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Wine and Popcorn Pairings for the Scandal Series Finale

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Gladiators, if you’re planning a night in to watch the Scandal season finale, here are the best popcorn and Long Island wine pairings that would even get the Olivia Pope seal of approval. Be sure to pour plenty of wine, this political thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

On the Island-Coconut Oil & Sea Salt with Sauvignon Blanc

This popcorn pairing pays homage to season 4 when Jake and Olivia went to a secluded island, 100 miles off the coast of Zanzibar. Instead of buttered popcorn, use coconut oil and sea salt for an island flair. Raphael’s 2017 Sauvignon Blanc has beautiful floral notes with hints of citrus and lime that pairs perfectly with this light and healthy popcorn.

You Can’t Take Command- Dark Chocolate and Shiraz

Papa Pope made it clear to Jake Ballard that he can’t take command. Command is a dark and powerful force, so this popcorn pairing of dark chocolate and 2012 Suhru Shiraz. Melt bittersweet chocolate chips and pour over lightly salted popcorn. The Suhru Shiraz smooth tannins and rich red fruits will stand up well to the dark chocolate.

Drunk Mellie & Smelly Mellie-Cheddar and Rosé

In season 4 of Scandal, Mellie Grant was a mother in mourning. She dealt with the death of her son by drinking and neglecting her personal hygiene. This pairing of rosé with stinky cheddar cheese popcorn is sure to help you deal with the loss of your favorite show, Scandal. To make homemade cheddar seasoning for your popcorn, grate ¼ cup of cheddar cheese with 6 tablespoons of butter. For extra flavor punch, you can add a pinch of dried yellow mustard. Pair the popcorn with Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s Summer in a Bottle Rosé 2017 for the perfect balance of flavors.

All Roads Lead to Fitz– Chipotle and Pinot Noir

Some of the hottest moments of Scandal are the on again off again romance between Olivia Pope and Fitz Grant. This pairing of chipotle popcorn and Pinot Noir is sure to bring the heat. Mix butter with chipotle seasoning and toss with popcorn. Try it with a pinot noir to cut the butter taste and provide a counterpoint to the spicy chipotle. The Borghese Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir Reserve is tart, clean and perfectly pairs with the popcorn.

White Hat’s Back On- White Chocolate and Moscato

Fans are rooting for Olivia to put her white hat back on and fight for justice during the Scandal season finale. To make this white hat inspired popcorn, pop the popcorn and season lightly with sea salt. Then drizzle ½ cup of melted white chocolate chips over the popcorn.  Pair with fruity Moscato, like Laurel Lake Vineyards Sparkling Moscato or a dessert wine to enhance the sweetness of the white chocolate.

 

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Long Island Craft Beer Week 2018

Long Island Craft Beer Week

24 Long Island craft breweries teamed up to create a Bi-Coastal IPA, for Long Island Craft Beer Week 2018. Beer enthusiasts will be able to exchange two cans of food for a can of Bi-Coastal IPA at breweries and select beer bars to benefit Long Island Cares, a charity that distributes food and supplies to pantries, shelters and soup kitchens in Nassau and Suffolk County. “The Long Island community gives back to us every day we need to give back to them at least once a year that’s what this is all about,” said BrickHouse Brewery’s Brewmaster, Paul Komsic.

The Bi-Coastal IPA combines two popular IPA styles, the New England IPA and West Coast IPA, for the ultimate combination of east meets west. The ingredients used to make this beer were donated, including 200lbs of New York State malt from the Country Malt Group and The Malt Man and 90lbs local hops from Hopyard Northfork and Route 27 Hopyard. This beer packs a punch with a 7.5% abv but it’s smooth and perfectly balanced. “I enjoy having beers that hit both sides of the coin where someone who is just getting into it and someone who is already into it can enjoy it just as much at the end of the day, that’s the idea of a great beer to me,” said Paul Komsic.

Last year, Long Island Craft Beer Week raised over 3,400 pounds of food. This year, the goal is to reach over 5,000 pounds. If the goal is met, Paul Komsic from BrickHouse Brewery, Billy Powell from Sand City Brewing Co. and Dan Moss from Fire Island Beer Co. will cut their beards off. If 5,500lbs is met, Adam Pominski from Barrage Brewing Company will cut his beard as well. “My girlfriend I’ve been with for six years has never seen my chin before so she will be the one chopping my beard off when it happens,” said Komsic.

