Sip and Savor Free Wine Samples
Utica Wine & Chocolate Festival
Utica Auditorium

Saturday, April 29, 2017
3-8 pm

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Join us as we celebrate great wine and sweets from down the street and around Upstate New York!

Join us anytime from 3 pm to 8 pm. Come whenever you wish! Browse through a variety of tasty treats and great gifts and services for the home and yourself. Sample some of the best wines in New York State and bring home a few bottles of your favorites. Plus, everyone gets a free commemorative wine glass. All samples are free; there's no additional charge to sip and savor those amazing wines!

Come for the afternoon before heading out for a great Saturday dinner (and now you’ll know which wines to choose.) Or cap off your dinner with a stop to sample some amazing wines, and unbelievable chocolates and confections. Designated Drivers get a special discount so everyone can enjoy this great event safely.


Winery Participants

Merritt Estate Winery

More Wineries Added Daily

Vendor Participants

Gel Moment


Mr. Nutty

Riches Apiary

The Jerky Hut

Woodhull Cigar Shop

More Vendors Added Daily


Title Sponsor
Official Vehicle Sponsor
Craft Beer Sponsor
Free Cab Ride Home Sponsor
Corporate Sponsors

Official Hotel

Wine Pickup

Wine Pickup

As a courtesy to our guests we offer a centralized Wine Check service. It works just like a coat check at a restaurant. If you wish, you can bring your purchases to our Wine Check area and we will hold it for you. We will provide you with a two-part wine label. When you drop off your purchase, please make sure you fill out both halves of the label. You should put one label on your purchase and keep the other half as your receipt.

Use of the Wine Check Service is completely voluntary. You are welcome to carry your purchases with you, but if you would like us to hold your purchases until you are ready to leave, we are happy to assist you. The Wine Check area is for wine purchases ONLY and cannot be used for other goods. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a staff member. If you choose to carry your wine purchases with you, we remind you that New York State law prohibits you from opening wine bottles and drinking the wine on-site. The Utica Wine and Chocolate Festival is not responsible for wine that is not picked up or misplaced because labels were not filled out completely or improperly attached to packages.

Festival Goer FAQ

Anyone is allowed to attend. However, you may only purchase a Wine Samplers ticket if you are 21 or older. ID will be required at the door and all attendees will be checked and wristbanded. All Designated Drivers will receive a red wristband. All Wine Samplers will receive a green wristband.

Your ticket price for Wine Samplers includes unlimited sampling of wines, plus one visit to our Chocolate Fountain. We will provide you with a wine glass to use for your samples. Many vendors also offer nibbles of their products too, so you can sample and purchase their food items. We will also offer Designated Drivers bottled water and an alternate premium item to substitute for the wine glass.

Our shows have typically sold out in advance, so we suggest you buy your tickets early. Most shows offer two sessions, to help reduce crowding and ensure a fun experience for everyone. Please check the specific show location to find out the status of ticket sales.

We don't specifically forbid children from attending, but this is not a family focused event. We encourage you to leave the kids and strollers at home (with appropriate child care, of course). Make it a fun time for yourself!

This is a New York State Farm Market event. You'll be able to enjoy the free samples and buy bottles of your favorites. We offer a "wine check" so you can store your purchases while you enjoy the festival. Please remember - New York State law prevents you from opening the bottles on site.

Vendor FAQ

Please download the forms on this website and return with your credit card payment or check. The email address and mailing address are located on the form. Please feel free to call us with any questions at 315-471-9597.

Absolutely! We strongly encourage you to sell your products. You keep all the money and pay NYS Sales Tax as you normally would. If you are a winery/distillery/cidery you may sell bottles, since this is a Farm Market event.

Unfortunately, no cooking onsite is allowed.

If you are a food vendor, we STRONGLY suggest that you offer small samples, which will greatly increase your sales. The vendors who sample always have a more productive show than the ones who don’t.

Yes, we provide one 110 outlet per vendor at no extra charge. If you need more power or 220 power, there will be an additional charge. Please let us know in advance if you do need more power so we can be prepared. Please call us so we can provide you with specific pricing information for your venue.

At most of our venues, wifi is available. But please check with us first. If wifi is available, we will provide you with the necessary passcode.

All alcohol vendors must provide liquor liability insurance to Galaxy Events. In addition, you might be asked to add the venue and our sponsors as additionally insured. This specific information will be sent to you once you register.

If you need to cancel at least 14 days in advance, we will refund your money. If we can fill your spot after that deadline, we will refund your money. Or, we will be happy to use your payment to hold a spot in one of our other Wine and Chocolate Festivals.

Load in will begin at 10 am the day of the show. All of your booth items must be removed immediately after the show. If you need to deliver, drop off or pick items before or after that time, please contact us in advance to make special arrangements.

No, we will provide all wine samplers a glass with their admission. Designated Drivers will receive an alternate premium item.

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