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Sangria event aims to give Syracuse businesses a boost during a ‘lull’

A green-painted Syracuse graffiti on a brick wall.
Scott Willis
Downtown Syracuse graffiti dedicates Syracuse as "the mighty Salt City."

A sangria-centric event in Syracuse is looking to bring some local businesses a boost during what can be a slower time of year. The Sangria Crawl on Saturday will feature five bars and restaurants in the city that plan put their own twist on the Spanish cocktail.

This is the second year for the event from Eat Local New York. Owner Anthony Tringale said the idea came from trying to put a new spin on the traditional bar crawl at a time when there’s a dip in business.

"It’s great because well they’re coming up on graduation weekend but it’s kind of a little bit of a lull between Valentine’s and graduation weekend," Tringale said. "So, for some of these restaurants that are involved, it gets them a day where they get to get a little bit of a bump in income.”

President and CEO of Visit Syracuse, Danny Liedka, said these kinds of events bring energy to the region.

“Helps add to the vibrancy of downtown, you know, an active downtown, and it's good for the whole county and good for the whole region," Liedka said. "You know, the economic activity starts in the city center. And we draw people in from afar.”

Tickets must be purchased for discount sangria prices at the participating locations.