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Grab Your Friends and Head to Ellicottville for the Annual Beer & Wine Festival

Want to kick off the 2019-20 ski season in the best way possible? How about a weekend-long festival in November that includes food trucks, 100s of different beers, wines & liquor, multiple live bands and like-minded party individuals? On November 8 & 9, Holiday Valley’s Beer & Wine Festival returns. 

The fun starts on Friday night (November 8) with Trucks N’ Brews from 7-10pm. A fresh, dynamic addition to the weekend’s fun, last year’s inaugural saw hundreds of people show up to Tannenbaum Lodge despite less than ideal weather. 

Here’s how it works: Regional food truck favorites line up around the parking circle outside of the lodge, giving party-goers their choice of delicious offerings. It’s tough to decide what (or how much) to eat, especially when you’re given the choice of: Pizza Amore, MooCheesy, Jake & the Fat Man BBQ, Lloyd, Fat Bob’s, Dina’s of Ellicottville, Siri Thai Cuisine and Allen Burger Venture. 

Southern Tier Brewing and Ellicottville Brewing Company bring their mobile draft vans to serve up both classic and seasonal choices. Once you’ve had your fill of food and beer, you’ll be treated to live music and a giant bonfire. Tickets for Trucks N’ Brews are $25, and you must be 21 or older to attend. 

On Saturday from 3:30-7:30pm, the Beer & Wine Festival returns for its 16th year. Holiday Valley transforms the Main Lodge into a 3-story dreamland for anyone who loves libations. A litany of local breweries, wineries and distilleries set up shop to serve you their signature tastings, having fun with you the entire time. 

Each floor of the lodge boasts a different vibe. The ground floor, where the wineries and distilleries play, offers a laidback atmosphere with a plethora of flavor. Ellicottville Distillery, the Winery of Ellicottville and Steelbound Distillery (just to name a few) provide the kick, while a live band provides the entertainment. 

Head upstairs to the main floor and immerse yourself in the breweries. Another live band will perform, and the cafeteria will be open to provide you a base. (Don’t forget to eat!) German sausage, hot dogs, burgers and fries are the perfect complement after you’ve had a couple drinks. Ellicottville’s Dom’s Butcher Block will sell smoked meats, plus Cuba Cheese Company and Phygit Food’s famous pretzel necklaces. 

On the top floor, the party climaxes with more breweries and an electric band performing all of the hits you love to sing. Cool down on the deck and treat yourself to a hand-rolled cigar with Gary Liota from Santiago Cigars.

On Sunday, get back on track with the Kegs N’ Eggs Breakfast at John Harvard’s Brew House, located inside the Tamarack Club, next to Holiday Valley’s Main Lodge.

Holiday Valley offers package pricing if you want to attend the entirety of the weekend’s festivities, or individual tickets for each event. You must be 21 or older to both purchase a ticket and attend. If you’re a designated driver, Holiday Valley offers DD ticket pricing. Make a weekend of it and stay at the Inn at Holiday Valley (special lodging packages available.) For more information on the weekend’s festivities and to purchase tickets, head to www.holidayvalley.com/brewfest.