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November 27, 2013

Sample Great New York Wines at Wine and Chocolate Festival at the State Fairgrounds

Event Features 30 New York Wine and Spirits Companies; Antiques Festival Also Takes Place

Many of the best wines made in New York State will be available for sampling Saturday, November 30 at the AmeriCU Credit Union Wine & Chocolate Festival in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds, Acting Commissioner of Agriculture James B. Bays announced today.

Advance sale admission is $20, or is $10 for any designated driver or for those not intending to sample alcohol.  Advance sale tickets are available at Advance sale prices end at 9 p.m. Friday.  Admission at the door will be $25 and $15 for designated drivers or those not intending to sample alcohol.  The full admission price includes a commemorative wine glass, to be used for sampling wines and spirits.

The festival features more than 100 vendors, most of which are providing either food or drink.  Twenty nine New York State wineries and one spirits distiller will offer free samples of their products and also sell their wines and spirits.  The wineries range from the well-known and long-established to the new and up-and-coming.  A complete list of vendors can be found on the event’s website.

“This festival demonstrates the vitality of New York’s wine and spirits industry,” said Bays.  “New York State wines have been acclaimed as some of the best in the world and I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to find new favorites for their homes or for holiday gifts.”

“People need to understand the importance of agriculture to our community.  This festival shows how much agriculture brings to our economy.  We want to support the efforts of Governor Cuomo and the state to boost the industry.  It’s an incredibly positive thing,” said Pam Levine, General Manager of Galaxy Events, the organizer of the festival.

Also taking place on the Fairgrounds this weekend is the Syracuse Thanksgiving Antiques Show.  The show has been a holiday shopping tradition in the area for nearly 40 years.  It features antiques, art, and collectibles in many styles and at many prices.  The event takes place Saturday and Sunday in the Center of Progress Building.  Admission is $7.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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