Save the weekend. The Flights of Fancy: Finger Lakes Wine Classic is returning to Keuka Lake after rave reviews of Rotary’s inaugural event, and this year’s wine tasting and sales event will be launched with a Friday night kick-off.

Penn Yan Rotary and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce team up with the Hampton Inn in Penn Yan for the second annual Flights of Fancy May 20, 2017, with a Friday, May 19 Kickoff from 5-9 p.m. with grilled food and drinks and no cover charge. The Hampton Inn has agreed to be the venue and title sponsor for the event that was fun and festive on Main Street last year.

The Friday night kick-off provides locals and visitors with the sounds of “Top Shelf” music, thanks to sponsor Welliver Construction, and food and drinks by Keuka Restaurant catering, all under the heated tasting tent.

For those wanting to work off Friday night or prep for the Saturday tasting, venture out in the environs Saturday May 20. There is a planned walk on the historic 7-mile Keuka Outlet Trail from 10 a.m. to noon, with interpretive talks at four former mill sites by local historians (if you wish to stop and listen for part or all of the trail.)

Saturday afternoon’s event features 24 invited wineries pouring and selling Finger Lakes Appellation wines, eight food pairing vendors, four chef demonstrations and music by Artistic License. The unique tasting event will launch the Finger Lakes “high season.”

“For a couple years now, Rotary and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce have wanted to spearhead a high quality Finger Lakes invitational wine and culinary event to kick off the summer season,” says Rotary event chair Carol Worth.

Hosted in conjunction with the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, the Saturday tasting event will run from 2 to 7 p.m. on the heated tented patio of the Hampton Inn on beautiful Keuka Lake.

Proceeds from the event will support Penn Yan Rotary community projects. For ticket informaiton and details, visit

Be there

What: Flights of Fancy FL Wine Classic 

When: 2 - 7 p.m. May 20

Where: Hampton Inn, Lake Street, Penn Yan


Kick-off: 5 - 9 p.m. May 19