The event, scheduled for the weekend of August 12-13 in Canandaigua, has been rebranded. It now is known as the New York State Wine Festival. Among the changes:
• The emphasis will be on a variety of wines from across the state, not just Rieslings from the region.“Wine is so tightly woven into the fabric of the state and the people who live here, so this event will do more to recognize that incredible depth of passion,” said Lauren Dixon, CEO of Dixon Schwabl, which produces the event.
• The craft beer element has been dropped.
• The Canandaigua City Pier no longer will be used as part of the festival venue, hosted by the adjacent New York Wine & Culinary Center.
• Wine-centric cooking demonstrations by Wine & Culinary Center chefs have been added to the schedule.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online. While they also will be available at the gate on the days of the festival, they will be on a cash-only basis.
The Wine & Culinary Center is located at 800 South Main Street on the lakeshore.
• Go here to visit the Capital Region Brew Trail
• Go here to visit Dowd On Drinks
• Go here to visit Dowd's New York Wines Notebook