The 2016 Pulse Guide to Summer Food Festivals

Long Island Pulse’s Great Burger Battle returns Aug. 14. Grab tickets to the BBQ of the year. 

Shining sun, rising temps and the smell of something delicious in the air. Summer is food festival season and there’s one for every taste bud happening on Long Island. From grill-offs to fresh seafood to innovative strawberry dishes, there’s nothing better than a lazy summer day spent outdoors celebrating food with a lot of other hungry people. To help with your summer calendar, here’s the 2016 Pulse guide of can’t-miss summer food festivals.


2016 long island food festivals

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Strawberry Festival, Mattituck
For four days strawberry lovers gather on the North Fork for the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival. This year marks the festival’s 62nd year of celebrating the delicious fruit. June 16-19, free to $5. Go.

NYC Craft Beer Festival

The most extensive sampling of beers, ciders and meads around. June 17-18, $55+. Go.

North Fork Fresh, Orient 
Restaurants, vineyards and breweries serve up food and drink at Poquatuck Park in Orient. Try your hand at the pie-eating contest. June 18, $80. Go.


2016 long island food festivals

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GrillHampton, Bridgehampton
Hamptons chefs cook off against NYC chefs at the annual GrillHampton. Enjoy grilled fare, beer and specialty cocktails, and root on your hometown team at the one-of-a-kind cooking competition and tasting event. July 22, $135+. Go.

Taste of Two Forks, Bridgehampton
Food and drinks from North and South Fork restaurants, wineries and purveyors meet under one tent for the sixth annual Taste of Two Forks. July 23, $185+. Go.

Sweet Corn Festival, Mattituck

Celebrate corn. On the cob, doused in spices, even as ice cream. July 23 and 24, Free Admission. Go.

Clambake MTK, Montauk

Bite into surf and turf at Gurney’s Seawater Resort & Spa during the first annual Clambake MTK. July 30, $150+. Go.


2016 long island food festivals

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The Great Burger Battle, Patchogue

Come hungry for the Long Island Pulse Great Burger Battle. Sample burgers and beer from Long Island restaurants and vote for your favorite. August 14, $30+. Go.

Dan’s HARVEST EAST END, Cutchogue

Wines from more than 40 East End vineyards and dishes from the region’s top chefs are showcased at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue. The annual event celebrates the bounty of Long Island Wine Country while benefiting local charities. August 20, $135+. Go.

Long Island Seafood Festival, West Sayville

Celebrate the waning days of summer by enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of Long Island’s south shore at the Long Island Seafood Festival. August 27 and 28$10. Go.

Watermelon Festival, Mattituck

Biting into a juicy piece of watermelon is one of the best ways to cool down during the dog days of summer. Enjoy live music, wine tasting, hayrides, pony rides and lots of watermelon at Harbes Family Farm. August 27 and 28, Free Admission. Go.