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Wine festival returns this weekend

WATKINS GLEN—The Finger Lakes Wine Festival returns to Watkins Glen, Friday through Sunday.
As in previous years, the festival will be held at Watkins Glen International. There will be culinary and cooking events, entertainment, educational seminars on wine and the return of the Brewer’s Garden. Over 90 wineries and 80 vendors will be in attendance.
The event starts with Yancey’s Fancy Cheese Launch of the Lakes, Friday, July 16. Participants are expected to wear a toga, and a king and queen will be crowned. There will also be entertainment and fireworks. Tickets cost $15.
Outdoor cooking demonstrations will be presented by Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty. There is no limit to the number of people who can attend and advanced registration is not necessary. Demonstrations will be at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Sunday demonstrations will be at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Chefs from the New York Wine & Culinary Center will hold cooking classes, which do have space limits. People should sign up upon arrival at the reception desk inside the Culinary Center. Classes available Saturday are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday classes are available at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Information and sign ups for the indoor classes are at the reception desk inside the Culinary Center.
The Brewer’s Garden returns this year, and is expanded. Participants will be able to take a break from wine to try craft brews. Musicians will also be performing. Admission to the Brewer’s Garden is sold on site and is only accessible through the wine festival.
Live music will be available all day in the Brewer’s Garden, Cabernet Courtyard, Sparkling Courtyard and The Park. The entertainment will include blues and jazz to acoustic shows.
Also providing entertainment will be the Geva Comedy Improv Group, from Rochester, July 17. The group will perform at the Tiki Hut Bar at 6 p.m. near the camper festival entrance, and is open to anyone.
For more, visit http://www.flwinefest.com.
 


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