Monks, angels, devils, and others gather and share in toasts at Wine Festival

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WETM) The annual Finger Lakes Wine Festival returns for another year and brings out the best from local wineries and businesses.

The weekend-long festival kicked off on Friday. Wine enthusiasts tried samples of different wines for just one price. People also got to try samples of local food and dance to music.

The festival was not complete without enthusiasts dressing up in togas. A group of friends from Scranton, Pa. dressed up as monks.

“Humanity, you know, it’s diversity,” William Cawtcapeye said, as he stood with his friends dressed in the same homemade monk’s robes. “It’s so much fun to see people make fools of themselves, it’s great…And the camaraderie, absolutely.”

They said they return each year for the event. Meanwhile a group from Dundee were already enthusiastic as the men in the group dressed up as angels and the women were dressed as devils.

“We have so much fun,” Judy Phillips, one of the ladies dressed in a devil costume, said. “Even the years it’s pouring rain, we still come and we still have a such a great time. It’s a very, very nice event.”

There were also games such as cornhole and large-scale versions of Connect Four.

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival continues until Sunday. Click here for more information, a schedule of special events, and to buy tickets.

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