Spring rain and sunshine leads us into summer and here on the North Fork, our summer begins with the annual Strawberry Festival in Mattituck from Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, the 16th.
The Strawberry festival is for “kids” of all ages whether you enjoy the amusement rides and strawberry shortcake with the family or a few margaritas and people watching with friends. There is a great selection for those who just want to pass through and pick up a few pints of strawberry for a fruit salad or to make strawberry butter. However you enjoy the Strawberry Festival, you will experience a slice of Americana on the North Fork.
Afterwards join us in for dinner at The Greenporter Hotel for our Father’s Day prix fixe “Beef and Beer” dinner which includes three courses plus three different craft beers from the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company to accompany your dinner for $40 per person. For the vegetarians in the group there are garden-inspired options like the Strawberry-Arugula Salad with fresh basil and lemon dressing and a signature cocktail in honor of the Strawberry Festival, the strawberry-jalapeno margarita.
1/2 cup of fresh North Fork strawberries
2 sticks of softened butter
1 teaspoon of local honey
Pulse soften butter in the food processor with ripe strawberries and honey. Taste for sweetness and add more honey if you desire. Spread on whole grain toast, pancakes or waffles. Wrap and keep chilled for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.