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Ticket Options

General Admission

Ticket includes admission to event, access to all vendors and cooking demonstrations. 

$5 Advance

$7 Day of

Sommelier Led Tastings

Take a tasting seminar by professional sommeliers! Five seminars to choose from. Ticket includes access to tasting seminar. Limited spaces available per seminar. A separate ticket is required for each class.

*Must also purchase general admission ticket. Ticket does not include general admission. 

Sign up for one or all of the following: 

1 PM - "Pairing the Great Wines & Cheeses of NY"

3 PM - "The Wines of The Empire State"

5 PM - "Advance Whiskey Appreciation: The Bourbons of New York State"

6:15 PM - "Sommerlier Blind Tasting & Discussion: The Bourbons of NYS"

7 PM - "The Wines that Changed how the World Looks at NYS Wines"


Depending on class

Special Cooking Demonstration & Book Signing with Gail Simmons from Top Chef

Included with General Admission

Check out Gail's Live Cooking Demonstration in the Persian Terrace at 4pm on Saturday, November 23rd!







100 East Onondaga Street

Syracuse, NY 13202

About the Event

Join us for The Best of NY - A Food & Drink Showcase in the historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown November 23. This event features the best NYS made products, foods, beverages, tastings, cooking demonstrations & more. Enjoy samples, contests, food and drink tutorials, special entertainment and indulge in the very best NYS has to offer!

This is the BEST Saturday for all things food & drink!

Make a night of it with your group! Hotel packages available to sip and stay!



  • NOON - Cooking Demonstration by Chef Alex Fiacchi from A'Mano  (Persian Terrace)

  • 1 PM - Cooking Demonstration by Chef Mario Gorea from Apizza (Persian Terrace)

  • 1 PM - Sommelier Led Tasting: "Pairing the Great Wines & Cheeses of NY"             (Canandaigua Room- Additional Ticket Required)

  • 2:00 PM - Cooking Demonstration by Knifehand Nutrition (Persian Terrace)

  • 3:00 PM - Cooking Demonstration by Chef Billy-Brendan Ginty from Your Table is Ready (Persian Terrace)   

  • ​​3:00 PM - Sommelier Led Tasting: "The Wines of the Empire State"  (Canandaigua Room- Additional Ticket Required)

  • 4:00 PM - Gail Simmons Recipe Demonstration (Persian Terrace)

  • 4:30 - 5PM - Gail Simmons Book Signing Opportunity (Lobby)

  • 5:00 PM - Hofmann's Cooking Demonstration (Persian Terrace)

  • 5:00 PM - Take Four Jazz Ensemble (Lobby)

  • 5:00 PM - Sommelier Led Tasting: "Advanced Whiskey Appreciation: The Bourbons of New York State"  (Canandaigua Room- Additional Ticket Required)

  • 5:45 PM - Best of Cider Competition

  • 6:15 PM - Sommelier Led Tasting:"Sommelier Blind Tasting & Discussion: The Bourbons of New York State"(Canandaigua Room- Additional Ticket Required)

  • 6:30 PM - Tim Shore, Master Brewer at Buried Acorn Brewery discusses brewing process & flavors, free sampling (Persian Terrace)

  • 7:00 PM - Sommelier Led Tasting: "The wines that changed how the world looks at New York State wines"  (Canandaigua Room - Additional Ticket Required)

  • 8:00 PM- End of Event


Interested in being a vendor? Contact 

Jen Queri at jqueri@advancemediany.com



  • Crazy Mike's Beef Jerky

  • Gusta Della Vita Olive Oil

  • What the Fudge

  • Hetta Glogg

  • SkyTop Coffee

  • Saint Lawrence Spirits

  • Flower City Flavor 

  • Soul Food Extension

  • Ort Family Farm

  • 110 Grill

  • Gilligan's Ice Cream

  • Saratoga Chocolate Company 

  • Eat Local CNY

  • Ashley Lynn Winery

  • Death By Chili Sauce

  • Chef for Rent

  • Victorianbourg Wine Estate

  • Knifehand Nutrition 

  • Black Button Distilling

  • Wordlings Pleasure

  • Jakes Gouda Cheese

  • Awestruck Ciders

  • Apex Entertainment 

  • Buried Acorn

  • Farm to Fork 101

  • Our Secret Delights

  • 11 Waters 

  • Ludwig's Cafe

  • Ashley's Essential Oils

  • Saucy Confections

  • Kiki's Greek

  • Hofmann's Hotdogs 


Questions, concerns? Let us know.