In the year of its cherry festival’s 10th anniversary, Cobblestone Farm Winery and Vineyard rang in 2014 with a name change. Now the Varick Winery and Vineyard, owners say the new moniker is merely a way for visitors to identify their Finger Lakes-area destination more easily but insist business continues as usual on the Cayuga Wine Trail. Each year in late June, proprietors welcome guests for a two-day weekend celebration of cherries that’s family-friendly and admission-free.
Scour for sweet and sour varieties of the fruit with a foray on the farm followed by a visit to the festival marketplace to sample classic and innovative culinary creations using cherries like butter, preserves, salsa and wine. Search for your favorite pairings among artisan selections like a glass of the winery’s own Vignoles with Hot and Spicy Cherry Salsa.
There’s plenty to please your palate beyond the star attraction. Vendors in the food tents serve up kid-pleasing savory selections like barbecue and pizza and sweet treats from baked goods to ice cream. You’ll also find a variety of handmade delicacies to take home like barbecue sauces, barrel-aged balsamic vinegar, beef jerkey, hot sauces, local honey, maple syrup, mustards, olive oils, pickles, relishes, salsa and spicy queso cheese.
Kids can get a hands-on encounter with a wild birds of prey and farm life with a petting zoo organized by the Seneca County 4H club and KrittrKris and Feathered Friends. Animal lovers can even take a furry friend home by visiting booths run by Finger Lakes SPCA and 2nd Chance Dog Rescue with cats, dogs, ferrets and rabbits awaiting adoption.
Local bands are on hand playing sets throughout the two-day event. A carnival game corner sponsored by the Seneca County 4H club and Waterfalls Girl Scouts features face painting and crafts along with favorite games of skill like a bean bag toss, cork drop, football throw, pick-a-duck and ring toss with milk bottles. You can test your local knowledge while taking a trivia-filled hay ride on the farm.
An assortment of arts and crafts vendors are on hand to sell their wares at the festival marketplace, filled with handcrafted treasures for gift-giving and to adorn yourself and your home. Some of the items available include: Apparel, garden items, gemstones, fragrance oils, glassware, pet products, pottery, purses, soaps and wood carvings.
The cobblestone Inn at Varick Winery is a home built in 1833 that’s listed on the New York state register of historical places. Each of the four bedrooms have private bathrooms and are outfitted with a queen- or king-sized beds where modern convenience meets country serenity as antique décor is incorporated with cable televisions, business amenities and high-speed WiFi Internet. Room rates include afternoon tea, complimentary wine tastings, evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, with winery discounts and a special gift basket filled with gourmet goodies.
The Citizen; “Cayuga Lake Wine Trail: Cobblestone Farm renamed Varick Winery & Vineyard”
Varick Winery and Vineyard: Cherry Festival