Did you know that if you buy a Long Island beer, 100 percent of the money stays here? “The craft beer statistic is for every 1 full time position in a brewery it creates 45 other jobs out in marketplace whether it’s other jobs in the tasting room in the brewery, down at the farm, or the waste management people that collect our garbage,” said Komsic. BrickHouse Brewery participates in the Brew to Moo program where they donate spent grains to farms for the animals to eat, a great way to reduce waste, reuse products and help the Long Island agricultural community. “If you buy on Amazon you eliminate jobs all over, if you buy local beer you help create jobs,” said David Schultzer, Co-president of Long Island Craft Beer Week.

One goal of Long Island Craft Beer Week is to get new people involved in craft beer and encourage them to buy local microbrews instead of a macrobrews. Komsic said, “it’s about drinking beer from here, drinking beer from Long Island. At the end of the day the more palates we flip, the more that we can sell. Every palate I flip goes out to Sand City or Long Ireland or Lithology and every palate they flip comes back to me eventually. It’s about giving. We are always there giving a helping hand to each other. It’s about selling more craft, as opposed to selling less crap. Drink Craft not Crap!”

For more information about Long Island Craft Beer Week events and happenings go to www.licbw.us.

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Tips to Beat a Hangover the day after St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. If you wake up unsure of how many green beers, Irish car bombs or shots of whiskey you drank, you may be in need of a hangover cure. Typical hangover symptoms include nausea, sensitivity to light and a headache. Hangovers occur when your liver is trying to clear out excessive amounts of chemicals and toxins ingested from too much alcohol. Here are some helpful hints to help you recover the morning after St. Patrick’s Day.

Hydrate

Hangovers are caused by changes in body chemistry and the toxic chemicals in alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic, which can leave you dehydrated. Changes your body’s chemistry can also cause you to lose water, so it’s important to hydrate in order to avoid a pounding headache the next day. Remember for every pint of beer, drink a glass of water.

Alkaline water is the perfect beverage to restore you system after drinking alcohol. Alkaline water hydrates, restores homeostasis, removes acidic waste, boosts oxygenation of blood and acts as an antioxidant. Restock the body with necessary fluids and nutrients to break down toxins and reduce the negative reaction to the chemicals in alcohol.

Replenish Electrolytes

When you’re dehydrated from alcohol your body is in need of potassium, electrolytes and sodium. Consider electrolyte water, a pediatric electrolyte beverage, or a sports drink. They also sell electrolyte pills, fizzes and liquid drops as well. It’s essential to replenish all the necessary nutrients including sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, hydrogen phosphate and hydrogen carbonate. Make sure to keep your electrolytes in check while you’re drinking or after you’ve finished.

Eat

If you’re hungover, you might be sensitive to light, certain smells and even movement. A strong scent from certain foods could easily make you feel nauseous. Headaches also occur when blood sugar dips and body is dehydrated after consuming alcohol, so it’s important to eat. Toast and crackers are great hangover foods, they are bland, absorb the alcohol and since they are carbohydrates, they help raise blood sugar to get rid of your headache.

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Non-Irish things to do on St. Patrick’s Day

Not into green-dyed beer, overcrowded bars and corned beef and cabbage? Here are some non-Irish events and concerts that you can attend this St. Patrick’s Day on Long Island.

The Spring I Love Chocolate Fest at the East Wind

Date/Time: Mar 17th and Mar 18th-10am-6pm

Location: East Wind Long Island

5720 Route 25A
Wading River, NY 11792

Cost:  Adults $20/Kids and Seniors $15/Kids 3 and under are free
Website: lovechocolatefest.com

Chocolate lovers, indulge your sweet tooth at New York’s biggest chocolate event with over 50 chocolate exhibits including everything from decadent truffles, handcrafted chocolates and chocolate covered bacon and jerky. For the non-chocolate lovers, there will be 50 exhibits with delicious food, crafts, wine, beer and spirits. Enjoy live music and entertainment and a special visit from The Easter Bunny.

Judas Priest

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-7pm

Location: Nassau Coliseum

1255 Hempstead Turnpike

Uniondale, NY 11553

Tickets: $65 nycblive.com

The English heavy metal band, Judas Priest will be rocking the stage at Nassau Coliseum for St. Patrick’s Day. Judas Priest just released their 18th studio album Firepower, the first studio album since Ram it Down in 1988.

Werid Al

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-8pm

Location: The Paramount

370 New York Ave

Huntington, NY 11743

Tickets: $47.25-$99.50

Website: paramountny.com

“Weird Al” Yankovic will be taking the stage for The Paramount Comedy Series, as part of his “The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.” Enjoy his humorous songs and parodies as he pokes fun at pop-culture.

