North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival
Wins Event of the Year Honor from Dan’s Papers
LINDENHURST, NY. October 18, 2007 — Starfish Junction Productions, producers of the North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival, was honored yesterday at the Dan’s Papers headquarters in Bridgehampton, NY. The North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine event, which was held earlier this year, received top honors as it was selected as the North Fork Event of the Year in Dan’s Papers Best of the Best 2007 competition. Thousands of Dan’s Papers readers took part in the online voting. The Starfish Junction staff was present to accept the award.
The North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival, held at the picturesque Martha Clara Vineyard, “was an amazing event on so many levels” said producer Andy Calimano. “The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, the music was awesome and the beer was varied, plentiful, and outstanding,” said Calimano. “More than three months later, I’m amazed at how many people are still talking about it,” he added.
The event showcased many local craft brewers including Blue Point Brewery, Southampton Ales & Lagers, Brooklyn Brewery, John Harvard’s Brew Haus and the BrickHouse Brewery. It also introduced Long Island beer enthusiasts to many other outstanding beers from brewers across the country, including: Sam Adams (MA), Boulder Beer (CO), Kona Brewing (HI), SlyFox (PA), Long Trail (VT), Dogfish Head Brewery (DE), Goose Island Brewing (IL) Oscar Blues (CO), Smuttynose Brewing Co. (NH), Rogue (OR) and many, many others—nearly 50 brewers in all.
“We couldn’t have done it without our brewers, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters,” said Andy Calimano. The event caterer, Maple Tree BBQ, received rave reviews, as did the band Energy Express who rocked the crowd all day long. Other sponsors of note include WBAB, Long Island Press, Culligan, Long Island Pulse, and the Brewer’s East End Revival home brew club.
The North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival also raised funds for The Peconic Bay Medical Center and the New York State Brewers Association. The event’s food drive to benefit Long Island Cares collected nearly 300 pounds of food and over $750 for Long Island families in need.
The 2008 North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival will be held on August 9th at Martha Clara Vineyard in Jamesport, NY (www.craftbeerfestival.com) and will very likely sell out in advance of the festival.
Those who can’t wait until next summer are encouraged to attend the Spring Craft Beer Festival being held at Nassau Coliseum on March 29, 2008 (www.craftbeerfestival.com).
Photos of the award ceremony are available upon request.
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