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North Fork Craft Beer Festival Re-Branded
New Name and New Location Confirmed

EAST ISLIP, NY. June 13, 2016 - Just announced by event producer Starfish Junction, the award-winning North Fork Craft Beer Festival has a brand new name and a brand new location. The Long Island Craft Classic will be held on Saturday, August 6th, at the beautiful Heckscher State Park in East Islip, NY. The move from the North Fork of Long Island to Heckscher State Park will provide festival attendees with a more spacious and more convenient location. "It will be the same great show everyone has grown to love for the last decade, but now it will be held in one of New York's most beautiful state parks," said Andy Calimano, owner of event producer, Starfish Junction. Tickets are on sale now, a sold out show is expected. For info and tickets, visit: www.LongIslandCraftClassic.com.

"I'm very excited that the Long Island Craft Classic will be hosted in the 7th Assembly District," said Assemblyman Andrew R. Garbarino (R,C,I-Sayville). "This festival is a great opportunity to showcase two of New York's greatest assets; the fast growing craft beverage industry and the beautiful Heckscher State Park." The location of Heckscher State Park makes it an ideal host location for both Nassau and Suffolk County residents. "We are excited to bring our festival to Heckscher State Park and appreciate the support we received from Assemblyman Garbarino," said Calimano. "For some, this visit may be their first time to Heckscher, but after they see the beauty of this state park, it will certainly not be their last," said Calimano.

More than fifty craft breweries will gather on August 6th to participate in the 2016 Long Island Craft Classic. The festival will include a broad range of nationally recognized craft beer industry leaders as well as many award-winning favorites from Long Island and New York State breweries. Select cideries and wineries will also be present to offer samplings of their artisanal hand-crafted beverages. The event will also feature BBQ food prepared by Chef Eric Rifkin, owner of Bobbique (Patchogue, NY). All paid attendees will receive a food ticket to be redeemed for a mouth-watering BBQ sandwich and side dish of their choice. The event will help raise funds and awareness for three very worthy local charities; Kids Need More, Natural Heritage Trust, and the Long Island Brewers Guild.

"Whether it is craft beers, local wines, or ciders from orchards in upstate New York, this festival is the perfect setting to show why New York is a leader in the craft beverage industry and there is no better place to have the festival than a local state park that is a hidden jewel of Long Island. I am confident this will be the first of many craft beverage festivals we hold at Heckscher State Park," added Garbarino.

The Long Island Craft Classic has two ticket options: VIP (1:00pm - 5:30; $75) and General Admission (2:00pm - 5:30pm; $55). VIP ticketholders get an additional hour, a more intimate setting for a meet and greet with the brewers, plus the ability to sample some rare, desirable, sought-after beers that are being poured during this bonus hour only. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.LongIslandCraftClassic.com . Tickets include a 5 oz. souvenir tasting cup with the freedom to enjoy 2 oz. samples from any exhibitor. Designated driver tickets are available for $12 each. No one under 21 is permitted and valid photo ID is required for entry. No children or pets permitted. The event will take place rain or shine. All ticket sales are final. Heckscher State Park is located at 1 Heckscher State Pkwy, East Islip, NY 11730. The Park will collect $10 per vehicle for parking. There is no charge to park for those who own vehicles with a valid Empire Passport.

The event is produced by Starfish Junction, an award-winning Long Island-based event production and marketing company.

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