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Summer's Best Beer Fest Returns to Heckscher State Park, 8/12
100+ Beers, Local Wine, Cider and Live Music

June 22, 2017 - East Islip, NY. The Long Island Craft Classic will return to Heckscher State Park on August 12, 2017. The event will showcase over 100 beers from over 50 breweries including both local and national favorites. New this year, a larger selection of ciders and wines will be present, opening the festival’s appeal to all local craft beverage enthusiasts. Live music performances from LDF (formerly Ladies Drink Free) is another great new addition to the festival. Tickets and information are available at

The event will also feature barbeque food prepared by Chef Eric Rifkin, owner of Bobbique (Patchogue, NY). All paid attendees will receive a food ticket to be redeemed at the festival for a mouth-watering barbeque sandwich and side dish of their choice.

“The Long Island Craft Classic is a home-run for local breweries,” said Scott Pflug, director of sales and marketing with Starfish Junction Productions. “This festival is a great opportunity for brewers and consumers to be face-to-face and connect over one shared passion, craft beer. It’s great for the attendees to meet the people behind their favorite beers and it’s great for the brewers to meet existing customers and convert new ones.” Pflug boasted, “93% of the 2016 surveyed festival attendees said they would return for the 2017 event,” he and his crew are expecting record numbers.

The event offers two ticket options: VIP (1:00-5:30 pm; $75pp) and General Admission (2:00-5:30pm; $55pp). All ticketholders will receive a barbeque sandwich prepared by Bobbique, and unlimited beer, wine, and cider tastings. Designated driver tickets are also available ($12pp), and includes the barbeque sandwich but no beer, wine, or cider tastings.

VIP ticket highlights also include the additional preview hour (from 1:00 - 2:00pm) to meet the brewers and taste special, sought-after, limited-release beers reserved just for this hour, express processing, access to private bathrooms, and a collectible tasting glass. This is a 21+ event, valid photo identification is required for admission.

This event will help raise money and awareness for two incredible local charities including Kids Need More ( and Natural Heritage Trust (

To purchase tickets or find any additional information, please visit Heckscher State Park is located at 1 Heckscher State Pkwy, East Islip, NY 11730. The Park will collect $10 per vehicle for parking. Parking is free for vehicles with a valid NYS Empire Pass.


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