Grand Tasting & Seminars

Presented by FLY 92.3 B95.5

The Grand Tasting and Seminars will take place at the Albany Capital Center. The VIP ticket will include access to the Stoli Elite VIP Lounge presented by Total Events that will be pouring specialty cocktails made with Stoli’s Elite brands, Hors D’oeuvres prepared by a Festival Signature Chef, an opportunity to win 1 of 5 exciting travel experiences. You will also have preferred access to the Macallan Raise the Glass seminar, which is anticipated to fill very quickly.

Friday, January 27, 2023

4:00PM – 8:00PM

  • Educational Seminars
  • Brewery Ommegang Food Truck
  • Craft Beer Pavilion
  • Battle of the Bartenders: Negroni Competition | presented by Fords Gin
  • The Woodford Experience
  • Stoli VIP Lounge | presented by Total Events

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

Saturday, January 28, 2023

12:00PM – 4:00PM

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

Battle of the Bartender:
Negroni Competition

Presented by Fords Gin

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, 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, 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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