Fiddles, Vittles and Ales to return to West Side Ballroom

PLATTSBURGH - Fiddles, Vittles and Ales was such a success, the Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC) of Clinton County is doing it again.

The fundraiser, which was first held last March, was a unique fundraiser organized for the nonprofit organization that featured beer wine tastings and Irish cuisine. And, for its first year, it was a success, said ARC executive director Theresa Garrow.

"We sold over 200 tickets last year. Which, for a first-time event, is pretty unusual," she said. "We weren't sure how it would go over, but it went great."

When planning their second Fiddles, Vittles and Ales, Garrow said it was important not to tinker too much with a working formula.

"There aren't a lot of changes, but I think enough to make it a little interesting again this year," she said.

The event - planned this year for Saturday, March 12 - will again be held at West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road, and feature tastings of many brands of beers like Guinness, Sam Adams and Saranac from distributors including McCadam Distributing and Plattsburgh Distributing. New selections will be offered this year from out-of-area vendors such as Tri-Valley Beverages, Sly Fox Brewing Company, and Butternuts Beer and Ale, among others.

"They're bringing an awful lot of new beers to the area, some beers that aren't typically well-known around here, if at all," said Garrow.

The combination of familiar and no-so-familiar brews is one that Garrow feels will be a huge draw for people once again this year.

"We've got an awful lot of beer selections," she said. "So, for the beer connoisseurs and for people who are just plain beer drinkers, I think they'll have a great time."

Chef Kevin Thornton will once again prepare the menu for the event, which will feature several pairings with selections like Thai green curry with chicken and rice, lobster ravioli in a tomato basil cream sauce, and ham and split pea soup.

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