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North Fork Horseradish Festival celebrates all things horseradish

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The joys of horseradish will be celebrated on Long Island this weekend during the North Fork Horseradish Festival, April 12th from 11am-5pm at the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead.

In addition to demonstrations on grinding the root, there will be programs on its history, planting and harvesting horseradish, health benefits of the plant (including the antibacterial properties found in its oil, as well as vitamin C), and cooking demonstrations, as well as a tour of the farm. Kids can also have fun making crafts at the Macaroni Kid tent, not to mention hunting for the golden egg during an egg hunt, There will also be plenty of food and beverages available from local vendors, including chocolates infused with horseradish.

Those interested in participating in the two recipe contests need to be at least 18 years old and must pre-resister. The first, for a general recipe incorporating horseradish, will be judged according to creativity, presentation, use of the plant, and overall taste. The winner will get a year's supply of Cabot cheese. The second contest (open only to those 21 and up) will be to create a recipe for a Bloody Mary, which will then be rated on heat supplied by the horseradish, texture, and taste. Prize for this contest will be a $100 gift card to Beer Burger and Desserts in Miller Place.

Related to plants such as mustard, broccoli, wasabi and cabbage, horseradish is popular worldwide, and plays a special part in both Passover seders as well as Easter feasts.

Hallockville Manor Farm is located at 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY.Tickets for the Festival are $20 each for adults, while kids under 12 enter for free. For more information visit NoFoHorseradishfest.com

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