Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Joe Morrissey, 518-457-0752,
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October 29, 2014

More than 80 Companies to Offer Samples, Sales at Taste NY Harvest Fest This Weekend at the New York State Fairgrounds

Large Number of Vendors Will Provide a Showcase for Top-Quality New York Foods and Beverages

More than 80 New York-based food and beverage companies will be on hand this Saturday, November 1, to offer samples of their products at the 2014 Taste NY Harvest Fest in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds, State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced today.  The number of vendors is a strong increase from the 62 vendors who were at last year’s well-attended event. 

“This strong increase in companies coming to Harvest Fest reflects what we’re seeing all across the New York as Governor Cuomo’s Taste NY program continues to make more people aware of this state’s amazing foods and beverages.  Together, we are driving economic growth and finding new favorites for our kitchens,” said Commissioner Ball.

“Harvest Fest is another way for the New York State Fairgrounds to accomplish its core mission – promote the best of New York agriculture.  These companies are doing what people have done for centuries – they’re sharing with their neighbors a favorite recipe.  When you come to Harvest Fest, you help small businesses thrive and you create a stronger sense of community here in New York State,” said Troy Waffner, Acting Director of the Great New York State Fair.

The festival takes place in two sessions on Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Admission is $15 by advance sale or $20 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased in person at the State Fair Administration Building, by phone at 315-487-7711 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by faxing an order form to 315-487-9260.  The order form can be downloaded from the Harvest Fest website at Orders placed by phone or fax can be picked up at the door during the event.  Each ticket is good for only one of the two sessions, and you will be asked to choose the session for which you are purchasing the ticket.  Cash, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted.  Tickets are non-refundable, cannot be exchanged, and cannot be replaced if lost.

The vendors comprise a list of well-known brands as well as many emerging companies.  Attendees can taste free samples at any booth.  Most vendors will also sell their products. Paid admission includes a complimentary glass for those with proper identification, which allows an attendee to receive adult beverage samples.  Food will be available for sale in the building’s quick-serve restaurant.

The full list of vendors to date:


  • The Great New York State Fair’s Great Potato Booth – baked potatoes with toppings
  • New York State Maple Producers  – maple syrup and products made with maple syrup
  • New York Honey – honey and products made with honey
  • Better Brittle of Syracuse – West African-style peanut brittle
  • Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen of Syracuse – gluten-free cookies
  • Cheeky Monkey Foods of Syracuse  – tomato garlic dipping oil
  • Chef William Creations of Watkins Glen – sauces, salsa, bruschetta, mustard
  • Cooperstown Cookie Company of Cooperstown – baseball-themed cookies
  • Cross Creek Farm of Berkshire – fresh spices, fruit butters
  • Dinosaur BBQ of Syracuse – barbecue sauces and other sauces
  • F. Oliver’s of Canandaigua – olive oils, specialty oils, balsamic vinegar
  • Gianelli Sausage of North Syracuse –sausages and Dinosaur BBQ products
  • Hot Mama Gena’s of Lacona – sauces, rubs, and relishes
  • InFamous Welsh Cookie Company of Hornell – Welsh cookies
  • Janet’s Cookie Jar of Otego – gourmet cookies
  • Joe’s Jerky of Sherrill – beef jerky
  • Nelson Farms Country Store of Cazenovia – various products
  • New Hope Mills of Auburn – pancake, bread, and cookie mixes
  • Pa’s Pistols of Salem – barbecue sauce
  • Pastabilities and Pasta’s Daily Bread of Syracuse – fresh bread, hot dipping oil for bread
  • Sam A. Lupo and Sons of Endicott – spiedie sauces, marinades
  • Seed Born Foods of Locke – seed-based, allergy-free fudge, macaroons, pie-in-a-cup
  • Senza Glutine by Carmela of Walden  – gluten-free biscotti, rugelach, and scones
  • TC’s Sauce of Mechanicville – sauces and marinades
  • The Spicy Wench of Watertown – pepper jellies, fruit jams, spice blends, sauces, mustard
  • Weber’s of Buffalo – mustards and relishes

Craft Beer:

  • Adirondack Brewery of Lake George
  • Blue Point Brewing Co. of Patchogue
  • Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown
  • Brooklyn Brewery of Brooklyn
  • Butternuts Beer & Ale of Garratsville
  • Cap’t Lawrence Brewery of Elmsford
  • Cortland Beer Co.
  • Custom Brewcrafters of Honeoye Falls
  • Dundee of Rochester
  • Ellicottville Brewery
  • Empire Brewing Company of Syracuse
  • Galaxy Brewing of Binghamton
  • Good Nature Brewing Co. of Hamilton
  • Ithaca Beer Co.
  • Keegan Ales of Kingston
  • Lake Placid Craft Brewing Co.
  • Middle Ages Brewing Co. of Syracuse
  • Sackets Harbor Brewing Co.
  • Saranac of Utica
  • Sixpoint Brewery of Brooklyn
  • Southern Tier Brewing Co. of Lakewood
  • St. Lawrence Brewing Co. of Canton
  • Three Heads Brewing of Honeoye Falls
  • Upstate Brewing Company of Elmira
  • Wagner Valley Brewing Co. of Lodi

Wine and Hard Cider:

  • Adirondack Winery of Lake George
  • Americana Vineyards and Winery of Interlaken
  • Awestruck Ciders of Walton
  • Beak and Skiff of Lafayette
  • Brotherhood Winery of Washingtonville
  • Casa Larga Vineyards of Fairport
  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau of Hector
  • Coyote Moon Vineyards of Clayton
  • Critz Farms Cider of Cazenovia
  • Crooked Lake Winery of Hammondsport
  • Glenora Wine Cellars of Dundee
  • Hazlitt Cider of Hector
  • Knapp Winery of Romulus
  • Lakeland Winery of Syracuse
  • LiDestri Spirits of Rochester
  • McKenzie’s Hard Cider of West Seneca
  • Merritt Estate Winery of Forestville
  • Montezuma Winery of Seneca Falls
  • Raymor Estate Cellars of Bloomfield
  • Three Brothers Winery of Geneva
  • Thousand Islands Winery of Alexandria Bay
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor of Appleton
  • Tug Hill Vineyards of Lowville
  • Venditti Vineyards of Theresa


  • Adirondack Distilling Co. of Utica
  • Black Button Distilling of Rochester
  • Clayton Distillery
  • Finger Lakes Distilling of Burdett

In addition, Full Circle Feed will offer dog treats, Lehigh Valley Wreath Co. will sell wreaths, and Only One River will have candles for sale.
Companies interested in knowing more about Harvest Fest can call Geneanne Keegan-Smith at 315-487-7711 extension 1212.  Information for exhibitors, including an application form, can be found at

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