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Taste the North Fork-Wineries!

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One way to Taste the North Fork this Veteran’s Day Weekend is hop on and off the free shuttle bus as it stops at twenty different wineries all along the North Fork. Each is offering something special, whether a discount, a featured vintage, or live music. Here are just a few examples:

On Saturday, Waters Crest Winery (one of my favorites, since winemaker Jim Waters is so kind to my guests) is offering a wine blending class from 2 to 3 pm. On Sunday Jim will host cooking with Tom Schaudel, which includes a food demonstration and tasting that includes a signed copy of Tom’s book, ‘Playing with Fire’. On Monday he’ll give you a personal winemaker’s tour, which is a 45 minute session plus a taste of 4 Waters Crest Wines.

I'm participating in the Sannino Vine to Wine program

I’m participating in the Sannino Vine to Wine program

If you like vintage art, Sparkling Pointe Vineyard is offering a special collection of antique French posters, complimented by special tastings from its library of vintages. Bedell Cellars will have live music and special tastings. Sannino Bella Vita will be saluting our veterans by offering a 15% discount to members of the military, and everybody can get a red, white, or pink flight for just $5. The full list of participating wineries and the shuttle stops is here.

Taste The North Fork-Shorecrest

Shorecrest Welcome Picnic

 

 

One of the loveliest, easiest ways to enjoy all that our wineries have on offer this festival weekend is to stay at Shorecrest. Here you’ll find calm, quiet beauty, a delicious breakfast, and all the inside skinny I can offer on the happenings throughout the weekend. You’ll find Shorecrest an oasis adjacent to, but blissfully apart from, all the hullabaloo. Of course I’m joining in the spirit of the weekend–stay here and I’ll give you a certificate for a tasting at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and a free bottle of their delicious wine.

Autumn Events on the North Fork of Long Island

We are sad to say summer is over but extremely excited about the Fall! This is the season for apple picking, warm cider, pumpkins, squash dishes, light jackets, Cabernet Franc & many other fall must-haves. The summer traffic has died down a bit. The weather is comfortable and relaxing. This may be the best season to visit the North Fork. We have compiled a list of upcoming events for September & October and these are some festivities you do not want to miss.

Maritime Poster 2013 CroppedThe Maritime Festival – Greenport – September 21st & 22nd

The Greenport Village’s Three-Day Long Waterside Maritime Festival Serves To Highlight And Showcase Greenport’s Maritime Culture And History. There Will Be Activities And Events Centered Around This Rich History; With Demonstrations, Crafts And Educational Exhibits And, Of Course, Walking Access To Our Beautiful Downtown Shops, Restaurants And Commercial Facilities In A Festival-Like Atmosphere.

Pour The Core – Hard Cider Fest – October 5th
Peconic Bay Winery - http://www.pourthecore.com/longisland

2nd Annual Greenport Oyster Festival – October 13th 12-6pm

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
234 Carpenter Street, Greenport • (631) 477-0248
Local oyster farmers and suppliers will be serving the freshest, tastiest bivalves on the East End. Tour Greenport Harbor Brewery, lift a mug, and sample some of the newest beer releases from their brewery. Fun, food, and music in our historic maritime village.

Riverhead Country Fair - October 13 – October 13, 10am-5pm
Downtown Riverhead
slide07Main Street along Peconic River, Riverhead • (631) 727-3200
More than 400 crafts vendors, live entertainment, agriculture, homemaking and needlecraft competitions, vegetable-decorating contest, carnival rides and activities, folk music, arts, farm animals, pony rides, food, local produce, tractor pulls.

North Fork Foodie Tour 2013

209636-250The North Fork of Long Island celebrates the ongoing tradition of sustainable farming, vineyards and fishing with the 7th ‘North Fork Foodie Tour’ on September 8th. The annual tour offers visitors a chance to meet the extraordinary people, farmers, wine makers, fishermen and artisan who have dedicated their lives to

