A fresh new season, a holiday that celebrates with beer and the arrival of baby animals — what’s not to love about March? Here are 10 things to do across the North Fork this month.
Indulge in local fondue
Few things are more comforting in chilly March than melted cheese, and the North Fork has plenty of options for great fondue. If you’re eating in, both Kate’s Cheese Co. in Greenport and The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck offer a DIY fondue kit, which includes the fondue pot (on loan), fresh cheese and more. Or cozy up to a table or the bar at Greenport’s Demarchelier Bistro for some decadent fondue.
Enjoy a four-course dinner for tequila lovers
On Friday, March 5, The Halyard Restaurant will be partnering with Patron Tequila for an equal parts boozy and delicious evening. Cocktails and canapes will be followed by a four-course dinner paired with tequila pours, and a Patron swag-bag will be yours to take home. Tickets are $180 per person and limited to 20 socially distanced guests. For info head to thehalyardgreenport.com.
Cheers your way through downtown Riverhead on St. Patrick’s Day
Downtown Riverhead has become a true destination for beer, so what better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than there? On Wednesday, March 17, chart your own brewery stroll and be sure to stop at northforker favorites like North Fork Brewing Co., Tradewinds Brewing Company and Long Ireland Beer Company for a local pint.
Celebrate the first day of spring with gardening school
Breathe in the new season with Cornell Cooperative Extension on Saturday, March 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for a full day of virtual gardening programs to celebrate the first day of spring. The Full Bloom package includes a keynote speaker plus 12 programs (live and/or recorded) and costs $75. There will be door prizes including gardening tools and gift certificates. Learn more and register online at ccesuffolk.org.
Make a charcuterie board and enjoy a pint while you’re at it
If you’re looking to step up your charcuterie building skills Long Ireland Beer Company has your opportunity. On Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. Long Ireland Beer Company is teaming up with Slates & Plates Inc. to bring you a fun evening of charcuterie creating and pint sipping. This event, which costs $40 per person, will be St. Patrick’s Day-themed and will include all of the materials needed to assemble your board. Call to make a reservation before it sells out 631-403-4303.
Cook alongside chef Peter Berley at his North Fork Kitchen and Garden
In Slow Food’s second installment in their Great Chef series, you’ll get to spend an hour virtually with chef Peter Berley as he cooks an updated and comforting Saint Patrick’s Day menu embracing the flavors of the North Fork. The menu will include Irish Soda Bread, Beer-Braised Lamb Shanks, and more. This event will be held on Sunday, March 7 from 6 – 7:15 p.m. Tickets cost $50 per person, $40 for Slow Food members and can be purchased here.
Learn everything you need to know about chicks from the pros
It’s baby chick season and if you’re looking to add a flock to your yard this virtual, free event will prepare you with all you need to know. On Wednesday, March 24 at 3 p.m. Agway Talmage Farm and Garden Center is hosting a Facebook Live to answer all the questions you have about raising chickens. While registration is not required it’s recommended that you head to Agway Talmage Farm’s Facebook page to post your questions before the event.
Shop Small in Southold for spring
Head to Southold and shop your favorite stores on Saturday, March 20 to mark the first day of spring with special savings, offerings, tastings, and more. While each of the shops located in Southold is special and unique, our northforker picks include touchGOODS, White Flower Farmhouse, and Beacheeky.
Visit Herricks Lane Farm’s new Herb Loft
Herricks Lane Farm in Jamesport has created a new space for all herb enthusiasts to enjoy. On the third Thursday of each month, beginning March 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. check out the new loft space that will serve as a place for the farm to dry and process their certified organic, locally grown medicinal, and kitchen herbs. The farm’s dried herbs, apothecary, and pet products will be on display for sale and the space will eventually become a hub for talks, workshops, and demonstrations.
Catch the last of VSOP Projects Winter Exhibition before it’s too late
On March 13 and 14, visit Greenport’s VSOP Projects gallery for the final open house of their Winter Series. The exhibition which currently features work by Jacob Ouillette, Arden Scott, Monica Vélez, and Louise Crandell is also available to view privately with in-person appointments as well as virtual viewings. The gallery is located at 311 Front Street in Greenport.