After being forced to cancel last year’s festivities due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Seaford Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Fall Festival this October.
The event is slated for Saturday, Oct. 2nd at the Long Island Rail Road station in Seaford. It will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The chamber’s first fall festival, held in 2019, had a huge turnout, Seaford Chamber of Commerce event planner, Donna Jebaily, said. Jebaily, who has been involved in organizing this and past local festivals, said the Chamber is excited to bring the autumnal event back to Seaford.
“It’s going to be a fun afternoon to shop, eat and listen to good music,” Jebaily said. “In 2019, we had only a few vendors. … this year, we are expecting about 30 to 40 vendors.”
Jebaily said the event will offer “a little bit of everything” when it comes to food options. Some vendors include: Festival Food Catering, Authentic Greek Food Truck, All American Wontons, Crepes and Bakes, The Big Black Food Truck, Island Empanada, Mama’s Cuban Kitchen, Yolked Food Truck, and Vice Doughnuts and Coffee. There will also be an ice cream truck and a craft market featuring Long Island artists, seasonal decor and clothing.
The festival will offer plenty of handmade items for all shoppers’ needs, like candles, jewelry, crochet hats and headbands, wood signs, cutting boards, essential oils, body scrubs and much more. Pumpkins and mums will be sold by Abby’s Parkside Nursery & Florist Inc. in Wantagh.
Jebaily said that she’s met several vendors over the past few months and said they are “extremely talented.”
There will also be many activities for children, like pumpkin painting, complimentary face painting, a Metrocade Game Truck, an Escape Truck and a Gaga ball game pit.
There will be live music by Long-Island based band, Vinyl Revival, for the entirety of the festival. The chamber encourages guests to bring beach chairs so that they can sit, relax and enjoy the band’s performance. Guests may also bring pop-up tents, as they have in the past, Jebaily said.
“I love doing things like this...” said Jebaily, “getting the community together to celebrate life and enjoy the fresh air together.”
Chamber president, Nick Bilotta said he is looking forward to the event and to reunite the community following the pandemic, and emphasized that it’s open to all Long Islanders.
“This event will show unity within our community,” Bilotta said. “It’s meant to bring families together after a long time of not being able to see each other. It’s very important to give everyone a chance to reunite, and hopefully we will come back together stronger than ever.”
“This is a really positive thing for the community,” chamber vice president, Kenneth Jacobsen, said. “We are looking forward to it because we get to socialize with everyone in our community, not just the people who live right next door to us but lots of folks. … The festival is like one big community barbecue or block party.”
Jacobsen said the chamber puts a lot of effort into planning these events – and the effort is always worthwhile.
“A lot goes into planning this,” he said, “but it is always worth it in the end when we see the huge turnout from our community.”