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Food festivals on Long Island

From now through fall, foodies around Long Island can enjoy small bites, drinks, music, games and more at local food festivals. Here are some worth checking out.

Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival

Frank Lyburd, 8, from Ridge dives right into
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Get your strawberry fix at the four-day annual Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival (1175 Middle Rd., Mattituck), from June 14 to 17. Enjoy all things strawberry, like strawberry shortcake, pies and daiquiris, arts and craft vendors, business exhibits, food courts, a carnival with rides and more. For more information on admission and pricing, visit mattituckstrawberryfestival.org.

North Fork Fresh

North Fork Fresh
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Kick off summer at the Oysterponds Historical Society (1555 Village Lane, Orient), which hosts North Fork Fresh on June 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. Join local restaurants, farmers, chefs and more for an evening of eating, drinking and live music. Ticket prices range from $75 to $250. More info: oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org

Taste the East End

taste the east end
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Local eateries, alongside craft beer, wine and hard cider vendors, are serving up their best bites at the Taste the East End event on June 23, from 7-10 p.m. at the Long Island Aquarium (431 E. Main St., Riverhead). Tickets are $64.95 and include samplings from each food and drink vendor and aquarium access; must be 21 and over to attend. Reservations required. More info: longislandaquarium.com

Taste the World

Allyleff
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More than 40 exhibitors, both up-and-coming and seasoned veterans, will be on hand to showcase their foods during Famous Food Festival's Taste the World event at Tanger Outlets (152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park) on July 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Vendors include Handmade Luke's Empanadas, Gusti Di Sicilia, Nachos Libre and Wowfulls. Plus, enjoy live music, chef demonstrations, a video game truck, beer and wine garden, petting zoo and more. $5 per day or $9 for both days. More info: famousfoodfestival.com

Sweet corn; Tomato; Peach; Watermelon festivals

harbes corn
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Harbes Family Farm (715 Sound Ave., Mattituck) is home to not one, not two, not three, but four "produce" festivals, each offering a free eating contest, live music, games and more fun. The Sweet Corn Festival takes place on July 21 and 22; the Tomato Festival takes place on Aug. 4 and 5; the Peach Festival takes place on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19; the Watermelon Festival takes place on Aug. 25 and 26. All festivals are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are free. The produce is locally grown at one of Harbes' three farms in Mattituck, Jamesport or Riverhead. More info: harbesfamilyfarm.com

The Great Food Truck Derby

The Great Food Truck Derby
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Rain or shine, The Great Food Truck Derby is heading back to the grounds of Hayground School (151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton) on Aug. 10 from 4-7 p.m. A ticket allows a serving from each truck and three drinks for adults, and a taste from four trucks and one drink for children. Prices range from $20 to $100. Choose from a variety of ethnic and everyday eats from vendors like Blondie’s Bake Shop, OPA! On the Go, The Long Island Shucking Truck, Pizza Luca and more. Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages also available. More info: edibleeastend.com

SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival

SUMAQ
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Peru comes to Long Island during the SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival on Aug. 25 and 26, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum (Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City). Find your way through the mix of local and Peruvian chefs and dive into a live cooking demo. LI’s DJ Jay Lima will be on hand for live performances, Latin dance lessons and a children’s show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children (2-12 years old). They include admission to the museum, cooking demos, Kids Zone, a raffle to win a flight to Peru and more. More info: sumaqpff.com

Seafood Festival

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The two-day Seafood Festival, held on the waterfront grounds of Long Island Maritime Museum (88 West Ave., West Sayville) will take place on Aug. 25 and 26, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Indulge in fresh local seafood (Blue Island Oyster Company and Claws Seafood Market) while listening to live music, then scout the arts and crafts vendors, take the little ones to get their face painted, create sand art and more. Admission $10; children under 12 free; includes free off-site parking, shuttle buses to and from the festival and all entertainment. More info: limaritime.org

Pickle Festival

The all-things-pickle festival at the John Gardiner Farm
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Pickle enthusiasts rejoice — the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association is set to host its annual Pickle Festival on Sept. 15, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the John Gardiner Farm (900 Park Ave., Huntington). The event features specialty pickles, pickles on-a-stick and a pickle history display, among other foods, drinks, train rides, hay rides, a corn maze and more. Admission is a $5 donation, which grants you access to the hay ride and the corn maze; children under 12 free. More info: greenlawncenterporthistorical.org

Apple Festival

apple fest
Photo Credit: Preservation Long Island

Eat them, bake them, drink them and have a relay race with them. This year's Long Island Apple Festival takes place on Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Sherwood-Jayne Farm (55 Old Post Rd. Setauket). Participate in a apple pie baking contest and auction, apple-head doll making and relay races all while listening to music, taking cooking demonstrations and more. Tickets from $5-$7. More info: preservationlongisland.org

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