Attention Foodies: You need to add these festivals to your bucket list! The Lake George Area has an abundance of food festivals taking place throughout the year in which restaurants exhibit their variety of cuisines, while chefs show off their culinary talents and innovative recipes. Sample and shop award-winning artisan foods, craft beverages, and organically-grown produce. One of the best ways to experience the Lake George Area is to eat like the locals!

December, January, and February features hearty stews and competitive cook-offs. Here is the Winter Edition of our Festivals for Foodies series:

Stews N’ Brews

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

Location: Multiple Locations in the Lake George Area

Cost: TBA (1 draft beer + 1 cup of stew)

There is no better pair than a seasonal draft and hearty stew to warm you up in the winter. Last year, a total of 18 local establishments took part in this event that brings together local breweries and restaurants – 17 of which were within the Lake George Area. Stews N’ Brews is a great opportunity for foodies to revisit their favorite hangouts or experience new flavors. A number of these participating establishments also feature live, local tunes for the occasion.


2023 Participating Breweries:

2023 Participating Restaurants:

Lake George Winter Carnival Cook-Offs

Dates & Times: 

  • Chili Cook-Off: February 3, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • BBQ Cook-Off: February 10, 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Chowder Cook-Off: February 17, 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Chicken Wings Cook-Off: February 24, 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Shepard Park

Cost: Voting Ticket – $11

Served ‘til it’s gone! Every Saturday during the Lake George Winter Carnival, Lake George restaurants compete in cook-offs and YOU decide the winner! Each cook-off is always a different theme, and feature Chili, BBQ, Chowder, and Chicken Wing Cook-Offs. Lake George restaurants go head-to-head, you sample from each ‘til it’s gone, and then your vote counts in crowning the winners of the 62nd annual Winter Carnival!

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2024 Winners:

1st Place Chili: Charlie's Bar & Kitchen 

1st Place BBQ: TR's Restaurant & Lounge, The Garrison

1st Place Chowder: Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Cafe 

1st Place Chicken Wings: Lake George Beach Club

Voting Ticket is only valid for the specified cook-off and voting information is made available the day of – click here to purchase tickets.