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SPECIAL EVENT | Finger Lakes Beer and Wine Festivals 

To celebrate and promote the burgeoning wineries and craft breweries of the Finger Lakes region, the first HopsfestNY and the Sixth Annual Finger Lakes Riesling Festival will take place Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10.

This weekend, Nedloh Brewing Company will host HopsfestNY, a new event focused on hops and craft beer. The event's first day will consist of a series of seminars about the craft brewing process and the beer industry in New York State from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 12 p.m. through 6 p.m., the festival will offer tasting tents featuring local craft brews, brewing demonstrations, live music, and a food truck rodeo. On Sunday, food and beer offerings will continue from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. From 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., the Big Green Grill's Chef Cook-off will feature chefs from local restaurants like Amoré, Rocco's, and Cheesy Eddie's competing to create the best dish. City Newspaper's dining critic, Laura Kenyon, will participate as a judge.

HopsfestNY takes place Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, at Nedloh Brewing Company, 6621 State Route 5 & 20, Bloomfield. Tickets are $30 for a single day pass, or $50 for both days of the event. For more information and ticket sales, visit hopsfestNY.com.

The Sixth Annual Finger Lakes Riesling Festival offers festivalgoers the opportunity to enter a wine garden and sample a variety of Rieslings, craft beers, and cheese pairings, and a chance to stomp grapes. The event, a fundraiser for the Canandaigua YMCA, also hosts educational seminars on food and drink at the top of each hour at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. Along the Canandaigua Pier, there will be a special farmers market, arts and crafts vendors, live music, and a fireworks display to cap the night.

The Finger Lakes Riesling Festival is Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the New York Wine and Culinary Center and Canandaigua City Pier. Admission to the wine garden costs $20 and includes a commemorative tasting glass, but festival's events along the Canandaigua Pier are free. For more information visit rieslingfestival.com.

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