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CT’s Biggest Food Truck Festival EVER, ever, ever: 1st Annual Connecticut Food Truck Festival

17 Jun
Set aside July 19 and 20...now...seriously...we'll wait...

Set aside July 19 and 20…now…seriously…we’ll wait…

Update:  the festival organizer changed the price for tickets to $5.  Bring your ticket back on Sunday and pay only $2 admission! 

Connecticut peeps really like their food trucks.  And, on July 19 and 20 from 11-7 on both days, CT peeps are gonna fall straight up, head-over-heels in LOVE with a helluva lot of food trucks at the The Connecticut Food Truck Festival at the North Haven Fairgrounds.  Although the final details are still being worked out, there are already a few dozen trucks that have been signed up, with 40-50 expected by the time of the festival.  That brings this festival into the record books here in CT as the biggest food truck festival.  The previous record was at Westbrook Tanger Outlets with about 20 food trucks, and the recent RBS Food Truck Festival clocking in at 15.  And, the top record will soon be broken with an estimated 33 trucks at the Hamden Food Truck Festival…still not as big as the CT Food Truck Fest, though.  

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Win 2 Tix to Half Full’s Hop, Skip + A Run 5K and Beer Fest

17 Jun
Two tickets up for grabs, click the pic.

Two tickets up for grabs, click the pic.

On June 29 Half Full Brewery will host its first ever 5K and Festival featuring games, food trucks, and…wait, there was something else…oh yeah…BEER!  While you can certainly run or jog (or walk) your way to the finish line, you’ll also be asked to hop or skip at certain points of the race.  So, we were wondering, what would you be willing to do besides hop, skip, or run to get a Half Full beer?  Let us know on Facebook by clicking here and commenting.  You can also tweet @OmNomCT your entry, just be sure to include #HalfFull5K.   The contest begins now and goes until Friday, 6/20, at noon.  The random winner gets two registration tickets to the 5K and beer festival afterwards.

For more on Hop, Skip & A Run, please either check out our original post or check Half Full’s site where you can register.  In the meantime, here’s a breakdown of the day:

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CT Food News, Vol. 8: Rare Booze, Beer, Trux, Festivals, + Fun

12 Jun

 

Old news is not new news, people…that’s why we’re getting ya some of the freshest nomworthy bites of food news for Fairfield County (and beyond) for this weekend and next week, too.  This week we’re talking booze, br/lunch, food news, food trucks, festivals, farms, and farmers’ markets.  Full event listings here.  

Beer and Liquor Get Ya There Quicker

6/13:  Harry’s in Fairfield is hosting “Harry’s Open that Bottle Event” that will feature rare and exclusive Scotches, Ryes, and Bourbons that they’ve been stocking up on over the past few months.  Sample these awesome spirits from 5-8 and get some (or something similar) for yourself or dad this Father’s Day.

6/19:  Jack’s Abby launch party with co-founder Sam Hendler at 7 pm, held at Cask Republic Stamford.

Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford will also soon carry Thimble Island of Branford AND Jack’s Abby.  What what?
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Where to Eat + Drink with the Stereotypical Dad on Father’s Day

10 Jun

Here in ‘Merica we celebrate Father’s Day by honoring the guy who put us into this world. The man who sticks his hand in his pants when he’s watching sports on TV. The remote control hog. The beer guzzler. The guy that fixes all the broken stuff in the house. The golfer, the fisherman, the any other Hallmark stereotype you can imagine guy.  Yep, it’s the good ‘ole American dad’s day, so to honor him this Sunday, June 15, we’ve put together a list of places you can take your stereotypical dad to indulge in the things he loves most…

If BBQ is your super dad’s kryptonite, try:

1) Dinosaur Bar-b-que, for the dad that wants to sit back and get fat.  So your dad just wants to sit on the couch and chew the (pork) fat all day? Hey, we’re not judging…who wouldn’t?  You go right ahead and enable him by ordering up some BBQ’ed goodness to take home.  Some particularly gluttonous options include:

Ribs, brisket, pulled pork, rice and beans, coleslaw, corn bread...wow.

