Something to Savor: 2018 Summer Food Festivals

’Tis the season for open-air markets, cook-offs and outdoor food festivals to feed that insatiable appetite for sunshine and the best eats around. Freshly caught seafood, slow-cooked brisket and spicy tacos are the embodiment of summer tastes—and when you live on Long Island or in New York City, there’s no going far to find them. Check out one (or all) of the following food festivals—and raise your glass to summer.

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Smorgasburg, Brooklyn

Every weekend through October, over 100 local vendors set up at the Williamsburg waterfront on Saturdays and in Prospect Park on Sundays to partake in Smorgasburg—a foodie paradise that features an eclectic mix of cuisines and trendy bites. Soak up the sun while sinking your teeth into a juicy ramen burger (a Smorgasburg staple), or dig into a whole grilled lobster with garlic butter and noodles (new this year!). Between the wide array of meals, snacks and desserts available—including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options—there’s bound to be something for everyone. Every weekend, 11am-6pm, free to enter, food prices vary. Click to go

June

Pork barbecue baby ribs at a street food market

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Big Apple Barbecue, Manhattan

Join BBQ legends and aficionados as the Flatiron neighborhood is transformed into a barbecue block party. Pitmasters and chefs will bring real pit barbecue to the heart of New York, serving up pulled pork sandwiches, fried smoked chicken and baby back ribs for guests to enjoy. Craft beers, summer wines and live music will round out the event. June 9-10, 11am-6pm, $125-$275. Click to go

Strawberry Festival, Mattituck

Head to Mattituck to celebrate the height of strawberry season at the 64th annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival. Live music and arts and crafts vendors will complement a host of different foods, most notably strawberry treats like chocolate-covered strawberries and strawberry shortcake. Leave some time to digest before hopping aboard the carnival rides, and cap off the day with a firework show on any of the first three nights. June 14-17, times vary, free-$50. Click to go

North Fork Fresh, Orient

Taste the flavors of the North Fork as local restaurants, farmers and chefs gather to showcase their selection of food, wine and desserts. The festival will be complete with live music, a beer truck, a clam bar and a pie-baking contest. More than 20 restaurants and vendors will be in attendance for the festivities. June 16, 5-7pm, $75-$250. Click to go

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival, Manhattan

Discover the diverse history of the Lower East Side at the Museum at Eldridge Street’s annual celebration of Chinese, Jewish and Puerto Rican culture. As the name suggests, guests can indulge in egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas throughout the day. The family-friendly event features musical performances and crafts such as mask making. June 17, 12-4pm. Click to go 

July

Chef Ricardo Alvarez pouring rice into Paella pan.

Chef Ricardo Alvarez pouring rice into paella pan.

Famous Food Festival, Deer Park

Explore a wide range of foods from all over the world right at the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park. In addition to the 45-plus vendors that will be in attendance, the festival will also feature live music, a beer and wine garden, chef demonstrations and a video game truck. July 14-15, 10am-6pm. Click to go 

North Fork Summer Social, Riverhead

Pulse invites you to an afternoon of wine tasting and sampling from some of the area’s top wineries and tastemakers. Enjoy breathtaking views, live music and a well-deserved day of relaxation. July 15, 2-6pm. Click to go

GrillHampton, Bridgehampton

The competition is back this summer as chefs from New York City take to Bridgehampton to challenge their East End rivals. Live music will be performed as guests sample bites and decide which team’s grilled specialties have come out on top. July 20, 8-10:30pm, $99, ages 21 and over (VIP admission 7pm, $175). Click to go 

Taste of Two Forks, Bridgehampton

Indulge in the fresh flavors of the East End as chefs and restaurants from the North and South Forks come together to show off their finest fare. Make a toast to summer, sip on a glass of local wine or beer and revel in the relaxing setting. July 21, 7:30-10pm, $185-215, ages 21 and over (VIP admission 6:30pm, $275-315). Click to go 

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, Queens

Don’t miss the ultimate celebration of Caribbean food, music and culture. Stimulate your palate with Jamaican jerk spice and dance your heart out to reggae music. A jerk cook-off pavilion will test the skills of competing chefs, and celebrities will show off their skills in a quick fire cook-off. July 22, 11:30am, $36-46. Click to go

Chefs & Champagne, Sagaponack

Chefs & Champagne is an annual celebration of food and champagne, sustainability and the leadership initiatives of the James Beard Foundation. Over 40 chefs will offer cuisine that can be paired with a variety of champagnes and wines in the beautiful setting of Wölffer Estate Vineyards. July 28, 6-8:30pm, $225-300. Click to go 

August

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Harvest East End, Riverhead

Celebrate Long Island’s winemaking culture with hors d’oeuvres, live music and—of course—wine. Guests can also participate in a silent auction. The event supports viticulture and sustainable agriculture. Aug. 4, 5-8pm, $75, ages 21 and over (VIP Admission 4pm, $125). Click to go

Montaco, Montauk

If you live by the idea that tacos are always the answer, this soirée is for you. Head to The End for a can’t-miss fiesta featuring seafood, Mexican cerveza, Spanish cavas and tacos and tequila. Watch the sunset from the Montauk Yacht Club while indulging in chefs’ unique takes on a quintessential Mexican dish. Aug. 4, 7:30-10pm, $125, ages 21 and over (VIP admission includes after party 10pm-12am, $175). Click to go

Food Truck Derby, Bridgehampton

Edible East End’s Food Truck Derby is back for its seventh year, featuring food from Billie Jean’s Grill, Dressen’s Famous Donuts and Elegant Eats. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served and live music will be performed. Aug. 10, 4-7pm, $20-100. Click to go 

SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival, Garden City

The ultimate Peruvian food experience is returning this summer to wow attendees with a fusion of Incan, African, Spanish and Asian flavors that is unique to Peru’s traditional dishes. Treat yourself to a mouthwatering plate of arroz chaufa or papas rellenas and intersperse your feasting with cooking demos, Latin dance lessons and live performances. Aug. 25-26, 11am-8pm, $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 2-12. Click to go