U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., delivers a speech Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Emerson Park in Owasco.

Sarah Jean Condon, The Citizen

Some of New York's best beverages and food, including products made in central New York, will be showcased today in Washington D.C.

At 5 p.m., U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will host New York Farm Day in the Russell Senate Office Building's Kennedy Caucus Room. The event will feature beer, foods and wine, including beers brewed by Syracuse-based Empire Brewing and wines from King Ferry Winery, which is located in southern Cayuga County. Two beers made by Utica-based F.X. Matt Brewing Company, Saranac Pumpkin Ale and Saranac White IPA, will be served at the event. 

Gillibrand said she is happy to continue the traditional event. This will be the 12th year New York Farm Day has been hosted in the nation's capital.

"As a member of the Agriculture Committee, I am focused on improving the health of our economy and the health of our families," Gillibrand said. "From rising childhood obesity and outdated nutritional standards to the economic crisis facing our dairy farmers and specialty crop farmers, agriculture issues in Washington affect families in every corner of New York. Strengthening our agricultural sector and promoting good nutrition for New Yorkers are essential to our long-term health and economic growth."

New York Wine & Grape Foundation president Jim Trezise praised Gillibrand for hosting the event, which he said helps showcase New York-made products.

"New York Farm Day is a tasteful and effective way to educate policy makers that New York is a major farm state, and that agricultural is a major part of the state economy," he said. "The grape, grape juice, and wine industry now has production facilities in 53 of New York State’s 62 counties, and generates over $3.7 billion in economic benefits annually.  Our ability to grow and contribute even more depends on the business climate, which is shaped by public policy, so we thank Senator Gillibrand for hosting this immensely popular and effective event."

A full list of exhibitors at this year's New York Farm Day event is posted below.