GLOVERSVILLE — Food, vendors and activities will once again make the perfect pairing with wine, spirits and other craft beverages when area residents make their way downtown to North Main Street for the fifth annual Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m.
This year’s event hosted by the city Recreation Commission will be the largest to date, boasting an assortment of 52 total vendors, including 12 tasting vendors, City Clerk Jennifer Mazur said on Tuesday.
“We have local vendors such as Hummingbird Hills Winery and Stump City Brewing, well-known vendors from Albany’s Nine Pin Cider and Schenectady Distilling,” Mazur said. “And all the way from Syracuse such as Lakeland Winery.”
Mazur said tasting vendors will offer beverage samples to guests in commemorative tasting glasses that are provided with the cost of admission for anyone 21 and older wishing to participate.
Mazur said the commission plans to offer a new glass each year for visitors to take home, this year’s tasting glasses are etched with the Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival name, that of host city Gloversville and the year.
There are 400 of the commemorative glasses available. Presale ticket holders will each receive the collectible glasses and the remainder will be handed out at the gate while supplies last. Once the limited supply runs out, excess glasses from last year’s event will be offered.
Additionally, presale ticket holders will also gain entry to the event for a reduced price of $10 while day of tickets are $15 per person. Those who do not plan to drink or who are under 21 can enter the event for $5.
For those planning to wet their whistles, Mazur said wineries and craft beverage vendors typically offer a few varieties of their products for guests to sample.
“Typically wineries have four to six of their own wines in different options you can sample such as red, white, sweet or dry,” Mazur explained.
Guests are invited to revisit vendors for additional samples or to make their way around to each vendor to try a tipple seeking out a new favorite that can be purchased by the bottle during the event for future consumption at home.
The event isn’t limited to libations, with food vendors also on tap to serve up old and new favorites like hamburgers, hotdogs and french fries, wood fired pizza from Pies on Wheels, soups and sandwiches from Pug Dog Cafe and waffles on a stick from Waffle Pops.
Other vendors will be on hand with crafts, jewelry, cosmetics and other goods available for purchase. Several downtown businesses will also have booths set up giving guests a chance to explore their services and selections including Twelve Green Petals Yoga, Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market and the soon to open Hummingbird Haven Herbs.
While perusing the wares, sipping a drink, munching a snack or enjoying a full meal, guests can also enjoy activities in Castiglione Memorial Park including a paint and sip session to decorate a wine glass to take home, outdoor games provided by the Recreation Commission, caricatures by Mrs. B or receiving cosmic guidance from Readings By Whitney.
Additional entertainment will be provided throughout the event with live music performed at dual locations by Our Secret Love Society, Mike Gowans, The Insolent Willies and Emily Smith.
“This is an event you can hang out with friends at while trying something new that you might enjoy,” Mazur said. “The tasting is definitely what makes it different from other vendor fairs. It’s more of an adult event, but children are welcome to come with parents.”
“Last year when we were shutting down nobody wanted to leave,” Mazur added, encouraging area residents to make their way downtown on Saturday for this year’s wine and food festival. “It’s going to be a great day.”
The city Recreation Commission will host the fifth annual Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival Saturday on North Main Street from 3 to 8 p.m. The cost to attend is $10 for presale tasting tickets or $15 at the door. Non-tasting tickets are $5.
Presale tickets are available for purchase through Friday at Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market and the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The entrance to the festival will be located at the intersection of Church Street and North Main Street. All other entry points to North Main Street from Fulton to Fremont streets will be closed for the duration of the event.
For more information about the Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival visit the Gloversville Recreation Commission Facebook page or contact Logan Barclay by phone at (518) 775-3166 or by email at [email protected]