Sampling events in Syracuse and Albany to showcase New York State products
The 2010 Pride of New York Harvest Fest will be held this fall in Syracuse and Albany to celebrate New York State wine, food and beer. Approximately 100 growers and producers from across the State will offer the public the opportunity to taste and purchase award-winning wines and beers as well as sauces and marinades, meats, cheese, ice cream, baked goods, honey and maple products, organic offerings and more.
The Syracuse event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the New York State Fairgrounds. The Albany event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Empire State Convention Center. $20 advance sale tickets will be available through www.ticketmaster.com. Admission tickets are $25 at the door and include complimentary samples and one seminar, based on availability.
“The Pride of New York Harvest Fest showcases quality products grown and produced right here in New York State and helps remind consumers to buy local and support area businesses,” said New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker. “We received an overwhelmingly positive response to the events last year and look forward to continuing to highlight outstanding New York State products this year.”
The Pride of New York Harvest Fest will also include cooking demonstrations presented by restaurateurs from across the State and educational seminars presented by the New York State Wine and Grape Foundation and the New York State Brewers Association.
This is the 15th year for the Albany event, which will be held at the Empire State Convention Center for the first time. The new venue is larger than the previous location and will increase capacity and vendor space. The inaugural Syracuse event took place at the New York State Fairgrounds in 2009 and attracted more than 4,000 attendees.
“Probably one of the best shows I have ever done for McCadam,” said Chris Pierson, marketing director at Cabot/McCadam, which exhibited at the Syracuse event in 2009 and has also exhibited at the Albany events in the past. “The attendees were informed, attentive and anxious to learn more about the foods they buy and consume.”
The Pride of New York Harvest Fest is organized by the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, the Pride of New York program, the Great New York State Fair, Uncork New York! (the New York Wine & Grape Foundation) and the New York State Brewers Association.
For more information about the Pride of New York Harvest Fest, visit www.prideofnyharvestfest.com or www.facebook.com/harvestfestny.
About the Pride of New York
The Pride of New York is the State’s branding program for the promotion of New York State food and agricultural products. In addition to helping consumers find New York food, the Pride of New York Program assists farmers and food processors in promoting their products by using the Pride of New York emblem, and encourages retailers and restaurants to highlight the New York State products they use and sell by displaying the emblem. To find out more about the Pride of New York Program, call 800-554-4501 or visit www.prideofny.com.