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September marks the official end of summer, but on the North Fork there’s no sign of tumbleweeds yet. It’s harvest season, which means lots of food and craft beverage events that highlight the region’s agriculture, breweries and wineries.
Here are a few ways to get a taste of autumn.
North Fork Foodie Tour
Chart your own course through a day filled with exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at the North Fork food industry. The 13th annual North Fork Foodie Tour on Sunday, Sept. 8, is a chance to explore and learn about artisanal foods, wine and sustainable agriculture from the makers and growers. There are 20 participants lined up for this year’s tour, including North Fork Flower Farm in Orient, 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue and Shared Table Farmhouse in Peconic. There will also be special speakers at Peconic Land Trust’s Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm in Southold. This year’s guests include chef Stephan Bogardus of The Halyard in Greenport and farmer Abra Morawiec of Feisty Acres Farm in Southold.
For tickets and details, visit northforkreformsynagogue.org or call 631-722-5712.
Land & Sea Gala
Raise a glass (and a fork) to Greenport’s rich maritime history. The 30th annual East End Maritime Festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 20, with the Land & Sea Gala at 6:30 p.m. The benefit features a taste of local fare, wine and craft beer on the grounds of Greenport Yacht & Shipbuilding. Hundreds attend the popular pre-festival cocktail party, which supports the programs of the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation. The festival continues throughout the village Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights include a parade on Saturday morning, music and dancing in Mitchell Park and a host of vendors and family-friendly activities.
Art, Oysters & Champagne
For details, visit newsuffolkwaterfront.org.
Long Island Fresh Hop Festival
Back for its fourth year on the North Fork, the Long Island Fresh Hop Festival showcases local and regional brewers. Guests have an opportunity to taste versions of fresh hop beers alongside the traditional version of the same beer. There will also be plenty of special limited-edition beers to taste, many of which are not available to the general public. And, yes, local pumpkin ales and Oktoberfest styles will be on tap, too. Live music, backyard games and food from Christopher Michael Catering will also be available. The festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Jamesport Farm Brewery.
For details, visit lifreshhopfestival.com.
Vineyard dinner at Bedell Cellars
Pair stunning vineyard views with farm-to-table fare during Bedell Cellars’ vineyard dinner on Sunday, Sept. 8. Guests will enjoy a selection of award-wining Bedell wines to pair with seasonally sourced dishes by chef Noah Schwartz of Noah’s in Greenport. Limited seating is available.
For details, visit bedellcellars.com.
Wildwood Fall Festival
The 26th annual Wildwood Fall Festival is fun for the whole family. Expect food, craft vendors, live entertainment and refreshments. All activities are free and include children’s games, wagon rides, pony rides, petting zoo, funny photos, inflatables, a build-a-scarecrow contest and a pumpkin weight raffle. The festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wildwood State Park in Wading River.
For details, visit parks.ny.gov/events.
Stomp Party at RGNY
The name of Martha Clara Vineyards may have changed, but its annual Stomp Party is here to stay. RGNY is continuing the tradition Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Riverhead winery. Guests are invited to stomp the grapes from this year’s harvest while enjoying live music and views of the 200-acre vineyard. Tickets include a bottle of wine per person, a Lombardi’s picnic basket (contains a sandwich, salad and chips) and tours of the vineyard on a bicycle or via tractor ride, plus access into the former residence of the Entenmanns, who founded the winery and the legendary baked goods company.
Tickets are $80 for adults and $25 for children. Advanced reservation is strongly encouraged, buy online at rgnywine.eventbrite.com.
Ode to Oktoberfest
A taste of Germany is coming to the East End Sunday, Sept 24. Hotel Indigo in Riverhead is hosting its third annual Ode to Oktoberfest with authentic German fare, vendors, a mug holding contest and a traditional beer-tapping ceremony and more.
For details, visit indigoeastend.com
Harvest Moon Cocktail Party & Ferry Cruise
Celebrate the end of summer at the Harvest Moon Cocktail Party & Ferry Cruise on the South Ferry hosted Sylvester Educational Manor on Shelter Island. Come for waterside cocktails and appetizers featuring the farm’s harvest bounty then set sail to take in the late summer sunset and Harvest Moon rise while a DJ gets the party started on the dance floor. The cruise is Saturday, Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more information visit, sylvestermanor.org
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Party
With a name like Long Ireland, you know St. Patrick’s Day is held in high regard. So much so that marking its halfway point is reason enough to celebrate. Every year the party gets bigger and better at the Riverhead brewery. This year it’s scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14. General admission, from 2 to 6 p.m., grants you entry plus unlimited 16-ounce pours and free shuttle transportation from the LIRR to the brewery starting at 1:30 p.m. VIP tickets get you in an hour early at 1 p.m. plus access to special releases. General admission is $39 in advance or $50 day of. VIP is $59, $79 day of.
Buy tickets at http://libeerevents.com/halfway