Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone with a vendor at the 2015 Suffolk Marathon.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone with a vendor at the 2015 Suffolk Marathon.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is inviting vendors to participate in the Taste of Long Island Festival at the second annual Suffolk County Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k on Oct. 30 in Patchogue, and there’s still time for runners to register for the race.

“This is a great opportunity for wineries, food producers and craft breweries to show off the many options they have made available for the festival-goers to enjoy,” said Mr. Bellone in a release announcing the vendor space availability.

The FreedomFest Taste of Long Island Festival will begin at 9 a.m., shortly before the first half marathoners finish, and will take place in the heart of downtown Patchogue.

The event will feature live musical entertainment and will highlight local craft breweries, award winning wines, and local food and produce. Free tastings will be given to race participants.

The Taste of Long Island Festival will showcase the diverse collection of food and beverage companies at work across Suffolk County. The county envisions the Taste of Long Island Festival as an opportunity for businesses to reach new customers, build overall brand awareness, and drive repeat visits to Suffolk County.

There will be a $100 vendor fee for a 10’x10′ lease, with additional adjacent vendor spaces available for lease. All net proceeds will support veterans’ services.

If you are interested in participating in the festival, contact August Ruckdeschel at 631.853.4714 or at August.Ruckdeschel@suffolkcountyny.gov. The vendor packet is available for download here.

Last year’s race raised $160,000, which was distributed to 19 organizations that provide services for Suffolk County veterans. About 3,500 runners from 25 states and five countries participated in last year’s race.

In addition to raising funds for veterans, numerous teams are running the races to raise money for charitable causes. Teams of 30 or more receive a 10 percent discount on registration.

“Teams play an important role in our marathon, able to encourage family, friends or colleagues to do their best,” said Mr. Bellone, who is an avid runner and spearheaded the creation of the Marathon. “This event, including the Freedom Fest after the race, makes for a great day for people to enjoy together.”

The event also provides for a virtual run. By registering for the virtual race option, runners can complete the 5k, half or full marathon anywhere and at any time. All virtual run registrants will receive the same race registration packet, including a finisher’s medal and commemorative T-shirt, as those participating in the actual event, but will not be eligible in the competitive awards categories.

Runners can register online here.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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