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Why You Need to Attend the Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Step into the world of exquisite wines and vibrant festivities at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival held annually at the scenic Watkins Glen International Racetrack. This festival is a premiere showcase of New York State wines, featuring over 80 local wineries. Experience diverse wines, gourmet food, live music, and much more. Dive into this blog to uncover everything the festival offers and why it’s a must-visit event.

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Attend the Best Event of the Year at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Savor the Season at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival offers an unparalleled opportunity to sample wines from across New York State. Enjoy wines from wineries like 21 Brix Winery, Adirondack Winery, Ashley Lynn Winery, and many more. Wander through climate-controlled tents, meet the winemakers, and discover your new favorite vintages. Each attendee receives a commemorative glass, perfect for enjoying the day’s offerings and as a keepsake to remember the event.

Launch of the Lakes: A Festive Beginning

Begin your festival experience with a splash at the “Launch of the Lakes” toga party. Celebrate Bacchus, the God of Wine, with vibrant costumes, lively tunes, and a preview wine tasting. The night sky sparkles with fireworks, setting a jubilant tone for the weekend festivities.

Culinary Exploration

Pair your wine with the perfect bite from the festival’s wide range of food vendors. From sophisticated local fare to flavorful international options, every taste is catered for. This culinary journey complements the wine, enhancing your tasting experience.

Art Vendors

Explore the artisan market where local craftspeople display their works. From jewelry and pottery to unique home decor, the festival is a hot spot for those looking to procure unique handmade items and support local artists.


Enjoy the backdrop of continuous live music as you sip and savor your way through the festival. With performances from various genres, the music sets a festive mood and enriches the wine-tasting experience.

Planning Your Visit

Scheduled for July each year, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival is hosted at Watkins Glen International. With a range of ticket options available, from one-day to weekend passes, tailoring your visit is easy.

Enhance Your Festival Experience at Hammondsport Hotel

While enjoying the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, the Hammondsport Hotel is the best place to stay. Just a short drive from the festival, our hotel offers comfortable accommodations, exceptional amenities, and a central location near top local attractions and activities like food tours and hiking.

The Hammondsport Hotel Exterior

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and friendly service that make Hammondsport Hotel a top choice for festivalgoers.

Secure your ideal festival accommodations now! Check availability at Hammondsport Hotel and book your stay to ensure a comfortable and convenient visit to the Finger Lakes.