The month of September in Finger Lakes Wine Country marks the start of harvest and the most popular time of year to visit the region. It is a wonderful and exciting time filled with fall-inspired festivals and events.
Here are some noteworthy weekend events taking place throughout September:
Sept. 6-8 | Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at The Glen
This Sportscar Vintage Racing Association event has been held at Watkins Glen International for the last 27 years. The Glen concludes its race season with this event each year, honoring the heritage of American Road Racing in Watkins Glen. There will be two “feature” races. On Saturday at 11 a.m., MGs compete for the 29th annual Collier Cup and Historic Trans-Am competes in the Governor’s Cup at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Gates open at 7 a.m. each day. Tickets are available for purchase at the gate or at the ticket office. Admission is $50 for the weekend or $35 for Sunday-only tickets. Kids and teens 19 and under are FREE. Reserved camping is also available for the weekend.
The races takes place in conjunction with the annual and ever popular reenactment of the original 6.6 mile race during the Grand Prix Festival in downtown Watkins Glen. More information→
Sept. 14-15 | Harvest Celebration of Food and Wine along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail
Experience the scents and sights of this exciting season. Enjoy the exquisite wines of Keuka Lake while sampling delicious dishes highlighting the region’s seasonal produce. It’s a fun time to learn from tasting room staff and to enjoy a first sip of recently released wines. Tickets range in price from $14-$25.
Sept. 14-15 | Leaves & Lobsters on the Lawn at Glenora Wine Cellars
Enjoy live music, a lobster bake, and autumn views on the lawn at Glenora Wine Cellars from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day. Lobster dinner ticket holders ($52.00) receive a whole Maine Lobster, steamed clams, salt potatoes, freshly picked sweet corn, cole slaw, rolls, homemade brownies, and iced tea. General Admission ticket holders ($15.00) may purchase food items a la carte. Bob’s Brothers Band will play each day from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the Vineyard Stage.
Sept. 15 | German Festival at Lucas Vineyards
Lucas Vineyards hosts the 16th Annual German Festival on Sunday the 15th from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy live music by The Enzia Bavarian Band and Dancers and other activities including grape stomping, grape pies, German food, alphorn and polka contest, balloon art and costumes throughout the day. Lucas Vineyard’s award winning Rieslings and Gewurztraminer will be highlighted at the festival. There is a cover charge of $5 and parking is free. Kids 12 and under are free.
Sept. 20-21 | Corning’s Gaffer District Harvest Music Festival
Corning’s Gaffer District and Elmira Savings Bank present the 18th annual Harvest Music Festival. Enjoy Finger Lakes wine and beer tastings, live music, food and fun for the whole family each day. On Friday, enjoy Finger Lakes wine and craft beer tastings from 5-8 p.m., a free concert in Centerway Square starting at 8 p.m. by Los Angeles-based jazz saxophonist Michael Lington, and a Scarecrow Contest. On Saturday, the Corning Farmers Market and a Carnival will take place from 11-5 p.m. in Riverfront Centennial Park. Starting at 5 p.m., Nashville recording artist and country music star, Billy Dean, will hit the stage in Centerway Square.
Celebrate America’s birthday with not one, but four exciting days of fireworks displays!
Thursday, July 4
Corning Memorial Stadium,
: Fireworks follow a concert that begins at 8:30 p.m.
Clute Park, Watkins Glen: Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, July 5
Dunn Field, Elmira: Fireworks follow the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game, which starts at 7:05 p.m. The
host the Cooperstown Hawks. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.
Saturday, July 6
Champlin Beach, Hammondsport: The
fireworks start at 10 p.m.
, Interlaken: Annual BBQ Birthday Bash with fireworks at 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 7
Stewart Park, Ithaca: (Rescheduled from Monday.) Pre-show events start at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk.
A sleek and sexy restaurant located in Corning,
boasts an impressive wine list and innovative menu. With the cooking chops and know-how to please meat-lovers and vegetarians alike, diners can choose from a thoughtfully composed menu that spans all culinary traditions while keeping things as local as possible.
That willing-to-please attitude combined with fine dining know-how helped The Cellar grow into one of the most popular restaurants in the region. Chef Sarah Hassler has a knack for flavor pairing, bringing Finger Lakes ingredients to the table whenever possible.
“Seeing your farmers on a day-to-day basis really makes you want to use their products,” Hassler says, noting that in creating the Restaurant Week menu, she visited both the Ithaca and Corning markets in addition to drawing from her pre-existing network of farmers. “I talked to every farmer I could find!” she says.
She’s adamant about using in-season ingredients, and making the very most out of them as well. Some fresh, organic beets she purchased are finding their way onto three separate menu items at The Cellar: the stems, which were pickled, are a garnish for the restaurant’s bloody mary, the greens are making an appearance as a side dish, and the root was turned into a creamy puree that’s paired with a farro risotto.
With Hassler’s reverence for the agricultural community, humble local ingredients get the royal treatment. She cooks with an astute attention to detail and the plates she creates have a distinctly cosmopolitan flair.
As an added bonus, diners will enjoy some of the best wine in the Finger Lakes with their Restaurant Week meal; The Cellar is known for its high-end collection of Finger Lakes bottles. “I haven’t chosen the wines yet,” Hassler confessed to me, adding that she wanted to taste all of the food first in order to pick the perfect bottles. “But Riesling and Pinot Noir, some of the grapes that grow extremely well here, are perfect food wines.”
No matter what wines grace the Restaurant Week menu at The Cellar, they’re sure to be delicious, they’re sure to complement the food, and it’s sure to be a memorable meal.
