GENESEO – The rain held off for Friday’s wine stroll on Main Street Geneseo, giving strollers a taste of the drinks and food that grew in local soils.
Hundreds of happy strollers tasted wines from nine local wineries, a local cidery and a beer company, and tasted locally produced appetizers and cheese. Everything was grown and made in Western New York, as close to home as Geneseo and surrounding villages.
“This is an opportunity to cross-promote these villages,” said Nicole Manapol, who organized the stroll on the Wine Stroll Committee, “We’re lucky here in Geneseo to have such critical mass with the students here, and we’re a gateway for the Finger Lakes.”
The committee included Alyssa Cope of Honey Girl Gourmet and Julie Randall of Nothnagle Realty, who are members of Geneseo Community Main Street, and Livingston County’s Downtown Development Intern, Caroline Wilson.
As of about 5 p.m., over 250 tickets had sold online, with dozens more sold at registration tables.
The stroll is a continuation of the wine strolls hosted by the former Geneseo Merchants Association. Geneseo Community Main Street now organizes the stroll and other Main Street activities.
Wineries were: Deer Run Winery, out of Geneseo; Lakewood, out of Watkins Glen; Lost Vineyards out of Rochester; Victorianbourg Wine Estate out of Wilson, NY; Shoreacre Wines; Eagle Crest Vineyards out of Conesus; Red Newt Cellars, out of Hector, NY and its affiliates Kelby Russell and Hunt Country.
Original Stump Blowers out of Lakeville offered their ciders, which are taking the local cider market by storm.
The Idle Hour on Center Street was host to Lake Beverage Craft Beer Tasting.
Honey Girl Gourmet offered specialty appetizers from renowned Mount Morris restaurant Questa Lasagna and locally produced cheeses from East Hill Creamery out of Perry.
“An event like this is an opportunity to highlight the best of what this region has to offer in farm-to-table wines and food,” said Manapol.
A portion of ticket sales will go to Letchworth State Park’s Autism Trail.