Smokin' Summer Kickoff

June 8-10, 2018
Come celebrate summer, the many wonderful foods associated with this beautiful time of year, and the fantastic wines that pair with grilled and summertime foods!  Start your summer season off with this fun-filled wine and food pairing weekend, Come out and enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake, sampling delicious foods and wines at 24 participating wineries. Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling dishes paired with delicious award-winning wines.  Regular tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person. Tickets can be securely purchased online via our ticketing vendor ShowClix near the bottom of this page.

Dates: June 8-10, 2018

Time: Friday, Noon – 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets are good for 2-1/2 days. Come for one day or the whole event weekend!

Advance Ticket Prices:
$40 per person (wine tasting ticket)
$30 designated driver/non-taster ticket (non-alcoholic beverage offered)

Tickets are non-refundable.  Tickets do not include lodging or transportation. Advance ticket sales end by 1:00 p.m. EST the Wednesday before the event weekend.  After that, for events that are not sold out, tickets will be available to purchase at a few designated wineries, with an additional charge of $5 per ticket. Discount codes are not valid for tickets purchased during the event.

Event Information & Check-in:
Each attendee will enjoy a complimentary sample of the dish served by the winery, paired with about 3 different modest samples of wine intended to complement that dish best.  With so many wineries participating in our events, attendees oftentimes visit many wineries in a day, therefore entire flights of wine samples are not served by each winery during the event. Certainly if you’re especially enthusiastic about the samples you enjoyed, you will be permitted to purchase an entire flight of wine samples.

To get started, ticket orders will be securely processed online through our ticketing vendor ShowClix (see below).  You will select a starting winery, this is where you will check-in any time during the event itself and receive your physical tickets.  You will be sent an email confirmation immediately after you’ve completed the transaction.

Each starting winery is given a limited quantity of tickets.  Because of this, it is even more important that groups of attendees purchase their tickets on one order, to guarantee that all attendees will have the exact same starting winery. Lastly, bundles of tickets can only be picked up by the person who purchased them.

You must start at your chosen starting winery to get checked in. As the purchaser, you will present your state-issued photo ID (driver’s license) get checked in, and their staff will have your actual tickets prepared and ready to hand you.  If there is a gift item for the event, you will pick that up as well.  Participating wineries will require that you have your actual cardstock ticket before you can begin enjoying this event. Printouts of the confirmation email from ShowClix do not qualify as tickets.

Important, Proof of I.D.: Please bring proof that you are 21 years of age or older. Each winery is individually responsible for checking the age of customers, to make sure they are at least 21 years old, so it is possible that you may be proofed at more than one winery.

As a designated driver you are a VIP and we thank you for making our events safer for your family and friends! You will be offered an alternative non-alcoholic beverage with your food sample.

Sometimes our events sell out, so you should purchase your tickets well in advance of the event itself. If you have any questions about purchasing tickets, please call the office during regular business hours at 607-535-8080 or 877-536-2717.

Important group size policies:  Groups of 19 or fewer people can attend the event together without having to make appointments at the wineries.  However groups of 20 and up to 40 people will be accepted only if routed by the Trail office and only a few large groups are permitted to attend this event.  All large groups must be booked 28 days prior to the event weekend.  Few large groups are permitted and we reserve the right to limit the number of large groups and motor coaches purchasing tickets to our events to four.  Please call Glenda Stermer-Simpson toll-free to inquire about large group event details at 607-535-8080 or 877-536-2717.

Recipes: To view the 2017 cookbook click here. The 2018 cookbook will be posted here well before the event itself. Click on the link below for recipe books from past years of this popular event:
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Event Co-Sponsor: This event does not currently have a co-sponsor beyond the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. If you own a pertinent, regional business and are interested in becoming a co-sponsor, please contact Paul Thomas toll-free at 877-536-2717.

Please note the complete list of our member wineries to the left (when viewing our website on a computer, not phone) are not those wineries participating in this event. The list of potential starting wineries below is also the list of participating wineries.

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