The 28th Annual Capitol Apple And Wine Festival
Sometimes a name fails to describe the event and that is certainly the case with this show. After parking their cars, customers are ushered into a large barn that houses arts, crafts, specialty foods, and apples. This serves as the shopping component, and an opportunity for the public to buy directly from the maker.
After exiting the Marketplace, one follows a path lined with more booths also offering their wares for sale. Along the way there will be juggling acts and a wandering magician, and even a stage for music. Then, the appetizing cider donuts and cider from Altamont Orchards in addition to a dozen food booths and food trucks offering steak, fries, BBQ, potato pancakes, sausage and onions, Mid-Eastern food chicken kebabs, falafel, tempeh Reuben sandwiches, lemonade, ice cream, pizza, and a lot more including a beer garden.
And then the New York Wine and Spirits building and tent, which requires proof of age. where customers receive a commemorative tasting glass and can proceed to sample and taste wines and spirits from 25 NY producers. Usually there is an incredible amount of buying as the customers purchase their favorites. There is a $7 entry fee for the wine tasting.
Further along there is a fantastic Kids Zone with bouncy houses, climbing walls, games, bow and arrows, and educational exhibits with live owls and hawks. That is on one side of the path, and on the other is a Car Show. Saturday features cars up to 1975 and Sunday offers cars from 1976 until today. More than 300 cars are expected to participate.