The Cream of the Crop @ Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair

25 Aug
The best of the season's harvests will be showcased at Wilton's Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30.

The best of the season’s harvests will be showcased at Wilton’s Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30.

Coming up this Sunday, August 30, is one of the most anticipated end-of-summer events: the Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair! Just come by from 10-4 (rain or shine) to Grange Hall @ 25 Cannon Road in Wilton and bring along either $2 for admission or $1 with a canned food item that goes to Wilton Interfaith Food Pantry. 

When you get there, there’ll be so much to check out! There will be contests to see who makes and produces the biggest and/or best things like baked goods, preserves, veggies, fruits, flowers, homemade spirits, and more. In addition, you’ll be able to stock up on lots of baked goods and take part in some lunch/brunch options with their concession stand. In addition, there will be live music all day, a watermelon eating contest at 3:30, demos and lessons throughout the day, and an auction of fruit, veggies, flowers, and baked goods that starts at 4:15 in Grange Hall.

Eat Steaks @ Sedona Taphouse, Raise $$$ for Norwalk Seaport Association

24 Aug

Okay, we know that we don’t probably have to go anywhere past the title of this post because, well, steak. There’s steak involved. It’s steak. Actually, to be more precise, it’s Sedona Taphouse‘s Black Angus Flat Iron Steak. They’ll be serving those bad boys up for just $10 during lunch and dinner every single Monday starting today until 9/21. Half of that $10 is going right to the Norwalk Seaport Association who provides countless educational opportunities and helps to preserve the Sheffield Island Lighthouse. This, folks, is what they are calling “Steak Out for Charity” and we hope you can get there.

As if the steak deal wasn’t enticing enough, Sedona Taphouse (recently opened in the Waypointe development in Norwalk) has beer. Lots of freaking beer. Like 50 on tap and 350 by the bottle lot. Also, if you come by for their Happier Hour from 3:30-6:30, you can get all drafts, wine by the glass, cocktails, flatbreads, sliders, and tacos for just $5.

We haven’t been yet, but this is a pretty enticing offer to get us in the doors. Hopefully you can stop by and check out this great event to help a local organization that does so much good.


Sedona Taphouse

515 West Avenue

Norwalk, CT

Phone: (203) 299-1800 for reservations

Hours for Mondays are 11:30-11:30

WTF Harvest Fest Party + Dinner Features 9 Stellar Restaurants + Vendors

24 Aug

A night with food, drinks, and good company all under the summer sky. Photo courtesy of Wakemen Town Farm

Wakeman Town Farm in Westport is hosting their 4th Annual Harvest Fest at 6 pm on 9/12. . . and, oh, you’ll want to get a piece of it. Well, lots of pieces, actually. That’s because there will be a smorgasbord of hors d’oeuvre and drinks in the form of cocktails, wines, and craft beer during the cocktail party. Then, things will soon shift focus to a dinner. Just look at this lineup of restaurants and vendors who will be making this night awesome:  The Spread, Artisan, Blue Lemon, Fairfield Cheese Co., Fleisher’s Craft Butchery, AMG Catering, Olivette, Wave Hill Breads, and Saugatuck Sweets.

In addition to all of that awesomeness above, there will be live music and an auction that features smaller prizes and bigger items like a stay at a private house in Big Sur, a four-course dinner party at Sugar & Olives and Barcelona, a family getaway, and a mysterious surprise vacation. Tickets for this event are $150 each and are on sale starting today. Click here to get ’em while the getting’s good (this event does sell out pretty quickly, btw). 

Getdown, Chowdown, Throwdown: 2 Pairs of Tix for Blues, Views + BBQ 2015 up for Grabs!

23 Aug

Somehow, inexplicably, it’s almost Labor Day. And, while that does mean it’s the start of school again, it also means something great for Fairfield Countiers: it’s Blues, Views & BBQ time! Yes, the annual festival that has gotten bigger and better each year is back for some more in Westport. Like previous years, there will be plenty of places to get a bite like local restaurants or food trucks, plenty to drink with Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, Tito’s, Beam Suntory, Newman’s Own Wines, plenty to purchase from local vendors like Tom’s Roid Rippin Hot Sauce, 8 interactive chef demos (you get to eat the food, too), the official KCBS BBQ “Cookin’ for a Cause” contest, live music, and new this year is the People’s Choice Wing Contest where the winner is decided by you. It all goes down September 5 from 11-10 and September 6 from 11-9 with entry costing $10 or $15 at the gate. If you’d like entry to see the live music portion, All Access tickets are at various price points including a deal for both days. Please note, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

In depth look at that oozy gooey goodness of the sandwich.  Divine.

