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Frequently asked questions

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  1. Q

    What is the Empire Winefest?

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    The Empire Winefest will showcase wines from around the world with a heavy emphasis on New York State, in a relaxed and friendly outdoor environment. Patrons will receive a commemorative sampling glass and have access to unlimited, 2 oz. sampling of over 100+ wines. All of this will be set in a ralaxing outdoor atmosphere with music, as well as fun games like corn hole, painting parties, Giant Jenga and Volleyball.
  2. Q

    Where is the Empire Winefest? Indoors? Outdoors?

    A

    The Empire Winefest will be held at Chevy Court within the confines of the New York State Fairgrounds. The event will be outdoors UNLESS there is certain severe weather. In this case, the event will move inside the Center of Progress Building of the NYS Fair.
  3. Q

    Does my ticket also include beer samples?

    A

    No it does not. You can either purchase a Brewfest Ticket or choose the Pay as You go option if you would like to sample beer. There will be different glasses for beer and wine. By law, only wine can be put into a wine glass and only beer can be put into a beer glass.
  4. Q

    What's the parking situation?

    A

    All parking is free and located right across the street from the Main Entrance of the NYS Fair. If you are traveling with an RV and are camping and have purchased an RV Pass from our ticket options, we have spaces for you inside the Fairgrounds. Uber hopes to be up and running for this event. We can't think of a better way to debut this great service.
  5. Q

    Will you have tickets at the door?

    A

    Yes, we always keep a reserve selection of tickets at the door the day of the festival. However, these are limited and can sell out within minutes of the festival's opening. So we strongly encourage everyone to purchase in advance as this allows the event staff to properly maintain fire code regulations and ensure enough wine, food and supplies are brought in for the festival.
  6. Q

    Can we bring our own food and drink?

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    Sorry, other than pretzel necklaces, no outside food or beverages will be allowed. We will a wide array of food as well as soft drinks and water inside the festival.
  7. Q

    Who will be allowed to attend the event? Dogs?

    A

    Any person, 21 years or older, with a valid, non-expired picture ID, may attend the event. Designated Drivers must be 21+ as well. No kids. No pets. All persons will have their ID checked. Any persons visibly intoxicated will be prohibited from entry.
  8. Q

    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

    A

    It's a good idea, but if you have on your phone, we can scan it. We will need the paper version or the phone version to be able to scan your ticket.
  9. Q

    Is it okay if the name on the ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

    A

    Totally okay. Please note that each ticket has it's own unique barcode however. So if the same exact ticket is duplicated or Xeroxed, the first person who uses that ticket will gain entry to the Festival.
  10. Q

    What items are prohibited from the Festival?

    A

    Outside alcohol, Bottles, Cans, Outside food/beverages, Metal water bottles (clear, plastic water bottles permitted), Weapons (i.e. knives, pepper spray, stun-guns, concealed weapons, firearms, etc.), Illegal drugs, Chemicals, Fireworks, smoke bombs, etc. Large Backpacks (multi compartment/multi strap bag) suitcases, large beach bags, etc. Skateboards, roller skates, ice skates, use of roller shoes, etc. Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc. (see “Marketing”). Event management reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case by case basis.
  11. Q

    What forms of payment do you accept at the gate on Festival Day?

    A

    Credit/Debit Card or Cash only. No checks. We strongly encourage cash as this is a quicker transaction and gets you in asap.
  12. Q

    How do I contact the organizer of this Festival?

    A

    Call 315-426-8741 or email ttarry@showswithresults.com
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