Thursday, 30 April 2020 13:39

Rescheduled: Adirondack Wine & Food Festival

LAKE GEORGE — In light of current CDC social distancing guidelines, Adirondack Festivals LLC announced it has rescheduled the 6th Annual Adirondack Wine & Food Festival to Sept. 26 and 27, 2020.

The festival is normally held the last weekend in June and is a highly anticipated kickoff to the summer tourism season in Lake George. The decision to reschedule was made to help protect the health and safety of festival attendees and vendors, while providing an alternative date in 2020 with favorable weather, said Sasha Pardy, owner of Adirondack Festivals LLC.

“Nothing is more important than the well-being of our attendees and vendors,” said Pardy, “but we remain hopeful that come September, we are able to host our festival barring any federal, state or local regulations that would prohibit it. We are treating this pandemic very seriously and we will do everything we can to make our event as safe as possible for everyone in attendance.”

The festival’s new dates in September provide an opportunity to add a fall wine and food festival to the already exciting slate of events in Lake George. 

Moving the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival to September also allows the event to continue its support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks. This is the third consecutive year BBBS is the beneficiary of the festival. Last year, the festival raised $15,000 for this amazing organization. BBBS will receive a portion of every ticket sold and proceeds from water sold at the event. 

The impact of COVID-19 has hundreds of BBBS children and families in need of support now more than ever, and a successful festival fundraiser would be a tremendous step toward that goal, said Bill Moon, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks. 

“Funding to support our community is being jeopardized as we all experience these economic uncertainties,” Moon said. “It is only through our partnerships with those like the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival that we are able to continue to support the youth of our community.” 

Adirondack Festivals LLC will continue to monitor COVID-19 guidelines and do everything they can to provide a safe, enjoyable experience for all guests in attendance. The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival features 120 of New York’s best wineries, breweries, distilleries, cideries, artisan food vendors, food trucks and more. Held in a gorgeous setting, with beautiful Lake George as its backdrop, the festival is a try-before-you-buy farmers’ market style event that also generates a tremendous economic impact on the surrounding Lake George region. Last year’s festival generated a $3.5 million economic impact, with over 4,000 hotel room nights generated in the area – and this year’s festival attendance was expected to surpass 7,250. 

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