The scent of freshly cut strawberries filled the air as hundreds of volunteers hulled thousands of berries for the Mattituck Lions Club’s Strawberry Festival on Thursday.
Hulling night, an annual tradition, is held the first night of the four-day fair. The hulled berries are made into strawberry shortcake, daiquiris, pie and more.
“This is how we get them ready to be mashed for our famous shortcake,” said Mattituck Lions Club Third Vice President Steve Bialeski.
Of the nearly 10,000 clamshells of strawberries used, some are grown on the North Fork — though many more are imported.
“We go through so many, and the crop was bad so we had to outsource,” Mr. Bialeski said.
The festival continues today, Saturday, and Sunday at the Strawberry Fieleds on Route 48 in Mattituck.
Be sure to check out out Strawberry Festival guide here.