- Kicking off on Friday, June 25 the Long Island Wine Council will host the First Annual Long Island Wine & Food Festival on the North Fork of Long Island this summer.
The Long Island Wine & Food Festival will celebrate one of the world's fastest growing wine regions. A premiere travel destination on the East End of Long Island, the North Fork delivers world-class wines, remarkable cuisine, and charming accommodations in an exquisite setting.
As part of the festival's "Eat, Drink, Local" theme, festival guests will have the opportunity to learn about local flavors, tastes, sights and smells as they explore Wine Country; enjoy local wine and fare; meet local chefs; and experience the rural character of Long Island's North Fork.
The three-day festival kicks off with an exclusive VIP reception on June 25. Hosted by Roanoke Vineyards in Riverhead, winemakers and chefs from participating wineries and restaurants will join together with media and invitees to celebrate the weekend ahead. With local tastes by A Mano Osteria & Wine Bar of Mattituck, the event will feature over four dozen different Long Island wines from across the region. A limited number of tickets are available to the public.
On Saturday, June 26, be sure to keep your glass full while experiencing the wines, food, and activities that the region has to offer. Over 30 events are scheduled at wineries, restaurants, and local merchants across the region, including the North Fork Chamber of Commerce's ArtFair 2010 in Greenport. Many wineries will host chefs from Wine Country's top restaurants who will perform food and wine pairings and cooking demonstrations in their tasting rooms
The festival culminates on Sunday, June 27 with the Grand Tasting in the historic Village of Greenport. Over 50 wineries and restaurants will gather in Mitchell Park for this unique food and wine tasting event. Guests will have the opportunity to taste Long Island wines while enjoying fare from regional and local restaurants in scenic waterside Mitchell Park.
"Our region is now recognized as a destination for fine wine and great local food," said Steve Bate
, Executive Director of the Long Island Wine Council. "This First Annual Long Island Wine & Food Festival gives wine enthusiasts and food lovers a unique opportunity to sample both over the course of a very special weekend program."
"My restaurant has an extensive list of Long Island wines," said Chef Tom Schaudel
of A Mano Osteria & Wine Bar and author of 'Playing with Fire: Wining & Dining on the Gold Coast,' "and this event allows me to demonstrate how well they can be paired with our menu."
Tickets to the VIP reception and the Grand Tasting are now on sale. For more information, including a full list of participating wineries and restaurants, lodging partners, schedule of events, or to purchase tickets go to www.longislandwineandfoodfestival.com
About The Long Island Wine Council
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 41 full members.