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A scene from WinterFest 2022 (Photo by Jeremy Garrison).

The season of love is upon us and on the North Fork there are plenty of sweet events to celebrate. Check out what were most excited for this February.

Celebrate the season with WinterFest

Just because it is the middle of February doesn’t mean we still can’t have a party. On Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m., downtown Southold will come alive in celebration of WinterFest. In its third year, this annual event, with activities planned throughout the day, will include local shopping discounts, live music and fun, crafts for children, tours of Southold Historical Museum’s Maple Lane Complex and more (54545 NY-25, Southold). Find more information at on WinterFest Facebook page.

Sing along to all the hits

There is not a performer who puts on a show quite like Sir Elton John, but Gerald Brann and Yellow Brick Road come pretty close. During this tribute experience that captures both the look and sound of the iconic performer, audiences are invited to sing, sway and dance along to the timeless hits of the crocodile rocker. Brann and his band have garnered widespread acclaim and have both the endorsement of the International Elton John Fan Club and permission to use Elton John’s orchestral scores. This one-night-only performance at The Suffolk (111 East Main St., Riverhead) is on Friday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59 per person and can be purchased in advance here

Sunday funday

Before you say goodbye to your weekend, join Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. (42155 Main Road, Peconic) for a boozy brunch. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., head to the brewery for French toast, chicken and waffles, egg sandwiches and plenty of craft beer — plus brunch staples like Bloody Marys and mimosas. Find the complete menu here

Sip with your sweetheart

It’s the quintessential Valentine’s Day duo: cheese and wine. Spend the evening with your special someone at Suhru Wines (28735 Main Road, Cutchogue) on Saturday, Feb. 10, starting at noon to indulge in some cheese along with a taste of four Suhru wine (choice of white, red or combination.) Tickets are $45 per person. Suhru will also offer a glass of sparkling wine paired with 2 macarons for $20 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made online

Plenty of pairings at Pindar

Throughout the month, Pindar Vineyards (37645 NY-25, Peconic) will offer plenty of sweet pairings. Get a complimentary pairing of their 2015 Cabernet Port and a piece of chocolate with a paid tasting flight every day in February. Get a special behind the scenes taste of wine straight from the source with Pindar’s weekly wine barrel tastings, must be booked in advance here. On Saturday, Feb. 25 pair three NOFODOCO signature doughnuts with three wines (for $30) and on Sunday, Feb. 26, check out three handmade cupcakes from Blue Duck Bakery with three more wines (for $30). To see the full list of events and times and pricing for all, head to Pindar’s website

Feel the passion

Feel the passion of dance this February and join Blue Collar Ballroom for tango and rumba classes. Every Friday this month, beginning Feb. 2 at 6 p.m., head to Inspire Dance Company at Feather Hill Village (53345 Main Road, Southold) to learn the steps with your partner or by yourself and becoming a dancing sensation. Registration is required and is $240 for couples or $130 for an individual per class. Book your class by phone at 631-525-7393 or email at [email protected] and find more information about Blue Collar Ballroom on their Facebook

Soup(er) Bowl Mondays

Although Football season may be coming to a close on Feb. 12, Chronicle Wines is offering Monday Night Soup Bowl, every other Monday this month. On Feb. 5 and Feb. 19, head to the Peconic Lane winery (2885 Peconic Lane) between 4 and 6 p.m., which coincides with their weekly happy hour. Relish a $15 bowl of hearty winter soup prepared by Grace & Grit, complemented by bread from 1610 Sourdough. The tasting menu wines, available at a 50% discount by the glass a la carte, provide an excellent opportunity for guests to explore and savor. Additionally, enthusiasts have the option to pre-order whole sourdough loaves from 1610 Sourdough and take them home. Advanced reservations are encouraged and can be made here or by calling 631-488-0046. 

Warm yourself up with homemade candles 

Learn how to pour, scent and decorate your very own candle. Join Fire and Wixx at Sannino Vineyard (15975 County Road 48, Cutchogue) on Sunday, Feb. 4 for an afternoon (noon to 2 p.m.) of crafty relaxation. Tickets are $55 per person and include all necessary supplies as well as a glass of wine. For more information and to get your tickets, click here or call 631-734-8282. 

Be my Valentine 

Share a laugh with your sweetheart at East Wind (5720 NY-25A, Wading River) during their Be My Valentine Dinner Dance and Comedy Show. On Friday, Feb. 16 from 7 to 11 p.m., the Grand Ballroom will be transformed to accommodate for a comedy show, dinner and plenty of dancing. A $125 per person ticket gets you access to a strawberry and bibb lettuce salad, heart shaped ravioli, a surf and turf entree and plenty of desserts. Plus, indulge in the comedy stylings of John Butera and Mike Keegan as you eat. Then, dance the night away. Find more information here or call 631-929-3500. 

Walk on the wild side

Look for signs and track winter wildlife at Hallock State Park. On Sunday, Feb. 4 spend a peaceful afternoon (from 1 to 2:30 p.m.) looking for critters and birds found amongst the stillness of the winter months. This one mile hike is free to join and be sure to dress in layers and be prepared for chilly conditions. Find more information about this walk here. Hallock State Park Preserve is located at 6062 Sound Ave., Riverhead.