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Wine Food and Music Festival in Saratoga showcases local products
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- 55 vendors, all proudly showcasing what New York State has to offer. Wine, beer, food, and crafts, all made in our own backyard. The message of the "Wine Food and Music Festival," support our neighbors.
"I think it's the best way to support the economy as a whole. You're supporting locally. You're supporting local families, local businesses, local banks even, and it's just a very sustainable way to do business," says Jason Signore with Shmaltz Brewing Company.
Sasha Pardy co-owns Adirondack Winery with her husband. They are going into their seventh year in business. She says New York State has really catered to her business in recent years.
"Tourism plays a really important role when you relate it to those businesses, and we really draw people from not only the state but Massachusetts Vermont Connecticut Rhode Island. In Lake George we get people from all over and they really see us as an attraction," Pardy says.
It's especially important for local wineries after the harsh winter.
"The grape crop has been a big concern for the New York wine industry considering the tough winter that we just had. We source our grapes from other growers so we haven't felt it yet but we're a little bit nervous," Pardy says.
This is the first year this event is being held and we're told they plan to make it an annual event. It's a way to incorporate New York wineries and publicize them, something they say is vital to growing their business.
"We're in Lake George so we're dead in the winter as always and we always expect that. We plan that. One of the ways that we buffer that is by coming to festivals like this," says Pardy.
The festival took place at the Saratoga City Center Saturday from noon until 6pm.