Finger Lakes Wine Festival Draws Thousands

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The 20th annual Finger Lakes Wine Festival is off to a great start despite the cloudy skies. And though wine is in the name, that’s not all this festival has to offer.

“We literally have something for everyone to do from 21 to 85,” says Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup.

“That’s what’s so fun about this weekend is that there’s so many other activities going on. There’s the wine, there’s music, we have an acrobat on site. With all the food and wine and culinary displays in the media center it’s just, there’s so much going on,” Printup says.

And while many people will say the festival in and of itself is something to drink to, Pennsylvania native Laura Zajaczkowski is celebrating something else at the festival.

“This is my first time coming to the festival. There was a bus trip from home that was coming up and it was my birthday so I convinced my mom to take me as my birthday present,” Zajaczkowski says.

With so much to do, see and taste, it’s no wonder the festival draws huge crowds every year.

“This whole weekend we’ll have just about 40,000 people,” Printup says, “so it’s the largest wine festival on the East Coast, but you know what I think it’s pretty easy to explain why… We have great wines and I think that’s why we keep building this momentum because we get all those good wines coming here.”

“The wine is great, the festival’s wonderful, the music, arts and crafts. Everything they have to offer, we have small ones back home but this is just a large scale and it’s really nice,” Zajaczkowski says.

If you missed out today, there’s still some time to get up to the track to taste some of New York’s best wine.

“Come on out and enjoy and see the wineries in the Finger Lakes and all of New York State because we don’t allow anybody else in here at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival,” Printup says.

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