Wine in the Wilderness 2018

March 21, 2018


Utica Zoo’s 19th annual Wine in the Wilderness fundraising event is Saturday, June 2nd from 6 to 9pm at the Utica Zoo.

Attendees will be able to sample and purchase New York State wines, including a limited edition “Luscious Lynx Peach Chardonnay” by Prospect Falls Winery. $2 of every bottle of Luscious Lynx Peach Chardonnay will be donated back to the zoo. Purchase a wine slushy from Ashley Lynn Winery, or sample beers from Saranac Brewery. You can look forward to live music by the band Simple Props. The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free commemorative Utica Zoo wine glass. Zoo admission and the following light snacks are included: garlic pizza bites, tomato pie, assorted cheese, pretzels, sausage & peppers, and more! The following vendors will be on site: Gyros from the Grapevine, Tibbitt’s Maple, Mel’s Creations, Adirondack Puppy Truffles, So Sweet Candy, El Jefe’s Tacos and More Food Truck, Oneida County Tourism, Huckleberry Hill Soap, Mustard Seed, Mr. Nutty, Holy Smoque’s BBQ Fusion and more! Wine in the Wilderness is a rain or shine event and you must be 21 or older with photo ID to enter. Sponsored by Business Machines & Equipment, Bank of Utica, Prospect Falls Winery. All proceeds benefit the Utica Zoo.

NYS Wineries: Ashley Lynn Winery, Crooked Lake Winery, Idol Ridge Winery, Lakeland Winery, Montezuma Winery, Owera Vineyards, Pazdar Winery, Prospect Falls Winery, Stone Age Winery, Thousand Islands Winery, Americana Vineyards Winery, Villa Verona Vineyard, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Tughill Vineyards, Yellow Barn Winery and Saranac Brewery

Ticket Details:

  • General Admission: $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
  • Utica Zoo Members: $30 in advance and $35 at the door. (Available online and at the Zoo gift shop only.)
  • Designated Drivers: $20 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:,, Seneca Liquors, Lotto Liquors, City Liquors, Village Liquors, Liquor Loft, Clinton Wine & Spirts, Lichtmans Wine & Liquor, Bremer’s Wine & Liquor, Ann St Liquors, Ilion Wine & Liquor, Valley Wine & Liquor, Rock’s Liquors and Yorkville Liquor Store

Parking: 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.

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

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