If strawberries are your delight, or if you just can't get enough of a good time, then the Strawberry Festival is the place to be! The oldest tradition of its kind on Long Island, the All Saints Episcopal Church's 83rd Annual Strawberry Festival will be held this year on Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12. The fun will be ongoing for the entire two days and two evenings, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the historic All Saints Church at 855 Middle Neck Road.
ALL SAINTS' STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL will feature strawberries, rides, games, and shopping.
According to a church spokesperson, ''The historic festival is a multi-dimensional event for the town of Great Neck.'' And it's a wonderful outreach program to the community.
All Saints' new pastor, Father Chris Connell, is eagerly anticipating his first taste of the festival's famous strawberry shortcake.
The festival features professionally managed carnival rides, games, shopping, food, and, of course, strawberries galore.
Each year the luscious fresh red strawberries are the main attraction. Crowds relish the endless supply of the sweet red berries, served up with cake or with ice cream, or for sale by the flat or by the pint to take home and enjoy. Women from the parish will be up early each morning to ensure only the freshest, very best strawberries for the festival.
And there is a wide array of lunch or dinner choices to go along with the strawberries. A ''ladies lunch style'' buffet prepared by parish members will be offered, along with ''deluxe hamburgers and hot dogs,'' charcoal-grilled by volunteers from the Alert Fire Department. And once again, Jane Lasorsa, festival chair, and Laurie Butler Jerome will be serving their famous ''Three Alarm Chili.'' Chinese cuisine compliments of the Young family, Greek specialties, authentic Philadelphia cheese steak sandwiches, spicy Caribbean chicken, and the ever-popular funnel cakes round out the festival menu.
Special this year for youngsters is the Pokemon booth, selling Pokemon cards, starter sets, T-shirts, and other such Pokemon paraphernalia. Pokemon, Nintendo's new video or card game about monsters going through a metamorphosis and evolving into different characters, is currently the rage with the younger generation. Are you searching for Pikachu, Abra, or Cadabara? Come to the Strawberry Festival and your search may be over.
In case of inclement weather, no fear---the Strawberry Festival will move indoors, where ''The Marketplace'' will be featured. Vendors come to ''The Marketplace'' selling children's wear, baby gifts, antiques and nostalgia items, jewelry, socks, and so much more.
As always, the Strawberry Festival will see the return of the Country Store, serving homemade jams and preserves, The Book Nook, and the thrift shop for ''pre-owned treasures.''
The Strawberry Festival is a major fundraiser for All Saints Church, with support also coming from the local business community with ads placed in the Strawberry Festival Journal.
All Saints Church invites the entire community to come and join in the fun of the Strawberry Festival on June 11 and 12.
For further information, call All Saints Church at 482-5392.