Festival-goers will get a chance to sample the crème de la crème of the north country’s best offerings on Saturday and Sunday at the sixth annual North Country Wine, Beer and Food Festival.
North country wineries, craft brewers, restaurants, bakeries, candy makers,produce and snack vendors will fill the Richard G. Lockwood Arena from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $5 for adults. Children younger than 12 can attend for free. Veterans and active duty military with ID will be admitted for $4.
“If you’ve never tried wine or want to sample to find your favorite, this is the perfect chance to get your feet wet and see what our local vineyards have to offer,” Ogdensburg Chamber Director Laura Pearson said. “It’s one of our signature events here in Ogdensburg. It’s our way of highlighting different things to do in Ogdensburg. It is a beautiful area and we like to showcase that.”
Most of the samples and products are made and sold locally, Ms. Pearson said.
Wine sampling will be provided by Adirondack Winery, Glens Falls; Americana Vineyards and Winery, Interlaken; Bella-Brooke Vineyard, Hammond; Coyote Moon Vineyards, Clayton; Hazlitt 1852, Hector; Otter Creek Winery, Philadelphia; River Myst Winery, Ogdensburg; Thousand Islands Winery, Alexandria Bay; Tug Hill Vineyards, Lowville and Vendetti Vineyards, Theresa.
Craft beer sampling will be provided by: St. Lawrence Brewing Company, Canton; AJ Missert’s, Ogdensburg, and A. Cappione, Massena.
St. Lawrence Brewing Co. will offer tastings of its Barnstormer Pilsner and Maple Porter.
“Not only is it thrilling for us to be involved in the tasting event right here in St. Lawrence County, but it is great to see places like Ogdensburg encouraging people to try locally craft beer that they may not have tasted otherwise,” Trent A. Trulock, St. Lawrence Brewery director of sales, said.
“Before prohibition, every town had their own brewery,” Mr. Trulock said. “But the only ones that survived were the big domestic beer makers. Now we’re seeing a resurgence in our community of locally crafted beers.”
Food sampling will come from Applegrove Farm, Mexico; Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Vt.; Kim’s Cheesecake on a Stick, Clayton; Maple River Syrup Co., Canton; Roger Bacon Concessions; Rome Grown Garlic, Rome; Specialtea Teas, Lisbon, and Uncle Jim’s Backwoods Goods, Norfolk.
“It’s nice to try things before you buy them,” Ms. Pearson said. “It is hard to go to the store and buy something if you don’t know if you’re going to like it. We want to give people a chance to sample a little bit of everything before they buy it.”
A number of local artists also will attend the event, which is sponsored by the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce and the city.