logoThursday evening May 30th we’ll host 2 big events, come to both, come to either, come celebrate with us! First off it’s the inaugural Heart of the Finger Lakes: Tasting & Tapas Showcase bringing together some of the area’s finest food & beverage producers to showoff their creations on the streets of Downtown Ithaca.

Due to unfortunate events the Toots & the Maytals concert at The State Theatre is cancelled due to an injury. The show will be rescheduled for the fall. Dan Smalls Presents & The Ithaca Festival will announce immediately, likely within a week or so. The present plan is that all tickets will be honored for the fall show. Again if this changes stay tuned for more information regarding refunds or exchanges. We regret this postponement but we wish Toots a speedy recovery.  Please stay tuned for further information. The Blind Spots will join the Friday night concert at the Farmers Market with The Sim Redmond Band.

Heart of the Finger Lakes: Tasting & Tapas Showcase

We’ll present a stellar lineup of area chefs, restauranteurs, chocolatiers, winemakers, dairies, butchers, brewers, food trucks, and more offering tastes of creations they’ve crafted from locally grown & sourced ingredients! We applaud the efforts of the food & beverage artisans who nourish our community & help establish the Finger Lakes region as world-renowned for its agriculture & gourmet culinary arts. Local musical favorites, The Notorious String Busters & old-time heavy-hitters Rosie Newton, Lydia Garrison, & Oona Grady’s latest group Home Remedy will serenade guests & the full spread of Festival merchandise will be unveiled. Tastes & bites will be priced from 0-$4 & we encourage you to sample from a variety of vendors presenting wide diversity of offerings!

The evening’s Tasting & Tapas participants include:

Bandwagon Brewpub

Celias Ice Pops

Cornell Cooperative Ext

Crooked Carrot CSK

Damiani Wine

Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery

Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub

Greenlife Nutrition Center

GreenStar Natural Foods Market

Le Crepe De Luc

Life’s So Sweet Chocolates

New Roots Charter School FZS

Rogues Harbor Inn

Sapsquatch Maple Syrup

Save the Animals Go Vegan

Sheldrake Point Winery

Silent City Uprising

Silo – Farm to Food Truck

The Good Truck

The Ice Box

The Piggery

Vanillen Dairy

 

Toots & The Maytals

Toots & The Maytals Show Canceled, but Ithaca Festival Events Continue & The Blind Spots Play On

Due to very unfortunate events, the Toots & the Maytals concert scheduled for Thursday May 30th at the State Theater has been canceled. The Ithaca Festival’s Heart of the Finger Lakes Tasting & Tapas Showcase will still take place that evening hosting local bands Home Remedy and The Notorious String Busters on State St. Local favorites the Blind Spots, who were scheduled to open for Toots will be added to the bill for Friday night, joining The Sim Redmond Band at the Farmers Market Pavilion, tickets just $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Toots & the Maytal’s management released this statement, “Toots & the Maytals’ Toots Hibbert is reluctantly canceling the balance of his US acoustic concert tour due to continuing medical issues stemming from a bottle throwing incident on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Riverrock Concert in Richmond, Virginia when he was struck in the head by a large vodka bottle thrown at him by an audience member while performing. The blow to his head necessitated his being rushed to a local hospital for initial evaluation and treatment. Since that time, Toots has sought additional medical treatment while trying to complete his tour given his medical condition. Toots appreciates all of the well wishes and support from his fans and looks forward to performing for them again soon.”

Due to a recent incident described above, the Toots & The Maytals Show will be rescheduled for the fall. Dan Smalls Presents & The Ithaca Festival will announce immediately, likely within a week or so. The present plan is that all tickets will be honored for the fall show. Again if this changes stay tuned for more information regarding refunds or exchanges. We regret this postponement but we wish Toots a speedy recovery and wish that folks would enjoy concerts in a respectful manner and never undertake actions such as what led to Toots’ injury. It’s about the experience for everyone!  Please stay tuned for further information.

In light of this cancellation, local favorites the Blind Spots will join the beloved Sim Redmond Band at the Farmers Market Pavilion concert this Friday May 31st. These hometown heavy-hitters will perform from 9pm – midnight. Already slated to be an awesome concert, the addition of the Blind Spots makes the evening a must-do Friday night. Ithaca Beer Company is sponsoring the evenings events, & the taps will be flowing. The Good Truck, locally driven gourmet tacos will be onsite. Tickets are available for those 18 & up, $12 in advance on ithacaevents.com or the Ticket Center on the Commons, or $15 at the door.

The Heart of the Finger Lakes Tasting & Tapas Showcase will still take place on the 100 block of West State Street, featuring 20+ local food and beverage producers, offering samples of their creations, crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Tastes will be priced in the $0-$4 range, the event itself is free of charge. The Notorious String Busters will serenade guests from 5-6:30pm, then the latest incarnation of Old Time / Irish Music masters Rosie Newton, Lydia Garrison, & Oona Grady “Home Remedy” will perform from 6:30-8pm. Come Downtown to sample some of the best gourmet foods and beverages produced in the Finger Lakes region.