In depth look at that oozy gooey goodness of the sandwich. Divine.

But, wait, there’s more . . . we’ve got two pairs of All Access tix for ya. One pair for Saturday, the other pair for Sunday. All you need to do in order to enter is comment on this post or Facebook and let us know:

  1. My favorite thing about Blues, Views & BBQ is _______________.
  2. Which day you’d like to get tickets for.

That’s it, that easy, that simple. The contest starts now and goes until next Sunday, 8/30, until 8 pm. 

Here are more details about BV&B:

Restaurants and Food Trucks

Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ, Winnie’s Jerk Chicken & Fish, Blue Lemon, Melt Mobile food truck, Kettle Corn, Dave and Jerry’s Hot Dog Trolley, Rolling Cones, and Rita’s Ice.

Vendors

Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, Tito’s Vodka, Beam Suntory, Newman’s Own Wines, Poland Spring, Stone Street Tye Dye, Velvet Orchid Hoops, R&B Teez, Bobby Q’s, Tom’s Roid Rippin Hot Sauce, Tomspice, Dash N Drizzle, Fruple.

Chef Demos

9/5

12:00 – Match – Chef Matt Storch
1:00 – Walrus + Carpenter – Chef Jon Vaast

Chef Carlos Baez is the man behind The Spread in SoNo. We think he has what it takes to take home Best in Show, how about you?

2:00 – The Spread – Chef Carlos Baez
3:00 – Fleisher’s Craft Butchery – Emily Mingrone

9/6

12:00 – Bobby Q’s Barbeque and Grill – Tim Doherty
1:00 –  Vespa –  Chef David White
2:00 – HooDoo Brown BBQ – Cody Sperry
3:00 – Da Pietro’s Restaurant – Chef Pietro Scotti

Plenty of Contests!

Rib Eating Contest, Pie Eating Contest, and People’s Choice Wing Contest!

Family Activities

Bull riding (mechanical, not real), bouncy inflatables, face painting, and games.

Live Music! 

9/5

Relative Souls, Billy Iuso and Restless Natives, Honey Island Swamp Band, Dumpstaphunk, Anders Osborne, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Dan Stevens, Randy Brody Drum Circle, Jake Julak and the LowDown, Boogie Boys, Funky Dawgz Band, and Jim Malone and the Piney Hearts.

9/6

School of Rock, Mark Naftalin, Alexis P. Suter, Sugar Blue, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Matt Schofield, and Joe Louis Walker.

Hog Water IPA + Disco Pig 2.1 Release at Black Hog Brewing 1 Yeariversary

22 Aug

Has it been one year already? It’s pure craziness, but yes, it has. But, with the brews that Black Hog Brewing in Oxford are putting out, you’d never guess that. Their distribution has increased, they’re putting out a big variety, and they’ve quickly cemented themselves into the CT Beer Scene. So, they are celebrating that yeariversary with a party full of brand new beer releases and The Green Grunion Food Truck.

Black Hog Brewing in Oxford, CTJust come on down to Black Hog from 12-5 and partake in the awesomeness. They’ll have their brand new IPA that we’ve heard so many great things about: Hog Water. And, they’ll also have their Disco Pig 2.1, that’s a Brett Golden Sour that’s been aged in Cabernet Franc barrels.

The event costs nothing, but you’ll want to make sure to bring cash or have your card ready to get some of the killer food that Green Grunion is serving up and to take home some of those new brews and some swag from Black Hog. 

CT Food News: Food Trucks, Tastings, Fairs, Cowboys, Openings + CT Beer – 8/21/15

21 Aug

This week’s gonna be a humongo news post because we’ll be away next week in Cape Cod and Portland, checking out the food and drinking scene, checking out lighthouses by bike, and just chilling. So, we’ve gone ahead and stuffed all the great stuff going on and news here in the 203 and beyond into this here post. As always, thanks for reading!

8/21 Pimpinella will be tearing down the rooftop beer garden at Bobby Q’s in Westport starting at 9 pm. Come for some bbq and brews and soak up the summer air.

