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June Festivals and Events in New York

May 31-June 2, 2013  Springville’s Dairy/Ag Festival – Springville, New York

June 1, 2013  Uncorked! 2013 – Staten Island, New York
The fine food event of the year!  Stroll through our historic park, listen to soft music, sample great dishes, sip local wines, taste American tradition, enjoy ethnic flavors and make tasty memories.

June 1, 2013  Milford Food & Wine Faire – Milford, New York
A charming “Garden Party” Wine Festival taking place on the grounds of the historic Hotel Fauchere, complemented by a series of important “Meet the Chef/Meet the Vintner” Food & Wine Pairing Workshops held throughout the afternoon inside the hotel’s delightful Delmonico Room. Sample and purchase the wines of some of the Keystone State’s most exciting wineries while exploring culinary delights presented by the Hotel Fauchere’s Executive Chef Christopher Bates and his team.

June 1-2, 2013  Seneca Lake Wine and Food 2013 – Watkins Glen, New York
Seneca Lake Wine and Food will celebrate and highlight the best the Seneca Lake area has to offer. Over 50 wine and food vendors will be in attendance for you to sample.  Live music & cooking demonstrations will also be a part of the event for you to enjoy.

June 2, 2013  Wing Fling 2013 – Saugerties, New York
7th Annual Chicken Wing Festival with people’s choice judging for best wings. Free all day play for kids, live entertainment, market place vendors, thousands of chicken wings, other foods available,  beer,chicken wing eating contest – A great family fun day.

June 7-8, 2013  Taste of Syracuse – Syracuse, New York
Syracuse’s food, music and arts festival. A showcase of the area’s most unique restaurants, wineries, breweries and entertainers.

June 8-9, 2013  Strawberry Festival – Forestville, New York
A celebration of the area”s strawberry harvest. Fresh strawberry shortcake, chocolate dipped strawberries & Festival wine. Food, wine, draft beer and Merritt’s Sangria Wine Slush. Free wine tours & tastings. Classic car cruise, live music, craft vendors, dancing. Hosted by Merrit Estate Winery, each year working with a different non-profit organization to raise money for its cause.

June 8-9, 2013  11th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party – New York, New York
Admission is free. The weekend-long event occurs every June and brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a 100,000 barbecue enthusiasts. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Madison Square Park, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party attracts people from near and far to sustain and celebrate America’s authentic culinary and musical traditions. Attendance: 100,000.

June 8-9, 2013  Around the World – Hudson Valley, New York
For this popular annual event, each of the wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail transform into a different wine producing country. Armed with your “Passport”, travel the Wine World and discover the best of each “Country’s” food paired with delicious wines from the Shawangunk Wineries.

June 10, 2013  Wine Tour de France 2013: Champagne – New York, New York
Produced from only three types of grapes, Champagne boasts the world’s most refined sparkling wine. Hear about the nuances of the region and sample some of the best cuvées from one of the most esteemed Champagne producers in the world.

June 10, 2013  28th Annual Chefs’ Tribute – New York, New York
Citymeals-on-Wheels invites you to join us at the 28th Annual Chefs’ Tribute Event. This year, renowned chefs from New York and California will gather at Rockefeller Center to compete for a good cause. The event will also feature signature cocktails from top spirit sponsors and stellar wines from notable wineries.  Last year, over 1,000 guests gathered in Rockefeller Center and raised over $828,000, enough to provide 128,900 meals for our city’s frail aged neighbors.

June 13-16, 2013  59th Annual Mattituck Strawberry Festival – Mattituck, New York
Sponsored by the Lions Club, the festival has music, carnival, raffle, coloring contest display, fresh local strawberries, arts and crafts, international food court, vendors, games, and much more.

June 14-15, 2013  33rd Annual Owego Strawberry Festival – Owego, New York
Food, entertainment, contests, wine tent, and 20,000 people enjoying the day. Friday night includes entertainment, food and fireworks.  Held on the closed streets of downtown Owego, NY.

