Photos and video: Riverhead’s annual ‘Horseradish Day’

Hundreds of people lined up to take home their annual jars of horseradish and to enjoy the smorgasbord of food during Riverhead’s yearly horseradish party Wednesday. The informal, unadvertised event was held in a barn at Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead.

The event was started in the 70s by East End journalists Don Smith and Art Penny, lawyer Pete Danowski and lawyers with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

This year, 20 bushels of giant horseradish roots were peeled, cut up, ground and whirred in food processors, then mixed with lemon juice and vinegar.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Bill Sanok of Mattituck holds up unpeeled horseradish roots.

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