4 Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss This Spring

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Checking out all the cool, food-filled festivals is one of my favorite ways to spend a beautiful, breezy spring afternoon on Long Island. There’s just something to be said for happy crowds of people laughing and eating together around picnic tables. And although there are some festivals that I attend regularly each year, this spring, I decided to be more adventurous and try some new ones too. So no matter whether you’re traveling solo or have the whole family in tow, I’ve rounded up a diverse list of festivals that are not only bound to put some spring in your step but delicious food in your belly too!


Nassau County Strawberry Festival

When: May 31-June 3, 2019
Time: Check web site for updated hours
Location: 2351 Jerusalem Ave, Bellmore
Ages: All ages

The end of May brings joy to so many of us—for this is when we can finally enjoy locally grown strawberries, which is why Strawberry Festivals are always packed. This annual Nassau County event is hosted by the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs of the Bellmores. Along with plenty of rides and live entertainment, there will be tons of your favorite strawberry concoctions for your eating pleasure like strawberry shortcakes, strawberry cheesecakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiris! Yum! More information. Snag a coupon here.


North Meets South Farms, Food, and Drink Festival

When: June 8-9, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: 149 Edwards Avenue, Calverton
Ages: All ages

Hosted by the North Fork Event Company, this much-anticipated food festival will take place on 80 picturesque acres of tree-lined property. This event will bring together the communities of the North and South Forks for a weekend of promoting the farm-to-table movement. Even better: there will be an Oyster Eater Competition sponsored by Bantam Creek Oyster Company & Yennicott Oysters as well as a Donut Eating Competition sponsored by North Fork Doughnut Company. Additional vendors include: Lucharitos, Westhampton Beach Brewery, Bostwicks Chowder House, Doug’s Lemonade, The Perfect Pickle, Old Tymer Moonshine, and more! Kid-friendly activities will include live entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, and slides! More information. Buy tickets.

Mattituck Strawberry Festival

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When: June 13-16, 2019
Time: Check website for updated hours
Location: 1175 Route 48, Mattituck
Ages: All ages

By late June, the weather on Long Island is just about perfect. Cool breezes, sunny skies, and no humidity mean that it’s the perfect time to head out east and enjoy the strawberry harvest! This annual event hosted by the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together to have fun and raise money for local non-profits. With live music, amusement rides, fresh local strawberries, arts and crafts, and an international food court, all you have to do is eat your fill of delicious goodies and have a good time. More information.


North Fork Fresh

When: Jun 15, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: 1555 Village Lane, Orient
Tickets: $75

Celebrate the end of spring with this mouthwatering event hosted at the Oysterponds Historical Society. Featuring a lovely selection of agricultural bounty from the North Fork, this festival brings the community together to sample delicious food from local restaurants, farmers, and chefs along with wines and desserts. Live music, a beer truck, a clam bar, and a pie-baking contest will round out the day’s events. More than 20 restaurants and vendors will be in attendance for the festivities with past participants including The Village Cheese Shop, Four and Twenty Blackbirds Orient, 8 Hands Farm, The Frisky Oyster, Simply Nikki, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, and Bedell Cellars. More information. Buy tickets.