Thursday, October 2, 2014

Harvest Fest Fundraiser to Serve Up Food, Family Fun October 15th

Tickets are on sale now for "Harvest Fest: A Celebration of Food from Field to Table," 5:30-7:30pm Wednesday, October 15 at the American Legion Hall in Warsaw Village Park. Admission is $10 per person, or $25 for a family of four, and includes food tasting, local products, children's activities, raffles, and more. 

Now in its third year, Harvest Fest will spotlight a wide variety of delicious food tasting items prepared by local chefs, utilizing fresh produce and ingredients from local growers. All proceeds will benefit The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and the Wyoming County Business Education Council (BEC).  The Arc provides services to developmentally disabled individuals and their families in Livingston and Wyoming Counties. The BEC assists local youth in becoming productive workers, lifelong learners, and better prepared for career choices.

"(Harvest Fest) is a way to celebrate our local growers, our great local chefs and restaurants, and create a social opportunity to get reconnected with members of the Wyoming County community in a farm-market, family atmosphere," says BEC Executive Director Linda Leblond, one of the event coordinators.

Vendors are constantly being added.  Among those already booked are The Abbey of the Genesee, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming Wellness Committee, Arts Council for Wyoming County, Burlingham Books, Byrnclifff Resort & Conference Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, Deer Run Winery, Fidelis Care, Golden Oaks Foods, Gordon & Karen Almeter, Kramell's Meat Market and Barbeque, Once Again Nut Butter, Pioneer FFA, Sage Family Maple, Sick's Acres Farm, Wegmans, and the Wyoming County Dairy Princess.

"Something that differentiates us from other events is our focus on a family atmosphere," says Jeff Thomas, Public Relations Director for The Arc.  "The Harvest Fest experience goes far beyond food tasting.  For example, Burlingham Books will oversee a children's area, with a focus on fun literacy-based activities.  Fidelis Care is also offering arts and crafts.  Most importantly, we keep the tickets very affordable.  We are proud that families who attend our event get a lot for their dollar."

To reserve tickets, visit, or call 658-2828 x133 (The Arc) or 237-3010 (BEC).  Tickets are also available at M&T Bank’s Perry, Silver Springs, and Nunda locations.

Harvest Fest is made possible in part by a generous contribution from M&T Bank. Additional financial support is being provided by Farm Credit East and Genesee Valley Federal Credit Union.

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