WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 8, 2016) – The 20th Anniversary of the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York Artisan Cheese will open on Friday, July 15th with the event’s highly-anticipated twilight party, Yancey’s Fancy Launch of the Lakes.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. for this colorful evening, which features previews of Festival wineries, an array of artisan cheese provided by Yancey’s Fancy, dusk fireworks display, and contests awarding the best togas and costumes in attendance. Live music by The Halley Devestern Band (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and The Blind Spots (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) will accompany the revelry, camaraderie, and fun atmosphere of this unique event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes during the toga and costume contests, with prizes awarded in multiple categories. Two individuals will be crowned Yancey’s Fanciest King & Queen of the festival by Bacchus, the God of wine, and receive complimentary festival passes, including admission to the Tasters’ Banquet and Great Western Breakfast. Other award categories include: Most Creative Costume, Most Creative Toga, and Best 90s Themed Toga (each with Individual AND group winners)

Tickets for this can’t-miss event will be available at the gate, however, advanced purchase is strongly encouraged. Launch of the Lakes is a separate event from the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, and is not included in regular festival admission.

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