Thou desireth roll of lobster? Quench thy famishment.
Picture yourself here…what, you’re dunk already?
Some of CT’s best breweries will be on hand!
There were so many entries for the contest, but the random winner is Amy Booth who really wants to try Ginja Ninja and the Cannoli beer. Hey, we’re there with ya…love the Ninja, desperately want to try the Cannoli beer!
Dude, it’s almost September 20…and you know what that means: Harbor Brew Fest at The Ball Park at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport! We’ve got our tix, and hopefully you do too, but just in case you don’t, we’ve got a ticket giveaway contest just for you! So, to win TWO General Admission tickets to Harbor Brew Fest 2014, all you need to do is check out the list of breweries below and tell us one beer from a brewery that you can’t wait to try. Comment on this post to enter or comment on our Facebook post too. We will pick one random lucky winner at 5 pm (when the contest ends) on Friday, 9/5/14, and will announce the winner.
In case you need a reminder or this is your first time hearing about HBF from us, here’s a quick review:
Take a gander at this custom built truck…
Sure, on the weekend of October 25 (12-10) & 26 (11-8) you could go to any ‘ole Halloween party and get some candy, chips, and if you’re lucky a cute little cupcake with a gummy worm on top… or you could go to the Westfield Mall in Meriden and hit up the Meriden Food Truck Fest where you can stuff your face with fantastic food from an estimated 40 food trucks. With both trucks AND treats, there’s no excuse not to go…
But OmNom, the best part of Halloween parties is we can dress up in slutty, errr, I mean scary, costumes!
Fret not our friends, the Meriden Food Truck Festival has you covered. They WANT you to come dressed in your best costume and they’ll have a professional photographer booth set up so you can show it off.
While we focus on Fairfield County, we sometimes can’t control ourselves when it comes to nearby towns and events: there’s the CT Brewers Guild Brewfest at Ski Sundown, Miya’s in New Haven, Coals in Port Chester, Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, and there’s also the SoWe Food & Wine Festival. That’s Southern Westchester Food & Wine Festival for you n00bs.
This event, now in its third year, (2012 was Taste of Scarsdale which morphed into the SoWe Food & Wine Fest) brings together the best of food in NYC, Westchester and Fairfield Counties, along with excellent wine (beer too) and exclusive experiences. SoWe goes down from 9/19-21 with tickets ranging from $0 to $85 for the Celebrity Chef Battle on Friday. They have also teamed up with WhyHunger, Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, The Community Counseling Center, JDRF, Greyston, and the Food Bank for Westchester to donate a sizable portion of their profits from the weekend to these important charities.
Let’s take you through the different days and options that you can take part in.
Wine, beer, bourbon, tacos, burgers, bbq, and celebrity chefs…oh freaking my! That’s just a tiny portion of what’s in store for you at the 4th Annual Greenwich Wine & Food Festival. We’re talking about three days (9/25-27) of excess, featuring some of the best local food, drinks, and chefs around Fairfield and Westchester Counties all in one spot. Tickets for the events vary in price, but it all goes down at the beautiful setting of the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. We’ve always had an amazing time at the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival, and this year will be no different…especially because they are set to donate even more money to Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp!
There’s so much going on this year, (wayyyy more than last year) so let’s break it down for ya day by day with some special deals at the end.
The brisket takes center stage, but the mac & cheese is workin’ it too
Wakeman Town Farm wowed guests with their soup and made them say WTF (Wakeman Town Farm)
August is a bittersweet month: the last bits of summer are dripping down, parents, teachers, and students are ready to head back to school, and the boys of summer are gone (points for the reference). But, screw that bittersweet crap: we’re talking ’bout just sweet for the next two weeks! In CT Food + Beer News, Volume 15, we’ve got openings, restaurant updates, fairs, restaurant specials, and more. If you’d like a full list of events that we’ve covered in previous posts, check out our Events page up above.
Restaurant Openings and Updates
Pepe’s Pizza will be opening up a restaurant in Brookline, MA, further expanding their cheesy empire. Pepe’s will be replacing The Fireplace restaurant, formerly owned by Jim Solomon. Other locations include the original Pepe’s in New Haven, and their pizza satellites in Danbury, Fairfield, Manchester, Mohegan Sun, West Hartford and Yonkers.
