Our trip to the Adirondack Wine and Food Festival was a late Father’s Day, and early birthday, present for my Dad. It’s a celebration of New York wines, beers, cider, distilled spirits and food.
There were more vendors and more people than last year, which is wonderful because it means several things: the craft beverage scene is growing in New York State, more people means more hotel rooms and tourism dollars pumped into our local economy and that small businesses are thriving.
After tasting, and snappchatting, more beer, wine, whiskey, hot sauce and cheese than my stomach could handle, I’ve assembled some of my favorites. Let me tell you, this wasn’t easy. There wasn’t one booth where I walked away thinking, “oh gosh that’s terrible.” Each vendor had such a unique offering and they all complimented each other very well.
Seriously, next year, if you don’t know what to get your Dad for Father’s Day, think about tickets (and a designated driver) to this event. It was such a fun experience to share together.
Here are some things that stood out to me ….
If you know me, you know that I love craft beer, you also know that I am highly allergic to it. But, every once in a while, I splurge, deal with the hives and upset stomach and have some. This Coffee Cup stout from Common Roots was so worth it. It had a dark beer taste, but was still smooth and very drinkable.
One of my Dad’s favorites was of course the Adirondack Brewery. But, he’s always liked them, so there is no surprise there.
Since going to Italy in April, I have become a Limoncello snob. This one from the Springbrook Farm Distillery, was comparable to the one I have in my freezer straight from the Amalfi coast. I cannot wait to visit their establishment soon and pick some up.
There were a lot more spirits at this year’s festival. A lot of small batch vodkas and whiskies. These two companies stood out. Their products were smooth, drinkable and didn’t need a mixer.
I’m very familiar with Nettle Meadow, because I’ve both had their products before and visited their farm. But, these were two cheeses I had never had before. The simply sheep is fabulous. The cranberry is new. It has a simple cranberry flavor that doesn’t overpower. My Dad even raved about that and he usually hates flavored cheeses.
Surprise of the day
I’ll be honest, I thought this was going to be ridiculously sweet, syrupy and overpowering. Nope, none of it. It was refreshing and crisp. This would be a perfect summer lake sipping wine.
Since I have a sweet spot for horses and wine, this sign just got to me. It was adorable, and made me smile. Oh, and the wine was good, too!
Since I lost my job and don’t have a ton of extra spending money these day, I was very selective in my purchases. I mostly picked the items based on knowing I may have a hard time finding easily, price or need. You may say why would I need whisky, but when you have company coming, and it would be buying it anyway, I would rather put my money toward a local spirit.
The video below the photo explains more about each product.
And, of course the Adirondack Winery. One of the driving forces behind the festival and just really awesome people and wine. They are always a favorite.
Also, I posted a bunch of Snapchat videos live from the festival, but since Snaps expire after 24 hours, I did my best to string them together in this little video.