September is bittersweet, as we savor the warm days and cool nights of summer’s end and welcome the excitement and joy of fall in the Finger Lakes! Come and celebrate another spectacular season of bountiful harvest in New York’s wine and apple country!
Beak and Skiff Apple Farm and Country Store, 2708 Lords Hill Road (Rte. 80, LaFayette, NY. For a family-friendly apple adventure, head to Lafayette, New York, to take a tractor ride to the orchards for prime picking of the season’s best Empires, Northern Spies, Red Delicious, or McIntosh varieties. Visit the farm’s country store, wander the corn maze, or sample apple wines, cider, and apple vodka at the nearby Beak and Skiff Winery.
Red Jacket Orchards, 957 NY-5, Geneva, NY. One of the oldest orchards in the region, Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva, New York, was originally planted in 1917 and has grown for the last 50 years under the management of the Nicholson Family. Located along the rolling hills of Seneca Lake, the orchard and juice company is certified by Food Alliance as a sustainable producer. Offering some of the region’s finest fresh fruits and juices, the Nicholsons are committed to using environmentally-friendly practices, such as Integrated Pest Management, to produce quality products while protecting their fertile land.
Sept. 14th – Violinist Fritz Gearhart, Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College, 953 Danby Rd., Ithaca, NY. This event is free and open to the public. It features professional violinist Fritz Gearhart. Violinist Fritz Gearhart has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He has appeared in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie six times since 1998. Gearhart has been heard frequently on National Public Radio including several live broadcast performances. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Music.
Sept. 15th – Sept. 30th – The Calamari Sisters’ Big, Fat, Italian Wedding, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn, NY 13021. Present day. A Kitchen. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
When the Calamari sisters bulldozed upon the musical comedy scene, who knew that three years later, one of them would be tying the knot? Or will they? There’s nothing like an arranged Italian wedding to bring out the crazy relatives, wacky missteps and of course, food, food, food! Join Delphine and Carmela as they sing, dance, laugh and cook their way through such favorites as “Chapel of Love,” “Love and Marriage,” “Get Me To The Church On Time” and “River Deep, Mountain High.” RSVP for your seat to the wedding! Audience: Anyone who has worn a hideous bridesmaid’s dress, or squeezed into a tux or done the Chicken Dance. Rated PG-13. Call the box office for ticket prices & times at 1-800-457-8897.
Sept. 16th – Candlelight Dinner and Ghost Tour, 111 South Main Street, Naples, NY. Have a family-style dinner at the Naples Hotel and a talk with innkeeper Dominick Gallo. After dinner, enjoy a ghost tour of the entire hotel. Dominick has experienced numerous ghostly events, and as you tour the hotel he will be there to validate the spooky happenings that occur every day! 4pm-9pm. The cost of dinner and tour is about $35. Dinners will be schedule for Wednesday nights in the fall. Call hotel for more information at (585) 374-5630.
Sept. 18th & Sept. 25th – Food & Wine Experience at Fox Run Vineyards, Fox Run Vineyards
670 South Route 14, Penn Yan, NY. Guests will be welcomed by a dedicated staff member for a personalized experience around the Fox Run Vineyards estate. Begin with a 45 minute walking tour of the vineyards and winery followed by a light lunch served in the historic barrel room featuring a selection of local products. Lunch is accompanied by a flight of six Fox Run wines including a dessert wine served with something sweet. Each guest will receive a souvenir Fox Run logo glass. Reservations can be made at least 24 hours in advance online, or by calling 315-536-4616. The cost is $40 per person plus tax
Sept. 18th – Harvest Music Festival, Downtown Corning, NY. Gaffer District and Elmira Savings Bank invite you to the 20th annual Harvest Music Festival. Join us for Finger Lakes wine and beer tastings, two days of live music, food and fun for the whole family! Website: http://gafferdistrict.com/events
Sept. 19th– Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant, Chef’s Signature Wine Dinner, 2770 Ernsberger Rd. Romulus, NY. This dinner, scheduled during the height of harvest promises to be a gastronomical experience not to miss, as the chef works with local products to create flavors of the Finger Lakes that all of us will enjoy. This five course dinner will be paired beautifully with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Chateau LaFayette Reneau Wine Cellars, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. 6:30PM – 10:00PM Tickets $74.90, visit website to purchase, www.knappwine.com
Sept. 19th – The Best of Seneca West Wine Tour
The western shores of Seneca Lake are home to some of the most well-respected wine-makers in the Finger Lakes. On this tour, you will learn their stories and taste the outcome of their commitment and passion to their craft. Our first stop is Kemmeter Winery, the boutique winery of Johannes Rienhardt.
After lunch, we make our way up the road to Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards, where we will enjoy a private tasting in the winery. Wiemer is considered one of the top Riesling producers in the United States, and was recognized by Wine & Spirits Magazine as one of the top 100 American wineries for 2014. Our final stop of the day is Red Tail Ridge Winery. Red Tail Ridge is recognized by the New York Times, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast as one of the best producers in the region.
