The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival will be held on Saturday, June 25, 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday, June 26 11 am – 5 pm at Charles R. Wood Festival Commons in Lake George, NY (Charles R. Wood Park,17 W Brook Rd, Lake George.) This year’s event will showcase over 120 of New York’s best wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisan food vendors, crafts, and food trucks the region has to offer, with the beauty of Lake George as its backdrop.
With a tasting ticket,which can be purchased online here, attendees use their souvenir wine glasses to sample wines, beers, spirits, ciders, and unique food products from a variety of vendors in a farmer’s market-style set-up. All vendors will also be selling their products for people to take home and the festival makes that easy by providing a purchase drop-off/pick-up tent for attendees to utilize. Food trucks will also be offering unique food selections at a-la-carte pricing.
The designated beneficiary of the 2022 Adirondack Wine and Food Festival is Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks – their volunteers are on hand all weekend long helping the event run smoothly and raising money through water & t-shirt sales & more. In 2019, they raised over $15,000 through the festival.
The Culinary Tent features cooking demonstrations performed by special guests all weekend long. Chefs utilize local food and craft beverages from festival vendors in their recipes, as well as provide wine pairing suggestions. Also under the culinary tent, local bartenders demonstrate unique wine cocktail recipes opposite the culinary demos, mixing new concoctions from wines and liquors available for purchase at the festival.
The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival has quickly become one of the largest wine festivals in New York State and is recognized as a premier event for the Lake George region. The 2019 festival was the biggest yet, with a record 6,761 attendees and an estimated $3.5 million economic impact on the greater Lake George region. Many sponsors from throughout the region support this event.
The family-friendly wine and food spectacular, despite rain or other obstacles, continues to grow each year. The 2020 festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and postponed again in 2021 until its return in 2022. Founded by Sasha Pardy in 2014, Adirondack Festivals LLC is based out of Queensbury, NY, and is the organizer of the Adirondack Wine and Food Festival.
Photo at top: A group of wine enthusiasts get creative with wine glass lanyards at the 2018 Adirondack Wine and Food Festival in Lake George. (Adirondack Wine and Food Festival website photo.)