New York Wine & Culinary Center to Open Saturday, June 17th

- Tours, Educational Programs Showcase Region’s Food, Wine, and Agricultural Riches -

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. -The highly anticipated New York Wine & Culinary Center, to be located here at 800 South Main St., today announced the schedule of events for its grand opening weekend. The excitement kicks off on June 17 as the Center opens to the public with complimentary events from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“It is exciting to share the New York Wine & Culinary Center with the entire community,” said Alexa Gifford, Executive Director of the Center. “The Center is a true gathering place where visitors can learn through interactive programs, educational tastings, view exhibits or take a walk through our garden. They can also taste NY infused foods paired with delicious NY wines all while taking in the view of beautiful Canandaigua Lake. On June 17, we open our doors to all visitors; come and celebrate all that New York has to offer.”

The estimated $7.5 million New York Wine & Culinary Center is a not-for-profit organization that serves as a gateway to the Agricultural, Wine and Food riches of New York State. The 19,475 square-foot facility has programs and events for the community, including educational opportunities for the entire family. Guided tours will be offered every hour in June and July.

The Center features 10,700 feet of public space, and features an exhibit hall showcasing New York State agriculture. The Center includes a retail shop, hands-on-culinary kitchen, demonstration theater, wine tasting room, private dining room and a Taste of New York Lounge. Landscaped orchards and gardens highlight New York State-grown agricultural products. The Center employs six full-time staff members along with additional part-time and volunteer staff. The Center is expected to contribute millions of dollars to the area economy via tourism and general economic impact.

The educational programs and class schedule will be announced later this month, and will include hands-on culinary classes, cooking techniques, nutrition, and food and wine pairings. Classes will be targeting people of all ages and skill levels and will be open to the general public, students and professionals. The curriculum will be taught by both industry professionals and RIT staff and graduate students.

Key sponsors of the Center include the four organizations that have led the project – Constellation Brands, Wegmans, RIT and the NY Wine & Grape Foundation. There are dozens of other participating state agencies, individuals, companies, and organizations among the Center’s benefactors.

The New York Wine and Culinary Center was a true community collaboration with construction for the Center was managed by LeCesse Construction, and architecture by Victor N.Y.-based architect Tim Tyskiewicz. Project leaders contracted with world-renowned museum and cultural attractions specialists at LORD Cultural Resources.

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