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Long Island Craft Classic Returns to Heckscher State Park, 8/11
100+ Beers, Wines, Ciders, and Live Music

June 18, 2018 -- East Islip, NY. The Long Island Craft Classic will return to Heckscher State Park on Saturday, August 11, 2018 for what promises to be summer’s best beer fest. This tasting event will feature craft beers from local and national breweries and a selection of wine and hard cider for sampling as well.  The event offers both VIP and General Admission ticket options, each with their own advantages.  All tickets include a barbeque sandwich from official event caterer, Bobbique. Live music performances from Mystery Play, one of Long Island’s best cover bands, will add to the day’s festivities.  Tickets are on sale now.  Another sell-out is expected.  Tickets and information are available at

“The Long Island Craft Classic is an amazing showcase for local breweries and wineries,” said Andy Calimano, owner of event producer, Starfish Junction. “This festival is a great opportunity for attendees to sample some of the great craft beverages coming from the local makers as well as some of the unique products from the national brands.”  The ability to sample craft beers, a variety of wines and artisanal hard ciders “is one of the reasons this show is so popular,” added Calimano.

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 include an additional bonus 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 admission processing, VIP seating area, access to VIP-only bathrooms, and a collectible tasting glass.  This is a 21+ event.  Valid photo identification is required by all attendees for admission.

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

The event is produced by local event company, Starfish Junction.  Featured event sponsors include:  WBAB (Music Sponsor), Essentia (Water Sponsor), and Media Sponsors, New12 Long Island and

To purchase tickets or for additional information, 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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