Special Events

Rochester Lilac Festival

Rochester Lilac Festival

Wine Tasting & Farmer’s Market

Thursday, May 12 & Friday, May 13

Two Sessions Daily: 12:30pm to 4pm & 4:30pm to 8pm

$15 per person | 21+ Only | Valid ID Required | Please Drink Responsibly

In the Farmer’s Insurance Special Events Tent

What goes better with New York wines than our natural artisan cheeses? There’s only one place to find out: at the annual Wine Tasting & Farmer’s Market at the Rochester Lilac Festival.

Here you can sample and purchase from 30 award-winning wineries from New York State’s most celebrated wine regions offering 150 distinctive varietals for your tasting pleasure.

Pair these fine wines with handmade chocolates from Manhattan’s oldest chocolatier, a confectioner destined to partner with the Rochester Lilac Festival: Li-Lac Chocolates! Li-Lac perfected its recipes and methods more than 90 years ago, and they’ve been one of New York’s most popular candy destinations for nearly a century.

What goes better with New York wines than our natural artisan cheeses? New York is the third most productive dairy state in the country, and its array of cheeses ranges from sheep’s milk chevre to Roquefort-style blue, as well as Camembert, rustic goat’s milk cheeses, and the cheddar’s that make New York’s dairies famous.



BuffaLoveFest will take place on Friday, May 27, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Zoo. This 21 and over event will feature live music from some of Buffalo’s finest bands, beer & wine from a variety of local brands, food trucks, artisans who specialize in Buffalo-themed goods & much more!

Tickets cost $20 in advance and includes 2 drink tickets.

*Tickets are non-refundable
**Free parking will be available inside of Delaware Park and surrounding areas. Parking in the Zoo lot will be $4 per car.

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Weekly Farmers Markets

*2016 Market Season*

East Aurora Farmers Market – Tops Plaza 123 Grey St – Wednesdays & Saturdays (5/7 – 11/23) 7am – 1pm

The Orchard Park Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market – Orchard Fresh Plaza 4050 N. Buffalo Rd – Thursdays (5/26 – 10/6) 3pm – 7pm *NEW MARKET*

Williamsville Farmers Market – Island Park, Williamsville – Saturdays (5/21 – 10/31) 8am – 1pm

Clarence Hollow Farmers Market – 10717 Main St – Saturdays (6/4 – 10/31) 8am – 1pm

South Buffalo Farmer’s Market – Casino @ Caz Park – Sundays (6/5 – 9/25) 9am – 1pm