Adirondack Festival of Food and Wine
Story by Bartosz Jaworski
Photos courtesy of the Mirror Lake Inn.
With the warmth of spring already seeping into our limbs, it may be in order to escape the city for nearby lush countryside, and the Adirondack mountains are a stupendous and beneficial place to breathe some clean air (and escape the never-ending sound of cell phones). Best of all, the Adirondack Festival of Food and Wine is coming up on March 26-29 in the luxurious Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa.
Rated as a "AAA Four Diamond" retreat, the Mirror Lake Inn promises a romantic weekend with the gorgeous Adirondack countryside as its backdrop. In addition to the beautiful scenery, guests will be blown away by the inn's Four Star restaurant, The View (a culinary destination in its own right, the View has received the Wine Spectator Dining Guide Award of Excellence nine consecutive times).
The festivities are centered around food and wine events: tastings, culinary demonstrations, and even a cooking competition presided by The View Executive Chef Greg Michaud (its as if this was invented expressly for those many gays and lesbians who love organic ingredients and have a competitive streak). We're particularly excited by the promised maple syrup demonstration from a local producers, and slightly less so about a visit from the makers of P3, Lake Placid's new vodka .
The festival costs $1395 per couple and $699 per person, which includes accommodations, gourmet breakfast, and entry to all of the food and wine events. Although it is rather pricey, remember that it's pennies compared to a weekend of gourmet food in New York City, not to mention with fresher ingredients, and the the peaceful quiet and majestic beauty of the Adirondack state park.
The complete itinerary and menu is available on the Mirror Lake Inn's website.