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LI Pie Shops-National Pi Day 2018

Making a great pie requires major baking skills, but if you’re buying one you need to know which Long Island bakeries and farm stands make the best pies for National Pie Day. Here are some top pie picks for dessert-lovers.

Briermere Farms- Riverhead

Pies from Briermere Farms are made entirely from scratch using fresh fruits grown on the farm. They do not use any prepared ingredients or fillings. Some of their cream and meringue pies include lemon meringue, coconut meringue, chocolate cream and key lime. Some of their fruit pies include apple, blueberry, cherry, peach, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb and apricot. Fruit pies can even be bought in advanced and froze if you follow the directions on the Briermere Farms website.

Diane’s Bakery Café- Rosyln

Pies from Diane’s Bakery are always fresh and delicious. Some the types of pies baked include apple, triple berry, pecan, chocolate mousse and banana cream. Diane secret to a great apple pie is all about the ingredients. She uses fresh local apples, lemon juice (so the apples don’t brow) and nutmeg to heighten the flavors and aromas of the apples. Diane’s pies are not overly sweet, which showcases the fruit in the pies. Each pie is $26 which can be considered expensive, but they are well worth it.

 Buttercooky Bakery-Floral Park & Manhasset

The Buttercooky Bakery is not just known for their cookies, they also make a variety of lattice, traditional and crumb topped pies. Their slogan is “baked with butter makes it better.” Some of their most popular pies include their sweet potato pie, key lime and coconut cream with whipped cream icing with coconut flakes, yum!

Jericho Cider Mill- Jericho

The Jericho Cider Mill is a popular hot spot on Long Island. They make delicious apple cider, cider doughnuts, jams and pies. Some of their most popular pies include apple, apple crumb and pumpkin. If you have your heart set on a certain type of pie, make sure to arrive early and know it might be difficult to find parking.

Kerber’s Farm-Huntington

Oprah once described the kerberry pie from Kerber’s Farm as one of the best desserts she ever had. This pie is a mix of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries covered with a crumb topping. Some of Kerber’s other pie varieties include strawberry –rhubarb, s’mores, coconut-cream, cherry, blueberry and apple. Go where the A-listers go to get their dessert.

Youngs Farm-Old Brookville

Pie crust is made of three basic ingredients, flour, fat, and water. Most pie crust recipes use butter as its fat, however at Youngs Farm, they use shortening. Crusts made with shortening are easier to work with and come out tender and flaky. They make a variety of pies including pumpkin, apple, apple crisp, cranberry nut, pecan and more. Be sure to pick up one of Youngs seasonal apple pies and a container of vanilla ice cream.

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Sail Away Coffee Co. launches canned Nitro Cold Brew

Long Island-based Sail Away Coffee Co., released their canned nitro cold brew on March 7th at their Next Adventure Launch party at The Nova Sanctuary in Oceanside, NY. The Nitro brews come in three flavors: sweetened, unsweetened and sea salt & caramel featuring local sea salt from Amagansett, NY.

Nitro coffee is cold brewed, put into a keg and is infused with nitrogen gas. Cold brewing helps soften the acidity of the coffee to reduce heartburn or acid reflux discomfort. The nitro foam gives the coffee a smooth, rich and creamy finish without any milk or sugar making it the perfect vegan coffee drink if you are looking for something non-dairy.

Support a local coffee company rather than a chain retailer and jump start your day with a Nitro Cold Brew from Sail Away Coffee. Want to know where on Long Island you can find it? Click here.

If you didn’t want to drink coffee late to prevent a good night’s rest, beers from Montauk Brew Co., spiced rum from Sailor Jerry and whiskey from Cutty Sark were available behind the bar.

 

Liberty Links of Freeport served up delicious sausage sandwiches and an exquisite Duck Potato Salad.

 

The legendary Liege Waffle Co Food Truck from Deer Park, NY had cereal covered waffles to indulge your sweet tooth.

 

The South Shore Dive from Sayville, NY served up some serious pub grub including Buffalo wings and mac and cheese. Their Mac and cheese is made with sharp cheddar, blue cheese, goat cheese, a béchamel sauce and is topped off with toasted breadcrumbs.

 

Nawlins Seafood Company in Freeport had a big meaty hero that satisfied the coffee crowd.

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawls on LI

The weekend is “crawling” and there’s no better way to enjoy the weekend than bar hopping. Huntington, Patchogue and Freeport are the places to be on Long Island if you’re looking for St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawls. Get your green shirt ready and let the shenanigans begin!

5th Annual Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Bar Crawl

Date/Time: Saturday, March 10th-2-8pm

Location: Check in from 2-5 at the Huntington Village Tavern

378 New York Ave # 1

Huntington, NY 11743

Participating Locations: Christophers, Finleys, Nags Head, Huntington Village Tavern, Mary Carrolls & P & Q’s.

