The question is, “Can the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival top it’s debut year?!” Yes they can and they did! Over 60 vendors spread out over most of the Charles R. Wood park on the shores of beautiful Lake George, NY.
The weather cooperated with sunny skies, a nice breeze and warm temperatures. You definitely needed your sunblock for strolling around, but this year, there were four tented Take A Break stations with large tables and plenty of chairs to get out of the sun and have a comfortable place to enjoy your festival foods and drinks. If you were looking for a little tan, there were plenty of picnic tables throughout the site to rest and grab some extra vitamin D. Water was available around the grounds for rinsing your glass or having a drink. The park’s restrooms were available out the back gate.
The beauty of this festival is that you can purchase directly from the vendors and take your finds to the Purchase Drop Off tents located in the middle and the entrance of the festival. You will receive a voucher to turn in at the Pick Up Station to reclaim your stuff on your way out. No need to try to haul bottles of wine or food while tasting more wine and food!!
We were greeted by some very friendly volunteers on our way in and we received our commemorative tasting glass, a festival and tasting program and a bag to hold brochures and small items we might pick up along the way.
It was lunch time for us so we went straight for the food vendors! Some of us are carnivores and one of us, me, a pescetarian. While it is sometimes difficult to find vegetarian/pescetarian options at an event like this, I had no trouble at all. I opted for the Flavors of Lebanon food truck for this tasty Tabbouleh salad. Perfect! My hubby, must have smelled the meat on the grill and found his way to The Boathouse Restaurant’s tent and had the filet mignon sandwich (really, he ate two so I guess that says it all!). My Mom stopped by The Hungry Traveler and said the burger was amazing and then headed to Dutch Udder Ice Cream, new this year, for some dessert. How does Pink Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough sound?! Yep, it’s that good!!
We wandered over to the SUNY Adirondack Culinary tent to watch a demonstration. What a line-up!! Proceeds from the Adirondack Wine and Food Festival benefit the SUNY Adirondack Foundation and their College Scholarship program. When you see these students cook, you know it’s so worth a donation. Did you know that they have a student-run restaurant on campus?? That’ll be a whole different blog post!
Armed with our glasses and full tummies, it was time for some serious tasting. There were so many wineries, craft beer vendors and distillers that I can only name some of the standouts or this blog post may go on forever…. We loved Yankee Distillers’ Bourbon, it had a smooth aged feel and taste. Definitely worth taking a bottle home. Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery really had a nice dry Riesling, it was a great representative of a good NY State wine. and would pair nicely with Nettle Meadow Goat cheese. Victory View was back again with their nice, crisp, Abigail white and Oliva Vineyard had a not too sweet summer wine, Post Time Peach (that would be great in a Spritzer with a little mint….ahhh). Adirondack Winery doubled their tent size this year to accommodate everyone who wanted to taste their wines. If you are looking for a nice Pinot Noir to go with a filet mignon sandwich (or two), try their Ausable Chasm Waterfall. Perfect pairing! We sought out Davidson Brothers’ brewery and they were back with their refreshing lemon Shandy and the Adirondack Brewery was serving up some tasty ales that they were busy pouring. (It wouldn’t be a festival in the Northeast without both of them!)
Vendors and patrons alike really enjoy this event. Young and old. Reduced price tickets are availabe for designated drivers, anyone ages 13-20 can purchase food tasting tickets and children under 12 are free which makes this a family friendly fest!
The Adirondack Winery and Taste NY have brought another wonderful event to the Lake George region. What a way to kick off summer!