Western New York wine, beer, sweets and spreads will be among the offerings at the State Fairgrounds in suburban Syracuse this weekend for the “Taste NY Harvest Fest.”
State Fair spokesman Dave Bullard, a former Central New York TV and radio reporter – and friend of mine from my days at The Post-Standard – tells me the following four WNY companies will be featured among about 50 during the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Horticulture Building at the fairgrounds:
• Merritt Estate Winery, of Foresville: wine
• Heintz & Weber, of Buffalo: horseradish mustard
• Tripleberry Farm, of Kendall: jams and fudge
• Southern Tier Brewing Co., of Lakewood: beer
Samples and sales of items will include fare from those four, as well as other wine, beer, spirits, barbecue sauces, relishes, spices, sausages, pasta sauces, jams, cookies and condiments.
Tickets for the event are $15 if purchased in advance or $20 at the door; kids 12 and under are free. Advance sale tickets can be purchased during business hours this afternoon by calling (315) 487-7711, and picked up at the Will Call window at the fair. A form to fax for tickets is available on the State Fair website. All admissions include a free “Taste NY” beer or wine glass with which to drink samples.
Bullard says in an email that Taste NY is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $60 million tourism campaign that is making its presence felt at regional festivals and Thruway rest stops across the state as a way to showcase and encourage local eating.
– Scott Scanlon