WATKINS GLEN—The Finger Lakes Wine Festival returns to Watkins Glen International this Friday to Sunday, July 15 to 17. Over 90 wineries will gather for three days celebrating wine. The first event was the Launch of the Lakes, on Friday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday with classes, seminars, tastings, and various other events. The Brewers’ Garden returns and will feature over 25 breweries during this year’s Finger Lakes Wine Festival. The expanding beer tasting area is only available on Saturday, July 16. Admission to the Brewers’ Garden is sold onsite and is only accessible through the festival grounds. The $10 admission to the garden includes a commemorative mini-pint glass and one 10-tab tasting wristband. Additional tasting wristbands are available for just $5. The festival will offer free hands-on cooking classes. Space is limited so please sign up upon arrival to the festival at the reception desk inside the Culinary Center. Classes available Saturday are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Classes available Sunday are at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty will also offer Outdoor Cooking Demos. There are no space limits or advance registration is not required. Saturday demonstrations are at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Demonstrations are also available Sunday at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The New York Wine & Grape Foundation will present free educational seminars. It is first come, first served inside the Great Room on the second floor of the festival Culinary Center. Classes are offered Sunday only at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Throughout the weekend, over 25 bands will play in the four major courtyards, plus roaming a-capella singers. The GeVa Comedy Improv group out of Rochester will perform Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Tiki Hut Bar. Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese renewed their partnership as sponsor of the festival for the next three years. Terp’s Enterprises Inc. is offering transportation to the festival from various area locations. The company will offer shuttle services every half hour from Seneca Lodge, state park, and the Watkins Glen KOA starting at 9 a.m. A round trip costs $20. Hourly shuttles costing $20 will also be available at Clute Park, Glenora Inn, Seneca Clipper, Harbor Hotel, Admiral Peabody’s, Relax Inn, Budget Inn, Anchor Inn, Chieftain Motel, Colonial Motel, Long House Lodge, Villager Motel, Fall’s Motel, Glenn Motor Inn, and Knights Inn. The return time is 5 p.m. There will be no transportation hours between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. for the company’s lunch.