10 things to do on the North Fork this November

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What tumbleweeds? It may be be colder out, but the events are still happening.

From an indoor farmers market to a 90-point wine pairing dinner, there will be plenty to do on the North Fork and Shelter Island in the coming month. Grab a jacket and get to enjoying. 

Tanger Fall Festival 

Touch a Truck and learn to carve pumpkins from a professional carver at the Tanger Fall Festival Nov. 3.

Kids will have the chance to climb aboard some of their favorite types of trucks as part of the event, which will also feature professional pumpkin carver Andy Gertler of Pumpkin Sculpt USA. Not only will he demonstrate with a large scale carving, but kids will have the chance to make their own pumpkin.

The event — the fourth in a series of seasonal events from Tanger Outlets and northforker — will also feature barbecue from Grace & Grit Caterers and more.

The fun gets underway at noon.

Guest chef series at Noah’s

Guests will have more of a reason to stop into the Front Street hot spot this fall. The restaurant is rolling out a new guest chef series designed to give diners the farm fresh fare they expect with a twist. Chef Noam Kostucki, owner of HiR of Costa Rica, is the first guest chef of the year. He will be there on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3.  Get the details.

Astronomy Jamboree

Custer Observatory. (Credit: Annette DeGiovine-Oliveira)

The Custer Institute in Southold is hosting its 40thannual Astronomy Jamboree Friday, Nov. 2 through Nov. 4. The weekend is dedicated to astronomy lectures and stargazing. There’s also food, live music and a raffle. Click here for the complete lineup.

Get your Peconic Bay scallops

Peconic Bay scallop season begins Nov. 5. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Here is a reason to look forward to a Monday. Monday, Nov. 5 marks the start of Peconic Bay scallop season. Visit Southold Fish Market or Braun Seafood Co. for your fresh catch.

Holiday Artisan Pop Up at First & South

The scene at First and South.

The holidays are coming early to First & South. The Greenport restaurant is hosting an artisan pop up on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping with good from local artists and craftsmen.

Wine and Dine to the Nines

North Fork Table scallop season

Baked scallops with white sweet potato dauphinois in a Burgundy truffle bechamel sauce (Stephan Bogardus Courtesy Photo)

Enjoy North Fork food and wine at its best on Friday, Nov. 9. The Wine and Dine to the Nines dinner at North Fork Table & Inn features 90-point Lenz Winery pours paired with a menu curated by chefs Stephan Bogardus and Claudia Flemming. The 90-point wine dinner is on Nov. 9 at 1900 hours (7 p.m.) and costs $90 plus tax, tip and fees — we see what they did there. Seating is communal and tickets are now on sale.

Fish & Sips at the Aquarium

Fish & Sips Long Island Aquarium

Fish & Sips is one of the L.I. Aquarium’s most popular events (Courtesy Photo)

Visit the aquarium for a special after hours food and wine pairing. The annual Fish & Sips returns Friday, Nov. 16. Guests will taste wines from more than 20 local vineyards and brews while sampling hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $54.95 per person. Why not make a whole night of it? Hotel packages for the Hyatt East End include an overnight stay and two tickets to Fish & Sips start at $308.

Visit the new indoor Greenport Farmers Market

The Greenport Farmers Market is selling its goods inside for the first time this fall and winter. Starting on Saturday, Nov. 17, the market will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 28. The new space is located at 414 First Street and has enough room to accommodate roughly 20 vendors. Catapano Farms, Suhru Wines and Alice’s Fish Market are among the confirmed vendors. Get the details.

Long Ireland’s Black Friday Stout release party

Black Friday Imperial Stout from 2013 (Credit: Cyndi Murray photo)

Battling it out at the big box stores is nothing compared to Long Ireland Beer Company’s Black Friday Imperial Stout release party. The annual tradition began in 2011 as a way to get folks to skip the overly commercialized holiday and enjoy locally made beer with friends and family instead. There are also waffles with ice cream involved. The first keg of 2018 Black Friday Imperial Stout will be tapped at 9 a.m. at Long Ireland located at 817 Pulaski Street in Riverhead. Black Friday is Nov. 23 and it is free to get in.

Take a turkey trot… or a plunge

Bathers rush for the water during the Shelter Island Turkey Plunge. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

For the uninitiated, the Turkey Plunge, a brief but frigid dip into the waters of the bay, is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition. The 9thannual Shelter Island Turkey Plunge returns Saturday, Nov. 24 to Crescent Beach. The event is rain, snow or shine and money raised from entry fees and fundraising efforts benefits library programming all year long. Register here.

For those who prefer dry land, the 13th annual Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers Association Thanksgiving Day 5k Turkey Trot kicks off Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. at Mattituck High School. Proceeds will benefit he Pumillo Family and the MCTA Senior Scholarship Fund. Sign up here.

*Editor’s Note: Treiber Farms will no longer be at Sound View in Greenport as noted in a previous version of this story.