The 13th Annual North Fork Foodie Tour, presented by North Fork Reform Synagogue, on Sunday, September 8 will include the opportunity to explore 20 local sites that highlight a plethora of food producers on the North Fork - spanning from Orient to Riverhead.
"When we organized the first North Fork Foodie Tour as a fundraiser for our little Reform synagogue, we had no idea we'd still be doing it 13 years later!" Ellen Zimmerman, Co-Chair North Fork Foodie Tour, shared.
The self-guided tour offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at East End farms and other establishments where beloved local artisanal food, wine and beer are created.
"We wanted to do something that gave back to the North Fork community and highlighted the unique qualities of the North Fork. One of the things we all love about the North Fork is the ready availability of fresh fish and produce - right from the bays and farms," Zimmerman noted. "New farmers, vineyards and other food producers were cropping up. We wanted to know more about them - so the Foodie Tour was born."
The 13th Annual North Fork Foodie Tour participating locations include Peconic Land Trust
Ag Center at Charnews Farm (3005 Youngs Avenue), Deep Roots Farm (57685 Main Road - Route 25), The Farm (59945 Main Road), North Fork Roasting Co. (55795 Main Road), North Fork Egg Farm (49900 Route 48/Sound Avenue), Treiber Farms (38320 Route 48), and Shared Table Farmhouse (425 Jacobs Lane) in Southold, Catapano Dairy Farm (33705 Route 48), Greenport Harbor Brewery (42155 Main Road), Krupski's Vegetable & Pumpkin Farm (38030 Route 25), Sang Lee Farms (25180 Route 48), and Satur Farms (27343 Route 48) in Peconic, 8 Hands Farm (4735 Cox Lane) and Castello di Borghese
Vineyard (23423 Route 48) in Cutchogue, Browder's Birds (4050 Soundview Avenue) and Eastern Front Brewery (13100 Main Road) in Mattituck, Goodale Farms
(250 Main Road) and RGNY Vineyard (6025 Sound Avenue) in Riverhead, Lavender by the Bay (7540 Main Road) in East Marion, and North Fork Flower Farm (1110 Terry Lane) in Orient.
"Foodie Tour visitors get to go beyond the farm stands and tasting rooms, into the fields and and production areas lead by the farmers, vintner, and brewers. They learn about what it takes to get grow fresh, local products," she explained. "Meet Paulette Satur who with her husband, chef Eberhard Müller - formerly of Manhattan's legendary restaurant, Lutece, started a farm to grow vegetables and herbs that New York's best chefs could not find in the markets. Walk the fields with Paulette and learn how she has expanded her small farm in to a year-round operation which not only supplies restaurants, but also sells to high-end markets such as Whole Foods."
Additionally, Charnews Farm (3005 Youngs Avenue, Southold) will host talks from several guest lecturers, including Chef Taylor Knapp, Head Snail Wrangler at Peconic Escargot, at 10:30 a.m., Chef Stephan Bogardus, formerly of the North Fork Table and Inn, and now at the Halyard, at 11:30 a.m., Monica Ray, a botanical artist, at 12 p.m. Dan Heston, Director of Agricultural Programs for the Peconic Land Trust, at 1:30 p.m., and Abra Moraweic of Feisty Acres at 2:30 p.m. The discussions will cover everything from how to protect and preserve East End farmlands, the benefits and challenges of raising game birds and specialty poultry, a seasonal dish demonstration, what it's like to found a business that raises snails, the centuries-old tradition of Botanical Illustration, and more.
"Or meet Chef Taylor Knapp, who apprenticed an Noma, the restaurant in Denmark which has been ranked the best restaurant in the world," Zimmerman said. "Taylor saw an opportunity to grow fresh snails to supply to chefs who previously could only get them canned or frozen, and began Peconic Escargots here on the North Fork."
Admission to the North Fork Foodie Tour is $25 and free for children.
"Anyone who wants to see where their food and beverages come from, learn how it is grown and produced, and meet the fascinating passionate folks who do the work will love the Foodie Tour," Zimmerman added. "And it's great fun for kids."
The Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and many of the venues are offering special programming, such as demos, guided tours, and tastings, as part of the event.
For tickets, or more information, visit northforkreformsynagogue.org.
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