Senator Clinton Hosts New York Farm Day
Local Produce from Across New York, Including Long Island, the Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes, Western New York and the North Country, Showcased in the Nation's Capital
New York's award-winning wines, farm-fresh products, and fine restaurants traveled to the nation's Capitol yesterday to tastefully show Congress, the Administration, and others that New York is a major agricultural state, and agriculture is a major part of the state's economy.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, last night hosted "New York Farm Day" in the elegant Senate Russell Caucus Room at the crest of Capitol Hill. Attendees included other United States Senators, members of the New York Congressional delegation from the House of Representatives, members of the Committees on Agriculture, legislative chiefs of staff, agricultural specialists in Congress and the Administration, members of the New York and Washington media, top area restaurants and fine wine shops.
"Senator Clinton has become a true missionary for New York agriculture, including the grape and wine industry," said Jim Trezise, President of the statewide New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which organizes the event. "This food and wine showcase is designed to facilitate her strong advocacy of New York agriculture by tastefully showing her colleagues that New York has some of the best foods, wines, and restaurants in the world."
In the past five years, New York Farm Day has become one of the most popular events on Capitol Hill. As the current edition of US News put it, "It's that time of year again when lawmakers and top Hill aides eagerly await their invitation to what most call the best industry reception of the year: New York Farm Day, hosted by Sen. Hillary Clinton." As a reminder of this year's Farm Day feast, this week all U.S. Senators and New York Representatives will receive a bottle of premium New York wine with a personal note.
"Farm Day is a real labor of love for me as Senator from New York. It is always a unique and important opportunity for us to showcase the best of what New York's farmers and producers have to offer. Over the past six years we have brought New York to Washington, DC and I am thrilled that this has become such an anticipated event on the Congressional calendar. New York's farmers and producers are some of the best in the world and this is always a great opportunity to spread the word even further about the quality of our produce. This year's event was once again a great success featuring incredible wine, food and produce," Senator Clinton said.
The event is organized according to the State's major wine-producing regionsLong Island, the Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes, the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie (Chautauqua)as well as North Country. Each region will have a "Farm Table" showcasing local agricultural products, a "Restaurant Table" featuring a special recipe created from those products, and a "Wine Table" offering award-winning wines to match the foods.
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