Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival a success

Visitors roam up and down Main Street in Gloversville on Saturday sampling food and spirits at the Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival. (Photos courtesy of Dan Simek, Tom Simek and Andi Thatcher)

GLOVERSVILLE — A perfect day was had at the Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival on Main Street in Gloversville on Saturday, as upwards of 500 guests showed up for the festivities.

With more than 50 vendors coming in from all over the state, guests were able to sample food, wine, beer, hard cider, and liquor, all while enjoying live music from four different musical acts.

“It’s been beautiful,” said Keith Tomlanson of Something Different, a food cart from Caroga Lake. “A little hot [inside the cart] but I’m not complaining.”

Something Different, run by Keith and his wife Kim and specializing in “crazy chicken in a cone,” was just one of many food trucks that lined Main Street on Saturday. From fried pickles and wine slushies, to international foods and vegan options, there was sure to be something for every type of eater.

Several local spirit vendors were on hand, including Rogers Cideryard of Johnstown, Hummingbird Hills Winery of Fultonville, and Stump City Brewing of Gloversville, in addition to numerous other liquor, beer and wine vendors from throughout the state. Guests who had purchased a wristband were given a collectable sample glass featuring the Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival logo, as vendors doled out samples of their respective products.

Aaron and Lorie Voght stop for a picture.(Photos courtesy of Dan Simek, Tom Simek and Andi Thatcher)

Music was provided by Matthew Bosworth, Ellen Keehan, Our Secret Love Society, and The Insolent Willies.

The event, which has been put on annually in Gloverville for the past four years, was presented by the Downtown Gloversville BID and the Center for Regional Growth.

“It’s events like this that will help Gloversville be more vibrant,” said Jim Schlesier, President of the Downtown Gloversville BID. “These events make people want to be involved in improving our community.”

According to Schlesier, the board is already looking into ideas to expand the festival for next year.

Our Secret Love Society performs underneath the Glove Theatre Marquee. (Photos courtesy of Dan Simek, Tom Simek and Andi Thatcher)

Keith and Kim Tomlanson of Something Different, a food truck out of Caroga Lake. (Photos courtesy of Dan Simek, Tom Simek and Andi Thatcher)

Keith Tomlanson of Something Different, a food truck based out of Caroga Lake, hands a customer her order. (Photos courtesy of Dan Simek, Tom Simek and Andi Thatcher)

The Insolent Willies perform in front of the Fulton County Barbershop. (Photos courtesy of Dan Simek, Tom Simek and Andi Thatcher)

Sun shines off the building and trees in downtown Gloversville as guests sample food and spirits.(Photos courtesy of Dan Simek, Tom Simek and Andi Thatcher)

Ellen Keehan performs music from her debut album Hen House, in front of the Fulton County Barbershop.(Photos courtesy of Dan Simek, Tom Simek and Andi Thatcher)

Zhelma Einder and David Haman of Lakeland Winery in Syracuse give out samples of their wine Saturday at the Southern Adirondack Wine and Food Festival on Main Street in Gloversville. (Photos courtesy of Dan Simek, Tom Simek and Andi Thatcher)

Matthew Bosworth performs underneath the Glove Theatre Marquee. (Photos courtesy of Dan Simek, Tom Simek and Andi Thatcher)

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