10 Things to do on the North Fork in May

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There’s so much to love about May on the North Fork. Flowers are in full bloom under sunny skies, almost all our favorite businesses are back for the season and Memorial Day is in arm’s reach.

This month begs you to explore all the North Fork has to offer — and there’s no shortage of fun.

Here are 10 things to do in May:

Head to Love Lane

First Fridays is returning to Love Lane on Friday, May 4. The first Friday of each month until October is dedicated to tasting, sipping and shopping local provisions in downtown Mattituck. The block party-style festival starts at 6 p.m. with live music, food, drinks, vendors and more. It’s an event sure to hold on to a spot on this list for several months.

Get all the details here.

Try your hand at yoga

Whether you’re looking get in shape for summer, or just a little more zen in your life, The Giving Room’s Yoga for Absolute Beginners class is something to add to your bucket list. The Southold yoga studio is offering the classes each Tuesday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — no previous experience required. When you’re done, pick up one of The Giving Room’s house-pressed juices.

Check out the full schedule and register here.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The Hawaiian and Lobster BLT tacos from Mattitaco. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with tacos, local wine and live music. Palmer Vineyards is hosting a pop-up with Noah’s on the Road Saturday, May 5 from noon to 6 p.m. Enjoy Noah’s tacos while sipping on the Riverhead winery’s vino.

Visit Palmer Vineyards for more info.

Get a taste of India

Chef Stephan Bogardus in the kitchen at North Fork Table and Inn while filming a video for northforker.com. (photo credit: Krysten Massa)

Savor the flavors of India at North Fork Table & Inn. Chef Stephan Bogardus’ recent trip to the country inspired this special dinner and fundraiser. During his travels, Bogardus learned traditional Indian cooking techniques he’ll share with the North Fork on Sunday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

The proceeds from the Indian-inspired dinner benefit the Ama Ghara Children’s Orphanage in Nepal.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 631-765-0177.

The Cutchogue winery is located at 23005 Main Road.

See the cherry blossoms in Greenport

Take a stroll down the streets of Greenport for scenes of cherry trees coming into bloom. The pink-petaled trees burst to life each May, harkening the return of spring. The Greenport Village Tree Committee held its first official Cherry Blossom Festival last year. The event returns when the blooms peak from May 1 through May 15.

A map of village trees is provided for visitors to take a self-guided tour of the village’s most colorful streets. Contact the Village of Greenport at (631) 477-0248 for more information. Download a copy of the map here: Cherry Blossom Festival 2018.

Treat mom to a sweet Mother’s Day

Show mom how much you care with a wine pairing at Sparkling Pointe Winery. Main Road Biscuit Company is serving a spring-inspired brunch plate for the $30 pairing, which includes three tastings of the Southold vineyard’s vino.

The event is on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 at Sparkling Pointe located at 39750 County Road 48, Southold. Reservations are required three days in advance. Visit sparklingpointe.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

Bark at the brewery

A scene from the North Fork Dog Dock-Diving festival at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. last year (Credit: Jeremy Garretson)

Grab Fido and head to Greenport Harbor Brewery in Peconic for a good cause and a good beer. Bark at the Brewery is a family-friendly fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Take part in canine contests and doggie demonstrations while enjoying food, music and some Harbor Ale.

Bark at the Brewery is Saturday, May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. located at 42155 Main Road in Peconic. Guests can participate with their dog or enjoy the show as spectators. Register in advance here.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to rain, the event will now be held on Sunday, May 20.

Attend the annual Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair

Eco-friendly cat toys made of fleece. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair brings together local artisans and vendors at Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead. The two-day festival features demonstrations such as basketweaving, sheep herding, quilting and more. Vendors will be selling their handmade products while food trucks will be on hand for lunch. You can also meet sheep, llamas, alpacas and angora rabbits that provide the fleece and fiber needed to make fiber goods.

The festival is Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine.

The price is $6 adults and $4 for children age 5 to 12. Children under 4 are free. The family rate for two adults and two children, or one adult and three children is $15. All admission fees directly support Hallockville Museum Farm.

Enter a cornhole contest

Taps lined up at the Long Ireland tasting room on Pulaski Street. (Courtesy photo)

Ready your throwing arm because the Long Ireland Cornhole Tournament is returning Saturday, May 19. Grab some buddies and form a team to compete in doubles tournaments. Even if you don’t win, there are pizza and beer specials in it for all the players at the Riverhead brewery.

Registration starts at 1 p.m.; bags fly at 2 p.m. at Long Ireland Beer. Sign up in advance at nycornhole.com. Only 32 teams will be admitted.

Sip that pink drink

Lenz Winery

Impress your friends the next time you’re sharing a few glasses of rosé. Lenz assistant winemaker Thomas Spotteck is answering all your questions about everyone’s favorite summertime vino at the Peconic vineyard’s Rosé Symposium on Saturday, May 26. You’ll have a chance to test your newfound knowledge with a special blind tasting of Long Island rosés. There’s no grade because you pick the winner.

Rustic On The Road food truck will also offer a rosé-inspired menu to enjoy while you listen to the sounds of Points East playing live on the terrace.

Tickets are $55 for the general public and $40 for Lenz members. Space is limited. Reserve tickets here.

cmurray@timesreview.com 

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