producing unique local foods and wines and to learn how they do it.
You can purchase tickets and pick up a map of tour locations and information on times of special events anytime after 9 a.m. at Peconic Land Trusts Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm, Youngs Avenue between Rts. 25 and 48. Then you’re off on your own personal do-as-you please foodie tour.
View exhibits and cooking demonstrations at Charnews Farm and visit farms and food producers throughout the North Fork, including:
KOPPERT CRESS searches the world for unusual varieties of aromatic herbs grown as micro-vegetables. Restaurants use them as exotic garnishes for their most elegant dishes.
CROTEAUX VINEYARD specializes in rosé wine. Idyllic barnyard, vineyard, tastings and recipes.
LAVENDER BY THE BAY offers fresh-cut and dried lavender, lavender plants and
products. Learn about beekeeping, lavender culture and lore.
TASTE OF THE NORTH FORK produces food products made with local ingredients: pestos, jams and jellies, mustards, vinegars, dessert sauces, teas and more. See the kitchen where they are made and have a taste.
BLOSSOM MEADOW HONEY produces high-end artisanal raw and unfiltered honeys, beeswax candles, restorative personal care products, and beeswax crayons. Taste the honey, view a working observation hive and learn how those beeswax products are made.
 SPECIAL EVENTS/LIMITED TOURS
BROWDER’S BIRDS – Chris and Holly Browder raise organic poultry using the movable coop system described in Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the film Food, Inc. Meet them at barn at Charnews Farm at for a special walking tour and talk about their unique operation. One tour ONLY at 1:00 pm.
CATAPANO DAIRY FARM small and family operated, it raises goats and makes fresh milk cheeses, yogurts, fudge and goat milk skincare products. Guided tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3.

North Fork Bounty from Shorecrest vegetable garden

GOODALE FARMS – Long Island’s only full scale dairy offering cow and goat milk and many types of farmstead cheeses and other dairy products. Cheese making demonstration at 10:00 am. Goat milking at 4:00.
THE FARM Learn about biodynamic farming techniques that produce extraordinary flowers and vegetables, especially heirloom tomatoes, and heal the earth at the same time. Tours at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 ana 2:30.
KRUPSKI’S FARM – Al Krupski takes you into his fields to show and tell you how his multi-generational family have made their farm thrive by changing their focus from a limited number of wholesale crops to a diverse offering of vegetables, fruits, and free range poultry sold retail. Tours at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30.
THE SQUARE – Award winning Chef Keith Luce, takes you on tasting tour of his new Greenport venture which includes MAIN – a casual restaurant featuring local seafood, PREP – a take-out window purveying flatbread pizzas and house-cured meats, NOSH – which features house-made ice creams, baked goods, salads, sandwiches, teas and coffees and MEET- a wine and spirit tasting room & artisan food shop. One tour only at 1:00 pm.
McCALL WINES – In addition to producing wines served at some of Manhattan’s finest restaurants, this historic 100 acre farmstead raises grass-feed Charolias cattle, a French breed known for their low-fat meat, and sells rare speciality cheeses. Russ McCall leads tours of this beautiful property at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30.

 

SANG LEE FARMS shows its organically grown vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, baby greens, mesclun, herbs, flowers and specialty Asian greens. Tastings all day. Guided tour and talk at 2:00 p.m.
SHINN ESTATE VINEYARDS Learn about the vineyard’s low-impact sustainable farming, taste the results. Only ONE guided walking tour with wine tastings at 12 noon. [At other times Foodie Tourists get a free taste with any purchased tasting.]
SATUR FARMS specializes in leafy vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, root vegetables and
herbs that it sells to the region’s high end restaurants which demand the finest ingredients. Open only for one guided walking tour at 11:30 a m.
TY LLWYD FARM has been an active family farm since 1870. It is the only certified raw milk dairy on Long Island. It raises DeKalb Gold chickens, ducks and geese; and grows vegetables and unusual varieties of potatoes. Tours at 1:00 and 3:00. Limited to 15 people per tour.Tickets – $25, Children under 12 free.

North Fork Long Island Wineries: Live Music this Labor Day

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The last weekend of summer kicks off the beginning of our fall harvest season, for many locals a favorite time of the year on the North Fork. We at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast especially love week days on the North Fork during September and October. The weather is mild, we have the beaches and walking trails virtually to ourselves and can always get a reservation in our favorite restaurants.

