Saturday 10 December 2022
  • :
  • :
[adrotate group="1"]
[adrotate group="4"]

Syracuse’s 2015 Jazz Fest Announces Increased Food and Beverages, Parking Changes

jazzfestnewM&T Syracuse Jazz Fest founder and executive producer Frank Malfitano has announced more food, beverages, and changes in parking for this year’s festival, July 17 and July 18, Jazz Fest officials stated.

This year’s festival will take place at Onondaga Community College, and, based on the festival’s prior year’s success, Malfitano said organizers plan to beef up the number of food trucks, the beer and wine court area, and the amount of parking available at the event.

“While our new food truck area, wine court and craft brew court were extremely well-received last year, we’ve taken some additional steps to ensure that waiting lines for food and beverages will be greatly reduced this time around,” Malfitano stated.

According to Malfitano, serving areas for the festival’s beer and wine courts have been doubled this year, and the number of food trucks has been increased from 10 to 18, with several bottled water stations also added throughout the grounds.

In addition, other changes include moving the festival’s annual fireworks display from Saturday evening to Friday, at 9 p.m., in order to make room for additional parking, as well as the addition of two off-campus parking lots on NYS Route 173.

Aretha Franklin will headline the festival, Saturday, July 18.

According to Malfitano, nearly 40,000 people attended the the event when Franklin performed in 2007.

“Parking inventory on campus is limited, due to the fact that the main stage, food and beverage courts, sponsor seating and public seating areas are all located in paved parking lots,” he stated. “And, based on Aretha Franklin’s last festival appearance in 2007, we’re anticipating huge crowds again on Saturday night, so we’ve moved our Free Price Chopper Fireworks Display to Friday evening, to an earlier start time to make room for additional parking on Saturday.”

In addition, Malfitano said there will be 11 on-campus lots available for parking this year, and parking in those lots will cost $5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

After 6 p.m., the fee for parking will increase to $10. The cost of the off-campus lots will be $5 all day, until both lots are filled, Malfitano stated.

Admission to the festival will be free.

“We hope this new parking plan will succeed in bringing attendees to the festival earlier, to enjoy the great local and regional talent that’s performing, and to sample the fest’s food trucks, craft brews and local wines,” he said.

Traffic control personnel will also be stationed at all major intersections along West Seneca Turnpike and Route 173, leading into the festival, in order to help facilitate better traffic flow in and out of the campus, Malfitano stated.