The wine will be flowing at the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons in Lake George this weekend with the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival.
The lineup boasts more than 120 wineries, craft beverage producers, food makers and food trucks from around New York state.
Organized by Sasha Pardy of Adirondack Winery, the festival has grown in its five years, both in terms of attendance and offerings. Last year, 6,300 people attended and this year, with the extended list of wineries and new events, Pardy is expecting more than 7,000 people.
“Vendors have been clamoring for months to be a part of this rapidly growing festival and as a result, we are going to bring our guests the most exciting two-day event yet with the best wine and food New York state has to offer,” Pardy said in a statement.
There will be culinary and cocktail demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday under the Chef William Creations Culinary Tent, including an "Iron Chef"-style competition between William Cornelius of Chef William Creations and Colin Miner, executive chef at Park 26 in the Queensbury Hotel.
On Sunday there will be wine- and chocolate-pairing classes with Barkeater Chocolates of North Creek and Adirondack Winery of Lake George. There will also be a wine glass candle-making class with Wax ’n' Wix of Lake George and a wine-themed canvas-painting class with Sip & Canvas of Glens Falls.
There will also be food trucks serving up everything from Lebanese cuisine to funky pancakes. There will also be artisanal vendors such as Adirondack Chocolates, Argyle Cheese Farmer, Jerky Hut, NiNi’s Sicilian Salsa and others.
Wine vendors include Goose Watch Winery, Galway Rock Vineyard & Winery, Freefall Sangria and others. Distilleries like Black Button Distillery will be there along with cideries such as SunDog Cidery.
But the festival isn’t just for adults. From lawn games to crafts to music performances, there’s plenty to do at the kids activity tent. Children can also play on the nearby natural playground and the new skateboard park located just outside the festival gates. Admission for children 15 and under is free.
Throughout the weekend, volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters will be selling water, festival merchandise and raffle baskets. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the organization, which pairs children in the southern Adirondacks with adults who help put them on the path to success.
One-day tickets start at $38. Weekend passes and VIP packages are also available. Designated-driver and tickets for guests ages 16-20 are $15.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For tickets and more information, visit adkwinefest.com.