Ribs, brisket, pulled pork, rice and beans, coleslaw, corn bread…wow.

King of the Grill:  special cut ribs, bone-in chicken quarters (1/2 white, 1/2 dark), 2 sides, cornbread ($99.95 for 6, $189.95 for 12, or $279.95 for 18).

Father Knows Best:  choice of 2 bbq meats, 3 sides, cornbread ($109.95 for 6, $199.95 for 12, $299.95 for 18).

Pitmaster Pro:  choice of 3 bbq meats, 3 sides, cornbread ($129.95 for 6, $249.95 for 12, or $375.95 for 18).

Make sure to place your order 48 hours in advance by calling (203) 517-3273 or e-mailing stamcatering@dinobbq.com.  Any package also gets your dad the Dinosaur Bar-b-que Cookbook for the days when he doesn’t feel so lazy.

2) Saugatuck Craft Butchery, for the dad that thinks he can do it better himself.  A great grillmaster like your dad knows that amazing BBQ starts with the meat, that’s why you’ll need to take daddy dearest to Westport.  He’ll have a killer selection of ribs, chops, special cuts, and custom ground sausage.  Make his life super easy by calling them up at (203) 226-6328, placing an order, then picking it up for him so he’s ready to grill all day long.


If your dad’s eyes light up at the sight of good beer , try: 

1) Two Roads tour and tasting if you’re staying closer to home.  Your dad’s had Two Roads‘ beer from the store and at the bar, but WHAT? He’s never been to Stratford to see where the magic happens?  Well, get him down there on Father’s Day and prove your love.  Dad’ll have plenty of time because they are open from 12-7, with tours at 1 and 3.  Added bonus:  The Local Meatball food truck will be on hand… so he can stuff his belly too.  Note that no minors are allowed in the tasting room or beer garden.

Dads love bocce!

Dads love bocce!

2) Captain Lawrence Brewery, if you’re up for a quick field trip.  Your dad’s already a Connecticut beer pro? Well, blow his mind with something new by taking him on down to Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, NY.  There’s plenty of (really good) beer to sip on, nice bites of food to pick from (plus Village Dog will be there), and they’ve got two official sized bocce ball courts.  That’s a full day of Father’s Day entertainment right there! Hours are 12-5 with tours at 2 and 4.  And, just because they love dads so much, they’ll have 11 test batches that your dad can vote on that will stay in production at the brewery.  


If your dad likes to be referred to as The Captain, try:

1)  Dolce Cubano, for a manly dock n’ dine day.  Dad can dock his boat up right outside Dolce Cubano and either call them up for dine-in service right on your boat, or just head up to the restaurant to enjoy some tasty cocktails and creative spins on Italian and Latino dishes. Be sure to get the butternut squash and lobster gnocchi. It will rock your dad’s world!

Dad will be your greatest fan if you take him to Dolce...

Dad will be your greatest fan if you take him to Dolce…

2)  Captain’s Cove for fun for the whole family.  If Dad wants to make it a fun-filled family day, let him boat out to Bridgeport and dock at Captain’s Cove.  There he’ll have his bounty of fresh or fried fish, plus plenty of other options like shopping, music, and handmade boat races for the family.


If your dad can quote every line from Caddyshack, try:

Sterling Farms, for the dad that (thinks he) can golf.  You can play through the course with dad*, or if dad get’s a little too serious for your emotional health, you can be his caddy for the day.  Either way it’s a win-win because when you’re done, you can both enjoy a full lobster dinner at Zody’s, which just opened right by the driving range.

Mini golf at Calf Pasture Beach, for the dad with not enough patience (or skill) to play real golf. Fun for the whole family*, and afterwards you can all hit up Ripka’s Beach Cafe for some kabobs, lobster, or even some raw bar options. Eat there or take it down to the beach and give dad the relaxation he deserves.

*Let dad win or risk revoking your rights to the will.


