Take the New York Wine & Culinary Center. The facility is working on the finishing touches for its 3rd annual nICE Festival, a celebration of ice wines and food, all New York sourced.
The event, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 26, will be more than a sit-and-watch affair. It will include cooking classes, pairings, ice sculpture demonstration and live music to go with the wine tastings.
Noon to 5 p.m. -- Ice wine tasting in the tasting room and exhibit room with representatives from area wineries, accompanied by regional food favorites. Free.Advance registration is required, and can be done online.
2 p.m. -- Kitchen Quick Takes in the Hands-On Kitchen: Preparing cheese soufflé, paired with ice wine, $40 per person.
2 p.m. -- Ice sculpture demonstration with Executive Chef Carlo Peretti. Free.
2 to 5 p.m. -- Live Music in the Taste of New York Restaurant. FREE.
3 p.m. -- Wine and chocolate pairing in the Educational Theater, Sampling three New York wines, including one ice wine, paired with a sampling of three chocolate desserts prepared by NYWCC pastry chef Andrew. $20 per person.
4 p.m. -- Ice sculpture demonstration with chef instructor Jeff Christiano. FREE.
5 p.m. -- Winter wine and food pairing -- In the Educational Theater; serving New York cheddar quiche, roast beef au jus, and spiced pumpkin pie paired with Chardonnay, Meritage and ice wines. $25 per person.
All day -- Sweet & Savory Duo/Ice Wine Pairing -- In the Taste of New York Restaurant. $15 per person.
The Center is located at 800 South Main Street. Phone: (585) 394-7070.