If you’ve been following our blog, it’s no secret that we are huge supporters of Eat for Equity Stamford. And, what’s not to love about a group of volunteers who put together meals with all money raised going to local charities? And, just as exciting, what’s not to love about local businesses like Saugatuck Craft Butchery and Shop Rite Super Grade A who come together to provide high quality food that is also local? It’s a marriage of everything awesome…plus, after each dinner, you always leave feeling good, feeling like you’ve helped to make a change in the community, and you probably have made a few new great friends in the process, too.
Cute butts ready to race!
The Kansas City Barbecue Society Competition is back!
Stuart and Kris from That’s Our Que at last year’s Pork in the Park
Jason Maur “Power” Foodie at last year’s chef demos
Somehow we’re almost upon the weekend when Mill River Park in Stamford will transform into a swine-lovers paradise with the launch of the 2nd Annual Pork in the Park festival. Whether you go on Saturday, Sunday, or even head out both days, there are plenty of things planned to not only whet your whistle, but to also satisfy those BBQ and food cravings. So, let’s dig a little deeper and see all the great things planned for this event. But first, here are the deets: entry is $10, $5 for kids, and free for kids 5 and under. The hours for 7/12 are 11 am – 9 pm and 7/13 from 12-5.
OmNomCT Cooking Demos on Saturday, 7/12
Chef Carlos Baez of The Spread, Norwalk – 1:45
Chef Baez is Executive Chef of award-winning and boisterous The Spread in Norwalk, CT. He is known for putting his own touch on classic dishes and putting his own stamp on SoNo and CT dining with adventurous and flavorful dishes.
Chef Taibe is outstanding in his field…
Flights at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT
Dino Poutine is killer, unique to Dinosaur Stamford
Dan’s pouring out some wine (don’t worry, he’s going to put more in from another bottle)
Summer’s in gear and it’s about time you got off your ass and did something. And, with this list of things going on in and around Fairfield County, you better work it. Um girl, don’t be lazy and stay home…not with so much going on. Whether you’re talking about food-focused events, beer and wine, world cup action, or Woodmont’s Farmers’ Market, we’ve got a major checklist for you to cross off. Plus, we’ve got some props to hand out, some opening/closing info, and a sweet little summer getaway idea.
6/26: The hostess with the most-ess, Anna Zap, will be at Dinosaur Bar-b-que in Stamford for Drinks on the Deck with Leaf Vodka. The par-tay begins at 5 pm!
A festival by any other name just ain’t cool ’nuff
Last year, we graced you with our Shakesbeerian musings in honor of the first ever Shakesbeer Festival. And, alas, we shall share more verse (you’re welcome):
Thou likest foam?
“One sip of beer makes the whole world kin.”
“To thine own yeast be true, and it must follow, as the ale to the stout, thou canst not be false to any beer.”
“Budweiser is the curse of God; craft beer is the wing therewith we fly to heaven.”
“Pleasure and beer make the hours seem short.”
So, what is The Shakesbeer Festival, you ask? A festival (the 2nd annual) built around great beer, live music, and craft food, put together to help raise money to reopen The American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford. Tickets are $40 for this year’s event at The American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford on August 23 from 1-7pm. Tickets can be purchased now, so why wait? For more details, check out our post from last year and their site).
Picture yourself here…what, you’re dunk already?
That’s right, tickets to one of our absolute favorite beer fests in the tri-state, Harbor Brew Fest at The Ball Park @ Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, go on sale June 21 starting at 9 am. Tix are $40 for GA ($50 at the door if any tix are left) and $60 for the Brewer’s Special, which gets you in an hour early and gives you access to a special tented area for exclusive and rare tastings. You can also get your tix at Harry’s (they help to make this festival so freaking awesome!) in Fairfield.
9/20: mark it down!
If you went last year and thought they had an amazing selection of craft and local beer, then prepare to be blown away. Seriously, brace yourselves. That’s cuz this year on 9/20 from 12-5 (1-5 for GA), there will be over 100 breweries on hand! And, whereas there was one giant tent filled to the brim with CT breweries down on the field, prepare for more on that green green grass!