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Riverhead Town Board Gives Green Light to Potato and Cider Fall Festivals


(RIVERHEAD, NY. September 16, 2016) – In a unanimous vote, the Riverhead town board yesterday morning granted approval for two event applications that had been stalled pending the receipt of a site plan from event venue, Long Island Sports Park (Calverton, NY).  Executives from event producer Starfish Junction were in attendance for the vote and were happy with the outcome.  “We are glad to have the approval of the board,” said Andy Calimano owner of Starfish Junction.  “We will continue to move forward and promise to deliver a great experience to all the festival attendees at both the 5th annual Pour the Core Hard Cider Festival and the 3rd annual Long Island Potato Festival, both being held next month at Long Island Sports Park.”  Long Island Sports Park is located at 149 Edwards Ave, Calverton, NY 11933.  Information about the upcoming festivals can be found at and

The 5th annual Pour the Core: Hard Cider Festival will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.   Attendees will enjoy refreshing and delicious samples from local, national and international cider producers, offering more than 75 ciders in all. Pour the Core will proudly showcase locally made ciders from Woodside Hard Ciders (Aquebogue), Furnace Spicy Hard Cider (Sag Harbor) and festival first-timer Riverhead Ciderhouse (Calverton), among the many in attendance. Tickets for the event are on sale now at  This is a 21+ event. Tickets, when purchased online in advance, are $45 for general admission and $12 for Designated Drivers, plus applicable taxes and fees.

“Pour the Core Hard Cider Festival is sure to impress both cider lovers and fun seekers alike,” said event manager Kristyn Dolan. The event will offer a unique line-up of ciders to sample, food available to purchase from some of Long Island’s popular food trucks, and several seminars on America’s historic beverage. Award-winning Strongbow (England) will have a DJ spinning top hits from a chic lounge, and Woodchuck (Vermont) will be offering some amazing new ciders as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with the attendees. New this year will be an apple cider donut eating contest.  “We’re super excited to bring this new contest element to the cider festival,” said Dolan. “The apple cider donut eating contest is fun to do and fun to watch...and another way to showcase the star of the show, the beloved apple.”

The 3rd annual Long Island Potato Festival, a family-friendly fall event, is making its return on Sunday, October 2, 2016, doors open at 11:00am.  With access to 30+ exhibitors, food trucks, live music, activities, and seminars, attendees will help commemorate and celebrate Long Island’s long-standing heritage of potato growers, potato farms, potato products, and more.  Special contests are also planned, and include:  Amateur Potato Salad Competition, Mashed Potato Sculpting Contest, the Great Potato Peeling Race, and the popular Mashed Potato Eating Contest.  “This is a great fall family event, we have activities planned for the kids including contests and games sure to make them smile,” said Calimano.  Advance registration for contests is strongly recommended for all competitors.  Information, contest forms, and ticket purchase links can be found at  Tickets can be purchased on the event website for $20 plus tax and fees. Children 12 and under receive free admission.

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