8/22 A five-course “Nose to Tail” farm dinner from Chef William Carbone of Dish Restaurant will take place right at the Killam & Bassette Farmstead. The meal is $100 dollars with all of the proceeds going to the Judy Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund which goes to a Glastonbury senior based on community service and work ethic.  Continue reading

Experience Pizza at Its Best on The Connecticut Pizza Trail

20 Aug

The Tri-State area has no shortage of pizza joints that people can’t get enough of. And while NYC spots seem to always get a heaping portion of the praise and attention, Connecticut has been stealing the spotlight as of late. The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Pizzas in America of 2015 ranked 9 CT pies (Roseland, Ernie’s, Domenick and Pia’s, BAR, Zuppardi’s, Colony Grill, Modern Apizza, and Sally’s) on their list with Frank Pepe’s of New Haven taking the #1 spot. Oh, and last year? Yeah, they took the #1 spot also. As if that weren’t recognition enough for our good ‘ole Nutmeg state, Andrew Zimmern is also in love with CT pizza, placing both Sally’s and Pepe’s on the top of his favorite pizza list. And, Food & Wine placed Pepe’s on their Best Pizza Places in the U.S. list, too. 

It’s awesome for CT to get so much (deserved) love. So awesome, in fact, that the Connecticut Office of Tourism created the Connecticut Pizza Trail so you can experience all of our state’s pizza glory. And, as official CT Food Correspondents for Connecticut, we wanted to help get the word out. The list below is a compilation of expert advice and customer love from social media. If you feel like your favorite pizza shop needs to be on this list, then throw your slice into the ring, like their Facebook page, then share your fave to their timeline or even send them a message to @CTVisit on Twitter. Our faves not on this list are Bar Sugo in Norwalk, ReNapoli in Greenwich, and Amore in Stamford.  Continue reading

7th Annual Easton Farm Tour Takes Place This Saturday!

20 Aug

The Easton Farm Tour is back! Pic from Citizens for Easton.

Farmers and farms are the netting that holds our society together. We don’t often get a chance to be on the farms, to see what they do day in and day out, but we sure do get a chance to reap the benefits of what they reap. Well, Citizens for Easton have put together their 7th Annual Easton Farm Tour to help us make connections and to give us even more reasons to appreciate what we have here in Fairfield County.

The Easton Farm Tour is absolutely free and is a self guided tour, so you can go at your own pace and even go to whichever farms that you’d like. You’ll meet at Easton Firehouse Green at 1 Center Road and you’ll get a map to help you begin your journey. Along the way you’ll find special events and deals from farmers and community organizations.  Continue reading

Going Cray Cray for Donut Crazy in Shelton (Review)

19 Aug

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After a long day of brewery hopping with Dan’s brother and new sister-in-law Chad & Lindsey, we were in the mood to play an intense game of mini golf at The Sports Center of Connecticut before hitting Dew Drop Inn in Derby, with our minds on wings as we pulled in, we were quickly distracted by the bright shining Donut Crazy sign right across the road. It’s like we have Food A.D.D., so of course we had to work it into our plans.

Donut Crazy in SheltonAfter Dan won mini golf (by only one point for the record, hehe), we hit up Donut Crazy to get us some dessert for late night. Upon entering, the sweet and doughy smells overcome you and then you feast your eyes upon them. Donuts, a crazy amount of donuts, everywhere. Over 36 flavors to be more specific. Yeah, you can’t help but get that kid in a candy store kind of feeling. Continue reading

The Art of the Slurp + Shuck: Exclusive Oysters 101 Preview from Serendipity Magazine

19 Aug

Oysters, pic from Serendipity Magazine

Oysters are our drug of choice. And, while we’ve never shucked one before, we’ve eaten hundreds from the East Coast, to Canada, and back to the West Coast. Yes, the tastes are quite different and, as Romy Pokorny Weinberg from Serendipity Magazine notes, it’s like drinking only one kind of wine. Blasphemy!

So, in fitting with the theme of enjoying oysters, we’d like to take you to Mollusk School with Serendipity Magazine for a special, exclusive preview of their September issue out this week. Get slurping, people! 

Oysters 101 by Romy Pokorny Weinberg for Serendipity Magazine

September is the unofficial start of oyster season. Here’s what you need to know about the popular shellfish, from cooking to slurping. Whether you’re a novice or aficionado, these tips will guide you on how to shop for, shuck and serve oysters. Continue reading

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