LAKE GEORGE – Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival will return to Lake George on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26.
It will feature more than 120 of New York’s best wineries, distilleries, breweries, cideries, artisan food producers, food trucks and more at the Lake George Festival Commons at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George Village. The family-friendly event is one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the area and over 7,700 attendees are expected to attend.
“Two years ago, we didn’t know when we’d be able to hold this festival again,” said Sasha Pardy, who founded the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival in 2014. “Now, with our festival only a month away, we are 100% committed to bringing our guests the experience they have come to know and love over the years: Sampling the state’s best craft beverage and food products with beautiful Lake George as their backdrop.”
The last Adirondack Wine & Food Festival was held in June 2019. Over 6,700 guests attended, with 73 percent of attendees saying they planned a trip to the Lake George area specifically to attend the festival. The 2022 Festival is expected to generate 4,745 overnight stays in the area and produce a $3.6 million economic impact on the region.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks (BBBS) will return as the festival beneficiary. A portion of every ticket sold will be donated BBS, which provides mentorship, tutoring and experiences to youth in Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga counties.
“It has been a long two years for everyone,” said Bill Moon, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks.
“We currently have the longest waitlist in our 47-year history with over 100 youth waiting to be matched,” he added. “Every child has potential and it’s our job to defend that potential, and we are doing that with the support of the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival.”
Throughout the weekend, attendees can view special events at the festival’s Culinary & Cocktail Tent. There will be culinary demonstrations by the festival’s official celebrity chef Eric Hudson of Hudson’s Private Chef Services.
There will be “Iron Chef”-style cooking competitions with “secret” ingredients from festival vendors and the festival will introduce live entertainment for the first time this year. Attendees will see wandering entertainers across the festival grounds throughout the weekend, including Magician TJ Clancy, a West African Drum Circle from Rural Soul music studio, dance performances from Dynamic Dance Works, and stilt walker/aerialist Jessica Black.
In addition to one- and two-day tasting tickets, VIP, designated driver, and underage tickets are available (children under 15 years old are free). DD and underage attendees may sample artisan foods and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as have access to food trucks and all festival activities. Additional family-friendly offerings include a Kids’ Activity Tent sponsored by Fun Spot, a natural playground and skatepark at the venue, and a photo booth operated by On the Spot Photos.
Festival hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26. One-Day General Admission Tasting tickets are $45 for Saturday and $40 on Sunday. Weekend Warrior 2-Day Tasting tickets are $75. VIP 2-Day Tasting tickets are $99.
More event details will be provided to current ticket holders and subscribers via the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival email newsletter, social media accounts (@adkwinefestLG), and at adkwinefest.com.