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Fairs & Festivals in the Finger Lakes

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Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off & WinterFest

When: Saturday in mid-February

Where: outdoors on The Commons, 171 E. State St., Ithaca, NY 14850

Contact: 607-277-8679

Held in conjunction with the Red Hot Bluegrass Festival, the Cook-Off features more than two dozen contestants, vying for the honor of Best in Town. Live music.

East End Festivals

When: 1st Friday in June, 2nd Fridays in July and August

Where: Rochester's East End, beginning at 5 p.m.

Contact: 585-234-0630

The streets are closed off, allowing people to wander from venue to venue. Lots of food and drinks. Music on outdoor stages.

Taste of Syracuse

When: Friday and Saturday at the beginning of June

Where: Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY 13202

Contact: 315-484-1123

40 area restaurants provide food. Pay as you eat. Entertainment, demonstrations.


When: 3rd weekend in July

Where: Chili Memorial Park, 3235 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624

Contact: 585-889-4680

Chili cook-off, live entertainment, arts and crafts.

Empire Brewfest

When: 3rd Friday in July

Where: Clinton Square (intersection of N. Clinton St. and Erie Blvd. W.), Syracuse, NY 13221

More than 70 breweries will be on hand for you to taste their brews. Music throughout the evening.

Ithaca Brew Fest

When: 1st Saturday in September

Where: Stewart Park (southern end of Cayuga Lake), Ithaca, NY 14850

Contact: dan@ithacabeer.com

Sample beer from over 30 breweries, live music, food.

Savor Rochester

When: 3rd Monday in September

Where: Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., Rochester, NY 14605

Contact: 585-328-3380

Billed as the "largest tasting event in Upstate New York," Savor Rochester brings together over 100 of New York's premiere restaurants, wineries, breweries, speciality food producers, and farmers to provide a unique eating experience. All proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Foodlink.


Updated 7 August 2011








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