Taste North Fork: This just in from Northforker.com

Taste North Fork, the festival that featured cooking demos, deals, village tours and discounted tastings across the region, will return this Veterans Day weekend with more vendors and a brewery crawl in downtown Riverhead.

The event features free shuttle service among the various locations on the tour and also at the Mattituck and Greenport Long Island Rail Road stations and Cross Sound Ferry terminal in Orient. The three loops are as follows: a bus route from Tanger II in Riverhead that ends at Bay View Farm and Market in Aquebogue; a route that begins at Bay View and ends at Peconic Lane in Peconic; and a route that runs from Peconic to Greenport.

The festival runs Nov. 8 and 9 from noon to 5:30 p.m. There is no fee to use the shuttle.

“About 1,000 people took advantage of the shuttles over three days last year,” said Steve Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council, the event’s organizer. “We expect to build on that quite significantly, if the weather is good.”

Bate said 119 businesses are expected to participate.

The tour will offer smaller, though more frequent, shuttles this year, Bate said. Buses will run every 30 minutes from noon until 5:30 p.m. during both days of the festival.

Visitors from New York City can use the LIRR or take advantage of $38 round-trip Hampton Jitney service through the I Love NY bus.


“It’s for visitors without vehicles,” Bate said of the shuttles. “The New York City metro area has the lowest [percentage of] car ownership in the country.”

The wine council’s ultimate goal is to secure a grant to continuously provide this type of shuttle service, he said.

Participants say the event brings visitors out to the North Fork during the typically slow period between harvest and the holidays.

“It would traditionally be somewhat of a lost weekend for us, so it was a great reason to bring people out for that particular weekend,” said Rosemary Batcheller, owner of the Village Cheese Shop on Love Lane in Mattituck. “Everybody was very enthusiastic and excited and we got to show off what we do well.”

Batcheller will be selling fresh grilled cheese sandwiches made with apples from KK’s The Farm in Southold.

New this year will be a brewery tour among Riverhead’s craft beer purveyors, with $1 off tastings at Moustache Brewing Co.Long Ireland Beer Co.Crooked Ladder Brewing Co. andVines and Hops café.

Participating business do not have to pay a fee to join the promotion, just offer a discount to customers who arrive via the shuttle.

New additions this year also include McCall Wines in Cutchogue, Anthony Nappa Wines – The Winemaker Studio in Peconic and Harbes Vineyard in Mattituck.

Highlights last year included chowder tasting at Whiskey Wind Tavern in Greenport, a cooking demonstration with chef Tom Schaudel and the “Malt & Mollusks” festival at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Visit Liwines.com or eastendgetaway.com for the most up-to-date information and a complete list of participants.


Halloween on Love Lane

Participating Love Lane businesses will be staying open until 7pm this 2014 Halloween.

Visit between 3-7pm to Trick or Treat and then watch the Annual Lions Club Parade March by.

Click here for more information about the Lions Club annual Halloween Parade and Monster Mash.


Taste of North Fork Returns!



Program supported by Market NY Grant

Riverhead, NY (October 1, 2014) – The Long Island Wine Council is pleased to announce the second

annual free shuttle weekends on the East End this fall to promote car-free tourism across the region.

Following a similar program coordinated by the East End Tourism Alliance last year, the shuttles will

operate on the South Fork on October 11 and 12 (Columbus Day Weekend), and on the North Fork on

November 8 and 9 (Veterans Day Weekend).

This year’s program is supported by a grant awarded to the Long Island Wine Council by New York

State’s Empire State Development and the I LOVE NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew

Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

On the South Fork, the free Hampton Jitney shuttle will run from Southampton to Montauk on Saturday

and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Reservations are required for the inter-town service (call 631-283-4600).

In addition, there will be a free continuous bus shuttle loop from the center of Montauk to the Lighthouse,

the Harbor area, the LIRR and back to town. The Montauk service is planned to coincide with the 33rd

Annual Fall Festival, sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. The family-oriented community

event takes place on the Green in the center of downtown Montauk. The program includes a Famous

Clam Chowder contest, where the public can join noted chefs and dignitaries in sampling a variety of

unforgettable chowders from local restaurants.

