festival includes 21 wineries, 4 breweries, 4 distilleries, 2 cideries, 19 artisan food vendors, 6 food / beverage trucks, 1 local restaurant and a weekend full of culinary demonstrations provided by the SUNY Adirondack Culinary Students. SEE THE OFFICIAL VENDOR VIDEO ON YOUTUBE HERE>>.

Festival ticket ($35 at the gate, $25 pre-sale) gets the attendee access to the event for one day and a commemorative festival wine glass to be used to sample the hundreds of hand-crafted products available to try that day, plus take the glass home with them.

The Festival is a farmer's market style (rain or shine) event where wineries, craft beverage and artisanal food vendors set up tents, serve samples and sell their fine products, giving festival-goers the opportunity to "try before they buy". To encourage support of these local small producers, the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival offers a "Purchase Drop-Off & Pick-Up Tent", where attendees can drop off the purchases they make throughout the day for storage to be picked up when they leave the festival.

"So far this year, we have already sold more than 1,100 tickets and the bulk of our marketing campaign is just kicking off now - we will see ticket sales take off from this point. I'm confident that with great weather, we will hit our 5,000 attendee goal," said Stephanie Ottino, Festival
Coordinator.  "Our festival brings an important demographic to Lake George, with the average attendee being females, age 25-44 with buying power - statistics show that wine tourists have a 16% higher income than the average tourist or individual," she added.

The exposure and revenue earned by these vendors at the festival contributes greatly to each of their businesses.
Robin McDougall, co-owner of Lake George Distilling said of last year's event, "The first year of the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival was a great success. We did very well in sales and sampling. The festival exposed us to a large cross section of consumers that might not normally stop by our tasting room."

This year, the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival is presented by Adirondack Winery and Taste New York. Adirondack Festivals announced in March that it was awarded $63,000 in funding from Governor Cuomo's Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program, which was created to increase the profile, awareness and sales of New York State-produced wine, beer, spirits, and hard cider. Additionally, $15,000 in funding was awarded from Warren County & Lake George occupancy tax funds.

"This grant, combined with the funding we were awarded from Warren County and Lake George Village and Town Occupancy Tax Funds and more than 20 generous local business sponsors, has allowed us to put together an extensive marketing campaign including print and digital,
social media, radio, television, billboards and more. We have a presence reaching not just the Lake George/Glens Falls region; but also the Adirondacks, Albany, Hudson Valley, Vermont, New York City, Long Island and more," said Sasha Pardy, Adirondack Festivals Owner and President of Adirondack Winery.

In a March release announcing the Craft Beverage Grant funding, Empire State Development President, CEO &
Commissioner Howard Zemsky
said, "New York State's craft beverage industry has an annual economic impact of $27 billion and thanks to the support of Governor Cuomo, the production and sale of wine, beer, spirits and cider
continues to grow. ESD is proud to support the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival and we look forward to getting the diverse and delicious products of local businesses in front of thousands of enthusiasts at the event in June."

The 1st Adirondack Wine & Food Festival was held the same weekend last June as one of the first events to debut at  Festival Commons and has since been recognized by many
as the most successful new event to take place in Lake George in a long time. "Festival Commons is the perfect spot for an event like ours. It's got ample green space, nearby parking, and walking access to plentiful hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops for our attendees to enjoy before and after the festival," said Pardy.

The SUNY Adirondack Foundation provides volunteers as the designated beneficiary of the Festival, receiving a portion of ticket sales from the event. "SUNY Adirondack is great to work with and the perfect fit, with their growing Culinary Arts Program," said Ottino.  The Culinary Arts
Program Faculty and Students will be present at the festival showcasing their skills with Cooking Demonstrations under a special tent throughout the festival. They will also be raising money by selling baked goods, food, non-alcoholic beverages and items at the event.

The Adirondack Wine and Food Festival website and ticket sales are live. Visit www.ADKWINEFEST.com for more information, images, videos, logos, and more.

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2016 ADIRONDACK WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL VENDOR LIST

