Photos: North Fork Fresh benefit draws hundreds to Orient

Robby Beaver, owner and chef of the Frisky Oyster in Greenport prepares Peconic Gold Oysters Friskafella. (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

Hundreds of people gathered at the Oysterponds Historical Society grounds in Orient Saturday for the annual North Fork Fresh to sample delicious food from local restaurants, farmers and chefs along with wines, beer and special desserts.

The event, which featured more than 25 vendors, is a celebration of North Fork bounty, benefiting the historical society. 

“It’s wonderful for Oysterponds Historical Society to have such a large community event at the start of every season, with the support of over 300 attendees this year,” said Marianne Howard, executive director of the Oysterponds Historical Society.

A pie baking contest was among the activities. Elanna Lazar won first place overall for her peach thyme pie, Ellen Zimmerman from East Marion took second with her rhubarb black cherry pie and Ivanna Zivkovic earned the third spot with her strawberry rhubarb pie.

See more photos of the event by Elizabeth Wagner below:

Marianne Howard of Middle Island, Executive Director of the Oysterponds Historical Society (left) with Jessica Frankel of Orient, Chairwoman of North Fork Fresh (right).

Raffle prizes included a boat ride to nowhere, a private family photo session, breakfast at the Orient Inn, a handmade birdhouse, paddle board rental, gift baskets, and gift certificates for yoga, wine, tools, boating supplies, and more.

The Mudflats String Band performs on the grounds of the Oysterponds Historical Society.

Miriam Foster, owner of the Orient Country Store, with Marianne Howard, Executive Director of the Oysterponds Historical Society.

Orient’s Ed Caufield, Esther Rotella, Steve Rotella, Theo Smith, and Nina Caufield.

Orient’s Stella Marren and Linden Kirk.

Maggie Hoag, Angelica Bengolea, Paula Marra, Linda Rice, Patricia Cristol, Adrian Cockerill, and Gwyneth Ketterer at North Fork Fresh.

Entries in the pie baking contest at North Fork Fresh.

Orient’s Opties and Dingies serving crepes to order. Vincent Bertault (left), Gussie Ventura (middle), and Claudia Lin (right).

Dan and Nancy Wright serve up blueberry and strawberry shortcake ice cream from Mattituck’s Magic Fountain.

The Orient Country Store’s olive oil cake, strawberry compote, and fresh local strawberries.

The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck’s French Raclette.

Adrian Cockerill of Orient and Jim Huettenmoser of East Marion grill sausages donated by 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue.

LeeAnn Vogel of Wading River pours Greenport Harbor’s Velvet Sea.

Ivy and Michael Croteaux of Croteaux Vineyards in Southold.

Mike Power serves for Mattitaco in Mattituck.

Greenport’s Kevin and Kelly O’Shea of Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue.

Homemade tofu and local veggie salad from Sterling Sake in Greenport.

Rosa Ross of North Fork Specialty Kitchen in Cutchogue serves eggplant and sweet potato charissa dumplings.

Houseman Restaurant of New York City serves Spring Moon Squid.

Puppies Winston and Boo play in the grass.

Scenes from Oysterponds Historical Society’s North Fork Fresh.