6 Summer Fruit Festivals You Can’t Miss

The summer months mean an abundance of fresh produce across the island. While grocery stores and farm stands consistently stock what’s in season, fruit festivals on Long Island and in the five boroughs add an element of celebration to fresh, flavorful food. Dig in at these upcoming summer fruit festivals that honor one of the greatest aspects of summer.

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Strawberry Fair at Benner’s Farm, East Setauket

Benner's Farm

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When: June 9 and 10
Where: 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd
Why Go: Held every year on the second weekend of June, Benner’s Farm’s Strawberry Fair is always a hit for the whole family. Children can enjoy carnival games such as wheelbarrow and balloon races, while all ages can interact with farm animals and sample strawberry-flavored treats. Popular ones include the jams and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Click to go

Hamlet Organic Garden Strawberry Festival, Brookhaven

When: June 10
Where: 319 Beaver Dam Rd
Why Go: This potluck-style Strawberry Festival begins its event description by ensuring guests that “there will be beer!” In addition to hearty libations, the festival offers Acabonac Farms grass-fed burgers, grilled Atlantic salmon and farm fresh vegetables. Event-goers can expect music from Nina Et Cetera and Jack Licitra as well as dunk tanks and other carnival games for kids. Click to go

Mattituck Strawberry Festival, Mattituck

When: June 14-17
Where: 1175 Route 48
Why Go: In its 64th year, the Mattituck Strawberry festival attracts produce enthusiasts from across Long Island and beyond. Not only can attendees test hundreds of strawberry productsthink daiquiris and shortcakebut young strawberry lovers can also enjoy the event’s carnival with over 25 rides and midway games. Click to go

Pinknic, Governor’s Island

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image: facebook.com/pinknicfestival

When: June 30 and July 1
Where: Governor’s Island
Why Go: For two days each summer, Governor’s Island goes pink for a celebration of fruit in its finest formrosé! In its third year, the festival hosts thousands of guests dressed in pink and white (as per mandatory dress code) and spread out on rosé-colored picnic blankets to enjoy a day of food, drinks and music. VIPs also get access to a pool and lounge to cool off after a picnic in the sun. Tickets are selling out fast, and general admission starts at $115. Click to go

Peach Festival, Mattituck

When: August 18 and 19
Where: Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave
Why Go: Who will be crowned Peach King and Queen? Find out at Harbes Family Farm’s annual peach festival, complete with peach-eating contests, peach-flavored treats and live music from local jazz and country band Barbecue Bruce & The Brisket Brothers. While kids will love fresh-squeezed lemonade and farm games, adults can kick back on the rustic patio and sample vino from the farm’s abundant Wine Barn. Click to go

Watermelon Festival, Mattituck

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image: facebook.com/harbesfamilyfarm

When: August 25 and 26
Where: Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave
Why Go: Although Harbes Family Farm throws celebrations for all types of produce (including corn, strawberries and tomatoes) this year’s Watermelon Festival is bound to be one of its largest. Between all-day watermelon eating contests and seed-spitting challenges, children and families can properly celebrate their favorite end-of-summer fruit. The festival also includes live music by the popular Como Brothers and a barnyard adventure with hayrides and pig races. Click to go