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Winterfest

10th Annual WINTERFEST

February 24 – March 19, 2017

A four-week music, food, wine and arts festival on Long Island's scenic East End!

For more information and the complete schedule of events, visit LongislandWinterfest.com >>

East End Arts and the Winterfest Steering Committee are excited to announce that Winterfest will be back in 2017, taking place from February 24, 2017 to March 19, 2017. Entering its 10th anniversary year, Winterfest is poised to continue within a new framework that broadens the benefits to the entire East End region of Long Island. In 2017, Winterfest will be managed by a steering committee representing a broad collective of businesses reflecting the East End of Long Island including wineries, breweries, restaurants, hotels, performing arts, art galleries, and retail businesses. Music offered during the festival will be arranged by host venues.

Winterfest was developed in 2006 as an economic engine to support businesses during the slow winter months. As a trailblazing project that crosses disciplines to include arts, tourism and agriculture, Winterfest was the 2012 recipient of the Arts Destination Marketing Award, presented by Americans for the Arts and Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).

“Winterfest has proven its value to the East End by highlighting the area as an exciting destination through brand recognition,” says Patricia Drake Snyder, Executive Director of East End Arts, a founding partner of the project. “Now as the festival umbrellas to include all activities on the East End, it will be a powerful marketing tool to support the winter economy.”

Participation in Winterfest 2017 is available to all interested businesses. A participation fee of $250 will provide event program and website calendar listings of four events or offerings during the festival. Participants will benefit from robust marketing through social media and collective partner marketing. Participants will also be provided a promotional table at the Winterfest Kick-Off Party taking place on February 24, 2017. Interested businesses can contact Kristen Reyes at or 516-318-6004 or at liwinterfest@eastendarts.org. Deadline for applying is January 18, 2017.

The Winterfest Kick-Off Party is scheduled for Friday, February 24, 2017 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead, NY. The evening will feature music by East End Trio along with tastings by Winterfest-participating local restaurants, vineyards and breweries. Tickets are $50 in advance and $65 at the door. Tickets are available at longislandwinterfest.com/kick-off-party-at-hotel-indigo-feb-24-2017. Limited vendors tables will be available and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Vendors will be required to provide a basket or item for a Chinese auction. Hotel Indigo East End is located at 1830 West Main Street, Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901, 631-369-2200, indigoeastend.com.

Advertising opportunities in the Winterfest program (distribution of 10,000) is available. For ad sheets, contact Diane Tucci, Winterfest Marketing Coordinator, at dtuccimedia@gmail.com or 631-591-0722. Deadline for purchasing advertising is January 18, 2017.

Questions may be directed to Diane Tucci or Kristen Reyes at liwinterfest@eastendarts.org.


HISTORY OF WINTERFEST

Winterfest was born to embrace music and to celebrate Long Island’s Wine Country - to promote tourism and support live music.

Long Island Winterfest Live on the Vine was a joint production of East End Arts, the Long Island Wine Council, the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Suffolk County Department of Economic Development. Created to drive business on the East End of Long Island during an otherwise quiet time of year, Winterfest Live on the Vine brought exceptional musical talent to Long Island while celebrating the award-winning East End wines.

For the first six years, Winterfest was the largest jazz festival on Long Island, called Winterfest Jazz on the Vine, and featured top jazz musicians (including multiple Grammy Award nominees and winners over the years!) that attract both local audiences from the North and South Forks as well as audiences from throughout the tri-state area.

In 2012, Long Island Winterfest was honored with the Arts Destination Marketing Award presented by Americans for the Arts and Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).

In 2014, Winterfest has changed its name to "LIVE on the Vine" and will be featuring not only jazz music, but also blues, soul and country music!

 

For the complete schedule of events, visit longislandwinterfest.com >>

Follow Winterfest on Facebook: facebook.com/liwinterfest >>