Monday, September 24, 2012

Head for the hills for a coastal wine and food festival

For some people, Autumn is a great time to drive through the mountains, what with the foliage changing color and the crispness of the air now that summer has departed. For others, a trip to the coast to enjoy the solitude along the water now that the tourists have departed is the perfect weekend.

Within a relatively short drive of the Capital Region both activities can be rolled into one. Don't believe that? Well, think of something called the "Adirondack Coast."

That's a relatively new marketing term for attractions offered both by the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain. And, the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail Alliance is putting together a major event for 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 6, in Plattsburgh that will put the region's best foot forward.

The "Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider & Food Festival" will be held at the Crete Civic Center, located on the shore of Lake Champlain. It will feature local cold climate wines, ciders and gastronomical creations in a setting of four indoor "neighborhoods."

Following an afternoon of unlimited sampling of wines and ciders, as well as artisan foods, demonstrations and live music in several genres, "The Great Lucy Grape Stomp" will be held at 6 p.m., emulating the classic Lucille Ball grape-stomping episode of the TV classic "I Love Lucy," and the final hour of the festival will be held on the beach with more mingling and music.

Tickets, available online, are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or $36 per couple.

The Crete Center, located at 41 City Hall Place, is best reached by taking Northway Exit 39.

More information on activities on the Adirondack Coast is available by clicking here.

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