Tickets: $25 at LongIslandSocialEvents.com

Don’t miss the 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Bar Crawl in Huntington, NY. Enjoy drink specials including $2 select beers, $3 well drinks and $4 select shots. Crawl for charity while raising money for MoRE, an organization dedicated to serving families and children affected by life-threating illnesses and trauma.

 

2nd Annual Patchogue St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl

Date/Time: Saturday, March 10th- 1-7pm

Location: Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY

Participating Locations:

Fulton’s Gate Irish Pub 1- 2:30pm

124 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11782

Village Idiot 2:30 – 4pm

8 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772

Gallo 45:30pm

3 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772

The Clifton 5:30PM – 7PM​

151 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772

Tickets:$25 LongIslandSocialEvents.com

Patchogue is a nightlife hot spot on Long Island, making it the ideal spot for the 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl. Score drink specials including $3 select beers, $4 select shots and $4 specialty drinks. This bar crawl also supports MoRE, a charity that raises donations for families and children with life-threating illnesses.

 

Nautical Mile Irish Day-A New Freeport Tradition

(on behalf of Island Harvest)

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 10th-12-8pm

Participating Locations: Elliot’s of Freeport, Braccos, Rachel’s Waterside Grill, Halfway Down, Riverhouse Grill, BREWSA, Jeremy’s Ale House and Freeport Water Taxi.

Hold your mugs up high and enjoy bottomless $3 green beers when you purchase a VIP Cup. The VIP cup is also good for selected mixed drinks and participating locations.

 

 

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Long Island’s 2018 Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day only comes around once a year, but there are celebrations all month long on Long Island including parades, bar crawls and other festivities where you can show your Irish pride. Here are some fun ways to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

102.3 WBAB Presents Roger & JP’s 18th Annual Corned Beef & Chaos

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-1-5pm

Location: Stereo Garden

9 Railroad Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772

Phone: 631-714-4486

Cost: Free Event

Join Roger & JP from WBAB as they host the 18th Annual Corned Beef and Chaos at Stereo Garden in Patchogue. Enjoy free corned beef and cabbage, limited edition t-shirts and Miller Lite for only $1.02. Rock out to the cover band 2U, play games and win fun prizes. Long Island’s own Scotty the Leprechaun will also be making an appearance.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-10-2pm

Location: Suffolk County Farm and Education Center

350 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11980

Phone: 631-852-4600

Cost: $6

Get ready to hunt for the leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Go to the Suffolk Farm and Education Center’s for the annual Pot O’ Gold Hunt. The scavenger hunt also includes a wagon ride, refreshments and you can feed the animals on the farm. This is a fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with the entire family.

 

Irish Comedy Night at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 17th- 8pm

Location: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787

Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $40

Website: www.smithtownpac.org/theatre-schedule/special-events/irish-comedy

If you think leprechauns are funny, get ready to chuckle during Irish Comedy Night at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. See some of the funniest comedians on Long Island this St. Patrick’s Day.

 

7-in-Heaven Spring Fling Dinner/Dance – St Patty’s Day

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-6:30-10:30pm

Location: Residence Marriot Inn (Terrace Room)

9 Gerhard Rd
Plainview, NY 11803

Phone: 631-592-9804

Cost: $44 in advance/ $49 at the door (*Cash Bar)

Long Island singles, don’t miss the Spring Fling dinner and dance on St. Patrick’s Day at the Plainview, Marriot. Enjoy a three course meal and green beer for toasting. Grooveline Entertainers will be playing upbeat, feel good songs so you can dance the night away.

 

LepreCon Long Island Irish Pride Bar Crawl in Farmingdale

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 3rd-12:00pm

Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at the door (this event is 21 and over)

Website: www.uniquebarcrawls.com/leprecon-long-island.html

Get ready for the hottest St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl on Long Island, Leprecon! Purchase a wristband and enjoy food and drink specials at the best bars and eateries on Main Street in Farmingdale. Locations include Library Café, Jade Palace, Croxley’s Ale House, Vintage Wine Bar, Blue Hawaiian Bar, Lithology Brewing, Daytona’s, Dark Horse Tavern and The Nutty Irishman. Proceeds benefit the Ashley Wade Foundation, a charity that raises money for children battling chronic illnesses. Admission will also get you into the after party and costume contest at The Nutty Irishman.

