With a number of lectures, tastings and events centered around the growers and chefs that define what food culture is on the East End — and beyond — learning how to embrace your inner locavore has never been easier. Here are our picks for 2019.
They Called It Red Gold
Monday, July 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Suffolk County’s Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve
3815 Lake Avenue, Riverhead
Learn the history of the Long Island cranberry industry during this visit to Suffolk County’s Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve, led by naturalist John Turner. Turner will walk guests through the history of what was the largest cranberry farm on Long Island, the Woodhull Bog, and discuss the height of the industry and how it crumbled. The half-mile walk around Sweezy’s Pond will also give guests a chance to learn about wetland-dependent wildlife and native plants that colonized this part of the Long Island Pine Barrens.
Tickets are $5 per person for the walk, which is co-sponsored by the South Fork Natural History Museum and the Peconic Land Trust. Call (631) 283-3195 or visit peconiclandtrust.org for more information.
Tour & Tasting at Sang Lee Farm
Wednesday, July 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Sang Lee Farms
25180 County Road 48, Peconic
Lucy Senesac of Sang Lee Farms will give a guided tour of the greenhouses and fields at one of the East End’s most celebrated organic farms. The tour will include a discussion about the Lee family’s story and their inspiration for growing a variety of Asian greens and vegetables. Guests will also enjoy a tasting direct from Sang Lee Farm’s on-site kitchen.
Tickets are $20 per person and reservations are required. Call the Peconic Land Trust at (631) 283-3195 or visit peconiclandtrust.org for more information.
Stirring the Pot with Florence Fabricant
Sunday, July 28, 11 a.m. — Tim and Nina Zagat
Sunday, August 4, 11 a.m. — Tom Colicchio
Sunday, August 11, 11 a.m. — Alex Guarnaschelli
Sunday, August 18, 11 a.m. — Katie Lee
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Join New York Timesfood critic and celebrated author Florence Fabricant as she continues her series interviewing icons in the industry. A complimentary continental breakfast with the day’s guest chef is available prior to each talk, which will be followed by a book signing.
Tickets are $25; $23 for Guild Hall members. Visit guildhall.org for more information.
15th Annual Hayground Chef’s Dinner
Sunday, July 28, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
The Hayground School
151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton
The 15thAnnual Hayground Chef’s Dinner will honor Jon Snow, an artist, educator and school co-founder. The evening begins with cocktails in “Jeff’s Kitchen” at 4:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner at 6 p.m. Participating chefs, so far, will include Chef Alex Guarnaschelli from Butter, Chef Colin Ambrose from Estia’s Little Kitchen, Chef Abby Hitchcock from Abigail’s Kitchen, Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja from Shuka, Claudia Fleming from the North Fork Table & Inn, Chef Christian Mir from the Stone Creek Inn, Chef Joe Realmuto from Nick & Toni’s, Chef Hillary Sterling from Vic’s, Chef Jason Weiner from Almond and Chef Carissa Waechter from Carissa’s The Bakery.
For tickets and more information, visit haygroundchefsdinner.org.
Creating an Edible Landscape
Tuesday, July 30, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton
Join Paul Wagner of Greener Pastures Organics and Bridge Gardens Garden Manager Rick Bogusch for this talk and garden walk exploring the vegetables, berries and herbs you can add to your garden that will support pollinators and enhance your landscape.
Tickets are $5; free for members of Bridge Gardens. Call the Peconic Land Trust at (631) 283-3195 or visit peconiclandtrust.org for more information.
Through Farms and Fields 2019
Sunday, August 4, 4 to 8 p.m.
Ocean View Farm
63 Brick Kiln Road, Sag Harbor
The Wesnofskes will host this annual benefit for the Peconic Land Trust, Through Farms and Fields, a celebration of the bounty found on the East End from fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits to local fish and livestock. This year’s event will honor Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. with a supper created by the team at The Art of Eating, with music by The John Ludlow Trio and Art in the Barn courtesy of Plein Air Peconic.
For ticket information or to register, call (631) 283-3195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.