If your dad prefers the wind in his hair on the open road, try:

The Darien Collector’s Car Show, to give dad something to drool over.  From 11-2 pm at Tilley Pond Park on West Avenue in Darien, you can check out the 9th annual car show that motor enthusiasts look forward to every year.  Admission is just $5 per person, kids 6 and under are free and a portion of ticket sales goes to At Home in Darien. When you’ve checked out all the cars, head over to Estia’s for a hearty, farm fresh brunch, Bodega for the best tacos around, or Meatball & Co for lotsa juciy meatballs.

Rawwr!  Conntuckey Lightning from Two Roads, brewed with corn grits and aged in bourbon barrels.

Let dad have a kickass kinda day!

Dew Drop Inn, for the badass motorcycle ridin’ dad.  If your dad has a bike (and a bonus beard and tattoo), take a trip with him to Dew Drop Inn in Derby.  He can talk shop with tons of other bikers, admire what they’re riding, and/or just drink fantastic craft beers and chow down on some great comfort food, like their steaks, burger, and over 41 crazy chicken wings, like the PB&J or the Parm Butter Bacon Garlic.


If the thrill of competition gets your dad’s blood pumping, try:

Bridgeport Bluefish, for a fun-filled family day.  The game against the Lancaster Barnstormers (“Amish Paradise” theme song?) begins at 1:05…and it’s Jersey Off Our Back Day.  That means that you can bid on actual jerseys worn by players during the game.  Tix are just $11 or $12, so get ‘em while the gettings good!  While you’re there, let dad chow down on some peanuts, and Cracker Jacks…and hot dogs…and burgers…and beer.  And, if you’re a savvy kinda family, use Groupon to get 2 tix for $14.50 or 4 for $28.  Also, on 6/16 the legendary Pete Rose will be managing the Bluefish, so that’s another game you won’t want Daddy-o to miss.

This could be YOUR dad! Photo from Bpt Bluefish site.

Chelsea Piers in Stamford, for the dad that likes to sweat.  An active dad’s paradise, Cheslea Piers has a ton of sweat-inducing activity options. For (non-member) drop-in programs, there are batting cages, ice skating, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and more.  When you’re done letting dad get his shots in, check out Just Sprouted Cafe for some lighter drinks and small bites to recharge.

 

 

 

Hop, Skip + A Run 5k and Beer Festival from Half Full Brewery Kicks off Summer Right

6 Jun

Take all that you know and think about 5k races and toss ‘em away because Half Full Brewery in Stamford has a brand new experience for you.  That experience?  The Hop, Skip & A Run 5k Race and Festival that’s coming to Stamford on June 29.  The race starts at 17 Harbor Point Road where Paloma will be, goes along the boardwalk, then into Kosciuszko Park.  Jordan Giles, Chief Beer Organizer, shared more about the race with us:  “Hop Skip & A Run is a truly unique 5K in that participants will literally hop and skip a (small) portion of the route while running the rest. As with nearly everything we do here at the Half Full Brewery, we thought long and hard about how to put our upbeat and positive Half Full spin on the event.”

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Fairfield County Food News, Vol. 7: Wieners, Bees, Horses, Bourbon, and Summer Fun

5 Jun

83 degree days?  We’ve made it, brahh!  So, you best believe that we’re going to share with you some great events for you to enjoy some time outside…even some all summer long.  As always, these are new listings that we haven’t covered on our blog yet…no need to be repetitive, huh?  The full list of events can be found here if you’re interested.

June 6

Oh beehive!  That’s cuz one of the world’s largest observation beehives is coming to Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk, starting at 11 am.  The hive will hold more than 50,000 honeybees and measures 4X5 feet.  Seems like a Common Core question in the making, huh?  The honey will eventually be collected (over 100 lbs. worth) and will then be sold right at Stew Leonard’s.  At the height of the season, there will be 75,000 bees inside!

KC and Anne will be playing the Station Eats Stamford outdoor beer garden starting at 6:30.  Get some burgers, get some brews, and just chill.

