In an effort to promote local restaurants recovering from the economic impact of the pandemic, the Town of Oyster Bay will again host Foodie Week starting Oct. 16.
The week-long event will feature the best dishes from participating restaurants and bakeries throughout the township, which includes the hamlets and villages of Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Farmingdale, Jericho, Syosset, Woodbury, Oyster Bay, Locust Valley, and others.
“This unique opportunity offers local dining establishments a chance to showcase their world-class culinary hotspots and highlights the finest culinary creations local chefs, bakers and artisans have to offer. It also provides a fun outing for foodies and families to enjoy the best of the best at local eateries,” Saladino said. “Restaurants are vital to our downtowns and crucial to our local economy. Let’s do our part by supporting them at a time when they need it the most.”
Saladino also announced that outdoor dining options will be expanded through next year to attract more customers to restaurants.
Town officials made the Foodie Week announcement at Butera’s Restaurant of Woodbury, which will be one of many establishments to participate in the event. A full list of restaurants has not yet been finalized, but interested foodies can sign up for email notifications on the Foodie Week website.
Restaurants can also still apply to be part of Foodie Week. There is no cost to participate, but registration through the website is required. Long Island Food Critic, a group helping to run the event, will curate the list of restaurants.
Unlike other promotional restaurant week events, folks can dine without the pressure of sticking to a three-course, pre-fixe meal during Foodie Week. The event is family-friendly and aims to promote local businesses.
“Our local culinarians are excited and ready for the fun that Foodie Week will provide, and we encourage the public to get out and support our local restaurants – the heart and soul of our communities,” said Town Councilman Laura Maier.
Foodie Week runs from Sunday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 23.
For more information, visit FoodieWeek.com.