Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tioga Downs invites community to 'Vino at the Casino'

Special event offers celebration of local flavors

Nichols, N.Y. - October 28, 2015 - Tickets are on sale now for a chance to sample the best beer and wine the region has to offer at the annual Tioga Downs "Vino at the Casino" event set for Saturday, November 7. The entire community is invited to this showcase of the best food and beverage offerings in town. Several breweries and wineries from the Southern Tier will be pouring samples of their best brews and wines for guests to try from 1 - 8 pm.

Local cuisine is being provided by three vendors who were hand-selected to participate. Pacific Mountain Farms and Engelbert Farms are together known for their fresh meat, produce and dairy sourced right here in the Southern Tier. Meanwhile, Crystal City Olive Oils features a wide variety of flavor-infused oils, pastas and more.

The event continues to capture the community spirit even down to the entertainment. Local musician Virgil Cain will be the featured musical guest throughout the event. Virgil is known for being a one-man show who manages to create a full band sound. He performs on the keyboard, guitar and violin with a little help from technology to pull it together. Guests can enjoy a wide range of both original and cover songs in various musical styles. Later that evening, Andrew King will take the stage, performing after the tasting concludes, from 8 - 11 pm.

"We look forward to this event every year, because it highlights the gems of our community and gives our guests a chance to sample so much all under one roof," said owner Jeff Gural.

A $10 admission fee comes with 15 tasting tickets, which can be used for any combination of beer and wine. A $15 admission comes with 20 tasting tickets. All guests attending the event must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets can be purchased from the Tioga Downs gift shop or all Ticketmaster locations.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond. Tioga Downs is in the process of expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.