Shorecrest BandB is fully booked weekends through the beginning of October but we are offering discounts on two, three and four night stays mid week, Sunday through Thursday where availability allows. A delicious full course breakfast and our exclusive discount card to 24 local wineries is always included.
View from deck of North Fork Waterfront house

View from deck of North Fork Waterfront house

We also have availability at some of our vacation rental cottages and homes. Visit our website for more information and a link to our online reservation calendar for either BandB rooms or Rentals.

For those visitors looking to enjoy wine and music this week on Long Island’s North Fork, here are some of the venues with musical line ups:
2114 Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow NY 11933
(631) 369-0100
Saturday, August 31: Tommy Keys 12-2pm, Acoustic Soul 2-6pm
Sunday, September 1: The Denice Given Band 2-6pm
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery  <http://castellodiborghese.com/>
17150 County Rte 48, Cutchogue NY 11935
(631) 734-5111
Saturday, August 31: Jazz with Marguerite Volonts 2-4pm
1935 Main Rd, Jamesport
(631) 722-4222
Saturday, August 31: The Cutchogue Wonders 1:30-4:30pm
Sunday, September 1: The Mike Engle Jazz Vibratrio 1:30-4:30pm
31855 Main Rd, Cutchogue
(631) 765-8929
Friday August 30: Live and Local Songwriters Showcase featuring Eddie Ayala, Christine and Jim LoPiano of Martini Garden, Chris J. Connolly and Larrin Gerard.
Saturday August 31: Robert Bruey 2-5pm
Sunday September 1: Jay Scott 2-5pm
260 Manor Lane, Jamesport NY 11901
(631) 722-3416
Saturday, August 31: Danny Keys 1:30-4:30pm, Opera in the Vines with Belle Voci 7:30-9:30pm
3165 Main Road, Laurel NY 11948
(631) 298-1420
Saturday, August 31: The Earthtones 1-5pm
Lenz Winery <http://www.lenzwine.com/>
38355 New York 25, Peconic <https://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&oe=UTF-8&q=38355+New+York+25,+Peconic&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89e8908356326af9:0xa5eb6fbb819b9266,38355+New+York+25,+Peconic,+NY+11958&gl=us&ei=tenmUf6IFc6ErAfJvIHQCA&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAA>, (631) 734-6010 <tel:631-734-6010>
Saturday, August 31: Home Groan 2-5pm
35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck NY 11952 (631) 298-1942
Saturday, August 31: Jon Divello 2-6pm
6025 Sound Ave, Riverhead NY 11901
(631) 298-0075
Saturday, August 31: Keith Maguire 1-5pm
Sunday, September 1: The Sly Geralds Band 2-6pm
44075 Main Rd, Peconic NY 11971 (631) 765-6188 <tel:631-765-6188>
Friday, August 30: Sahara 5-8pm
Saturday, August 31: Lone Sharks 1-5pm
Sunday, September 1: HooDoo Loungers 1-5pm
5120 Sound Ave, Riverhead NY 11901
(631) 722-9463
Saturday, August 31: Something: Beatles Tribute Band 2-5pm
Sunday, September 1: Small Island 1-5 pm
37645 Main Road (Route 25), Peconic, NY 11958
(631) 734-6200
Saturday, August 31: Tommy Sullivan 1-5pm
Sunday, September 1: Tommy Sullivan 1-5pm
34515 Main Road, Cutchogue NY 11935
(631) 734-4057
Saturday, August 31: Chris Hurley 2-6pm
Sunday, September 1: Chris Hurley 1-5pm
39390 Main Rd, Peconic NY 11958
(631) 765-1100
Thursday, August 29: Noiz 6:30-10:30pm
Friday, August 30: Mambo Loco 5-10pm
1375 Mill Rd, Peconic NY 11958 >
Thursday, August 29: Bob Blatchley Acoustic 1-5pm
39750 County Road 48, Southold NY 11971
(631) 765-0200
Friday, August 30: Bossa Nova Fridays 6-8pm
Sunday, September 1: Alexander Clough House Band 2-5pm. Performing jazz standards & bossa nova classics every Sunday.

 

4th of July on the North Fork of Long Island

The 4th of July weekend calls for a perfect getaway to the North Fork.

Rent one of our studios or houses for the entire week and lounge at our two private beaches. Our lighthouse cottage is still available for that weekend! Check out the calendar for other availabilities, they’re filling up fast so hurry! After spending some time on the beach you should head over to the wineries. Many of the vineyards will have live music on 4th of  July and every Sat. & Sun. Click here to check our availability and book!

