The 2021 Finger Lakes Wine Festival has been postponed. The 25th Anniversary Celebration returns July 8-10, 2022. Experience the event that readers of USA Today have voted the country's "Best Wine Festival"! Sample 90+ New York State wineries, artisan food vendors, pace car rides, craft vendors, live music, and entertainment. The best part? It's all in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes Wine Country!
Wine samples, delicious food, learning experiences about food and wine topics, live music – there’s so much to do at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival. Even exploring the beautiful Finger Lakes setting is an experience on its own. You might have trouble fitting it all in during the weekend! Some of the events and seminars taking place at the festival include:
Wineries: Event attendees come from near and far to sample Finger Lakes wines and chat with the winemakers themselves. Over 80 wineries attend the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, offering samples of their wines. For a full list of wineries participating, click here.
Food: Make your wine tasting experience even better with some delicious food to go with it! There are a variety of artisan food vendors, food trucks, and concessions. Enjoy pasta salads, sandwiches, specialty pizza, organic farm-to-table burgers, and much more. For a full list of food available, click here.
Enhanced Wine Seminars: Led by speakers from Women for WineSense, the enhanced wine seminars are in-depth talks about a variety of topics, including Riesling, Rose, and much more. All the enhanced seminars include small plates of paired food to make the tasting experience even better! Enhanced seminars have a cost and require the purchase of a Finger Lakes Wine Festival day or weekend ticket. Click here for a full list of enhanced seminars.
Free Seminars: Free seminars are also led by speakers from Women for WineSense, Finger Lakes Chapter. They cover a wide range of topics from Cool Climate Reds to the history of Finger Lakes, Sparkling Wine and the Finger Lakes, and much more. To attend and participate, attendees must bring their festival glass to the seminar. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for a full list of free seminars.
Cooking Classes: What goes perfectly with Finger Lakes wine? A delicious meal, of course! Finger Lakes Wine Festival attendees have the opportunity to attend free cooking classes presented by some of the region’s best chefs. From proper steak techniques to pickles and sous-vide cooking fish, there’s something for everyone. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For a full list of cooking classes, click here.
Live Music: Nothing sets the mood quite as well as great music, and there’s no shortage at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival! Enjoy your wine and the beautiful scenery with some great music in the background. For a full list of musical performances, click here.
There are many on-site amenities to make your Finger Lakes Wine Festival even better. These amenities include an ATM, event mobile app, event re-entry, glass rinsing water, wine purchases, Fan Assistance Texting Service, and more.
Finger Lakes Wine Festival
2790 Country Route 16
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
After a day of enjoying wine, you'll want to put your feet up and relax which is why RVing right on-site at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival is a great idea! There are two options for camping sites, each offering its own benefits.
Pit road at The Glen: this area is located adjacent to the track’s start and finish line, offering proximity but privacy away from the festival area.
Important information to keep in mind:
General Camping: Located a short walk from the festival
Important information to keep in mind:
Glamping - New Location for 2022!
Now closer to the heart of the Festival. Glamping will now be located near the Launch of the Lakes area across from Camping Section D.
The Finger Lakes is a beautiful area, and there’s nothing better than having a comfortable bed to sleep in nearby after a day of enjoying wine. With camping right onsite at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, you don’t have to stress! Even if you don’t own an RV of your own, you can rent an RV from RVshare. The options are endless. Rent an RV in your hometown and travel to the wine festival from home, enjoying a leisurely drive with stops along the way, or you can pick up an RV once you arrive in the area. Either way, you’ll always have a private bathroom, a fully stocked kitchen, and comfortable relaxing and sleeping areas.
Whether you’ve decided to RV to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, or prefer to stay in a hotel, there are plenty of options to choose from throughout the Finger Lakes region. Some include:
RV Parks and Campgrounds
Radisson Hotel Corning – Official Hotel of the Festival
The Finger Lakes Wine Festival takes place at Watkins Glen International. For more information on directions and how to get there from a variety of areas, click here.
Parking on-site is available and is free.
A 1-Day or 2-Day Taster Wristband gives you admittance to the Watkins Glen International facility grounds.
Designated Driver Wristbands
A 1-Day Designated Driver Wristband gives you admittance to the festival grounds. This includes dozens of mouth-watering food vendors and unique craft and art purveyors, along with live music performances and outdoor demonstrations.
A designated driver wristband will not be served alcoholic beverages by wineries at the Festival.
Set in the beautiful backdrop of the Finger Lakes region, wine lovers and those who just love to soak up the sun will love the Finger Lakes Wine Festival! There’s so much to do, see and taste, it’s an event that everyone is going to enjoy. And when you rent an RV from RVshare, your travel experience is even better because you can return to a comfortable bed, private bathroom, and stocked kitchen.
Whether you visit the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip. Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm the final details with the official event page.