June 14-15, 2013  SAVOR – An American Craft Beer & Food Experience
New York, New York
SAVOR is the main beer and food pairing event in the US! With 65 of the nation’s top independent craft brewers participating, this is where beer enthusiasts and foodies can interact directly with some of the greatest brewers and brewery owners in the world.

June 14-16, 2013  The Great New York State Food & Wine Festival – Clayton, New York
An event celebrating quality “Made in New York” food & wine products including candy and cheeses, nuts, sauces, herbs & spices, maple syrup and other maple products, apple cider, cookies and ice cream and of course, NYS wines. (also: )

June 14-23, 2013  Rochester Real Beer Expo – Rochester, New York
The anchor event of the Rochester Real Beer Week is the Third Annual 2013 Rochester Beer Expo.  Local business owners from the award-winning South Wedge neighborhood have joined forces through the Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) to bring you a street party with over 80 of the most exciting craft beers currently available.

June 14-23, 2013  Rochester Real Beer Week – Rochester, New York
Real Beer Week is a weeklong series of craft beer related events including tastings, food and beer pairings and dinners, socials, concerts, and craft beer launches. The Rochester Real Beer Expo will start the week.

June 15, 2013  Southern Tier Brew Fest – Binghamton, New York
Every dad you know is sure to enjoy a chance to spend an afternoon sampling some of our region’s best craft brews.

June 15-16, 2013  Crossborder Blues, Brews & Que – Wilson, New York
Bringing together three of America’s favorite crafts at one amazing venue, the lakefront community of Wilson NY. Blues competition features bands that put the soul into blues, commercial brews go head to head to take home the Big Daddy Brew trophy, and both professional and backyard BBQ cooks pit their skills against other barbeque chefs.

June 18, 2013  Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation – Ithaca, New York
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is the nation’s premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists — all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

June 21-23, 2013  Brockport BBQ & Music Festival – Brockport, New York
The BBQ festival will feature prize money, trophies, food vendors, BBQ product vendors, and cooking demonstrations along with a strong lineup of entertainment. Held in conjuction with the annual Summer Arts Fest. Attendance: 30,000.

June 22-23, 2013  Cherry Festival – Romulus, New York
Cobblestone Farm Winery presents its 9th annual Cherry Festival, featuring cherry picking, sweet treats, wine tasting, live music, hay rides, arts & crafts, scrumptious food, 4H petting zoo, and the Beverly Animal Shelter Adoption Tent.

June 28-30, 2013  Western New York BBQ & Music Festival – Hamburg, New York
Presented by the Patchin Fire Company of Boston, New York, a not for profit organization comprised of men and women working together  making our community a better place to live.  The  Festival is a barbeque  competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the largest BBQ sanctioning body in the world as well as the New England BBQ Society.  This high profile three day event features BBQ food vendors, music, rides, classic car show.  Competition  includes…Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned BBQ Contest & New England Barbecue Society (NEBS) sanctioned Grilling Contest.

June 29, 2013  Chenango Wine Festival 2013 – Norwich, New York
Celebrate summer with us by soaking up some small-town charm while sipping some of New York State’s finest wines. Sample & purchase the featured products of several of the state’s wineries while kicking back and enjoying a day of live music, great food, and a wide variety of local arts & handcrafted items, wine accessories, specialty foods, apparel & jewelry, and much more.

June 29, 2013  Caribbean Food and Music Festival – Brooklyn, New York
This event will showcase foods  from several countries from the Caribbean region namely, Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti, Barbados, Guyana, Grenada and Puerto Rico.  In addition Music from the region will be played for patrons dancing pleasure. Music suchas Reggae, Compa, Salsa, Zouk and Soca will make the event an exciting and pleasurable experience. Tickets are only: $45.00 and it includes food and drinks (non-alcoholic).

June 30-July 2, 2013  Summer Fancy Food Show – New York, New York
As of March 1st, 2013, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) officially changed its name to the Specialty Food Association.   The largest specialty food and beverage show in North America, with more than 2,400 exhibitors from around the world, presenting more than 180,000 specialty foods to discover and sample.