Martha Clara vineyard will have live music on July Fourth. Two Man Acoustical Jam, winners Of The 2012 Battle of The Bands at Hecksher Park. This acoustic duo plays all forms of Rock, Pop, Party and Blues from the 60′s to now. Rain or Shine! Free Admission. Additional cost for wine and food.

They also have a Vines and Canines educational walk. Bring your dog down for an educational walk through the vineyard! A donation of a non-perishable dog or cat food item is required and will be donated to local shelter.

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Greenport Fire department will be setting off fireworks on July 3rd and July 6th at 10pm in honor of the Fourth of July!

There will be a July Fourth Concert and Fireworks from 6:30-10:00pm on the Peconic River waterfront in Riverhead. There will also be live music by Brady Rymer. A great event to take the family to while your enjoying your stay!

 

The Mattituck Strawberry Festival and Father’s Day on the North Fork

The month of June has a lot of great events coming up and we don’t want you to miss out! Father’s Day is this weekend and everyone out east is celebrating. Instead of giving him a tie or a golf club, why not take Dad to a winery this weekend?  You can even bring the whole family and enjoy the strawberry season at it’s prime! The 59th annual Mattituck Lion’s Strawberry Festival will be held from June 13th-16th. There will be live music, rides, over 120 vendors for the craft fair, and a wide variety of strawberry desserts! Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is celebrating the abundance of strawberries by serving them in granola yogurt parfaits or mixed with other fresh fruits. Yum!

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SPARKLING POINTE Vineyard & Winery
June 16, 2013

Located just a couple of miles from Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Sparkling Pointe winery is celebrating Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, from 2 – 5pm with a Cheers for Dad Father’s Day Barbeque featuring gourmet barbeque food from The Kitchen by Waterside Caterers, Port Jefferson Brewing Co. beer, Sparkling Pointe wine, and live jazz music by The Alexander Clough House Band. Tickets are $40 per person, $35 for Signature Wine Club members and $10 for children.  Tickets include a glass of Sparkling Pointe wine or Port Jefferson Brewing Co. Beer; logo Port Jefferson Brewing Co. pint glass; gourmet BBQ food; and unlimited non-alcoholic Birch Beer.  Tickets available at www.sparklingpointe.com.

 

59th Annual Strawberry Festival - June 13th-16th, 2013

dsc_3830dsc_4148Bring your family and friends to one of the North Fork’s best summer festivals in the height of the strawberry season.

“By late June on the North Fork the strawberry crop is reaching its peak and bursting with flavor. On Father’s Day weekend, at the peak of the strawberry harvest, the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together for a special weekend of fun and purpose. Whether you’re here year-round, are a seasonal resident or are drawn here by the Festival, you’re in for a wonderful time while raising money for local non-profits.

Dig into the strawberry shortcake, sample the strawberries dipped in chocolate, try the strawberries any way you like them. Head over to the rest tent to enjoy live music.  Then find out what over 100 arts and craft vendors have available for sale.

Cheer as the new Strawberry Queen is crowned.  Experience the midway rides. Taste foods from around the world. The fun keeps going after the sun sets, so bring lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks on Thursday and Friday.” - mattituckstrawberryfestival.org

If you can manage a quick mid week getaway Shorecrest still has a couple of rooms available on the 12th and 13th with a 20% discount on a 2 night stay, 10% on one night – to use towards the price of your ticket!

 

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There will also be a wide assortment of musical acts and entertainment! See the schedule below and make sure to check out the website for more details: mattituckstrawberryfestival.org

Thursday June 13th

5:00PM – Hulling Night under the big tent – volunteers wanted for one the quintessential North Fork events
6:30 – 10:30PM – Carnival and Midway Open

Friday June 14th
6:30PM – 10:00PM – SOUTHBOUND; www.southbound.li
9PM – Fireworks

Saturday June 15th
11:30AM – 3:00PM – MILES TO DAYTON; www.milestodayton.net
3:00PM – Strawberry Festival Queen Coronation
4:00PM – 6:00PM – ROB EUROPE; www.reverbnation.com
6:30PM – 10:30PM – WHO ARE THOSE GUYS; www.whoarethoseguys.com
9PM – Fireworks

