UTICA — Utica Zoo’s 20th annual Wine in the Wilderness fund-raising event is 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the zoo.
Attendees will be able to sample and purchase wines from more than 20 New York wineries, including the limited edition “Wild Moon White” by Prospect Falls Winery.
Attendees may cool off with a famous wine slushy from Ashley Lynn Winery, grab a sweet treat of Wine Gummies from Saucy Confections, or switch to draft beer samples from Saranac Brewery and 16 Stone Brewpub. Music from SimpleProps will entertain, and there will be light snacks, and a wide variety of vendors. Wine in the Wilderness is rain or shine, and is for those age 21 and older with valid I.D.
The event will feature: American Vineyards, Ashley Lynn Winery, Crooked Lake Winery, Idol Ridge, Lakeland Winery, Montezuma Winery, Owera Vineyards, Pazder Winery, Prospect Falls Winery, Thousand Islands, Vicotrianbourg Winery, Villa Verona Winery, Stone Age Winery and more.
• General Admission: $40 in advance and $45 at the door.
• Utica Zoo Members: $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
• Designated Drivers: $25 in advance and at the door. Designated driver tickets to do not get a wine glass and will not be served alcohol at the event.
General Admission and Designated Driver Ticket Locations: UticaZoo.org/wine, Eventbrite.com, Utica Zoo Gift Shop, Bremer’s Wine & Liquor, City Liquors, Clinton Wine and Spirits, Lichtman’s Wine & Spirits, Seneca Wine and Liquor, Valley Wine and Liquor, Village Liquors, Yorkville Liquor Store, Lotto Liquors, The Liquor Loft, Ann Street Liquor Store, Ilion Wine & Spirits and Rock’s Liquors.
Member Ticket Locations: Eventbrite.com and the Utica Zoo Gift Shop.
Parking: Free parking at the Utica Zoo with free overflow parking at Mohawk Valley Community College Payne Hall parking lot and the Parkway Recreation Center. Shuttle buses will take attendees to and from the zoo at no cost from 5:30-10 p.m. Attendees may be dropped off and picked up at the zoo. Ride share is encouraged.
Zoo Hours: The Utica Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on this day and will reopen at 6 p.m. for the event.