24th Annual Harvest Fest at Hunt Country Vineyards

Pack up your friends, family and camera and come to the 24th Annual Harvest Festival at Hunt Country Vineyards on the beautiful western slope of Keuka Lake, Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6. Admission and parking are free and no reservations are needed. Enjoy a lunch of delicious foods and free cooking demonstrations by Chef Paul Mach (of “You’re the Chef”, a public television series), Chef Mike Ditchfield and the talented Culinary Arts students of Penn College’s School of Hospitality. Keuka Roaster BBQ Beef Brisket on a crusty rollSausage Sampler with warm German potato saladBison Burger seasoned with Burning Asphalt Hickory Salt,topped with caramelized onions and a Finger Lakes grape ketchup, on a crusty rollVegan Curried Butternut Squash & Coconut Milk SoupBean & Grain Burrito with Italy Hill Produce organic vegetablesPumpkin CheesecakeDouble Chocolate TorteJoin winemaker Jonathan Hunt for a special wine-tasting workshop with cellar samples. Several delicious vintages will be officially launched at the event, including a soft, vanilla oak Chardonnay 2012 and a delectable new Late Harvest Moscato. Hunt Country will be offering free standard wine tastings, as well as specialty wine tastings with chocolates or cheeses, and tours of their wine-making facilities and new geothermal heating and cooling system.Family activities will add to the fun on both days: a grape-stomping contest, live alpacas, bean bag toss, and haywagon tours of the vineyards. Live music will fill the air each afternoon. Local craftspeople, artists and specialty food producers will display and provide samples of their artwork and wares. Food ($2 to $5) and activity tickets ($1 to $3) are purchased at the event. The event runs from 10 AM until 6 PM on Saturday the 5th and from 11 AM until 6 PM on Sunday the 6th. For complete information, including menu details, click www.HuntWines.com/Harvest-Festival or call 800.946.3289. Hunt Country Vineyards, a sixth-generation family farm and winery, is located one mile up Italy Hill Road from Route 54A in Branchport on Keuka Lake, the heart of the Finger Lakes, just one beautiful hour’s drive from Rochester, 1½ hours from Syracuse, and a little over 2 hours from Buffalo and many points in northern Pennsylvania. The vineyards have been featured on NBC’s Today Show and were awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.com.

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