America’s Grape Country Fest already planning ’11

18 Aug
DUNKIRK, NY — The final numbers for the 3rd third annual America’s Grape Country Wine Festival show another 2,000-plus turnout.

The event, which was held over the weekend at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, was successful enough that its organizers today announced a renewal of the event for 2011.

More than 20 wineries from around the state participated, along with a variety of artisanal food vendors and craftspersons. The event also was designated an official Farmer’s Market by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets.

“This is such a tremendous event for us to participate in every year,” said John Yerico, marketing person for Yerico Farms. “This isn’t just an opportunity to sell our product. This is advertising at its finest because the festival attendees can actually taste our products and learn about them.”

Said Edwin Rodriguez, marketing and promotions person for the festival, “The event has done exactly what we had hoped it would do by growing every year. We have worked a lot of the kinks out of the festival planning and a lot of the vendors noticed. We received compliments all weekend. Next year is going to be huge for us.”

Festival planners already are working on next year’s event, and promise a “name” national performing music artist for the fairgrounds grandstand.

Tickets for the 2011 wine festival will go on sale as early as next week. Details are available by phone at (800) 965-4834 or online.

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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Festival, Western New York, Wine


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