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Hudson Valley distilleries to show their spirits at Manhattan Cocktail Classic gala
Spirits producers from the Hudson Valley will pour their handcrafted beverages at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic’s Fourth Annual Opening Night Gala on Friday, May 17. The event, which kicks off the five-day festival, is a chance for distillery reps to showcase their products while some of the city’s top bartenders mix drinks for attendees.
Hudson Valley producers at the event will include Coppersea Distilling in West Park, Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, and Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery in Warwick.
“We’re hoping that our presence at the Gala opens the eyes of consumers to some of the terrific, locally-produced spirits on the market today, and that they will then seek them out at their local stores, restaurants and bars,” Ralph Erenzo, master distiller for Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, said in a press release.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has called Mount Kisco home, announced earlier this month that 24 New York State distilleries would participate in the event as part of an effort to promote regional tourism and goods produced in the state.
“We heard how our small local distilleries and brewers had to compete on an unfair playing field with big name brands,” Cuomo said in a news release. “We pledged that the state would step up to the plate and help bring these world-class products to world-class venues.”
IF YOU GO
What: Manhattan Cocktail Classic’s Fourth Annual Opening Night Gala, New York Public Library; 5th Ave. at East 42nd Street; 646-535-5011; www.manhattancocktailclassic.com
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, May 17
Info: The $195 regular admission tickets are sold out; admission passes for $295 and $395 are available. The event includes cocktail nibbles and entertainment.