An anticipated North Fork tradition took place Fourth of July weekend as the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce hosted the 42nd Annual Old-Fashioned Street Fair. Held Saturday July 6th on Old Sound Avenue in Mattituck, the event featured booths from local vendors, a variety of food trucks, and live music on stage. Adjacent to the fair, Love Lane businesses were also open to patrons seeking further shopping and dining experiences.
Sunny weather returned just in time to provide a bright and warm four days for Mattituck’s 65th Annual Strawberry Festival hosted by the Mattituck Lions Club. Held over Father’s Day weekend, the event attracted thousands of locals and tourists alike to enjoy fun rides, live music, local vendors, and of course fresh strawberries. Lion’s members, assisted by their youth branch the Mattituck Leo’s, worked tirelessly to make the multi-day spectacle another rousing success.
Despite cool temperatures and lingering puddles, the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce’s kick-off First Fridays event on May 3rd was a rousing success. From 6pm-9pm, Love Lane was closed to traffic so residents could stroll, mingle, and visit Love Lane shops as well as stalls from local vendors. With the street lights lit, the atmosphere was perfect for a cozy evening of camaraderie and commerce. The family-friendly event featured everything from face painting for kids to live music by guitarist and singer Robin Sidor.
Courtesy of North Fork Doughnut Company
Dining out on the East End is one of the most anticipated, and delicious, activities of the summer season. And for people avoiding animal products, it has never been easier to find a satisfying vegan bite to eat thanks to the variety of new options available. Here are five places on the North Fork where vegans and non-vegans alike can share in an unforgettable taste experience.
‘Tis the season to drink and be merry, and there is nothing that pairs better with endless trays of tasty appetizers and nights spent curled up by the fire than the perfect bottle of wine. Set the milk and cookies aside this holiday and try one of these delicious vineyard favorites from around the North and South Forks.
This past Sunday, my family and I attended the 10th annual North Fork Foodie Tour that spanned from Riverhead to East Marion. As my favorite event on the North Fork, it is a rare opportunity to explore the bounties of Long Island’s wine country and farm stands while exploring methods of sustainable agriculture. On the tour, we tasted and purchased local goodies and took behind-the-scenes tour and many notable establishments.
Out of the 20 locations on the self-guided tour, we were able to make seven tops as this year we started at 12:30pm. Yet through these stops, we had the opportunity to explore how certain products are made such as the coffee roasting process at North Fork Roasting Co. and how different cheeses are crafted at Catapano Dairy Farm.
Below you find a selection of photographs that highlight each stop that my family and I made while on the tour:
I am honored to host a giveaway for my FAVORITE North Fork event: the 10th Annual North Fork Foodie Tour. This will be my second time at the event, and I am so excited to once again explore the generous bounty of the North Fork, stretching from Riverhead to East Marion. This self-guided, family friendly tour includes educational and edible activities, exclusive tours, goat milking, tastings, and more! About twenty vendors are scheduled to attend including Browder’s Birds and North Fork Roasting Company.
The Village Cheese Shop is nestled on Love Lane just across the street from Lombardi’s Love Lane Market in Mattituck. This is the cheese shop to discover new favorite imported and domestic cheeses before heading off to the vineyards for a day of tastings. This was my first visit to the cheese shop, where I sat down with owner Michael E. Affatato, a Franco-American and wine expert born and raised in Brooklyn. He has owned the cheese shop since October of last year.
Inside the shop, you will find a wide array of cheeses for wine pairings, parties, and gifts. I was instantly greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff that I noticed really spent their time explaining the origins of the cheeses to customers, letting them trying samples of each cheese they were interested in. Once you have chosen your cheeses, you are welcome to relax in their seating area opposite the cheese counter.
If you have been a reader of East End Taste for at least six month, you will already know that I love to create and experiment with recipes I find on my favorite food blogs and in antiquarian cookbooks. Lately, I have been focusing my search on baked goods that do not contain a lot of added sugar. Otherwise, I have cut the sugar ingredients in half to a third. I still find that whether it is scones, muffins, or cookies, the baked items still taste just as delicious with just a tad of sweet.
