By MATT LINDSEY
OGDENSBURG -- The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ogdensburg 7th annual North Country Wine, Beer and Food Festival has moved from August to May this year.
“We were competing with a lot of other events and that hurt our attendance,” Chamber Executive Director Laura Pearson said. “We are hoping for over 1,000 people this year.”
She said events in Waddington, Clayton and in Canada caused a decline in the number of visitors at the show last year leading to the event being moved.
“In speaking with vendors, the decision was made to change the event to spring,” she said.
This year about 40 vendors are expected, which is up from around 30 last year.
“This is our signature event which highlights the best that New York has to offer for wine, beer and food,” Pearson said. The event takes place Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at the Lockwood Civic Center. Friday hours are 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday hours run from noon to 6 p.m.
Admission is $5 adults, $4 for military and free for kids 12 and under.
The first 1,000 paid attendees who show their Price Chopper Advantage Card will receive a free wine glass courtesy of Price Chopper. Some pilsner glasses will also be available, but are limited.
The chamber is looking for a variety of performers to showcase in the festival, as well. Those with a talent for stilt walking, fire eating, juggling, etc., can call the chamber at 393-3620 to sign-up!
Musical guests include: Friday, May 20, --“Rakish Paddie,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 21, Pat Duffy, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and “Wells and the Gathering,” from 3 to 5 p.m.
There will be a 50/50 raffle and a market basket raffle.
For the market basket raffle, the chamber asks each of the vendors to donate an item, which is then raffled off. Proceeds support the chamber.
A “Supermarket Sweep” raffle is underway with the top prize being a $500 gift card to Save-A-Lot. The drawing is slated for Sunday.
“Save-A-Lot donated the gift card,” she said.
Other prizes include a $250 Stewarts gas card, $100 Tractor Supply gift card and $25 gift certificates to the following restaurants: Phillip’s Diner, Dixie Lee, and the Dirty Gringo. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.
Vendors confirmed to attend include AppleGrove Farm, RiverMyst Winery, Eye Candy, Not Your Average Cookie, Uncle Jim’s Backwoods Goods, Diane Bell’s Purses & Keychains, Thousand Island Winery, artist Sandra Young, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Lakeland Winery, Ogdensburg Command Performances, Otter Creek Winery, Venditti Vineyards, Specialtea Teas, Tug Hill Vineyards, and Creative Ladys.
More vendors include Coyote Moon Vineyards, Natural Nook; Sugar Valley Bakery, The Gifted Grape, Cosimano & Ferrari Olive Oil, Bechaz Riverdale Cheese, Basta’s Flowers & Gifts, Jamberry, Raymor Estate Cellars, Clayton Distillery, Botanical Belle, Sweeter Creations Sugar House, Native Path Workshop, Cave Man Art, Zahler’s Mapler, Tastefully Simple, The Nut Shop, Orebed Sugar Shack, M & T’s Concession, Mare’s Wares, River Rat Designs and Bella-Brooke Vineyard.
Sponsors of the event include St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, Kimro’s Medicine Place, Price Chopper, Barton and Loguidice, North Country Savings Bank, YESFM/QCountry/PAC 98.7, Ed and Ed Business Solutions and SeaComm Federal Credit Union. To be a corporate sponsor, contact Laura 393-3620 or [email protected] or visit them on Facebook.