The Veteran’s Weekend service will connect North Fork hamlets, wineries and other businesses

participating in the second annual “Taste North Fork” festival. The program will include special tastings

and events at wineries and other local craft beverage producers, as well as a range of activities and offers

at local restaurants, shops and historical sites from Riverhead to Greenport. There will be a Riverhead

loop, for stops between Riverhead and Love Lane in Mattituck, as well as a Greenport loop, for stops

between Mattituck and Greenport. The shuttles will circulate every 35-45 minutes from noon to 5:30

pm with passenger access from the Long Island Rail Road station in Mattituck, the Cross Sound Ferry

terminal in Orient Point, and the Office Max/Pottery Barn parking lot at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

Access to the shuttle loops will also be provided by a new Hampton Jitney I Love NY bus tour. The full

program with all offers will be available and updated on http://www.liwines.com, http://www.eastendgetaway.com

and http://www.discoverli.com.

Media Contacts: Steven Bate, Executive Director, Long Island Wine Council

(631) 722-2220

Melissa Martin, Public Relations Manager, Long Island Wine Council

(631) 965-7241

About: The Long Island Wine Council is an industry association dedicated to achieving recognition

for Long Island as a premium wine-producing region. Its role is to provide a coordinated effort for

the promotion and development of the region’s wine industry. The Council was founded in 1989 and

currently has 48 full members.

NO FO Crunch

Meet our Guest Merchant:


525 Village Lane

Mattituck, NY 11952

Tel: 516-361-9208

Saturday & Sunday, November 9th &10th, NO FO Crunch will be hosted by Blue Sage Day Spa.

“Artisan organic granola produced locally on the North Fork of Long Island from a family recipe. Great with milk, yogurt, ice cream, or straight up!!!!


To produce the purest, healthiest granola and share it with the world!”

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Blue Sage Day Spa

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Blue Sage Day Spa

140 Pike Street

Mattituck, NY 11952

(631) 298-4266

Saturday & Sunday, November 9th &10th, Blue Sage will be offering 15 minute Chair massages and will host NO FO Crunch.

“Blue Sage Day Spa is located in the heart of beautiful North Fork wine country nestled in the quaint village of Mattituck, around the corner from the village’s unique shops located on Love Lane. It has been awarded Best Day Spa numerous times by the readers of Dan’s Papers, recently recognized in 2012.

Come relax and enjoy the serenity of a calm, quiet atmosphere. Come find out why Blue Sage is the buzz of the North Fork.

All therapists are well-educated, licensed and are glad to greet you with a friendly smile.”

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Meet our Farmer :

A Taste of the North Fork

Jeri Woodhouse

8595 Cox Lane, #3

Cutchogue, NY 11935

(631) 734-6100

Saturday & Sunday, November 9th &10th, Jeri will be selling pickled vegetables, tapenades, honey, and charissa.

“Jeri Woodhouse of Orient, NY, owner of A Taste of the North Fork, works with a group of talented local women to create a unique product line that reflects the North Fork’s flavor – a combination of simple and sophisticated pleasures.”

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Donna’s Treatery

Meet our Farmer :


Donna’s Treatery

Donna Burden

PO Box 640 ,

Mattituck, NY 11952

(631) 255-8628

Saturday & Sunday, November 9th &10th, Donna’s Treatery will be selling all natural dog treats

Dogs are happiest when they are healthy and  have a consistent diet.

Natural ingredients are a great way of rewarding our pets. All of our treats are made from fresh vegetables and fruit. Because our treats are all natural they have a short “shelf” life, it highly recommended you freeze un-used portions right away and take out a little at a time to give to your dog. All of our treats are made with all natural organic ingredients.

We only use Whole Wheat Flour and Oat Flour, Brown Rice Flour,Flax Seed Oil, Organic Canola Oil,and Fish Oils. 
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8 Hands Farm

Meet our Farmer :

8 Hands Farm
Carol Festa
4735 Cox Lane
Cutchogue, NY 11935

(917) 913-7287

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Saturday & Sunday, November 9th &10th, 8 Hands will be selling yarn, roving, sheep horn jewelry, horn buttons, canned products, pelts, pullet eggs, and felled soap.

Sunday you can also visit Altman’s to see a local spinner who will be spinning icelandic wool from 8 hands farm.

“We are a multi-faceted, sustainable, family farm based on the North Fork of Long Island. At the center of our operation are Icelandic sheep, raised for milk, meat and fiber.”

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