Sunday June 16th

11:00AM – 11:50PM – ROBERT BRUEY; www.robertbruey.com
12:00PM – 12:50PM – LIZA COPPOLA; www.lizacoppola.com
1:10PM 1:10 – 2:00PM – DON BRACKEN
2:20PM – 3:10PM – JEANETTE RUSSELL;
3:20PM – “BIG BUCKS” RAFFLE DRAWING
3:30pm – 4:45PM – SECOND HANDS; www.thesecondhands.com

The Shorecrest BnB is fully booked on June 14th and 15th but we do have our Studio Cottage  available to rent on the Shelter Bay side of Southold Hamlet just a 13 minute drive away  from the festival. Visit our reservation calendar to see photos and rates for the BnB rooms, rental houses and the Studio Cottage. 

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My Morning Walk in Southold on the North Fork of Long Island

My Morning Walk through the gardenMy morning walk on the beachIMG_0522This June morning was perfect weather for a walk on the beach and through the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast gardens. Sitting by the waters edge on the Long Island Sound beach in Southold, listening to the sound of the waves lapping gently on the shore and the birds calling was so relaxing and beautiful I made a short video to share with you. You can see it on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Facebook Page. Enjoy, and please come visit soon.

DIY Memorial Day Snacks

If your’e planning a get together this weekend try these recipes out! We’ve compiled three unique Memorial Day Snacks you can “wow” you friends and family with!Untitled-1

Vanilla Rice Pudding via Delicioushappenings.com please click HERE to see their original post about this yummy treat.

2 cups water

1 cup Jasmine rice

4 cups reduced fat milk

1-1/2 cup cream

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped

Directions:

Combine the water and rice in a rice cooker and cook until light and fluffy.  Or…combine water and rice in large pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.  Cover and let simmer until the rice is light and fluffy and the water is completely absorbed.

Place the milk, cream, and sugar in a large pot over medium high heat.  Scrape the vanilla seeds from the vanilla bean and add both the seeds and the bean to the milk mixture.  Add the rice and decrease the heat to medium low and cook until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly(approximately 30-35 minutes).

After the pudding has thickened, pour it into a large bowl and immediately lay plastic wrap directly on the pudding to prevent it from forming a layer of skin on top.  Refrigerate 4-6 hours.

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Red, White and Blue Sangria via dietsinreview.com please click HERE to view the original blog post!

serves 4 

One bottle sweet white wine of your choice (we used Sauvignon Blanc)
1/3 container of fruit juice concentrate (we used apple cherry)
3 oz. Driscoll’s blueberries, rinsed
3 oz. Driscoll’s raspberries, rinsed
1/2 pint of Driscoll’s strawberries, de-stemmed and quartered

Pour wine into large pitcher, then add fruit concentrate and stir. While it incorporates, lightly muddle your berries in a large mixing bowl until a bit of juice forms at the bottom. Then add fruit to the wine mixture and stir. Serve chilled.

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Red, White and Blue Berry Trifle via Marthastewart.com Click HERE to view the original blog post and a very helpful video directions!

1 1/2 pounds raspberries (5 cups)

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 large orange)

10 ounces mascarpone cheese (1 1/3 cups)

1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Fine salt

20 to 24 ladyfingers (from a 7-ounce package), broken into 1-inch pieces

3/4 pound blueberries (2 1/2 cups

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine raspberries with 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and orange juice. With the back of a fork, lightly mash berries to release their juices and let sit 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together mascarpone and 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Whisk in cream, vanilla, and pinch of salt and whisk until soft peaks form, about 4 minutes.
  2. Cut one or two pieces parchment 1 inch taller than side of an 8-inch springform pan and line inside of pan. Place half the ladyfingers in pan and top with half the raspberry mixture. With a small offset or rubber spatula, spread half the whipped cream over berries. Tap pan gently on counter to remove air bubbles. Repeat with remaining ladyfingers, raspberry mixture, and whipped cream. Top with blueberries and refrigerate until whipped cream is stiff and cookies have softened, about
    3 hours (or, tightly covered with plastic, up to 3 days). To serve, unmold trifle and peel away parchment.

 

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