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A Hearty Feast of Food and Wine: The Pride of New York Harvest Festival

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Pride of New York Harvest Fest, Saratoga Springs

Pride of NY Harvest Fest at the Saratoga City Center: Get Your Fill of Fine Food & Wine

The Pride of New York Harvest FestivalAccording to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, a harvest festival is defined as “an annual celebration, which occurs around the time of the main harvest in a given region.” Harvests usually feature much eating, drinking, music, and all around “merriment.” Expect the full treatment this weekend at the Pride of New York Harvest Fest. The festival, now in its 16th year, will be taking place at the Saratoga City Center on Saturday, November 12 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, November 13 from 12noon to 5pm, following up from its run in Syracuse on November 5-6. Here’s a taste of some of what you’ll find at this year’s Pride of NY Harvest Fest:

White Springs Winery is the newest winemaker on board, offering a selection of cool-climate wines, with the “passion of allowing the unique characteristics of estate-grown grapes to express themselves.” Goose Watch Winery showcases both classic varieties, such as Pinot Grigio and Merlot, as well as a few lesser-known wines, like Diamond and Isabella.

Tierra Farm should be high on your list of vendors to check out, offering 100% certified organic nuts and dried fruit to nut butters, trail mixes and fair trade coffee. Slightly less healthy, but equally delicious, is local favorite Saratoga Sweets, who are promising to bring along a variety of their homemade chocolates. Fingers are crossed that the famous Peppermint Pigs will be joining them!

If pickles are what your heart desires, Puckers Gourmet will be around to offer their “authentic Kentucky oak barrel pickled delectables,” which are made using 100% all natural ingredients, free of preservatives, wheat, soy and gluten. For a less traditional fall treat, visit Better Brittle, who makes West African style peanut brittle–just like the “brittle you remember from childhood, only without all the tooth-breaking, rock hard corn syrup.”

There will be more than enough wines and foods to sample and take home for the holidays with over 100 vendors making an appearance over the weekend. Tickets are $25 per person, per day, and can be purchased online at All proceeds will benefit the Classroom Enrichment Fund at the Community Foundation of the Capital Region. If you’re looking to make a weekend out of it, you can purchase a $350 ticket that includes a weekend pass ticket, accommodation, and a $50 gift card to a downtown restaurant. Click here for the full list of vendors (and their websites).

Halley Ofner is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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