Canandaigua's Lincoln Hill Farms to host first brew fest Saturday

August 09, 2019 09:02 AM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Looking for a way to celebrate the weekend? 

A new venue is hosting its first craft brew festival this Saturday.


Located on state route 247 in Canandaigua, the 80-acre farm was a vision created by Brian Mastrosimone of Pittsford. 

“I used to run an inner-city management company. The grind got to me,” he explained as we toured the property. Once covered with trees, he has spent the last five years clearing the land and reimagining it as a multipurpose event space.

On one end, a 6,000-square foot tent can seat 400 people. It is flanked with sunflower and hemp fields. Along the further end of the field are goats and chickens.

Next year, Mastrosimone plans on opening up 10 "glamping" sites, where glampers can collect their own fresh eggs, pick their own vegetables from the field, and head to a silo-turned-cooking-unit where a chef will fashion a meal with the collected ingredients.

“We stocked this pond with bass, so when glampers come to stay next year we’ll have different activities through the farm. One activity will be regular fishing, another out of this pond will be fly fishing,” explained Mastrosimone.

Circling back to the front of the farm, you head through a hops yard. Lincoln Hill Farms hopes to collaborate with nearby breweries and eventually brew on site.

Nearby is a stage ready for live music. It borders the "timber pavilion" and "cider silo" where dozens of breweries will be pouring out their craft beverages to festivalgoers on Saturday, Aug. 10.

“We could potentially make it the biggest brew fest in upstate New York. From here on out it will always be the second weekend of August,” shared Mastrosimone.

Saturday's event has tickets on sale ranging from $10 to $75.

If you can’t make it, the farm is open on the weekends with family fun days scheduled on Sundays. 


Stephanie Robusto

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