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Bryce Larsen among those at Oysterfest in Mattituck

Bryce Larson, 28, of Westbury performed with Chris

Bryce Larson, 28, of Westbury performed with Chris Hurley, 53, of Mattituck at the Lieb Family Cellars Oysterfest in Mattituck. (April 28, 2012) (Credit: Alexi Knock)

Kevin Douglas stepped onto the field of Lieb Family Cellars in Mattituck and said he mistook it for Napa Valley when he saw the selection of wines, cheeses and oysters.

“The North Fork is Long Island’s backyard and it’s great that you don’t have to travel to California for this kind of atmosphere,” said Douglas, of Wantagh. “You just hop on the L.I.E. and it takes you straight to the vineyards.”

Lieb Family Cellars held its fifth annual Oysterfest on Saturday, an event that included a wide selection of specialty oysters and drew people from as far as Manhattan.

“I came here in 2008 to get a wedding merlot for a friend and have made it a day trip ever since,” said Sarah Wip, 35, of Brooklyn, who has come all five years. “Every April, my friends are asking me about coming again.”

Guests sprawled out on the lawn or drank wine in the tent where several local businesses served treats.

“There are a lot of foodies out here so we try to keep this event local so the businesses can support each other,” said Mark Anderson, tasting room manager at Lieb Family Cellars.

Tom Fazio of Waterside Caterers put together unique creations with the oysters provided my Pipes Cove Oysters of Greenport.

“You can do so much with oysters,” said Fazio as he topped off an oyster with a pink rose petal and wasabi.

Darline Duffy was arranging the oysters and serving guests throughout the event.

“The North Fork is an emerging food region and I get to help my neighbors here while getting exposure,” said Duffy.

In addition to the food, Bryce Larsen of American Idol Season 9 and local musician Chris Hurley, 53, played guitar and sang for guests.

“The people out here just appreciate the music and this venue is beautiful,” said Larson, 28, of Westbury. “Wine, cheese, oysters and music, what could be better?”

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