Price: $145.00 per person. This price includes the transportation, tasting fees, added services, lunch, and special food pairings. This price is associated with a 5 person total guest count. Alternate pricing and touring options are available for tours that do not meet this minimum. Departure Locations: (This tour runs from 10:30 am-4:30 pm) Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 Geneva on the Lake, 1001 Lochland Rd (Rte 14), Geneva NY 14456 Belhurst Castle, 4069 Westlake Rd., Geneva NY 14456 To book this tour visit: http://experiencefingerlakes.com/wine-tours/seneca-lake/seneca-lake-full-day-wine-tours/best-seneca-west-wine-tour/or call Experience! The Finger Lakes at (607)-233-4818, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.
Sept. 19th – Early Fall Foliage Festival at Buttonwood Grove, 5986 State Rte. 89, Romulus, NY. 1:00 – 5:00 PM – Join us for our annual Early Fall Foliage Festival and sit back and enjoy the music of Phil Dumond. A native of Watertown, N.Y, Phil has been playing small concert venues and showcases for close to 30 years, opening for such acts as Buffalo Springfield, Benny Mardonis, George Jones and Willy Nelson. Using a looping system Phil’s rhythm’s and layering adds a complex texture to his music. Close your eyes and you will swear there’s more than a solo act going on! We’ll have food, vendors, wine pairings, wine slushies, and more! No cover charge. Website: http://www.buttonwoodgrove.com
Sept. 19th – Through the Tasting Glass: The Wondrous Wines of Keuka Lake
Keuka Lake…where wine making first began in the region over 150 years ago. It is the birthplace of the Finger Lakes wine industry and the home of wine innovation ever since. This tour celebrates the wineries on Keuka who made history all those years ago, and those who continue to make history with some of the most talked about wines in the region. The tour begins in the village square in the heart of Hammondsport. Learn about the birth of the Finger Lakes grape and wine industry as we make our way to Pleasant Valley Wine Company, the first bonded winery in the United States. We will tour their historic winery, see the champagne caves from the late 1800’s, and learning how the winery grew to become Taylor Wine Company. We will then head back into the village of Hammondsport to enjoy a wine-pairing lunch at Luna Mezza Grille featuring local finger lakes wines. After lunch, the tour continues at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Wine Cellars, the igniter of the Vinifera wine revolution in the Finger Lakes. Visit Chateau Frank, their family’s sparking wine facility.
The tour culminates with a private tasting at Heron Hill Winery, where we will feature vineyard-specific vintages of rieslings, cabernets and other Finger Lakes varietals that are defining our region in the 21st century. To book this tour visit http://experiencefingerlakes.com/ or call Experience! The Finger Lakes at 607-233-4818, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.
This tour is only available for private parties upon request, beginning May 24 and ending November 29th. A minimum of 5 guests is required to run this tour, a maximum of 13 can be accommodated. Please call 607-233-4818 if you are interested in this tour for your party. Website: http://experiencefingerlakes.com/wine-tours/keuka-lake
September 20th – Lucas Vineyards 18th Annual German Festival, 3862 County Road 150, Interlaken NY, 14847. Live Music by The Enzian Bavarian Band and Dancers, Grape Stomping, Grape Pies, German Food,Alphorn and Polka Contests, Balloon Art and Costumes with highlight the Festival. Lucas Vineyard’s Award Winning Rieslings and Gewürztraminer will be featured. This event is fun for the whole family. Rain or Shine (under the tents). From 12:30 to 4:30pm, $5 cover charge, Free parking.
Sept. 26th – Rose Hill Food & Wines, 3373 Route 96A, Geneva, NY.
As the sun begins to set over Seneca Lake, enjoy the tastes of autumn, with hors d’oeuvres and wine provided by area restaurants and wineries. The event will also include a raffle of many items and services donated by local businesses. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased through the Geneva Historical Society. For tickets or more information call 315-789-5151. Proceeds from the event support the historical society. Website: http://www.genevahistoricalsociety.com
Sept. 28th – Rupert’s Table – New Orleans Creole, 431 Main Street, Aurora, NY.
Join Chef Rupert for a three-course New Orleans Creole inspired meal at the Inns of Aurora, E.B. Morgan House. Package includes dinner, overnight accommodations and homemade breakfast in the morning. $400 per couple. Website: http://innsofaurora.com
Sept. 30th – Fall Garden Mixer: Celebrate NYS Cider, 800 S Main Street, Canandaigua NY. We’re continuing our popular Summer Garden Mixers and adding one more to the calendar for fall. Join us in our Garden Tent to celebrate the beautiful autumn season in New York State that provides for our fastly growing cider and hard cider industry! Cideries from across New York State will showcase their prized ciders, along with other fall-friendly beverages for you to sample. The NYWCC Culinary Team will prepare light bites incorporating incredible local bounty. Bring your friends and kick off cider season with us! 6:00-8:00pm, $10 per person. Website: http://nywcc.com
10 Fitch, your romantic escape in NY states beautiful Finger Lakes region.