The Cellar - 607.377.5552
Rochelle is a food and wine writer with a focus on seasonal cooking and sustainable agriculture. She’s also a classically-trained chef who spent the last year working on a full-diet, draft-powered farm in Central New York. Visit her at rochellebilow.com, on Twitter at @RochelleBilow or on Instagram at RochelleBilow to learn more.
Visiting Finger Lakes Wine Country in March? With any trip, there’s a lot to consider, especially around how to spend your time. Here’s a quick snap shot of March happenings to help you narrow down the list of possibilities – or perhaps add a few new ones.
March 8 | Cabin Fever (Wine & Beer Tasting) in Corning's Gaffer District
March 9 | 3rd Annual War Horse Brew Fest at Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
March 9,10,20,22,23,24,29 | Elmira Jackals Hockey at the First Arena
March 9-10 | Say Cheese! along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
March 12-13 | The Addams Family at the Clemens Center
March 13 | Winemaker Wednesdays along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
March 16-17 | Cabin Fever Days at Swedish Hill
March 17 | FREE FunDay Sunday at Rockwell Museum of Western Art
March 21 | 2300° at The Corning Museum of Glass
March 22-24 | Cruisin’ The Tropics Weekend along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
March 25 | Comedy Club 5 at the Clemens Center
March 30 | Preferred Pairings along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
March 30 | “Spice it UP!” Wine Pairing Dinner at Glenora Wine Cellars
Families can enjoy Glass Harvest activities at The Corning Museum of Glass this fall, followed by a Glass Wonderland just in time for the holidays. A full list of fall and holiday calendar items is included. Glass Harvest
- See the worlds largest glass pumpkin. On display September 4 through November 30.
- Create a colorful glass pumpkin during a 40-minute Make Your Own Glass experience. Appropriate for all ages. Project offered September 4 through November 30.
Fall Exhibitions Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab
- Go on a Harvest Hunt to find fall foliage, pumpkins and more in the Museums collection. Available September 4 through November 30.
- Choose from thousands of glass harvest-themed items on sale at the Glass Farmers Market (October 6 8).
- Enjoy family-friendly, one-hour tours of the galleries this fall. Offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, September 4 through October 28.
On view through January 6, 2013This exhibition showcases the Museums signature design program, GlassLab, in which designers are invited to work with the Museums artist-glassblowers to explore concepts and to learn about the properties of glass. The exhibit features more than 150 design prototypes by more than 45 international designers. Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $15.00 (discounts apply); kids and teens, 19 and under, free. Contact (800) 732-6845 for more information.Founders of American Studio Glass: Harvey K. Littleton and Dominick Labino
On view through January 6, 2013Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass movement by exploring the works of two artists who had a profound effect on early Studio Glass: Littleton and Labino, who introduced glass to studio artists at experimental workshops in 1962. The Littleton exhibition is on view in the main Museum building and is included in Museum admission, and the Labino exhibition is on view at the Rakow Library (free admission). Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $15.00 (discounts apply); kids and teens, 19 and under, free. Contact (800) 732-6845 for more information.
Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch
On view through February 3, 2013
Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch is a special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by one of the founders of studio glass in Europe, Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927). The exhibition recognizes Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a material for artistic expression, and it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of studio glass in the United States. Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $15.00 (discounts apply); kids and teens, 19 and under, free. Contact (800) 732-6845 for more information.The Flood of 72: Community, Collections, and Conservation
On view through January 3, 2014On June 23, 1972, Corning and surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood, as a result of Hurricane Agnes. Hundreds of objects were broken, Library materials were saturated with flood water, and the facility was covered with a thick layer of slime and mud. This Rakow Research Library exhibit chronicles the determination of Museum staff and the community to rebuild, and sheds light on the unique conservation techniques that were used to restore Library materials. Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $15.00 (discounts apply); kids and teens, 19 and under, free. Contact (800) 732-6845 for more information.Fall Activities and EventsStudio Faculty Presentation
Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Susan Gott, Tim Drier, Doug Randall and Don Friedlich. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers dates, which are subject to change.Family Night
September 21Enjoy a free night at the Museum with the whole family. Live entertainment, glassmaking, crafts, and lots of fun! Enjoy juggling, bubbling, and mime by Doug Rougeux. Explore the Making Ideasexhibition. Watch live glassblowing at the Hot Glass Show and see flameworkers create delicate figures at the torch. 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Free, but small fee for some craft activities. Registration not required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 438-5500 for more information.Road Scholars at The Studio
October 14Immerse yourself in glass at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Explore furnace working, flameworking, and cold working with highly qualified instructors. Also enjoy glassmaking demonstrations and lectures on Corning's glass history at this special workshop. Register at roadscholar.org or call 877.426.8056 (course #2388). For more information, contact Jenny Monroe at Watson Homestead, 607.962.0541 or email@example.com. Glass Farmers Market
October 68Choose from thousands of glass pumpkins, apples, and other harvest-themed items during this unique sale. Find handmade glass, and items at all price points to decorate your harvest table. Enjoy Personal Appearances each day from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet Ricky Bernstein of Penrose Designs and Katherine J. Kournblau, designer for KJK Jewelry, Inc. No admission fee. Call (800) 732-6845 for more information.Glassmaking Demonstration by Lino Tagliapietra
In conjunction with the 51st Annual Seminar on Glass, Italian maestro Lino Tagliapietra, who influenced the careers of many American artists working in glass, will be making work at The Studio. 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Free; drop in throughout the day. Contact (607) 438-5100 for more information.