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OUR HOW-TO GUIDE

THE GREAT EATING ODYSSEY

With a huge variety of menu items and only 10 days to sample it all, you’ll need some help. This How-To Guide will get you started, helping you find and enjoy all the flavors of the Rochester Lilac Festival.

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4 PLACES EVERY VISITOR SHOULD KNOW

Big Top Food Tent
Two bars, plenty of seating, and great people-watching all blend perfectly with the regional favorites and sweet treats on which everyone in the family can agree.

The Lilac Loop
Follow the path towards Highland Avenue, and you’ll discover a wide variety of flavors—from grilled favorites to international cuisine.

Top of the Hill
Near the South Avenue entrance, you’ll have the best view of Center Stage. Grab a bite, spread your blanket and enjoy the show. This is also the closest spot to the Hilltop Bar – the only place to get a Sangria Slushie, the festival’s homemade specialty.

Overlook
Weekends 10:30am to 8:30pm during Art in the Park.  Approach this scenic viewpoint at the highest point of Reservoir Road by walking from South Avenue or Goodman Street. Or take the path that runs through the gardens on Highland Avenue.

CHILLIN’ AND GRILLIN’

Hot dogs, hamburgers, rib-eye steak sandwiches, Italian sausage and Polish sausage can be found throughout the festival and at Nick Tahou’s, Sonny’s Landing and Fun Foods.

THE VERY BEST INTERNATIONAL CUISINE

  • Amaya Indian Cuisine
  • Big Kahuna Greek
  • Island Wraps
  • Le Crepe Café
  • Le Petit Poutine
  • Mediterranean Cuisine
  • Stingray Sushi Fusion
  • Tex Mex

6 REGIONAL FAVORITES WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF

  • Chef Marco Italian
  • McArdle’s
  • Nick Tahou’s Garbage Plate (the original)
  • Red Osier Roast Beef
  • Abbott’s Frozen Custard

DREAMING OF DELICIOUS

Enjoy classic favorites like candy apples, cinnamon roasted almonds, cotton candy, deep fried candy bars and Oreos, fresh baked puffy pretzels, Henry’s Kettle Korn, Real Fruit Smoothies, funnel cakes and fried dough.

  • Fried Mac & Cheese
  • Cheesecake on a Stick
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Heidi Jo’s Jerky
  • Pizza Hut
  • Tasty Tom’s Turkey Legs
  • French Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Chicken Fingers
  • Steak on a Stick
  • Chicken on a Stick
  • Candy Apples
  • Soft Prezels
  • Cinnaroasted Almonds
  • Deep Fried Candy Bars
  • Cotton Candy
  • Deep Fried Oreos
  • Funnel Cakes
  • Fried Dough
  • Kettle Korn

BEVERAGE STOPS

Beverage Stops

CRAFT BEER GARDEN

Featuring an ever rotating showcase of more than 20 craft brews from across the country. Serving beer all festival hours (excluding Sunday’s 10:30am-12:00pm) 21+ Only | Valid ID Required.

BIG TOP FOOD TENT

Two bars – inside and outside! Beer- Labatt Blue, Labatt Blue Light, and Labatt Blue Light Lime. Wine- Casa Larga Lilac Hill Riesling, Casa Larga Vineyard Hill Chardonnay, Gnarley Head Authentic Red and White.

TOP OF THE HILL BAR

Labatt Blue, Labatt Blue Light, Labatt Blue Light Lime, Genessee, Genesee Cream Ale, Honey Brown, Labatt Summer Shandy. Wine- Casa Larga Lilac Hill Riesling Casa Larga Vineyard Hill Chardonnay, Gnarley Head Authentic Red and White, and the ever popular Sangria Slushies.

STAGE BAR

Labatt Blue, Labatt Blue Light, and Labatt Blue Light Lime. Wine- Casa Larga Lilac Hill Riesling, Casa Larga Vineyard Hill Chardonnay, Gnarley Head Authentic Red and White.

*All bars proudly feature Pepsi products. Cold beverages and bottled water available at all locations.

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