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July Festivals and Events in New York

June 30-July 2, 2013  Summer Fancy Food Show – New York, New York

JULY 4, 2013– There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 4, 2013  Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog-Eating Contest – Coney Island, NY
The men and women will compete separately for the title of Men’s Hot Dog Eating World Champion and Women’s Hot Dog Eating World Champion, as well as a $20,000 cash purse for each division. More than 40,000 fans come to the free event, arriving several hours in advance. For these fans, Nathan’s Famous produces a pre-show beginning at 10 a.m. that will include a death-defying performance by the Coney Island Strongman and several live bands. Nathan’s Famous will also provide a jumbotron to increase visual access for fans.  Attendance: 40,000

July 4-6, 2013  8th Annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival – Lake Placid, New York
This annual event attracts the best BBQ competitors in the country and continues to grow in popularity year after year. Sampling opportunities, food and beverage concessions and live entertainment.

July 12-14, 2013  Finger Lakes Wine Festival – Watkins Glen, New York
More than Wine….the Festival also features a variety of arts & crafts, jewelry, gourmet food, wine and culinary related vendors.

July 13, 2013  Cheddar Cheese Festival – Adams, New York
A village wide celebration of the agriculture and cheese making industry in Jefferson County.

July 13-14, 2013  Troy Pig Out – Troy, New York
New for 2013 – the Pig Out joins fources with BaconFest NY! The annual Troy Pig Out welcomes professional BBQ teams from across the United States and Canada for this two-day weekend competition – which includes a People’s Choice St. Louis Rib competition – on Saturday, and the “main event” on Sunday.  Barbeque vendors and live music are the main attractions for guests to the festival, filling Riverfront Park both days, and featuring a special fireworks show on Saturday night over the Hudson River. This year we will add ‘Bacon Alley’ – a special section of the festival filled with vendors offering bacon-y treats sure to satisfy your inner most bacon cravings.  The Troy Pig Out is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Association and the Office of the Governor as the Official New York State BBQ Championship which qualifies the winner to move on to the National Championships!  (also: )

July 13-14, 2013  30th Annual Taste of Buffalo – Buffalo, New York
Nearly 60 restaurants, 6 wineries and over 450,000 invited guests will gather in downtown Buffalo to enjoy “fun by the forkful”. One of the region’s signature events, the Taste of Buffalo is the largest two-day food festival in the United States.

July 19, 2013  Empire Brewfest & American BBQ Championships – Syracuse, New York
The Empire Brewfest is a longstanding favorite in Syracuse with craft beer sampling and music. Now add to that some world class BBQ and this is a “can’t miss” event!

July 20, 2013  Hamburg Burgerfest – Hamburg, New York
The festival celebrates Hamburg’s claim as “birthplace of the hamburger”  with arts & crafts, car show, film festival, burger-eating contests, games, music, and of course, tasty food and hamburgers. The Taste of Hamburg portion of the festival features offerings from local restaurants.

July 26, 2013  Pasión de Esperanza – Niagara-on-the-Lake, New York
A celebration of Wine, Food, and Music plus a Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes at beautiful Mori Gardens. All proceeds will go to fund Wells of Hope’s projects in Guatemala.

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August Festivals and Events in New York

August 1-4, 2013  Sorrento Cheese Italian Heritage Festival
Buffalo, New York
This year is the 25th anniversary of the 2nd largest Italian street festival in the country. It is with great pride that we invite you to take in the sights, sounds, food and culture that make the Italian-American experience so very special.

August 3, 2013  Lehigh Valley Wine Art Music Festival
Schnecksville, New York
Enjoy a relaxing day sampling and purchasing a variety of wines presented by several of Pennsylvania’s most popular wineries & vineyards while celebrating the Lehigh Valley’s vibrant arts & music scene.

