Drawing: Wine and Dine for the Arts Slider Slam

Albany Food and Wine Fest Slider Slam credit T.R. Laz

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The annual Wine and Dine for the Arts is January 12-14 this year in downtown Albany. And we have a pair of tickets to the festival's Slider Slam event to give away, courtesy of the Albany Barn.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's something local that you're looking forward to this year?

It could be something new that's opening. It could be the return of something. It could something in your personal life. It could be whatever. We'll draw one winner at random -- that person will get the tickets.

The Slider Slam is Friday, January 13 at 90 State starting at 8 pm. Multiple chefs will be competing to create the best, most creative sliders -- and winners will named by both a panel of judges and the crowd of attendees. It is a 21-and-over event.

General admission tickets are $50 each / VIP tickets, which include an open bar in a VIP lounge, are $75. They're available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 6, 2017 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon Monday and must respond by noon on Tuesday, January 10.

photo: T.R. Laz


I am really looking forward to the beer festival coming back to the Armory in April! It's sponsored by Brew Crew and so far the lineup looks terrific. It'll be a great event, and bonus - I can walk to it! :) No Uber necessary for me!

I finally found an indian restaurant I love and then they had a kitchen fire. Luckily they just announced that they'll be reopening in a few months!

I'm looking forward to checking out the food at Sunhee and the baked goods at Fifth Tier.

I'm looking forward to...summer! BBQing and sitting outside with a cold beer!

The Albany Wine and Food Festival at the downtown Hilton on 1/13 and the Saratoga Chowderfest on 2/4.

Also, the coming of spring!

Tulip Festival! Can't wait to see the lineup :)

I am really looking forward to the Garth Brooks concert in March!

I am looking forward to Washington Park full of blooming tulips, each more lovely than the last! It is so nice to watch folks who come to see them - everyone smiling and so aware of this brief and sweet period of great beauty....

I'm looking forward to the mac and cheese bowl in February. Good food for a good cause.

Local music! As much as possible this year!

finally making it to a Cheese Traveler Friday night cookout...hopefully...

I'm looking forward to checking out The Warehouse on Wolf Road and to cooking spiedies on the grill in the yard again.

I am looking forward to so many local things!! New ciders and beers from local businesses, spring hiking in the area, going to the racetrack in Saratoga in the summer, festivals of all kinds, and continuing my quest since moving here last year to try as many local restaurants as possible!

Trying more eats from Chester's Smokehouse.

I am really looking forward to Fall in the Capital district. I mean. I love the other seasons, and I don't want to rush them, but nothing beats upstate apples.

Tulip Fest is always a great weekend!

I'm looking forward to going to the track with my family.

I am looking forward to the Spring!!!

Using the gift cards we received for local restaurants - New World Bistro and Innovo Kitchen!

Looking forward to getting snowed in. Hopefully it'll happen this year.

Looking forward to the Beer Festival at The Armory, and hopefully being able to call an Uber for a ride home after!

I'm looking forward to the weather to get warm, which means The Tulip Festival and Alive at 5 concert series!

Saratoga chowderfest and trivia during the summer on the riverfront barge.

New 16 oz cans for Common Roots Brewing Company!

The 26er party at Nine Pin!

The "Alive @ 5" concert series.

I am looking forward for the Summer concert series at SPAC to be announced. Nothing says Summer in the 518 like SPAC shows!

Tulip fest and all the warmth that comes with it :)

Looking forward to opening day at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady

Young the Giant and Lewis Del Mar performing at the Palace

Looking forward to March Madness and partying at local bars.

I'm looking forward to when the Troy Farmer's Market moves back outside...that means warmer weather!

Tulip Fest! I was so bummed I had to miss it last year.

I'm looking forward to my favorite Albany event, Champagne on the Park. It is the best way to kick off Tulip Fest!

I am looking forward to all the new beers that will be brewed across the capital region (Druthers, C.H Evans, Browns, etc.) and being able to enjoy a few more and get a ride home with an Uber.

Fresh sweet corn from Barber's Farm. That's upstate summer for me.

Brunch on the patio at Iron Gate Cafe.

I'm looking forward to hiking in the spring, testing out local beers and ciders around the area, and track season in Toga! And if this counts as local, beach trips to Lake George in the summer.

I'm looking forward to planning my wedding this year and researching and working with some fabulous local vendors.

Looking forward to Mac's Drive-In and Snowman to be open again; Also looking forward to camping in the North Country again.

Oktoberfest can't be beat! Beers, bratwurst, and wiener dogs racing each other for our amusement, what's not to love?!

