Grand Tasting & Seminars

Presented by FLY 92.3 B95.5

The Grand Tasting and Seminars will take place at the Albany Capital Center. Sample culinary delights from the area’s top chefs and restaurants.  Experience the educational seminars, including the Highland Park Whiskey Tour.  VIP tickets will include access to the Stoli Elite VIP Lounge presented by Total Events, where Hors D’oeuvres and specialty cocktails will be served. Each VIP ticket purchase also automatically enters you in an opportunity to win 1 of 5 exciting travel experiences!

Friday, January 27, 2023

4:00PM – 8:00PM

“Art Throughout the Festival” Unique Pop-Up Performances & Installations | presented by ParkAlbany.com

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

12:00PM – 4:00PM

“Art Throughout the Festival” Unique Pop-Up Performances & Installations | presented by ParkAlbany.com

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Battle of the Bartender:
Negroni Competition

Albany Capital Center

Friday, January 27, 2023 | 5:00PM – 7:00PM

This event is included with the Friday Grand Tasting & Seminars.

Day one of our Battle of the Bartenders has the area’s finest bartenders competing in our first ever Negroni Challenge. Utilizing Fords Gin and Carpano Antica Vermouth, contestants will craft their own unique take on this classic Italian cocktail to be evaluated by our panel of judges. Your vote matters, too! The bartender with the highest percentage of Fan Votes will earn 30 additional points to their total score.

Battle of the Bartender:
Espresso Martini Competition

Albany Capital Center

Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 1:30PM – 3:30PM

This event is included with the Saturday Grand Tasting & Seminars.

Day two of our Battle of the Bartenders has the area’s finest bartenders competing in our first ever Espresso Martini Challenge. Utilizing Stoli Vodka and Borghetti Liqueurs, contestants will craft their own unique take on this cold caffeinated cocktail to be evaluated by our panel of judges. Your vote matters, too! The bartender with the highest percentage of Fan Votes will earn 30 additional points to their total score.

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