Winter need not be a bleak time, not if you pay attention to whose imagination is working at full tilt and you’re willing to drive a few hours.
Take the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua. The Finger Lakes facility is working on the finishing touches for its 3rd annual “nICE Festival,” a celebration of ice wines and food, all New York sourced.
The event, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 26, will be more than a sit-and-watch affair. It will include cooking classes, pairings, ice sculpture demonstration and live music to go with the wine tastings.
Noon to 5 p.m. — Ice wine tasting in the tasting room and exhibit room with representatives from area wineries, accompanied by regional food favorites. Free.
2 p.m. — Kitchen Quick Takes in the Hands-On Kitchen: Preparing cheese soufflé, paired with ice wine. $40.
2 p.m. — Ice sculpture demonstration with Executive Chef Carlo Peretti. Free.
2 to 5 p.m. — Live Music in the Taste of New York Restaurant. Free.
3 p.m. — Wine and chocolate pairing in the Educational Theater, Sampling three New York wines, including one ice wine, paired with a sampling of three chocolate desserts prepared by NYWCC pastry chef Andrew. $20.
4 p.m. — Ice sculpture demonstration with chef instructor Jeff Christiano. Free.
5 p.m. — Winter wine and food pairing — In the Educational Theater; serving New York cheddar quiche, roast beef au jus, and spiced pumpkin pie paired with Chardonnay, Meritage and ice wines. $25 per person.
All day — Sweet & Savory Duo/Ice Wine Pairing — In the Taste of New York Restaurant. $15.
Advance registration is required, and can be done online.
The Center is located at 800 South Main Street. Phone: (585) 394-7070.
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