I look forward to Troy Night Out every month!

Looking forward to lots of snow and really cold weather for a long period of time so it stays fluffy!

Looking forward to the return of the track season!

Jim's Tastee Freez in Delmar opening in March :)

Spring. Tulips. Tulipfest!

I want to meet up with some friends for dim sum at A la Shanghai, and I'm looking forward to Monday night trivia at the Ruck with good beer, wings, and hot fries!.

I'm looking forward to Dining and Sipping Wine with Arts😆

The gorgeous historic Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs reopening!

Looking forward to the return of warm weather and food trucks downtown!

I am looking forward to my 26er party at Nine Pin after all that hard work! :)

new Slidin' Dirty coming to the Schenectady area :) And more hard apple ciders

Checking out some restaurants that are new to me.

The Freihofer's run for Women! I'm in it this year!

Albany Beer Week. Should be great fun.

A better crop of apples than last years.🍏🍎

I am looking forward to my first dinner out alone with my son who moved back home to live . He was in Oregon and away for almost 20 years . Gordy is back Teaching and living locally. Now I can see him more than once a year. We always had a Mother & Son day . But haven't had that in almost 3 years. Now that he is home I would Love to have that Special Day with him again. No matter though I have my Gift ,"MY SON " just being back home.

The glorious, glorious day when Snowman opens for the season

I am looking forward to spring time in Albany! Best time to walk around the city exploring! Washington park with all the tulips and downtown when everything's in bloom!

I'm looking forward to winning these tickets!

I always look forward to the Santa Speedo Sprint. So much fun!!

I'm looking forward to summer, warm weather, and a fresh outlook on my personal life, supplemented by oysters and prosecco at Plumb Oyster Bar, a new spot that I'm incredibly excited to visit!

It's so hard to pick just one. I'm looking forward to all the Albany events that make me love the seasons in this area. Mac and Cheese bowl when we're all still shivering from the cold and need some good comfort food for a good cause. Strolling through Washington Park when the tulips first start to bud and spring is in the air. Downtown Saratoga and open air concerts at SPAC when we're finally in the thick of summer. And all those harvest fests when fall finally comes again.

But also, I'm looking forward to winning these tickets, so I can surprise my husband and stuff our faces with sliders to benefit local artists!

I'm looking forward to TAP New York in April! It's an annual craft beer festival that gives awards to New York State breweries.

Looking forward to the next great promotional thing from Nine Pin, I just moved back and missed so much of the 26er. Really hoping for something just as epic in the works this year. And their new tasting room space that just opened.

Walking around outside Albany & Troy

You know that day in the spring when the birds are chirping and the smell of new buds on the trees is so strong that you feel like you're 6 years old again?

That. :-)

I'm definitely looking forward to the spring and being able to walk around Washington Park with the tulips in bloom! And of course, Tulip Fest!

Looking forward to a nice long, cold and snowy winter to get really in the mood for summer concert season.

I'm looking forward to my annual girls' day of apple picking at Bowman Orchards...and all the cider doughnuts that come with it!

I'm looking forward to Maple Weekend in March and the Empire State Plaza Fireworks in July!!!! :-) Thank you!!

I'm looking forward to helping Grand St Community Arts (local non-profit) achieve all of its goals this year!

Elevation Burger! Mmmmmm...

I am looking forward to taking my toddler son to outdoor concerts in Albany and Troy this year. He loves music and dancing!

It's odd, but I really think with all the negativity that occurred last year that people are fed up with it and looking for the positives in life. At least over the last week that has been my experience with people I've come across.

I'm looking forward to see what all that positivity can do for the world...even if it's only temporary.

I am looking forward to visiting more local restaurants and attending more local events!

I'm still looking forward to a huge, holed-up-at-home snowstorm. Beyond that, I'm really looking forward to spring. I've got a great plan for my garden this year and Upstate Mud Season is always fun at the farm.

Chowderfest in Saratoga and Pig Out in Troy!

I look forward, every year, to losing about 20 dollars at the track.

Well before looking forward to Tulip Festival I'm looking forward to enjoying some more ice skating at Empire State Plaza!

The Tulips Festival, and the return of the Troy Farmer's Market to the outdoors!

spring and seeing the 350 bulbs I planted come up.

First and foremost,I am looking forward to warmer weather. Then all of the wonderful things that the capital region has to offer... Alive at 5, Grafton,the new casino opening,the track and everything else that there is for us to enjoy. Please groundhog,make this weather disappear!

Retiring in May!

I'm looking forward to a chilled glass of white wine and a bowl of pasta on the outside patio at Bongiorno's!

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