After skipping a year due to construction and improvements to the site, the Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center in Southold is bringing back its popular Taste + Tour event on Thursday, August 22, from 6 to 8 PM.
Guests are invited to enjoy local oysters, sustainable seafood bites, and local wine and beer, while touring the facility and grounds. Also, those who come to the event can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility and meet Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program experts and educators, while exploring the base of operations for their marine meadows program, Long Island shellfish restoration program, Sea Adventures marine camp, and more.
Stops along the tour will enable guests to explore CCE’s water quality lab, touch-tank room, habitat restoration greenhouse, and the brand-new state-of-the-art shellfish hatchery constructed on the property over the past year. Each station will feature a food and beverage pairing showcasing Borghese wines, local brews, and small bites by Noah’s created using sustainable ingredients from land and sea. A raw bar featuring local oyster varieties will also be featured.
“This event is a great opportunity for the public to come see all the changes and improvements that have been made to this facility over the past year, while enjoying a unique culinary experience and learning about everything CCE Marine Program is doing to help improve our marine environment,” said Kimberly Barbour, Marine Program outreach manager.
All are welcome to come celebrate. The event will be held rain or shine. Tickets are available for $50 general admission, $45 for Back to the Bays members. It’s highly recommended that tickets are purchased in advance at Eventbrite.