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'Taste NY' food and drink presence expanded for Saratoga Race Course

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Nearly two dozen New York State wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries will be involved when the Saratoga Race Course opens its 2014 thoroughbred racing season. Their products, along with foods from New York artisans, will be featured at the track's Saratoga Pavilion on Thursdays through Saturdays during the racing meet, scheduled to run from July 18 to September 1, according to an announcement Monday from the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The plan is to feature wines and spirits on Thursdays and tastings of craft beers and ciders on Fridays is an expansion of the Taste NY program at the track, begun last year with a Sunday artisan market. The beverage tastings will use a rotating selection of brands, while the Sunday marketplace will be made up of as many as 19 regular vendors.

Thursdays will center on New York wine and spirits, with track-goers able to sample a variety of products from noon to 3 p.m. for $30. Wine and beer tastings will feature complimentary offerings each Thursday of Cabot Creamery cheese sourced from New York farmers and free kettle chips from Saratoga Chips on Thursday and Friday.

Participating wineries will include: Adirondack Winery of Lake George,Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery of Chazy, Heron Hill Winery of Hammondsport, Hudson-Chatham Winery of Ghent, Lakeland Winery of Syracuse, Ledge Rock Hill Winery and Vineyard of Corinth, Miles Wine Cellars of Seneca Lake, The Saratoga Winery of Saratoga Springs, Swedish Hill Winery (tasting room) of Saratoga Springs, Thirsty Owl (tasting room) of Saratoga Springs, Thousand Island Winery of Alexandria Bay, Vesco Ridge Vineyards of West Chazy.

On Fridays, patrons will be able to sample craft beers and ciders from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes 20 sampling tickets. Breweries include: Adirondack Brewery of Lake George, Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, Brooklyn Brewery of the New York City Metro area, Brown’s Brewing Co. of Troy, Captain Lawrence Brewery of Elmsford, Empire Brewing Company of Syracuse, Keegan Ales of Kingston, Ithaca Beer Co. of Ithaca, Lake Placid Brewery of Lake Placid, Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. of Saratoga Springs and Saranac Brewing Co. of Utica.