The Niagara Wine Trail is having their first event that combines all things local: local wine and cuisine served in a location that promotes local artists, followed by music from a local orchestra. The Wine and Culinary Festival will take place on Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26 at Artpark. During the day wine and food tasting will be accompanied by jazz music, and at night the Buffalo Philharmonic will perform. This event has been something its coordinators have wanted to hold for a while, but only came into fruition by a simple chance meeting and spurred conversation between a winery owner and a member of the BPO.
Sponsored by Yancey’s Fancy, the BPO, Artpark, I Love NY and Uncork NY, this event will include ten wineries from the Niagara Wine Trail and a myriad of local restaurants. Some restaurants include corn roasters from local farmer’s markets, the NCCC culinary program, the Tea Room, Wilson House, and more. All vendors will be from Niagara County, emphasizing the great things that can be found locally.
Wine tasting will run from 12-8 pm on Saturday and 12-6 pm on Sunday. On Saturday, the Buffalo native and soprano Laura Aikin will perform Opera’s Greatest Hits with the BPO at 8 pm. On Sunday the concert program begins at 3 and features the 2008 winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition Marco Sartor.
As the first annual event, coordinator Liz Seivert only hopes that the event will continue to grow over the next few years, and that more restaurants and wineries will get involved. Tickets are available in a few forms: festival only, concert only, or a combination which offers a reduced rate. Visit the Artpark, Niagara Wine Trail or the BPO websites for more information on tickets.
posted by A. Zengerski