Fall temperatures have returned to the Finger Lakes region, a reminder that winter is on the way. So why not get out and enjoy the fall weather while it’s still here? This list of foodie activities will hopefully inspire you to take advantage of the remarkable food-focused experiences and local businesses the region has to offer during this special time of year before the cold takes hold, or from the comfort of your cozy home.
Perfect Wine and Cheese Pairing
On Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m., tune into Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail‘s first ever virtual tasting event “Unwrap the Trail Holiday Wine Pack” that will feature the following Canandaigua Lake wineries: Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars, Heron Hill Tasting Room on Canandaigua Lake, Imagine Moore Winery, Song Hill Winery, and Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery.
On Friday, Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 6 p.m., join Silver Thread winemaker Shannon Brock and Pete Messmer from Lively Run Cheesemakers for a virtual wine and cheese tasting and pairing event featuring Silver Thread’s Dry Riesling 2015 & 2019 and Lively Run’s Finger Lakes Gold and Finger Lakes Gold Reserve.
Take a Stroll Down a Historic Main Street—and Check Out Places to Eat!
Before the snow flies and while some trees cling to their golden leaves, the Finger Lakes has plenty of historic villages with restaurants and cafes to explore. Downtown Canandaigua in particular offers an eclectic mix of places to eat. These include homemade Italian cuisine with patio seating at Casa de Pasta. There’s also Thai by Night, an urban Thai restaurant started by a Canandaigua native—whose experience includes opening a Grand Hyatt hotel in Maui, Hawaii—and his life partner who grew up in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ithaca also offers a bustling downtown area with a diverse mix of eateries. Learn what is meant by “IthaCuisine“—healthy and creative dishes made with seasonal ingredients and esteemed techniques—by checking out eateries that pride themselves on offering farm-to-table meals such as Just a Taste which often attracts a line out the door for their delicious selection of tapas. There’s also Ithaca Beer Company with a food menu that features wood-fired pizzas that can feature ingredients straight from a garden out back.
Enjoy a Bountiful Sunday Brunch
There is no shortage of places in the Finger Lakes to enjoy a hearty brunch! Why not check out the new Anything But Beer, a gluten-free brewery and eatery located in Syracuse near Armory Square at 201 S Salina Street? This Sunday it is offering brunch starting at 12 p.m. which includes gluten-free pancakes, mimosas, and breakfast burgers! They even have a spacious patio for outside, more COVID-safe dining. To learn more visit: https://www.anythingbutbeer.com/.
You can also find brunch this weekend at Nickel’s Pit BBQ Corning, N.Y. location. Both Nickel’s Corning and Watkins Glen locations take pride in sourcing many of their ingredients from local farms such as Lowery Farms in Savonia, New York. Learn more about both locations visit: https://www.nickelspitbbq.com/.
Eat for a Cause
Finally, support a nonprofit such as Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County that is helping to make sure the Finger Lakes foodshed continues to thrive by participating in the online 24-hour fundraiser FLX Gives on Saturday.