June 7

Wienerpalooza 2014 at Bridge St. Wienery has finally arrived!  Come by at 12:30 for the hot dog eat contest and see who the Biggest Wiener Winner is!  In addition to their great burgers and dogs, they’ll also have popcorn, cotton candy, music, t-shirt giveaways, and plenty of games to play.  Happy two years in business, guys!

Beardsley Zoo is hosting their annual Wild Wine, Beer and Food Safari 2014 fundraiser from 6-9 pm right at the zoo.  Tickets are $60 each ($65 at the gate) or if you buy 4 or more, they’ll cost only $55 each.  There’s also an option for VIP tix that are $100 each and get you “Behind the Scenes” access from 4:30-5:30.  In addition to over 100 different wines and 60 different brews, there will be live music, a silent auction, a raffle, and lots of food.  Some of the participating vendors include Black Rock Cafe, Carl Anthony’s Trattoria, Joey C’s Roadhouse BBQ, Liquid Lunch, Johnny Utah’s, Smoke & Bones BBQ, DiGrazia Vineyards, Onyx Moonshine, Berkshire Brewing Co., Captain Lawrence, and more.  Full list and ticket info here.  Also, if you buy any wine or beer at the event, 10% of the sales will go right to Beardsley.

Join Dew Drop Inn in their fight to raise money for Relay for Life, held at 2 pm at 118 Canal Street in Shelton.  As of today, they have raised the most money:  an incredible $15,130 that will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  When you’re done, do drop in to the Dew Drop Inn for some great burgers, wings, and killer craft beer.

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Get you some: Taste of Port Chester and Wilton Are Back for more in 2014

4 Jun

We love tasting events where you get to taste some of the best spots in an area.  They tend to be inexpensive, they have lots of variety, and it’s basically like a Costco tasting spree on steroids.  ‘Nuff said, right?  So, get ready for two great events coming up:  Taste of Port Chester on 6/8 and Taste of Wilton on 6/9.  Check out the deets with us and get yo’self down (or up) there for all the nomworthy food.


Taste of Port Chester

6/8, from 12-3 pm

Registration starts at 11:30 at the Marina on Abendroth Ave.

Tickets are $25 (drinks extra; you’ll get a map for easy food tourism)

Taste of Port Chester is a walking tour (though there are busses available) through CT’s neighboring village.  Once you have your wristband, you can just visit any of the places below (there will be balloons outside) and get samples of their goodies.  We were downtown when this was going on last year and it was a very popular event, so you won’t want to miss this one.  Added bonuses:  your ticket purchase helps to support Port Chester Public Schools and you can walk off all of the calories that you ingest (wishful thinking).

Here are all the spots that you can check out:

• A&S Deli:  Italian
• Acuario:  Peruvian
• Aqui es Santa Fe:  Colombian
• Arrosto:  Italian
• Bubbles & Berries:  Juice Bar and Desserts
• Cafe Mirage:  Eclectic, Modern American
• Carvel Ice Cream
• Coals:  Pizza, craft beer, killer sprouts, and wings
• Copacabana Steakhouse:  Brazilian steakhouse
• Cousin Frankie’s USA Grill:  American
• Euro Asian Bistro:  Asian, sushi
• Frankie & Louie’s:  Italian, pizza
• Garcia’s:  Nightclub, bar
• Il Sogno:  Italian
• J.J. Cassone’s:  Bakery
• John’s of Arthur Ave:  Italian
• Kiosko:  Mexican
• Longford’s Own Made:  Ice Cream
• Los Chuzos de Juancho:  Colombian
• Mary Ann’s:  Mexican
• McShane’s:  Irish Pub (new)
• Neri’s Bakery
• Nessa:  Italian
• Paleteria Fernandez:  Ice cream, frozen treats
• Panera Bread:  Cafe, American
• Port Chester Hall & Beer Garden (new)
• Salsa Picante:  Mexican
• Sichuan Pavilion:  Chinese
• Sonora:  Nuevo Latino
• Spadaro’s:  Italian
• Tarry Market:  Gourmet market
• Varmax:  Wine, liquor
• Zeppoleme:  Zeppoles, panini, coffee

