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Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival returns Nov. 8-9

The 16th annual Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival is Ellicottville’s next big event, and it’s coming on Nov. 8 and 9.

The weekend features the crazy fun Trucks ‘n’ Brews on Friday, the Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday and the Kegs ‘n’ Eggs breakfast on Sunday. 

Friday night’s Trucks ‘n’ Brews is an outdoor beer tasting event with several options from Southern Tier, Ellicottville Brewing and Thin Man Brewery. But that’s not all! Nine of Western New York’s favorite food trucks will be on hand, plus live music with the Stick Tights band and a giant bonfire. Last year’s inaugural event was a big success and this year promises to be bigger and better!

The event takes place outside of the Tannenbaum Lodge at Holiday Valley from 7-10 p.m. Admission and beer tasting is $25, available online at holidayvalley.com, and food trucks are pay as you go. All attendees must be 21 or over.

Saturday’s Beer and Wine Festival will have over 40 craft breweries, distilleries, hard cideries and wineries with well over 120 samples to taste. A tent will be added this year for 21 more brewers and there’s entertainment on three floors of the beautiful Holiday Valley Lodge.

Tickets are currently $55, or you can purchase an all-access pass for both Trucks ‘n’ Brews and the Beer and Wine Festival for $75 at holidayvalley.com. Admission is limited and prices will increase after Oct. 31, so buy now! Participants must be 21 or older to purchase a ticket and attend the festival. Each ticket includes a $5 food voucher for the Brew Festival food court.

Breweries include: Four Mile Brewing, Belt Line Brewery, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Blackbird Cider Works, Boston Beer Company, Brewery Ommegang, Brickyard Brewing, Britesmilth Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Cider Creek Hard Cider, Community Beer Works, DG Yuengling, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Empire Brewing Company, Erie Brewing Company, Five & 20 Brewing, Flying Bison, Founders Brewing, Froth Brewing Company, Genesee/Magic Hat, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Hamburg Brewing Company, Long Trail/Otter Creek, Mackjack Hard Cider, New Belgium Brewing, New Holland Brewing, New York Beer Project, Ohio Brewing Company, Pressure Drop Brewing, Resurgence Brewing Company, Rusty Nickle Brewing Co., Saranac Brewery, Sixpoint, Steelbound Brewery & Distillery, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Sullivan’s Brewing Company, Thin Man Brewing, Victory Brewing, Voodoo Brewing, Woodcock Brothers and 12 Gates.

Wineries include: Victoriabourg Wine Estate, Main Street Winery, Winery of Ellicottville, Lakeland Winery and Zugibe Vinyards. Distilleries include Belle Isle Craft Spirits, Ellicottville Distillery, Honeyoye Falls Distillery, Southern Tier Distilling Co, Tommyrotter Distillery and Steelbound Brewery & Distillery.

All three floors of the Holiday Valley Lodge will be hopping with great music. The second floor will feature Hit N Run, named “Buffalo’s Greatest Party Band.” The fun upbeat swing sound of the Tim Britt Band will fill the air on the first floor, and Two Guys Drinking Beer will keep things lively in the Wine Cellar on the ground floor.

Each ticket includes a $5 voucher that you can redeem for food in the Lodge. Cuba Cheese store will supply cheese in the wine cellar, Dom’s Butcher Block of Ellicottville will feature their delicious smoked meats and you won’t be able to resist the wonderful aroma of the Bavarian Nut Company. Gary Liota from Santiago Cigars will be hand-rolling cigars on the second-floor deck.

The Kegs and Eggs breakfast will be back again on Sunday at John Harvard’s Brew House at the Tamarack Club from 9 a.m. to noon for $15. Drink specials feature Ultimate Bloody Marys and Mimosas for just $7.50. There’s nothing like the “hair of the dog” to get you up and moving again.

Make it a weekend with close, convenient lodging at the Inn at Holiday Valley, the Tamarack Club or a Holiday Valley Rental Property. Shuttle service is provided to the festival and to Ellicottville post-festival for Holiday Valley lodging guests. For reservations, call 699-2345.

The Inn at Holiday Valley is a cozy hotel layout with an indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub. The Inn is a short walk (one fairway length) to/from the Beer and Wine Festival venue. Continental breakfast is included in your stay.

The Tamarack Club is adjacent to the Beer Festival venue and features an indoor/outdoor heated pool and two hot tubs and the Ellicottville Oasis Spa on site. 

Holiday Valley Rental Properties include condos, townhouses and homes at Holiday Valley and nearby. Shuttle service is available to SnowPine Village, Alpine Meadows and Wildflower to and from Saturday’s Festival. For reservations in an HV Rental Property call 716-699-2912.

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