Famous Food Festival in Riverhead 2019

Festivals and food are two of the most anticipated aspects of summertime on Long Island. So naturally, Famous Food Festival held at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead on August 10th and 11th was an ideal setting for an enjoyable weekend. Over both days, attendees were able to experience food from more than fifty vendors, live music from multiple performers, a Grucci Fireworks show, and even a fire department cook-off. Tents and chairs were provided so guests could relax while eating and socializing. For kids, face painting, rock wall climbing, and an art tent were available.

This year’s Famous Food Festival boasted a variety of traditional and experimental dining options. Savory fare had the largest presence among vendors. The food truck for restaurant Katie’s of Smithtown offered their signature build-your-own Mac Daddy ’n Cheese which features different toppings and comes served in either a cone or a bowl. Golden Jalapeños Cafe, located in Calverton, had tex-mex items available including burritos, quesadillas, and speciality tacos. And MELTology of Mt. Sinai served up made-to-order gourmet grilled cheese with ingredients like pure clover honey and parmesan-crusted sourdough bread.

Desserts were a popular item among vendors as well. The Crazy Crepe Cafe—with four locations across Long Island—provided made-to-order sweet crepes such as Apple Pie and Samoa. New York City’s Spoonable Spirits offered several types their famous boozy pudding shots including Nutella Latte and Whisky Rolo. And, from upstate New York, Goodway Bakery featured fresh rum cakes in a variety of flavors such as coconut, chocolate, and black raspberry.

The highlight of the weekend occurred on Saturday when the Riverhead and Manorville fire departments faced off in Round 2 of Famous Food Festival’s Battle of the Fire Departments. Each company was given a list of summer-inspired ingredients and had a limited amount of time to prepare an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert. Professional chefs judged the dishes and voted on their favorites. After a very close competition, Riverhead Fire Department won the round and the chance to compete in October for a cash prize.

Two perfect summer days for the festival gave vendors ample business and left guests with an unforgettable dining experience. Famous Food Festival was a welcome event that added one more highlight to an already ideal summer. The Festival will return in the fall at Tanger Outlets in Deer Park on October 12th and 13th to further celebrate Long Island and New York eateries.

East End Taste was a media sponsor of Famous Food Festival.


North Brewing Company Celebrates One Year Anniversary

A cornerstone of the East End’s charm is how much local businesses are valued and encouraged to thrive. Keeping with that tradition, North Fork Brewing Company proudly celebrated its one-year anniversary on June 29th with a day-long party at their location in the heart of downtown Riverhead. The event featured live music, specialty brews, and a variety of food courtesy of the brewery as well as food trucks on site.

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Pizza Friday with Pizza Rita and Moustache Brewing Co.

A favorite summer pastime on the East End is an evening spent sipping and socializing at a local vineyard or brewery. Of course, with the popularity of local beverages, some establishments can become overcrowded and overwhelming. Patrons seeking a different experience though need look no further than Moustache Brewing Co. in Riverhead. And patrons will find an especially satisfying dining experience with Moustache’s monthly seasonal event, Pizza Friday with Pizza Rita.

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North Meets South Farms, Food, and Drink Festival

A new Long Island summer tradition kicked off this month as the first bi-annual North Meets South Festival took place on June 8th and 9th at the Long Island Sports Park in Calverton. Hosted by North Fork Event Co., the festival featured over a hundred vendors from the north and south forks displaying the full abundance of the East End. Crowds were able to wander through the 80-acre venue to patronize creators of local food, drink, and crafts. Raffles, games, and live music likewise contributed to providing two fun-filled days for adults and children alike.

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Taste the East End 2019

Elegance met aquatic at Taste the East End 2019 held at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead on Friday, June 7th. This year’s event brought together tastings and food pairings from dozens of local vendors. The venue—which boasts a terrace, ballroom, and courtyard along with the aquarium facilities—allowed guests ample opportunity to mingle, dance, and engage with the beautiful marine creatures on display.

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Riverhead Rotary’s 13th Annual Rotary Uncorked

Folks seeking a chance to wine and dine for a good cause gathered on Wednesday May 22nd for Riverhead Rotary’s 13th Annual Rotary Uncorked. Hosted at Martha Clara Vineyards (now RGNY), the event featured dishes and drinks from dozens of Long Island businesses. Guests were able to sample the local faire and mingle freely indoors and outdoors while a live DJ played music to add to the festivities.

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East End Garden Festival 2019

Planting season is upon us! As the final damp days of spring give way to the warmth of summer, it’s time to set this year’s gardening goals into motion. Whether looking for just a few annuals to add to the yard or seeking the makings of an entirely new landscaping design, the 24th Annual East End Garden Festival is the event to attend.

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Poetry Street at Riverhead’s Blue Duck Bakery

Anyone seeking an afternoon of culture and creativity on the East End is in luck thanks to the monthly Poetry Street event at Riverhead’s Blue Duck Bakery on East Main Street. Held on the fourth Sunday of each month from 2pm-4pm (excluding December), Poetry Street provides a relaxed and supportive atmosphere for amateur and professional poets alike to share their work with a live audience. Meanwhile, attendees can take advantage of the Blue Duck Bakery venue by purchasing delicious baked goods throughout the afternoon.

