We told you about Soupstock last year…a free music, food, and arts festival that is now in its fourth year. While Soupstock (taking place on June 8 from 10-8 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Shelton) has always been about fun, there’s also a heart to this much anticipated event. Proceeds from the event (there are lots of chances to give and help support) go to The Mary A Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund (read more here) that benefits art, craft, and music education for children and young adults. Let’s show you why you’ll need to keep Saturday, June 8 free for you, yourself, your friends, and your fam:
1) There will be great food options for you:
We’re talking Liquid Lunch of Shelton and Milford, BRYAC from Bridgeport (they’ll have a raw bar), DiSorbo’s Bakery of Hamden, Mamoun’s Falafel of New Haven, and Addeo’s Italian Ice of Shelton. Kristien just might spend the entire festival shooting oysters, though. :P
America is all about the indie spirit…especially when it comes to music and beer. And, it just so happens that Seaside Tavern and Sound Magazine are hosting a wicked good time this coming Sunday (5/26), starting at 1 pm. Pour at the Shore will surely be one of the great highlights of your Memorial Day Weekend. Now, you can’t exactly wear white yet, so hold off. Very soon, but not quite yet…
Ah, that’s a beautiful beer garden. Photo from Bobby Q’s FB page.
Biergarten: literally translating over to beer garden. Much cooler than kindergarten which is, literally, a garden of children?! Um, no thanks…we’ll take a garden of brews, ales, and stouts thank you very much. And, we’ve seen beer gardens sprouting up recently: the popular Beer Garden @ Harbor Point opened recently and The Landmark Biergarten at Station Eats is opening up any day now. But, Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ & Grill in Westport has been ahead of the curve.
Some of the tapas we sampled at Barcelona in Greenwich for the first Dishcrawl
Memorial Day and BBQs…they are inseparable like peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, Lewis and Clark, Ren & Stimpy, bread and butter, and even pasta and sauce. Perhaps they go so well together because BBQ’n brings family and friends together outside for good times, good fun, and good eats? In essence, the grill unites people and connects us through our basic needs of friendship and food.
But, what do you do if you don’t have a grill or just want to go out and celebrate? Easy…you head over to Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant in Fairfield on 5/27 from 1-9 pm. For just $20 or $10 for kids (that’s a nice deal, btw) you’ll get a BBQ buffet that consists of sliders, kebabs, ribs, grilled veggies, salads, and their famous suckling pig. For the beer lover, they’ll also have tastings from one of our favorite local breweries, Captain Lawrence. They’ll have face painting for the kids (or that cool hipster) from 1:30-4:30, they’ll have outdoor games (cornhole please!), and they will even have a lemonade/popsicle/ice cream stand. And, what’s a BBQ without live music? Barcelona will have Rick Reyes & The Pasonfino Social Club playing from 2-6 while you chat, chew, and chill.
You might have heard of pop up restaurants, springing up in empty spots or abandoned places. Here one week, gone another. You know…that’s so 2012. PopShop Market, though, is taking things into 2013 with their pop up market. For each pop up event they’ll have 50 or more vendors, a mini farmers’ market, they’ll feature a local brewery, and they’ll have a bunch of CT’s best food and food trucks available for your noming needs. The first PopShop Market is being held on June 1 from 9-3 at the Fairfield Theater Company‘s warehouse and parking lot. There’s no cost at all and there is live music, too. Here are the details for the first event:
Get your mind out of the gutter, people. We’re talking about Two Roads Brewery having The Local Meatball shop on hand for their Saturday food truck experience from 3-7 on 5/11, the start of CT Beer Week. Since TLM launch on 4/20, Mike’s been gaining quite a following of ballers. There’s no doubt that Mike will be serving up some Serious meatballs, his standard formulation made with Saugatuck Craft Butchery beef and other local ingredients. Here are descriptions from his site about the meatball choices (there is usually Serious and one other on special):
SERIOUS: made with the finest ground beef from Craft Butchery, we use only the best local ingredients. Soaked in our traditional sauce, they are like no other. These balls burst with flavor and are our version of the classic.
KICK IN DA: made with the most tender local pork around and some hot cherry peppers to give them just the right kick. Served in a chunky, spicy sauce, they’re a win-win.
IN THE BUFF: fresh ground chicken and our own buffalo sauce—these are the perfect combination of heat and flavor.
HONEY’S: honey BBQ sauce from a local favorite and a tender, juicy pork ball…who needs ribs when you’ve got balls?
JEWELS: these salty, sweet creations are what we like to call a “breakfast ball.” Made with delicious ground beef, sausage, bacon and chunks of melted cheddar cheese. Topped off with the tastiest local maple syrup on a soft, light and airy snowflake roll. They’re jewels.
Here’s how to do it:
1) Place your oder.
2) Grab your slider, Average Joe, or Grinder.
3) Head upstairs to Two Roads Brewery and down those meatballs with some old cold brews. We highly recommend the saison.
4) Fill up some growlers or growleritos (they are so cute and tiny).
5) Get some more meatballs before you leave.
Two Roads Brewing Co.
1700 Stratford Ave
Stratford, CT 06615
Phone: (203) 335-2010
Cinco de Mayo doesn’t have to end, especially not at Station Eats. Starting today until the middle of June, they’ll be featuring their Taco Dog as the Dog of the Month. Pick your dog (grass fed beef, chicken, or veggie), then they’ll add on tomato salsa, lettuce, shredded cheddar, sour cream, and wrap it up in a warm flour tortilla. If that’s not spicy enough for ya, just remember that the good guys at Station Eats will be donating 10% of their profits for Taco Dogs to two great causes: Camp Promise East (giving summer camp experiences to people with muscular dystrophy and ALSTDI (fighting to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease). You can get the Taco Dog at either the New Canaan or Stamford locations, btw.
If you’d like a burger and shake to complement that doggie, then check out these specials starting today: The Steak House Burger and their Coconut Shake. The Steak House Burger (we’d had it before, it’s excellent) has cheese, Station Steak Sauce, shaved onions, and tomato. So, make sure to come by a few times and get your Taco Dog! Also, why not invite your friends, have family reunions at Station Eats, have your next birthday party, too! A Taco Dog for everybody!