This weekend is Holiday Valley’s 14th annual Beer and Wine Festival, Nov. 10 and 11, featuring live music and entertainment, a New Orleans-style feast and, of course, the best of the best local brews and wines.
On Friday, Nov. 10, “Beer on the Bayou” Beer and Wine Dinner starts at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Valley Lodge. This event will boast several dishes prepared with and pairing with unique and special brews, featuring Voodoo Brewery. Guests will begin their journey to the bayous of Louisiana with the “Ragin’ Cajun Cocktail Hour” and the dark magic of the Voodoo Mama, who will entrance guests with her dark magic and shadowy powers.
Music and song, provided by Michael Nugent, will be a mixture of jazz, Cajun and Southern rhythms.
On Saturday, the fun continues with the Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival, legendary for great beers, wines and good times. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., take your pick of over 100 beers and wines from New York State and the region, plus take in the entertainment on three floors of the beautiful Holiday Valley Lodge. Tickets include a 3 oz. tasting glass for unlimited sampling.
Breweries include 4 Mile Brewery, Big Ditch Brewing Company, BlackBird Hard Cider, Boston Beer Company, Bronx Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Buffalo Distilling, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., CB Craft Brewers, Cider Creek Hard Cider , Community Beer Works, DG Yuengling, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Empire Brewing Co., Erie Brewing Co., Flying Bison Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Hamburg Brewing Co, Hazlitt’s Orchard and Cider, Innis & Gunn – Aaron Wurl from Certo, Ithaca Beer, Long Trail, McKenzie’s Hard Cider, Muskoka Brewery , Naked Dove Brewing Co., North American Breweries, North Country Brewing Co, Ommegang, Original Sin Cider, Pizza Plant Italian Pub, Resurgence Brewing, Rohrbachs Brewing, Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., Saranac Brewery (The Matt Brewing Co.), Shiner Beer-Spoetzl Brewry, Shock Top / Goose Island , Sierra Nevada, Sly Fox, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Three Heads Brewing, Vermont Hard Cider Co (Woodchuck), Victory Brewing, Voodoo Brewery, Willoughby Brewing Co., Wolavers/Otter Creek/Long Trail.
Beer is not the only beverage on tap at the lodge. Wineries include Victoriabourg Wine Estate, Casa Larga Vineyards & Winery, Main Street Winery, Merritt Estate Winery, Midgard Winery, Savage Winery, Winery of Ellicottville and Venditti Vineyards. Distilleries include Black Button Distilling, Honeyoye Falls Distillery, Southern Tier Distilling Co. and Saint Lawrence Spirits Distillery.
Each ticket includes a $5 voucher redeemable for food in the cafeteria. The menu includes German favorites like sausage and pretzels, plus hot dogs, burgers, fries and poutine. In addition, EVL Cheese, jerky from Dom’s Butcher Block, Kettle Corn and the Bavarian Nut Company will offer snacks for festival patrons. Gary Liota from Santiago Cigars will be hand rolling cigars on the second floor deck.
All three floors of the Holiday Valley Lodge will be alive with great music. The second floor features Hit N Run. The Tim Britt Band will keep things lively on the main floor and Michael Nugent will set the mood in the Wine Cellar on the ground floor.
Festival tickets are $60 and on sale at www.holidayvalley.com and also at Wegmans stores. You must be 21 to purchase a ticket and also to attend the festival.
End the weekend with a Kegs and Eggs breakfast, held on Sunday at John Harvard’s Brew House at the Tamarack Club from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $12.95.
For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com.