Six food festivals worth checking out across Long Island and NYC this year

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Picture this: You’re sipping a glass of local wine while sampling signature dishes created by New York chefs showcasing the harvest.

Dream life? Nah, simply a day at a Long Island food festival.

Festival season is coming and we’ve got the guide to the ones you won’t want to skip. Think of it as your where-to-eat-now list.

Smorgasburg Prospect Park

Sundays through October

Smorgasburg is as indulgent as the name suggests. (Credit: Prospect Park Alliance)

If you’re foodie bucket list includes New York City hot spots, cross a few off at Smorgasburg Prospect Park. Everyday Sunday from April through October more than 100 regional purveyors set up for the park’s outdoor market. It is a diverse culinary scene with delights ranging from dumplings to rosé ice cream (don’t leave without stopping by Malai).

Breeze Hill at Prospect Park, Brooklyn; smorgasburg.com

Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival: Spring Edition

Saturday, May 11

Brooklyn Crush has literally hundreds of wines to sample from near and far. (Credit: New York Wine Events)

Technically, more of a drink festival, foodies and wine lovers alike won’t want to miss out on Brooklyn Crush. The festival is a three-hour tasting featuring more than 200 reds, whites, rosés and spakling wines — plus charcuterie, pâté and other bites from top Brooklyn restaurants. There you’ll find wines from big name producers out of France, Italy and California, but rest assured that New York State wines will also be well represented. Bottles are available for purchase, so you don’t have to leave your favorite wines behind.

220 36th St., Sunset Park, Brooklyn; newyorkwineevents.com

Famous Food Festival

July 13 & 14 

August 17 & 18

October 12 & 13

There are plenty of food trucks to check out at The Famous Food Festival.

Eat the world without leaving Long Island. More than 60 vendors are dishing out culinary specialities from around the globe over the course of three weekends this year. Past dishes have included lobster tacos, mac and cheese and Lebanese rotisserie chicken. After you’ve had your fill of food check out the butterfly garden or virtual reality gaming area. FYI Parents, kids 10 and under get free entries.

Tanger Outlets, Deer Park; famousfoodfestival.com

Dan’s Taste of Summer: MonTaco

Saturday, August 3

Taco lovers won’t want to miss out on MonTaco. (Credit: Dan’s Taste of Summer)

See how chefs from the Hamptons to NYC do tacos when MonTaco returns to Montauk this August. The 21+ event hosted by Dan’s Taste of Summer also features tastings of enchiladas, burritos and ceviche as well as bottomless margaritas and plenty of cerveza, all set against the backdrop of Gurney’s Montauk waterfront. 

32 Star island Road, Montauk; danstasteofsummer.com

SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival

August 24 & 25

The two-day festival is the largest celebration of  Peruvian cuisine in New York State.

If a trip to Peru isn’t in your future anytime soon, SUMAQ 2019 is the next best thing. At the festival, chefs showcase Peruvian food and drink specialities including ceviche, empanadas, papa a la Huancaina (a traditional appetizer of potatoes and spicy, creamy sauce) and more. Don’t leave without trying Picarones, a Peruvian doughnut.

Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City; sumaqpff.com

Seafood Festival

August 24 & 25 

The seaside town of West Sayville comes to life during the annual Seafood Festival, which is now in its 27th year. (Credit: Long Island Maritime Museum)

The Long Island Maritime Museum’s annual festival is one of those events we wait for eagerly all year long. Wander the museum grounds overlooking the Great South Bay while eating your fill of oysters, clams and lobster rolls (there are options for landlubbers). When you need a break from the food there are arts and crafts, live music and even a pirate show. Simply, put it’s always a good time, for the whole family (but not your four-legged besite, dogs should stay home.) It is also cash only.

88 West Ave, West Sayville; limaritime.org