Wineries

  1. Adirondack Winery / Lake George

  2. Americana Vineyards / Interlaken

  3. Brookview Station Winery / Castleton

  4. Galway Rock Vineyard & Winery / Galway

  5. Goose Watch Winery / Romulus

  6. Halfmoon Cellars Winery / Saratoga Springs

  7. Helderberg Meadworks / Duanesburg

  8. Hudson Chatham Winery / Ghent

  9. Lakeland Winery / Syracuse

  10. Ledge Rock Hill Winery / Corinth

  11. Miles Wine Cellars / Himrod

  12. Oliva Vineyards / Saratoga Springs

  13. Pazdar Winery / Hudson Valley

  14. Raymor Estate Cellars / Victor

  15. Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs

  16. Swedish Hill Winery / Romulus

  17. Three Brothers Winery / Geneva

  18. Thousand Islands Winery / Alexandria Bay

  19. Tug Hill Vineyards / Lowville

  20. Victory View Vineyard, Schaghticoke

  21. Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery /
         Warwick










Breweries

  1. Adirondack Brewery & Moose Wizz Rootbeer
         / Lake George

  2. Brown's Brewing Co. / Troy

  3. Common Roots Brewing Company / South Glens
         Falls

  4. Davidson Brothers Brewing & Crazy J's
         Soda / Glens Falls










Distilleries










Cideries
 

  1. Nine Pin Ciderworks / Albany

  2. Slyboro
         Ciderhouse
    / Granville










Artisanal Foods
 

  1. Bald Mountain Garlic Farm - Garlic Sauces

  2. Chef William Creations - Sauces & Salsas

  3. Cheese Filled Company - Pepperoni &
         Pickles

  4. Cross River Kettle Corn - Popcorn

  5. Dutch Desserts - Pies & Tarts

  6. Eagle Ridge Farms - Pepper Sauce & Hot
         Dogs

  7. The Gourmet Gals Sauce - Sauces

  8. Gusto della Vita - Olive Oil & Vinegar

  9. Hidden Hollow Maple Farm - Maple Products

  10. Horseshoe Brand Hot Sauce - Hot Sauces

  11. Ice Delites - Wine Slushie Mixes

  12. Jiff-E-Chips - Potato Chips

  13. Lake George Olive Oil Co - Oil & Vinegar

  14. Lindt Chocolatiers - Chocolates

  15. Nettle Meadow - Goat's Milk Cheese

  16. Palatine Cheese - Cow's Milk Cheese

  17. Palatable Pepper Products - Sauces &
         Spices

  18. Saratoga Crackers - Crackers

  19. Worldlings Pleasure - Cheese & Desserts










Food Trucks, Etc.
 

  1. Capital Q Smokehouse - Barbeque

  2. Caribbean Jack's Fruit Smoothies

  3. Empanada Sonata - Empanadas

  4. Flavors of Lebanon - Lebanese

  5. The Hungry Traveler - Sandwiches, etc

  6. The Dutch Udder Ice Cream

  7. The Boathouse Restaurant

  8. SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts Program










Specialty Vendors
 

  1. AHG Creative - Wine Charms & Accessories

  2. AC Woodcraft - Fine wood bowls & vases

  3. Love is on Lake George - Home Accessories

  4. Sweet Rama's Soap - Goat's Milk Soaps

  5. This Old Bottle - Recycled Wine Bottle
         Crafts










ABOUT THE CRAFT BEVERAGE GRANT PROGRAM:

The $3 million Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program was created by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to increase the profile, awareness and sales of New York State-produced wine, beer, spirits, and hard cider, will provide matching funds for the marketing and promotion of craft beverages. Up to $250,000 will be awarded to eligible Not-For-Profit organizations and For-Profit entities to help cover the costs associated with marketing the craft beverage industry. This includes the purchase of recognized media advertising, production costs of print collateral and audio/visual, industry related tours, marketing materials, and website design, development, and updates.

The eligible project must incorporate the Taste NY initiative as applicable and appropriate to the project, including but not limited to, the use of the Taste NY logo. Taste NY affiliation must be coordinated with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. Taste NY is an initiative that highlights the quality, diversity, and economic impact of New York's food and beverage industry.

Successful projects will support the Regional Economic Development Council's long term strategic plans for
economic growth in regions, as well as align with current I LOVE NEW YORK marketing strategies.

ABOUT ADIRONDACK FESTIVALS LLC:

Founded in 2014, Adirondack Festivals LLC is based out of Queensbury, New York and owned by Sasha Pardy, who is also co-owner and president of Adirondack Winery; the Presenting Sponsor of the Adirondack Wine and Food Festival; in conjunction with Taste New York in 2016. The first festival was held June 27th & 28th, 2015 at the Charles R Wood Festival Commons in Lake George, New York and was a huge success, drawing 2,500 attendees out to celebrate the best New York has to offer in Wine, Craft Beverage, locally-produced food & products & more.
The designated beneficiary of the Adirondack Wine and Food Festival is the SUNY Adirondack Foundation, working closely with the SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts Program.  http://www.adkwinefest.com/ 

ABOUT SUNY ADIRONDACK FOUNDATION:

The SUNY Adirondack Foundation is a 501(c) 3 charitable corporation established in 1983. The Foundation's primary
function is to provide financial support to the college and its students. Funds are raised and distributed as student scholarships, faculty/staff professional development grants and to support College related special projects. WEBSITE>>

ABOUT SUNY ADIRONDACK CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM:

SUNY Adirondack offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Culinary Arts with a focus on the
scientific and artistic elements behind food and drink. Since culinary minds are constantly exploring and evolving the industry, students will find a wealth of career choices for trained chefs upon graduation.  WEBSITE>>