Hey there, fellow craft beverage fans! Imagine this: you’ve just landed in one of the coolest spots in the U.S. – the Finger Lakes Area. It’s like a hidden gem, snuggled between these awesome hills and gorgeous lakes that shimmer in the sunlight. And guess what? Your taste buds are in for an absolute rollercoaster of flavors. If you’re all about supporting local businesses and geeking out over craft beverages, you’re in for a treat. Get ready to dive into a world of festivals that are basically tailor-made for us – the folks who appreciate a good drink and a good time. So, grab your glass and let’s dive into some of the best festivals this place has to offer!
1. Casa Larga’s Annual Purple Foot Festival
A celebration of harvest and one of the largest grape stomping festivals in the Eastern U.S.! Enjoy the old world tradition of stomping grapes – just like our ancestors did back in Italy. This festival is a delight for all ages, plus those under 21 are FREE!
Participate in one of many activities including grape stomping, wine tastings (included with the purchase of an adult ticket), photo opportunities, pie eating contest, kid zone and more!
Online tickets are not available on the day of the festival. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
September 17, 2023
Tickets: $17 +tax
Day of (at the door): $22 +tax
2. Foodlink Festival of Foods
Discover a gathering of Rochester’s finest food and beverage vendors, including Rohrbach Brewing Company, united for a single evening to support Foodlink and its invaluable programs serving thousands in need. Indulge in an unlimited feast of flavors and drinks, accompanied by live music, exciting raffles, and much more – ensuring a fantastic and fulfilling experience for all!
Monday, September 18, 2023
6:00 PM — 9:00 PM
Rochester Public Market
General — $75
VIP — $100
3. Ciderfest at Embark Craft Ciderworks
Apple orchards are abundant in the Finger Lakes, and the region’s love affair with apples culminates at Ciderfest! Celebrate the apple’s transformation into liquid gold – cider. With 3 ticket options, you can maximize your experience! All tickets will get you access to tastings from over 20 cideries, a complimentary Ciderfest tasting glass, corn hole, photo booth fun, live music and food trucks!
September 29 2023
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
$75 VIP/ $50 GA/ $15 DD
4. Hoochenanny Whiskey Festival
The inaugural Hoochenanny Whiskey Festival is a celebration of NY craftsmanship pairing local culinary, craft whiskey, and cocktails with a music lineup that includes regional and national artists. You’ll find specially-curated distillers including the trail’s own Iron Smoke Distillery.
Celebrate the perfect blend of local culture, community, and hospitality.
October 20-21, 2023
1-day GA Saturday Pass—$29.99
1-day VIP Saturday Pass—$100
2-day VIP Saturday & Sunday Pass—$350
As passionate enthusiasts of craft beverages and lovers of local businesses, these festivals aren’t just
events – they’re celebrations of community, artistry, and the vibrant spirit of the Finger Lakes. When you
raise your glass here, you’re not just tasting a product; you’re savoring the fruits of the labor poured
into every bottle. These festivals create a space where makers and consumers come together, forging
connections that transcend the mere act of consumption.
Let’s toast to the vibrant culture of craft beverages and the remarkable local businesses that
bring them to life!