The first Long Island Wine and Food Festival (which the organizers hope will become an annual event) takes place next weekend all over the North Fork. The three-day festival kicks off on Friday June 25 with a cocktail reception at Roanoke Vineyards in Riverhead, which is already sold out. There will also be live music on Friday night at Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic and Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport.
On Saturday June 26, 18 North Fork vineyards will host events. Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue will host Noah Schwartz (Noah’s in Greenport) for a cooking demo and wine seafood-wine pairing. Comtesse Thérèse in Aquebogue will be offering complimentary escargot created and served by Arie Pavlou, executive chef at the soon-to-open Comtesse Therese Bistro. At The Old Field Vineyards, join the winemaker on a walk down to the family’s private bay-front lawn for a boxed lunch (with wine) and a talk about sustainable food. Saturday night, catch a rare gig by Tom Schaudel’s band, Hurricane, at Waters Crest in Cutchogue.
Finally, Greenport’s Mitchell Park will be the site of Sunday’s Grand Tasting, with wines from more than 50 wineries.
For details and tickets, go to longislandwineandfoodfestival.com.