Village to discuss Taste North Fork festival tonight

10/21/2013 11:30 AM |

Village Board members are set to discuss Greenport’s role in the first-ever Taste North Fork festival during its work session Monday night.

The event, scheduled for Veteran’s Day weekend, will feature a full range of activities celebrating local wines and foods across the region.

As a part of the program, a shuttle bus service will connect each of the participating wineries, hamlets and local businesses for the festival. Each hamlet has also been asked to create their own “mini-festival,” showcasing its unique characteristics.

“It is a fantastic idea,” said Greenport Business Improvement District president Peter Clarke said. “It makes sense for Greenport. It’s a pedestrian spot. People could stop and see a lot of things at one time.”

Mr. Clarke said he thinks the village could be use as a hospitality center where visitors can learn about the different locations where the shuttle will stop. Mr. Clarke said he thinks the village could be used as a hospitality center where visitors can learn about the different locations where the shuttle will stop.

The pilot program is being made possible through a portion of a $335,000 “I Love NY” grant, for which the East End Tourism Alliance, Long Island Wine Council and North Fork Promotion Council applied earlier this year.

With less than a month to go, organizers are hoping to firm up the details of Taste North Fork this week.

The Village Board meets at 6 p.m. in the Third Street Fire Station.

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