According to co-founder Susan Dingle, Poetry Street—now in its fifth year—began as an East End Arts JumpstART program back in 2014. Dingle says she and co-founder Bubbie Brown wanted to, “create an open mic that brings together the diversity of the community”. Each Poetry Street event includes two to four featured poets as well as an open mic portion where attendees can sign up to read as much as three minutes of an original or favorite poem. Donations are accepted, both to participate in the open mic and for the featured poets.

April’s Poetry Street, hosted by Dingle and her co-host Maggie Bloomfield, included four featured poets associated with the Stony Brook Southampton MFA program. Tyler Allen Penny—a recipient of the Joseph Kelly Prize in Creative Writing from Stony Brook Southampton—opened the afternoon with several poems inspired by his life on Long Island over the last five years. Poet, editor, and community organizer Caroline DeLuca came up next to read several poems about women’s experiences and political observations as well as excerpts from her graduate thesis. Next, Miranda Beeson recited some of her poetry as well including pieces from her upcoming work entitled ‘The Horizontal Project’. Finally, MFA student Claudia Acevedo-Quinones read several of her poems along with an excerpt from her thesis exploring Puerto Rican mythology.

The open mic portion followed, which allowed multiple local writers to read for the crowd. Each poet’s efforts introduced new perspectives and stories which added to the camaraderie of the afternoon. Dingle closed out the event by thanking everyone for their participation and encouraging new attendees to consider reading at upcoming events.

The next Poetry Street will be held on Sunday May 26th with featured poets Matt Coonan, Kathy Donnelly, and Cornelius Eady. Open mic sign-ups occur the day of the event a half hour before start time. During Poetry Street, Blue Duck Bakery remains open to the public who will be treated to some beautiful live readings as they make purchases. More information on Poetry Street can be found on Blue Duck Bakery’s Facebook page.

North Fork Horseradish Festival 2021

Spring may be ending with some wet weather, but that fact hasn’t keep east end businesses and their patrons from celebrating the harbinger events of summer. On Saturday May 4th, Holy Schmitt’s Horseradish and the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead hosted the annual North Fork Horseradish Festival. The Hallockville grounds quickly filled as visitors came to eat, shop, and explore the beautiful scenery of the Museum Farm.

Of course, the highlight of the Horseradish Festival was the tasting of Schmitt’s Family Farm’s famous Holy Schmitt’s Horseradish. Multiple varieties of the delicious spicy substance were offered including Original, Hot Pepper, and Cranberry. Also for sale were jars of Herbal Relish and Horseradish Pickles as well as Schmitt’s vibrantly-colored Bloody Mary mix. Guests lined up to brave the heat of each concoction and purchase their favorites.

For anyone seeking a milder food experience, several local restaurant and beverage vendors were also on site. Both the fresh oysters from Little Creek Oyster Co. in Greenport as well as the seafood offerings from Twin Forks catering paired well with Holy Schmitt’s Cocktail Sauce Horseradish. Meanwhile, Homeslice Wood-Fired Pizza and Catering from East Hampton
offered made-to-order custom pies baked right in their truck’s warm oven. South Fork Kitchens—a program of the Amagansett Food Institute—offered varieties of hot sauce and other spreads made with local ingredients to compliment any dish. For drinks, North Fork Brewing Co. had several beers on-tap.

While adults mingled and ate, children enjoyed bean bag toss games, played in the open space of Hallockville, and observed the Farm Museum’s beautiful cattle. Families also browsed
the craft stalls’ offerings, including the fine wooden creations of the Hallockville Carvers and the homemade beauty items from KISS Skincare located in the Northport area. Inside of Hallockville’s barn, Miss Ella’s Yarn and Gift Shop featured traditional Polish pottery as well as sewn items for sale, each artfully created and displayed.

Holy Schmitt’s Horseradish is available at Schmitt’s Family Farm on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Following The North Fork Horseradish Festival, Hallockville will host many other exciting activities as the summer season begins. Come to Hallockville for a taste of genuine farming life, and head over to Schmitt’s for a taste of genuine horseradish that will add a kick to any dish.


https://hallockville.com // 631-298-5292

The Preston House & Hotel Celebrates their One Year Anniversary

The Preston House & Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Riverhead opposite the Long Island Aquarium, recently celebrated their one year anniversary. The restaurant and hotel opened its doors on Valentine’s Day in 2018 and continues to be a favorite dining destination, especially for those who appreciate a unique historic backdrop reminiscent of the gilded age paired with hearty, locally focused fare.

Anchored together with their five-story boutique hotel, The Preston House is ideal for a weekend getaway for Long Island locals and visitors to the region for the first time. The property is perfectly situated at the mouth of both the North and South Forks.

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Winter Wine Recommendations on the East End

‘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.

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Best December Events in the Hamptons and on the North Fork

The holiday season is officially upon us, and with it comes shopping bazaars, holiday lightings and festive gatherings. Here are the best December events on the North and South Forks that will get people of all ages into the holiday spirit.

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