Food and wine festivals allow people to diversify their palates in one day, a feat previously attainable only by cramming five frozen dinners and a variety pack of juice boxes into a blender. Savor expanding horizons with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one ticket to the Festival of Food at the Rochester Public Market on Monday, September 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (up to a $50 value).
Festival of Food celebrates local agriculture and culinary prowess with more than 100 local artisans displaying samples and wares from restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries, and farms. Sample fare from fine-dining establishments such as The Rabbit Room, where chefs draw upon seasonal produce to display ever-changing culinary triumphs like Julia Child viewed through a kaleidoscope. Cooks and delicacies from Orange Glory Café and Catering and Next Door Bar & Grill also make appearances to represent their respective eateries. Local wineries and breweries such as Red Tail Ridge Winery and Three Brothers Wineries & Estates lavish festival-goers with grape elixirs, and Rohrbach Brewing Company parades suds that may include the brewery's vanilla porter or blueberry ale. Proceeds from the event benefit Foodlink, the local food bank that seeks to end hunger by increasing access to nutritious food throughout the Genesee/Finger Lakes region.