Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fall into Finger Lakes Wine Country

While it is true that every season is a great time to visit the Finger Lakes, fall does seem to be a popular time to do so. With the changing leaves, excitement of harvest, and all of the delicious fall bounty, it’s easy to see why everyone loves this time of year. And since it is a busy time of year around here, there is also so much to do! 

Festivals and Events

The Fall Festivals showcase the fruits of harvest and are the last chance to celebrate warmer weather before winter moves in. 

U.S. Vintage Grand Prix | Sept. 5-7, 2014

This annual event celebrates something extremely special about the small town at the southern end of Seneca Lake. Watkins Glen was the home of a 6.6 mile road course that went through its downtown streets. This annual tribute was designed to recreate the atmosphere of the street races that took place from 1948-1955. Every year this event draws thousands of people to celebrate in the excitement of vintage car racing. 

The U.S. Vintage Grand Prix has something for everyone. The downtown streets of Watkins Glen are lined with live music, wine tastings, food, and so much more! There are also over 600 class sports cars to admire as you wander throughout the town.

For tickets and more information visit

The famous Watkins Glen International Speedway also celebrates the Vintage Grand Prix in the form of Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix the same weekend. For more information about this special race visit

Celebrate fall in the historic Gaffer District in downtown Corning, NY! There is live music, food, beer & wine tastings, and fun for the whole family. It is also just a short walk (or shuttle ride) away from The Corning Museum of Glass, where the largest glass pumpkins will be on display!

For the schedule of music and activities visit and look for the Harvest Music Festival under the ‘Events’ section.

Finger Lakes Beer Festival | October 25, 2014

Fall is definitely the season of beer. What better way to celebrate than 30 craft beers from 15 Finger Lakes craft breweries at the same time, all in one location? Watkins Glen International is happy to provide the brews, along with live music and food. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the actual event. Each ticket comes with a complimentary beer glass.

For more information, visit the Events section of  

Wine Trail & Winery Events

  This weekend long wine trail event allows you experience all the sights, smells, and tastes that the season has to offer. Each winery gives you a sample of a delicious dish that highlights the season’s harvest along with some of the best wines Keuka Lake has to offer. This is also a great opportunity to try the newly released wines!

For tickets and more information visit

Join Glenora Wine Cellars for the ultimate lobster bake! Each ticket holder receives a whole Maine Lobster, steamed clams, salt potatoes, freshly picked sweet corn, Cole slaw, rolls, homemade brownies, and iced tea. There is also an a la carte menu where all these items can be purchased individually. And of course, Glenora wine will be available for purchase all day! On Saturday, Steve Southworth & the Rockability Rays will provide live music for your entertainment, and on Sunday it’s Bob’s Brother’s Band. Each band plays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

So bring your blankets and long chairs, and don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the season in style. 

For tickets and more information visit  

Fox Run Food & Wine Experience | Various Dates throughout the Fall

Enjoy a truly unique experience from Fox Run Vineyards the next time you visit Finger Lakes Wine Country. It begins with a 45 minute tour of Fox Run’s vineyards and winery looking over beautiful Seneca Lake. During this tour you will learn all about the history of Fox Run Vineyards and wine making in Finger Lakes Wine Country. After the tour, a light lunch will be provided in their historic barrel room featuring a selection of local cheeses, charcuterie, greens, and fresh baked bread. Lunch is accompanied by a seven wine flight including a dessert wine with a special, sweet treat!  

Reservations must be made at least one week in advance, so make sure you act quickly so that you don’t miss out! To make your reservation and to find out more information visit  

Finger Lakes Restaurant Week | October 20-26, 2014
Finger Lakes Restaurant Week is a celebration of local restaurateurs, farmers, organizations, and consumers that support the local food movement. Restaurant Week gives visitors and local residents the opportunity to enjoy the area's finest and freshest cuisine at leading restaurants in Finger Lakes Wine Country at irresistible price points. From $10 - $35 per person, diners can enjoy locally sourced two-course prix-fixe lunch menus and three-course prix-fixe dinner menus.

For the complete list of participating restaurants visit Full menus will be posted at least one week prior to October 20, 2014. 

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