Food and Wine Fest in Clayton Wraps Up

Food and Wine Fest in Clayton Wraps Up

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Steven Satterfield is the manager and winemaker at Venditti Vineyards in Theresa. He's been a vendor at the Great New York State Food and Wine Festival for the past five years.

"This event is one of the biggest in the area in the summer here," Satterfield said. "You really have so many places from so many different parts of the state that come in just for this event. We really do well here."

It's a weekend full of tasting samples of food and wine all from New York State. From maple products to flavored popcorn to all types of wine, this year there were some new vendors to check out.

"It ended up being 13 new vendors here this year, and I talked to them all this morning to see how their day yesterday was and they all sold a ton yesterday," Tricia Bannister, executive director of the Thousand-Islands-Clayton Chamber of Commerce said.

A few of the new vendors, Smokin' Oak Jerky, and Mad Hops flavored beer drops, which is flavor you can add to inexpensive beer both say they're coming back next year.

"We do a show every weekend in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts," Peter Hanley, founder and president of Mad Hops said. "Yesterday was our biggest day ever. There was wall to wall people here."

Organizers said there was a good turn out, about 2,600 people came on Saturday. That's more than last year. The variety of vendors keeps people coming year after year.

"They got enough food things to tempt you, I guess to try this, that and everything else," Lance Hurd said.

And one of the crowd favorites, cheese.

Laurie Zalocha and Regina Testa said, "You gotta hit the cheese, river rat cheese, oh yeah."

Cheese and wine, a good combination. Time tested just like this festival and the community of Clayton.

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