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Hops & Props 16th Annual Craft Beer Festival

Every February, craft beer enthusiasts look forward to the Hops & Props Craft Beer Festival at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. This year the event changed hands and the Galaxy Events Company organized the event. Even though the homebrew clubs and some local breweries were absent from the event, the festival was more spread out and showcased a few new vendors. Here are highlights from this year’s event.

Cryo Cream

Looking to add a little sweetness to your day? Cryo cream uses liquid nitrogen to whip up ice cream, caffeine and other delicious confections. Watch your favorite frozen treats emerge from the cool smoke. Cryo Cream is truly revolutionizing ice cream making and is available for special events and parties.

Maple Craft Foods

Breakfast lovers were able to snag some sticky and sweet treats from the Maple Craft Foods booth. Some of items for sale included Blueberry, Salted Caramel, and Bourbon Barrel Maple syrups, maple candies, fresh waffles and pancake and waffle mixes.

Bra Pong

I’m sure you’ve heard of beer pong before or even played in college or at a house party, but have you heard of Bra Pong? Pure Romance was spicing up the game promoting their parties and line of lotions, candles and other products, perfect for bachelorette parties.

New Breweries

Some new breweries present at Hops & Props included Braven Brewing Company from Bushwick, Icon NYC from Astoria and Five Boroughs Brewing Company from Brooklyn. Mill House Brewing from Poughkeepsie and Rootstock Ciderworks represented upstate New York. Mill House Brewing Company poured Cucumber Blessing, this beer is trip to the spa in your mouth. If you are looking for something light and refreshing to drink when the weather gets warmer, definitely pick up a six pack of these. Six Harbors Brewing from Huntington poured their Bay Hill Blues, which was finished off with a few fresh blueberries; watch out Blue Point Brewing, a new blueberry beer making a splash on the local scene.

 

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Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas on Long Island

Valentine’s Day is a romantic day to spend with your significant other. Many people go to an overpriced dinner, crowded movie and buy red roses and a heart shaped box of candy, so cliché. This year surprise your Valentine with one of the unique date ideas below.

Be Mine Valentine’s Day Beer and Wine Couples Tour

Date: February 18-11am
Cost: $160 per couple
Website: LIBeerBus.com
Phone: (631) 913-3817

If you’re a craft beer-loving couple, join Tapped Enterprises for a Valentine’s Day Beer and Wine tour. This five hour tour includes round trip transportation, a wine tasting at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, a beer tasting at Jamesport Farm Brewery, gourmet fromage from American Cheese Shop, decadent chocolates, a couple photo and Valentine’s Day candy.

The Cast of Beatlemania – Beatles Love Songs

Date: February 14-8:00pm
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $50
Sing along to the most famous love songs written by The Beatles performed by the cast of Beatlemania. Hold your Valentine’s hand and let these Brit Rockers serenade you with their most iconic hits.

Shakespeare In Love

Date(s): February 3 – March 4
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $20 – $35
The highly acclaimed movie Shakespeare In Love (a film that won seven Academy Awards) has been adapted from screen to stage. Sweep your date off her feet with a Shakespeare’s sonnet and take her to see this timeless romantic tale.

View the Planets & Moon through a Telescope

Date(s): December 18, 2017 through May 3, 2018 7pm – 8:30pm
Northport Harbor Park
Bottom End of Main St. at Woodbine Ave.
Northport, NY 11731
Phone: 631-486-4818
Cost: Free Event Website: Visit telescope.hereweb.com for any last-minute cancellations
There’s nothing more romantic that gazing up at the stars. Northport Harbor Park offers free telescope gazing and lessons on how to navigate the night sky. Go to Staracle.com and you can even name a star after your date for free.

Cross-Country Skiing in the Parks

Date(s): December 15, 2017 – April 30, 2018 1pm – 5pm
Heckscher Park
Prime Ave
Huntington, NY 11746 (Map)
Phone: 631-486-4818 (Call first, they only do this is there is sufficient snow.)
Cost: Free event
Spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart on the slopes. Learn how to cross-country ski on Long Island from an experienced ski instructor. Avoid lift lines, long road trips and expensive tickets. Master the ski basics including walking and turning. Equipment will be provided.

Long Island 2018 Valentine’s ChocoVino Chocolate Wine Sensational Tasting Experience

Date: February 14-8pm
Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead
431 E Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: 631-208-9200 x 426
Cost: $195.00 plus tax per couple ages  21+ (reservations required)

Spend your Valentine’s Day enjoying a five-course dinner, sipping on wine and indulging in sweets at the Valentine’s ChocoVino Chocolate Wine Sensational Tasting Experience at the Long Island Aquarium. Satisfy your sweet tooth with decadent desserts while viewing soothing sea exhibits.