Pumpkin picking, pirates, cider and seafood. The fall festival season's in full force with a tasty olla podrida of events, festivals and fairs across the East End. Here's a small sampling of what's on tap each weekend through October.
Up on the North Fork this weekend, it's the Big Kahuna of annual festivals as Greenport celebrates its 175th year of incorporation with a Maritime Festival. Hosted by the Village of Greenport and the East End Seaport & Marine Foundation, the Maritime Festival, now almost a quarter century old, features tall ships, pirates, a street fair, classic boat exhibit and lots, lots more, right in down town with lots of the activity in Mitchell Park, at the village marina and all along Front Street. Visit the village's website to get a full schedule of events.
From one of the older festivals to the newest, we move to the end of the South Fork where Montauk Marine Basin on West Lake Drive debuts the Montauk Seafood Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Food from local restaurants and caterers will be available for sampling, and for the kids there's a snapper derby, goldfish races and fish print crafts on the dock. Live music will be provided and don't forget to try some of Lynn's signature drinks at the Hula Hut. From noon to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday.
And that's not all. Back up on the North Fork, try some garlic ice cream, garlic bread, or garlic French Fries, or see how you do in a garlic-eating contest. New this year is an Iron Chef Garlic competition. Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market on Sound Avenue in Riverhead is the site of Long Island's only garlic festival this weekend. Live music all day, plus hayrides, a pedal cart track, and farm animals for the kiddies to enjoy. From 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday.
And, finally, soup's on with the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce. Their 15th annual chili/chowder contest is a recipe for fun at the Boardy Barn on Saturday from noon to 4 PM. Taste offerings from local chefs while the kids enjoy games and face painting.
Next weekend, September 27 through 29, it's all about Southampton, with SeptemberFest rolling in to the village. (See elsewhere in this edition for a feature about the Fest.)
Also in Southampton next Saturday the Southampton Historical Museum presents its Harvest Day Fair. A celebration of 19th-century life, the fair boasts costumed "craftsmen" demonstrating candle making, blacksmithing, and other trades and traditional skills. Civil War reenactors will offer demos as well. The fun starts at 11 AM and admission is free.
Next month, the surfeit of festivals continues with the San Gennaro Feast of Hampton Bays on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 10 AM to 10 PM both days on Good Ground Road in Hampton Bays.The Feast is the place for awesome Italian treats, vendors and a carnival for children.
Finally, fair days finish up with flare over the Columbus Day weekend. The Hamptons International Film Fest runs from October 10 to 14, the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce presents its Fall Arts & Crafts Show on the village green in Westhampton Beach from Saturday through Monday (10 AM to 5 PM each day), and the Montauk Fall Festival will be held on the green for the 32nd year on Saturday and Sunday (starting at 11 AM). There's a super-popular chowder contest that draws hundreds out to taste entries. Pumpkin decorating, rides for the kids, and live music round out the festivities. Be sure to check back over the coming weeks for festival updates and further info.