5 Food & Wine Festivals to Sample This Summer on Long Island

Food trucks, wine festivals, and Chefs & Champagne—oh my.

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Some would argue that the best—nay, the only way —to enjoy a good meal is to pair it with a good wine. So allow us to set the scene for you: a beautiful venue on the East End, wine and Champagne are flowing, culinary offerings from top chefs are passed around in abundance and a wonderful time is had by all. That’s what you can expect from food and wine festivals on Long Island this summer.

We Long Islanders are lucky enough to have the North Fork—Wine Country—and all of the East End, which is brimming with celebrated wineries. The area is also home to world-renowned restaurants, markets and chefs, making it a culinary hot spot. In fact, we have so many restaurants and wineries that it’s virtually impossible to visit every single one (but “A” for effort for those of you who have been trying!).

Lucky for us, the East End hosts a variety of events during the summer that feature signature dishes from top local restaurants and wine from Long Island wineries. Come sample what you might otherwise never discover at these feasts for the senses and check out the beautiful vineyards and outdoor venues that have been in your backyard all along. We rounded up five food and wine festivals that promise to expose you to the best of the best that Long Island has to offer. Bon appétit!

1. Dan’s Taste of Two Forks

Saturday, July 22, 2017
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Fairview Farm at Mecox, Bridgehampton

Now in its 7th year, this festival presents the best of food and drink from the North and South Forks: local wines, as well as other spirits, and tastings from top chefs and restaurants from the East End. The event is hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, chef and owner of Butter and a judge on the Food Network’s “Chopped.” A portion of proceeds from the event will go to All For The East End, a 501(c)(3) that provides support to more than 1,000 charity organizations in the East End. Tickets are $185 for general admission and $325 for VIP access and are available for purchase here.

2. Chefs & Champagne

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Saturday, July 29, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack

The James Beard Foundation’s annual summer tasting party features cuisine by more than 40 chefs, as well as – of course – Champagne. Chef and restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson is the 2017 honoree and will be celebrated that evening. Ticket prices range from $200 to $4,000. The recipient of the Christian Wölffer Scholarship Program, for students pursuing food and wine studies, will be named at the event. For a full list of participating chefs and to buy tickets, click here.

3. Harvest East End

Saturday, August 5, 2017
2:00 — 7:00 p.m.
Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead

This event, described as a “sensory experience for the ages set in the rustic elegance of summer wine country,” is held by the Long Island Wine Council and is a can’t-miss for sommeliers (and those who might consider themselves amateur sommeliers). Attendees can participate in wine tasting, enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres or purchase local artisanal foods. A silent auction and live music are also offered. Proceeds from the event go to cooperative initiatives for progressing viticulture, sustainable agriculture and community relations. Tickets are $75-$125; purchase now.

4. North Fork Summer Social

Sunday, August 6, 2017
2:30 p.m.
The Vineyards at Aquebogue, Riverhead

Pulse Magazine hosts this tasting event, which features a live cooking demonstration, culinary offerings from top restaurants and wine from Long Island wineries. Proceeds from the event benefit the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $150-$200; get them here.

5. Edible’s Own 6th Annual Food Truck Derby

Friday, August 11, 2017
4:00 — 7:00 p.m.
Hayground School, Bridgehampton

This event speaks for itself: 15 food trucks—and counting; local wine and beer; live music; and more! Bring along friends and family to enjoy a “bonanza of ethnic and mobile eats rarely seen on the East End, when a caravan of New York City and Long Island food trucks park amidst potato fields at the Hayground School, alongside New York wine and beer and non-alcoholic drink offerings.” Sign us up!  Tickets are $20-$100; get yours here.

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Hannah Fusaro

Hannah (Siegel) Fusaro is a freelance writer. Her writing has appeared in a number of publications and news outlets, including Newsday, News 12, Dan’s Papers and the Patch, as well as a variety of lifestyle and entertainment websites.