7th Annual Taste of Wilton

June 9 from 5:30-8:30

$30 per person at Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County Bank, Bankwell, or Wilton Family Y

$35 at the door

Cheaper than an entrée at most restaurants here in CT, admission to Taste of Wilton is a great deal…especially because food and drinks are included.  This year, you’ll want to check out this event all over again so you can try out some of the new restaurants that have opened up and to nom away on your favorites.

Here are all the participants (getting full already):

• Ancona’s Wines & Liquors
• Bianco Rosso Wine Bar Restaurant
• Bistro 7
• Black Cat Grille
• Cactus Rose Restaurant & Tequila Bar
• Fleur de Lis Academy
Georgetown Package Store
• Little Pub Wilton
• Luca Ristorante Italiano
• Marly’s of Wilton
• Pinocchio Pizza
• Portofino Restaurant & Bar
• Stop & Shop
• Sweet Pierre’s
• Sweet Sabrina’s Cake Shop
• The Painted Cookie
• Toozy Patza Pizza
• Village Market
• Vintage Fine Wines (visit their store during the Taste)
• Wilton Pizza

Worth the Trip: CT Brewers Guild Brewfest ft. over 30 Local Breweries Hop on Ski Sundown

3 Jun

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We hope you’ll join us on a trip to Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT (Home of Satan’s Kingdom, yes…a real place) to get some major drinking done and try some brews from all across CT and the Northeast at the CT Brewers Guild Brewfest.  This year’s event is going down from 4-8 pm on June 21 and costs only $25 in advance or $30 at the entrance.  If you wanna take one for the team, a designated driver ticket is just $20.  You can also go, happy knowing that your ticket purchase will help fund the hop-loving work of the CT Brewers Guild who supports the craft beer industry here in Connecticut.

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Nomworthy Bites of CT Food News, Vol. 6: Contests, Food Trucks, Markets, Dinners, Goats, + More…

29 May

Hey, good news…it’s almost Friday!  So, what better way to celebrate than planning out the next couple of weeks with some great events and checking out some great things that are going on in Connecticut?  This week, we’ve broken down things into a few categories:  Events, Dinners, Farmers’ Markets, Contests, and CT Food and Drink News.  Make sure to check out our Nomworthy Events page for things that we’ve already mentioned, too.

Events

5/29 Mr. Frosty’s in Norwalk (6 1st Street) will be hosting a fundraiser for the BMHS Post Graduation Party tonight.  Come by for some great ice cream and check out special guests:  Lobstercraft!  Yup, they’ll be on hand for all your seafood needs.

5/30  Want to learn how to start your own goat dairy?  Duh, we’d love that!  Well, stop on by Squash Hollow Farm in New Milford at 5:30 to check out the Dairy Goats 101 class!  Tickets are $49.99 and you can order them online.

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Top 10 Local Kids Compete @ Future Chef’s Cook Off w/ Tastings, Activities, and Raffles

27 May
Three of the winners cooking and baking in the kitchens of DiMare, Cafe Oo La La, and Casa villa

Three of the winners cooking and baking in the kitchens of DiMare, Cafe Oo La La, and Casa Villa

When you picture cooking competitions, who do you picture cooking up a storm?  Seasoned (pun intended) vets in the kitchen, talented chef/owners who own culinary empires, food truck operators, or CIA grads ready to make names for themselves?  How about a group of kids?  Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get when you head to the Future Chef’s Cook Off on June 8, 2014 from 12 to 3 at The Italian Center in Stamford.  Tickets are $35 online or $40 at the door, $10 online or $15 at the door for ages 7-18, and free for kids 6 and under.  Tickets get you in the door, get you tastings of all the food, and get you the happiness in knowing that you’ll be helping kids with cancer via Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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