Dan’s to Partner for this Year’s HARVEST on August 23

pinot blanc harvest grape_liebphoto courtesy of Lieb Cellars 

In its fifth year HARVEST has taken on a new partner. The Long Island Wine Council and the nonprofit HARVEST East End are partnering with Dan’s to put on Long Island Wine Country’s signature event on Saturday, August 23. The event, now called Dan’s HARVEST EAST END, will remain in place on the North Fork at McCall Ranch in Cutchogue. This year’s honorees are chef Tom Schaudel and New York Times food writer Florence Fabricant.

“From our point of view it’s good to have a partner that has the wherewithal to put together an event like this, ” says Sal Diliberto, president of the wine council. “It’s hard to have people who are not in the event business, who are in the business of making quality wine, to take on a financial risk of putting on an event. That’s not our primary goal.”

For the past four years Dan’s has been putting on a successful food and wine event featuring local producers and restaurants in Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. The first in 2011 was called Dan’s Taste of Two Forks and was a one-night walk around tasting. This year’s event on July 11 and 12, was called Dan’s Taste of Summer, which included GrillHampton on Friday night and the tasting, Taste of Two Forks, on Saturday.

“We expect this year’s HARVEST to be bigger and better, but still have that country feel,” says Diliberto. “There still will be the auction, a larger VIP section and we’ve got a lot of great sponsors.”

This year’s sponsors include Master Purveyors, J. Kings, Wine Enthusiast, Hammer Stahl Cutlery, Audiovox, Sartori Cheese, EW Howell, Fresh Direct and Hotel Indigo East End. Bob Edelman, CEO of Dan’s Papers stated in a press release: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Dan’s Papers as we continue to participate proactively in the communities we have served for the past 50-plus years while position Dan’s Papers as the premiere events company on the East End.”

General admission tickets for the Festival Tasting are $125 per person, with entry at 7:30 p.m. The Vin-­IP Experience, with early entry at 6:30 p.m., offers exclusive access to the Vin-­IP area of the event and the Library Lounge where older vintages and special selections of wine will be served. Vin-­IP tickets are $275 per person, $2,500 for a group of 10, or $3,000 for reserved seating for 10. The event will benefit the Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Foundation and Peconic Land Trust. HARVEST EAST END has raised $153,000 for its charity beneficiaries since its inception in 2010. Click here to buy tickets.