The 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival officially kicked off Thursday with hulling night. The hundreds of volunteers who helped prepare all the strawberries for the festival received a strawberry daiquiri.
The four-day festival features a full slate of events Saturday, including the crowning of the Strawberry Queen at 3 p.m. and the return of the shortcake-eating contest at 5 p.m.
Shortly after 16-year-old Joy Davis of Mattituck was crowned queen, she said she’s looking forward to representing her hometown.
“This community has given me so much, so I am looking forward to finally being able to give back,” she said.
On top of traditional festival food, club volunteers are serving strawberry shortcakes, strawberry daiquiris, chocolate covered strawberries and more. Family activities, entertainment and musical performances are also planned, as well as fireworks.
The Mattituck Lions Club has added a third fireworks show for this year’s Strawberry Festival — a local tradition celebrating its 62nd anniversary this Father’s Day weekend.
Phil Centonze, past club president and head of promotions/public relations, said each fireworks show will get bigger and bigger between Thursday and Saturday.
“Everything has been going very well so far … knock on wood,” Centonze said in an interview this week. “The crops of strawberries are exceptional this year and it always depends on the weather, but, the forecast for the weekend looks beautiful.”
Strawberry Martini (Touch of Venice courtesy photo)
After getting your fill of strawberry foods at the annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival this weekend why not wash it down with a specially crafted strawberry martini from Touch of Venice? (more…)