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2014 ‘Taste North Fork’ kickoff event offers full lineup of chefs, farmers, wineries, B & Bs Saturday

After the success of last year’s inaugural Taste North Fork event, which aimed to introduce visitors to the bounty and businesses of the area, a new event will unveil this year’s festivities on Saturday.

The 2014 season kick off event for Taste North Fork, presented by the North Fork Promotion Council, will take place on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Greenport Information Center, located at 72250 Route 25.

Visitors will be able to “Meet The Farmers” from noon to 3 p.m., as they display local produce harvested from the North Fork.

On the roster are the North Fork Table Food Truck, Taste of the North Fork & cHarissa, Race Rock Oysters, Goodale Farms, Garden Fusion, Invincible Summer Farms, Southold School Garden, Browder’s Birds & Blue Duck Bakery.

Guests can also “Meet the Innkeepers” from noon to 5 p.m., with the The North Fork Bed & Breakfast Association, who will be serving cookies, homemade treats and beverages, just as innkeepers do at their B & Bs. Owners will be onhand to answer visitor questions about what it is like to own, manage, and stay in one of the inns.

For a sip of vino, guests can “Meet the Winemaker’s” from 2 to 5 p.m. at Mattebella Vineyards, where Chris Tobin, Mark Tobin and Maryse Bransfield will be pouring a summer wine.

And for a taste of the North Fork, literally, visitors can “Meet The Chefs” from 3 to 5 p.m, as they demonstrate skills and create tempting dishes.

On the menu are Chef Rosa Ross from Scrimshaw Restaurant, who will demonstrate how to make a vinaigrette dressing and pair it with local produce to provide a tasting. Other demonstrations include one by Chef Eric Schumacher of the Blue Inn, and a signature cocktail created by Chef Deborah Rivera Pittorino from the Greenporter Hotel. Rita Winkler from Vines & Branches will be displaying goods. Guest can also meet Chef Noah Schwartz from Noah’s Restaurant and others.

In addition, the the NFPC’s first and new 2014-2015 Guide to the North Fork will be presented to Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell and other town officials.

This event is free and open to all.

Last year, the inaguraul Taste North Fork event brought scores of visitors to the area. The event was held over the three-day Veterans Day weekend and was organized with an eye toward bringing visitors out to the North Fork duirng the “shoulder season” by train and Hampton Jitney buses, which operated on two loops running from Riverhead to Mattituck and out to Orient. The event had a large turnout on Love Lane in Mattituck, too, where the success of the weekend planted the seeds for Mattituck’s East End Farmers Market, which opened last Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.