Hot Time Summer…on the Island


It happens every year. The 4th of July comes and suddenly the summer seems to fly by. Come about Labor Day, I start to kick myself because I had intended to do this, go to that and somehow it all slipped by me. In an effort to not miss any opportunity to eat, drink and be merry, we are pulling together a calendar of some of the tastiest goings-on in our area. Please feel free to share any upcoming happenings with us and we will, in turn, share them with our readers. E-mail me at

Patchogue’s Alive After Five is back! Beginning on Thursday July 17, and continuing on Thursdays July 31, August 14 and August 28, this summer street fair features several stages of live music, craft and retail vendors, children’s activities and, of course, plenty of tasty eats and drinks.

Every Wednesday throughout the summer, Port Jeff Brewing Company is hosting a free summer music series at their brewery from 7-9 p.m. If you work up a thirst, fear not as their tasting room will be open and PJ beers will be flowing. Next up is Funkin’ A on July 23 and Kerry Kearney on July 30.

American Cheese Shop, Sayville, NY

The Long Island chapter of Girls Pint Out and American Cheese in Sayville are throwing Beer & Cheese Pairing evening on Wednesday July 23 at 8 p.m. at American Cheese, 289 Railroad Ave., Sayville. Phone 631.750.5202, reservations are required.

Can’t make the GPO/American Cheese event on Wednesday? There is another homage to fromage and biere at American Cheese on Thursday July 24, 7 – 9 p.m. This tasting event pairs a variety of cheeses and beer from Riverhead’s Crooked Ladder Brewing Company. Call American Cheese at 631.750.5202 to make a reservation.

On Saturday July 26 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. the Bellport/Brookhaven Historical Society is hosting a farmers market in conjunction with the annual Bellport Day Festival. Located on the society’s grounds at 31 Bellport Lane, the market will feature fresh produce from Early Girl Farm, Deer Run Farms, Hamlet Organic Garden (HOG) and Meghan Bush Farm Stand. In addition, the society is holding an Antique Truck and Tractor Parade at 12:30 p.m. along Main Street. The parade will be followed by an exhibit in the field at the corner of Maple Street and Browns Lane from 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Rocky Point Farmers Market’s Peach Festival– Sunday July 27, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Depot Park, Prince Road, Rocky Point. Starring local peaches, peach pie, peach jam, peach beer, peach soap. Get the picture?

Slow Food North Shore is celebrating the latest local eatery, the Purple Elephant in Northport, to earn their Snail of Approval distinction. There will be passed hors d’oeuvres, a Berkshires barbecue pork “Pibil” station, a salad station featuring biodynamic greens from KK’s The Farm, dessert, craft beer, organic wines, sangria and live music. This event takes place on Sunday July 27  from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Purple Elephant, 81b Fort Salonga Road West (25A) in Northport. $50 per person – reservations and tickets are required.

On Sunday July 27 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bhavani Jaroff of iEat Green and the Yogi MD, Dr. Nikki Noce are presenting Yoga and Farm-to-Table Wellness Retreat in Old Westbury. This one-day mini vacation will include yoga, relaxation, harvesting and a hands-on cooking class. Reservations are required, contact Bhavani or Nikki for more information.

Love beer? Love food? Then head to Edible Manhattan’s Good Beer on Thursday July 31, 6 – 9 p.m. at 82 Mercer Street, New York City. More than 25 breweries, plus cider and wine paired with some of the city’s tastiest eats. $75 person – tickets are required.

The Tin House Music series at Restoration Farm, Old Bethpage Village Restoration continues on Sunday August 3 at 2 p.m. with the Long Island Bluegrass Quartet. What could be better than lazing under the trees listening to local bluegrass music? For more information, contact

North Fork News

Grown on Long Island Farmers Market – Friday August 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Suffolk County Farm, 350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank. Highlighting our local bounty, this annual farmers market also features food and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, tours of the historic farm, wagon rides and children’s activities.

On Friday August 8, after the Grown on Long Island Farmers Market, continue east on Sunrise Highway to Edible East End’s Great Food Truck Derby. Beginning at 4 p.m. and running until 7 p.m., some of the best food trucks will circle up on the grounds of Hayground School in Bridgehampton. There will also be local wines, beer, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. $75 per person – tickets are required.

Save the date! On Saturday August 16 (time to be announced), Long Island Community Agriculture Network’s (LI-CAN) Gateway Community Garden is holding its annual vegetable sale and fundraiser at the gardens on Route 110 in Huntington Station. For more information visit the garden’s page on Facebook.


The 23rd annual Long Island Seafood Festival takes place on Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24 (10 a.m. – 7 p.m. both days) on the grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville. In addition to children’s events and tours on the historic Oyster Sloop Priscilla, local seafood lovers can indulge in fresh catches from our friends at Blue Island Oyster Company and Claws, among others.


Last, but certainly not the least, long-time Bellport resident and actress-turned-farmer, Isabella Rossellini is hosting at Farm-to-Table Supper at her organic farm in Bellport on Saturday August 30 from 4 –  7 p.m. Seats will be very limited for this $100 per person event. For further information contact the Bellport/Brookhaven Historical Society.