If someone were to ask me to explain to them what makes the Finger Lakes food and beverage scene so unique, I’d have say it’s the fact that we are fortunate enough to have it all.
We are literally sitting in the midst of four specific wine trails – Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, and Canandaigua Lake. There are dozens of craft or microbreweries scattered throughout the region, and yes, there is even a handful of spirit producing distilleries here as well.
But don’t let me steer you into believing that the Finger Lakes is just about booze; it’s not.
We have a considerable number of local Finger Lakes dairies producing some of the most delicious farmstead cheeses you’ve ever tasted. We have access to pasture raised meats, farm fresh ingredients, u-pick farms, along with deliciously unique products produced right here in this region.
Also on the food scene, there are community supported agriculture programs, local farmers markets to explore, along with and farm to table dining experiences at an array of local eateries. Not to mention, agriculture food festivals galore; maple, grapes, potato, garlic, tomato, sauerkraut – take your pick.
And it only gets better. This year the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection which promotes tourism in Ontario County, is hosting the Finger Lakes Food Revolution, all part of the annual Slice, Dice and Spice IV. This event gives locavores like myself, and tourists who love Finger Lakes, the opportunity to nominate, vote, and support our favorite Finger Lakes foods, beverages, restaurants, food events, and locally made ingredients.
Do you have a something you favor from the Finger Lakes? You are welcome to participate in this event too. Just visit the Finger Lakes Food Revolution website and get in on the nomination process which is currently underway. Nominations are expected to wrap up in early December – so don’t miss your chance to join in on the fun, and let your voice be heard!