World-record tasting attempt in Finger Lakes

GENEVA, NY – The 2nd annual Finger Lakes Music & Wine Festival will have a twist this year: Sample for a Cause.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, August 18, in this Seneca Lake city, will be the setting for what organizers hope will go in the record books as the largest wine tasting event in the world.

The current world record for such an event is 5,095 participants who visited the Plaza de Toros in Arando de Duero, Spain, on September 15, 2006.

With more than 100 wineries, the Finger Lakes region will be able to offer many different wines to festival visitors. And, $2 from every wine tasting ticket sold will go directly to Geneva’s Happiness House to help fund local programs.

If you’d like to get a group together to join the record attempt, here are the details. Wine tasting hours: 3 to 8 p.m., admission to the attempt; 7 to 8 p.m., call-up to all participants.

  • Participants are to gather in the designated, fenced-in tasting area to count toward the world record attempt A digital counter above the gate will display the number of patrons in the t area at any given time. 

  • During the attempt period all entries and exits by patrons are automatically recorded by an electronic counting system. Specific focus will be placed on the 7 to 8 p.m. period, unless the record is broken before that specific time. 

  • An official adjudicator will be present and witness the attempt. If the record is broken, the adjudicator will publicly announce the success of the attempt and hand a plaque to the mayor of Geneva on the main festival stage. 

Wine tasting tickets are $15 per person, 21 and over only. They may be purchased online or at the festival gates on the day of the event. No admission to those under 21. Tickets can be purchased online or at the festival gates on the days of the festival. Full details are available online.

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