August 6-8, 2013  EFD: Empire Farm Days – Seneca Falls, New York
The New Ag Era continues. In 2013 – new crops, markets and methods. EFD will pack these changes into three days of hands-on field demos, Ride N’ Drive events and seminars for 2013. Visit the leading Ag experts and get BIG bargains on the newest industry tools and products- all in one place at one time.

August 10-11, 2013  North Country Wine, Beer & Food Festival
Ogdensburg, New York
‘Pride of New York’ event features New York State wines and craft beers, local foods, cheeses, spices,flavored olive oils, rubs, sauces, honey and maple products as well as selected artisans all representing “The Pride of New York” State.  August 10th 11 AM to 6 PM  August 11th 12PM to 5 PM at Lockwood Arena, Ogdensburg.  Admission is $5.00 free wine glass to the first 1,000 people through door.
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September Festivals and Events in New York

Aug 22-September 2, 2013  The Great New York State Fair – Syracuse, NY

September 9-10, 2013 Holiday Buying Show
New York, New York
The largest buying event for the Bar, Restaurant and Retail Industry.  It is the most timely, all-inclusive opportunity that will bring you success in today’s hospitality marketplace. Everything you need to run a successful business will be available all in one place.

September 16-22, 2013  Troy Restaurant Week – Troy, New York
Every September the City of Troy and the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District host a City-wide Restaurant Week. Restaurant weeks have become wildly popular in many cities across the country; now it’s our turn!  Participating restaurants offer special prix-fix menus at up to three different price points, $10, $20 and $30, during the week-long event, so there is something for everyone!

September 26, 2013  The Joy of Sake – New York, New York
This once-a-year event features the world’s finest sakes in peak condition and the best in traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine. Over 300 premium sakes will be available for tasting, along with appetizers by 14 of New York’s finest restaurants.

September 30, 2013  Autumn Harvest Dinner – New York, New York
20th Annual Autumn Harvest Dinner to benefit Share Our Strength

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October Festivals and Events in New York

October 11-12, 2013  WhiskyFest New York – New York, New York
WhiskyFest is the longest running whisky festival in the country and is held in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York.  WhiskyFest offers you the opportunity to taste from a selection of more than 250 whiskies from around the world; many of them rare and exclusive. Meet the whisky makers at their booths to learn first-hand how the whiskies are made. Take some time to enjoy the never-ending gourmet buffet.

October 13, 2013  Troy Chowderfest – Troy, New York
It’s Soup for the People!  Going into its seventh year for 2013, the Troy Chowderfest welcomes chowder-lovers throughout Capital Region to come out and judge who has the best chowder in the area. On the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend, over 30 restaurants fill Riverfront Park, with decorated booths and all sorts of creative chowders. It’s a full day of fall food, live music, and family fun!  Prizes are awarded for best seafood, vegetarian, most original and overall favorite – judged by a secret panel of local restaurant critics. Festival-goers are able to vote on the coveted ‘People’s Choice’ award.

October 17-20, 2013  New York City Wine & Food Festival – New York, New York
The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE pays homage to one of the greatest dining cities in the world. It is the only festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs.  The New York City Festival benefits the hunger-relief programs of Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the Festival go directly to these community-based organizations.

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November Festivals and Events in New York


November 9, 2013  5th Annual International Great Beer Expo
Long Island, New York
The biggest names in international brewing will gather at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the 4th annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 50 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement.  Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries, including local Long Island favorites, will be amazing breweries from Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Austria, Nicaragua, Thailand, Poland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sweden, China, and others.

November 28, 2013  Thanksgiving Day – Nationwide
All StatesThere are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.  (4th Thursday in November).

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December Festivals and Events in New York

December 4, 2013  BID Annual Dinner – Troy, New York
The Downtown Troy Business Improvement District (BID) is excited to announce its second Annual Dinner, on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 being held at the beautiful and historic Franklin Plaza. This event, part of a number of events in the week leading up to the Victorian Stroll, will be a wonderful chance for festive networking, all with a Victorian theme. Awards will be presented to a New Business of the Year, an Established Business of the Year along with the BID Community Spirit Award.

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