07/17/19 6:00am

Fresh squeezed lemon is always the first ingredient. (Credit: David Benthal)

It doesn’t get much more refreshing than a glass of ice-cold lemonade on a summer day. The combination of simple ingredients — squeezed lemon, sugar and water served over ice — offers a taste of all-American nostalgia in each sip. 

From grandma’s kitchen to lemonade stands across the country, family recipes are passed down through generations, and the North Fork is no exception.  (more…)

09/20/17 6:04am
The East End Maritime Festival runs this weekend, Sept. 23, 24 and 25. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The East End Maritime Festival runs this weekend, Sept. 22, 23 and 24. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Some might argue that harvest is the best time on the East End.

With plenty of fall festivals, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and more, it certainly is often the busiest season.

Here are 9 festivals and events for fun on the North Fork this autumn. (more…)

07/24/17 10:12am

The corn eating contest at the annual Harbes Sweet Corn Festival. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Harbes Family Farm held its annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mattituck on Saturday and Sunday.

The family has been growing sweet corn for over 30 years and celebrates with a festival that includes live music, a corn eating contest, family activities and a pig race.

We sent local photographer Madison Fender on Sunday to capture the fun.

See the photos below. (more…)

12/02/16 6:02am
Harbes Vineyard Syrah

Harbes Vineyard 2014 Syrah. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Merlot. Cabernet Franc. Merlot. Cabernet Franc. Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Red blend.

That’s the reality of most local red wine, and while a lot of it is good, even the most die-hard Long Island wine lover wants something a little different — at least occasionally. There’s other stuff out here, but a lot of it isn’t particularly interesting.

It won’t be released until spring, but Harbes Vineyard 2014 Syrah is a nice change for folks suffering from typically Long Island red fatigue. (more…)

08/26/16 5:59am
Passengers ride on the 1964-1965 LIRR Pavillion World's Fair train. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Passengers ride on the 1964-1965 LIRR Pavillion World’s Fair train at the Riverhead Railroad Festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork this weekend? Northforker has you covered.

Here are five events to check out this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional ideas.

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