This recipe below for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread is a perfect example. Originally, the recipe called for a cup of sugar, and I adapted it to have no more than 1/3 cup of sugar with unsweetened apple sauce. This semi-sweet bread was such a huge hit with my friends and family, and it stayed moist for several days. I recommend store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Plus, you can adjust the sweetness with how much creamed honey you add. Browder’s golden creamed honey is a must for baking and is so versatile. Expect many more recipes to follow with their signature honey.
This past year, I had the incredible honor this year of discovering dozens of new culinary artisans, restaurants, farm stands, boutique bed and breakfasts, and so much more. I had the opportunity to sit down at over three dozen new restaurants that I had never before dined at, and partook in over two dozen benefits, galas, and functions, and a special cheers to the most thrilling summer in the Hamptons and North Fork.
East End Taste in 2015 was an immense success, and 2016 will be even better! I am looking forward to sharing new tastings from my gastronomic journey across the East End and beyond. From comfort classics to homemade creations, below are my top ten “Best Things I Ate in 2015.”
Jams and jellies are a favorite gift to give (and receive) during the holiday season. Of course, it couldn’t get any better than hand crafted, small batch fruit preserves made from local East End ingredients. Melissa Sabbatino made the decision to start Peconic River Preserves in 2015, two years after she moved home from Boston.
While she did enjoy working as a public accountant in Boston, she chose to focus on her personal business venture that drew upon skills she learned and grew up with as a child. “My mom taught me how to make jam,” explains Sabbatino. “I grew up in a farming and fishing family, and was taught how to bake and cook at any early age. My dad grew up as a bayman, and we always had high quality local produce and seafood. Cooking was a family tradition.”
This past Saturday, September 26th, Browder’s Birds in Mattituck hosted their annual farm picnic from 4-8pm. This was our first time attending the picnic, which was a lovely intimate gathering where everyone celebrated the close to a worthwhile summer season and the bounty of the autumn harvest.
We were delighted to be back at the poultry farm again as we had just visited last Sunday as part of the The North Fork Foodie Tour. This time, my daughter had the opportunity to see some more chickens, the ducks, and the sheep roaming about the pasture. She loves animals and exploring, and we always enjoy every moment we can where we can immerse her in the outdoors and the local farms.
This past weekend on Sunday, September 20th, my husband, daughter, and I participated in The 9th annual North Fork Foodie Tour presented by The North Fork Reform Synagogue. The tour was a self-guided, behind-the-scenes peak into local farms, vineyards, and food artisans. Out of the twenty participating businesses, we were able to visit eleven.
We started promptly at 10:15am and were touring until 2:30pm. Our daughter took a brief half hour nap in the cap between our fifth and six stop, otherwise she was running about the farms and became so pleased each time she saw the animals prancing by or in their pens. Below are photos from our tour arranged in order of where we stopped.
Lombardi’s Market, located on the quaint street in the heart of Mattituck which is Love Lane, will be celebrating its first summer at their newest location, which opened last September. The market offers abundance of homemade Italian grocery items with an essence of the North Fork.
I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Lombardi, who among her family, owns and runs Lombardi’s Love Lane Market. I also met her mother and father during my visit. I love how the traditional Italian Market is so family-oriented, friendly, and has literally every Italian staple you could imagine. The Lombardi’s have been in the restaurant and full-service catering business for almost 40 yrs. “I grew up in the [family] business. The North Fork is a passion of mine and my family’s, and once the space became available, we immediately opened our market here,” says Lauren Lombardi. “It’s been a dream of mine to have a store on the North Fork and the community has been so welcoming.”
As you enter, you are greeted with classic Italian music, an abundance of food offerings based on family recipes, with a touch of the North Fork by offering local purveyor’s goods.