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The Cayuga Wine Trail Wine & Herb Festival: April 23-25 and April 30-May 2. Finger Lakes Wine Country, Cayuga Lake, N.Y. – Expose your green thumb and send your palate on a joyride at Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s 18th Annual Wine & Herb Festival. To participate, purchase a ticket, then visit the 15 participating wineries and one cidery along Cayuga Lake, taking home a souvenir wine glass and a plant carrier filled with sixteen herb or vegetable plants -- locally grown by Dickman Farms in Auburn, N.Y. At each winery/cidery, participants will sample unique wine and food pairings, and receive the recipe card and herb/vegetable plant that was used in their sampling.

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the oldest wine trail in America.

Each winery/cidery will feature a unique pairing. This is a great event to sample mouth-watering recipes like Sweet Corn Chowder with fresh thyme from Sheldrake Point & Simply Red Bistro or try the Orzo Salad with feta and dill from Six Mile Creek Vineyard. Each winery will serve a different fine wine paired with an herb/veggie dish. A sampling of herb/veggie plants that will be used in the food recipes and offered to participants to take home include: Arugula, Cilantro, Dill, Howden Pumpkin, Lemon Basil, Marjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Potato(Seed Potatoes), Purple Lavender, Sage, Sweet 100 Tomato, Sweet Italian Basil, Thyme, Triple Curled Parsley and Zucchini.

Think spring, plan for harvest! New this year, if participants can resist eating their take-home plants – once they’ve fully grown, this fall they can enter their best homegrown zucchinis, potatoes, and pumpkins into the “Grow and Show” contest at the Harvest Hoopla in September.

Event Date and Times: Weekend 1: April 23, 1-5 p.m. and April 24-25, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Weekend 2: April 30, 1-5 p.m. and May 1-2, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. On Friday’s, participating wineries are limited to: Montezuma, King Ferry, Long Point, and Six Mile Creek. And, on Saturday’s, Long Point and King Ferry wineries will open their doors at 9 a.m. with early bird breakfast treats.

Ticket Information: Advance Sale Tickets: Single Ticket $35, Couple Ticket $50 (plus handling fee and sales tax). Designated Driver tickets are available. Tickets at the door are $5 more.

Upgrade to the Wine & Herb Festival Package for a worry free experience. Imagine being picked up in a luxury bus, touring the wineries along the wine trail and enjoying fine wines and delectable treats as you enjoy camaraderie with new friends.

All participants are eligible to win a Wine & Herb Festival grand prize, including prizes from Aurora Inn, Courtyard by Marriott in Ithaca, and Experience! The Finger Lakes and Discovery Trail. To enter the contest, simply complete a ticket at the last winery stop.

For more information or to purchase tickets call the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail office at 1.800.684.5217, visit the Web site: Tickets can also be purchased from any Wegmans store.

The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the oldest wine trail in America – it is the first organized and longest running. Recently, several wineries have won many prestigious awards, including the Governor's Cup at the New York Wine and Food Classic. Along the Wine Trail, there are 15 wineries, one cidery, one meadery, and four distilleries.

More information on Finger Lakes Wine Country can be found at Finger Lakes Wine Country is arguably the most beautiful and affordable wine country destination in North America. Begin planning your escape to Finger Lakes Wine Country now at Download a free travel guide, build your own personalized itinerary, and discover your ideal vacation destination that is just down the road.


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