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Wine in the Virtual

May 12, 2020


Utica Zoo to host “Wine in the Virtual” Digital Event

With the announcement that the 21st Annual Wine in the Wilderness fundraising event to be held on June 6, 2020, would be canceled, the Utica Zoo has pivoted their attention to provide a digital event that hopes to provide a different kind of enjoyment for the community.


Presented by Bank of Utica, “Wine in the Virtual” is the Utica Zoo’s newest digital offering, joining the Uti-kaZoo Kid’s Academy, “Call With The Wild” Digital Encounters, and more. Wine in the Virtual will bring many aspects of the popular on-grounds event to the Zoo’s social media, as well as a ship-to-home Party Box option. The digital event will take place on June 6, 2020, via Facebook. Wine in the Virtual Party Boxes start at $20 for one person, with additional people for $10 each. Pick-Up is available at Utica Zoo on Friday, June 5 from 2-5pm.

Party Boxes include: (** denotes per person)

-Utica Zoo Commemorative Wine Glass sponsored by Bank of Utica**

-Utica Zoo Shot Glass or Bourbon Glass**

-1 oz bag of Saucy Confections Winosaurs Wine Gummies**

-2-pack Endangered Species Condoms: Witty conservation messaging to keep species from extinction**

-Photo Fun Party Favors**

-Party Prize. One lucky box will include a Golden Ticket redeemable for a bottle of Association of Zoos and Aquariums Saving Animals From Extinction wine and an encounter with the Utica Zoo Nigerian Dwarf Goats, upon the Zoo re-opening

Plus, these digital items to enjoy alongside the Party Boxes: (Digital only option available for $12)

-Cameo video appearances from African Lions Donovan, Coky, Murphy and Bactrian Camels Najla and Furlow, and Nigerian Dwarf Goats

-Facebook Watch Musical Performances

-Stage Time Trivia with Phil Farda

-Shareable Digital “Wine in the Virtual” graphic

-Online Craft Kit for adults or kids to be utilized that night or in the future

-Link to Utica Zoo Docent Etsy Shop for handmade Wine Charms (additional cost)

-Access to limited edition Wine in the Virtual t-shirts via (additional cost)

Additionally, upgrade the party to a Deluxe Party Box for $5 per person:

-Hors d’oeuvres tutorial with local chefs Patrick O’Connor of Feasts & Festivities,  Hayley Mielnicki, Registered Dietician from, and Carly Reynolds from Vine and Fig


“Wine in the Virtual” is sponsored by Bank of Utica, Business Machines and Equipment-BME, Max’s Print Shop, Saucy Confections, Stage Time Trivia, Feasts and Festivities, Haley Mielnicki, and Vine & Fig.


“Wine in the Virtual” Party Boxes are available for order at and are available for Early Reservation starting May 12th through May 22nd with one lucky person winning a Free Utica Zoo membership. For digital only options, deadline for registration is June 5th. Additional details and updates available on social media or or by email at Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Andria Heath at

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Enjoy some crafting with your wine and make your own Dreamcatcher! Click the link below for an easy step by step process and supply list. If you need a bit of extra help, don’t worry; Educator Jim will be available via Zoom Conference Call on Saturday from 6-7 pm. Contact if you need assistance!

Dream Catcher Supply List and Step by Step

UPDATE MAY 5, 2020:

The 21st Annual Utica Zoo Wine in the Wilderness fundraiser event scheduled for June 6, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be announcing a digital event shortly and will be bringing some aspects of Wine in the Wilderness to other well-known Utica Zoo events that occur later in the year. Stay tuned to our social media for updates.




Save the Date for the 21st Annual Utica Zoo Wine in the Wilderness on Saturday, June 6th from 6pm-9pm at the Utica Zoo! Sample New York State wines, cool off with a famous wine slushie from Ashley Lynn Winery, or switch to draft beer samples from Saranac Brewery. LIVE music, light snacks, and a wide variety of vendors. Wine in the Wilderness is rain or shine and strictly 21+ with valid ID.

Wineries and Vendors-Please contact to inquire about participating in this year’s Wine in the Wilderness. Sponsorship opportunities are available. E-mail to inquire.

Ticket Details-
General Admission: $40 in advance and $45 at the door.
Utica Zoo Members: $35 in advance and $40 at the door. (Available online and at the Zoo gift shop only.)
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.
All ticket proceeds benefit the Utica Zoo. Prices subject to change.

Ticket Purchase Locations
Ticket purchase locations to be announced.

Free parking at the Utica Zoo with free overflow parking at MVCC Payne Hall parking lot and the Parkway Rec Center. Shuttle buses will take you to and from the zoo at no cost from 5:30 to 10:00 pm. Attendees may be dropped off and picked up at the zoo. Uber, Lyft, and local taxi companies are highly suggested.

Zoo Hours
Please note that the Utica Zoo is open from 10 am to 1 pm on this day and will reopen at 6 pm for the event.