Winterfest is Back at East End Arts


Winterfest is back — this year from Thursday, February 22, to March 18 — and celebrating its 11th year of championing local wineries, breweries, restaurants, hotels, performing arts, galleries and retail businesses during the off-season.

“Winterfest has proven its value to the East End by highlighting the area as an exciting destination through brand recognition,” explained Patricia Drake Snyder, executive director of East End Arts, a founding partner of the project. “Now as the festival umbrellas to include all activities on the East End, it will be a powerful marketing tool to support the winter economy.”

A kick-off party featuring performances by East End Trio and Keith Sloane, along with tastings by Winterfest restaurants, vineyards and breweries, will be held on Friday, February 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Hotel Indigo East End, located at 1830 West Main Street, Route 25, in Riverhead.

Tickets are $50. For more information and a full schedule — including details about a winery tour on March 3 and a brewery tour on March 10 — please visit