The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
One of the North Forks signature events returns for its seventh year on Sunday, Sept. 8: The 2013 Foodie Tour, sponsored by North Fork Reform Synagogue. Tickets are required, but the tour is self guided, taking visitors to more than a dozen farms and vineyards and affording them the opportunity to meet artisans and chefs who turn the region's agricultural bounty into some of Long Islands most celebrated foods.
New on the tour this year: , Long Islands only full-scale dairy offering cow and goat milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and ice cream. Owner Hal Goodale will be demonstrating cheese making at 10 a.m., goat milking at 4 p.m. At 1 p.m., chef Keith Luce will conduct a guided tour of his four new restaurants at Goodale Farms The Square in Greenport; tastes will be offered.
Returning favorites include McCall Wines in Cutchogue, where Charolais cattle graze alongside the vineyards; Sang Lee Farms in Peconic, specializing in exotic organic vegetables; Koppert Cress, the vast micro-vegetable greenhouse operation in Cutchogue that normally is not open to visitors; Ty Llwd Farm in Jamesport, 143 years old and going strong with heirloom vegetables, fresh eggs (chicken, duck and goose) and raw cow milk; KK Haspels The Farm in Southold, Long Islands only biodynamic farm.
Tour headquarters is the Peconic Land Trusts Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm in Southold. Stop by and chat with chef John Ross, the father of North Fork cuisine; Stephanie Gaylor, owner of the heirloom-vegetable farm Invincible Summer; Jane Maguire and John Quigley, growers of exotic mushrooms; John Holzapfel, marine biologist and oysterman.
The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here or at Gallery M in Greenport, Complement the Chef in Southold, Bookhampton in Mattituck, Barths Drug Store in Riverhead. On the day of the tour, tickets can be bought at Charnews Farm (3005 Youngs Ave., Southold) after 9 a.m. and at any stop on the tour after 10 a.m. The cost is $25 / person; children younger than 12 tour for free. For more information, call 631-722-5712 or go to northforkreformsynagogue.org.