Get Closer to Your Food With Maple Syrup, a Film and Junior Iron Chef

Ladle of maple syrup

Sweet gooey goodness awaits at Benner’s Farm in East Setauket. From tapping the trees, to boiling the sap, to tasting the syrup (on made-from-scratch pancakes) this is the place to learn all about the craft of maple sugaring. Bundle up and wear boots, as Benner’s Farm is a working farm. 

Come see the film Growing Farmers at Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park on Saturday March 1 at 2 p.m. The film, co-produced by Hilary Leff and Michael Halsband, won the Audience Choice award for best short at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2012. After the screening, a panel discussion moderated by Edible Long Island’s editor, Betsy Davidson will feature farmers Jen Campbell, Jill Garrick, Sean Pilger and John Condzella, along with Peconic Land Trust president John v.H. Halsey and Quail Hill Farm director Scott Chaskey. Tickets are $10, which includes light refreshments.

Cheer on our next generation of chefs at the Long Island Junior Iron Chef competition on Saturday March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Whole Foods Market in Lake Grove. Sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and Whole Food Market, this event was so successful last year that the organizers have opened it up to more teams. While entries have closed, we urge you to come and encourage these middle and high school age aspiring chefs in this competition, which focuses on healthy dishes that can be incorporated into their school cafeteria menus.