CT Food News: Labor Day Weekend Planner, BBQ, Brunch + CT Beer Goodness – 9/4

4 Sep

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We ain’t messing around, people. We’ve got the biggest and best list of events, news, deals, and beer happenings in Fairfield County . . . and beyond. And, with a three day weekend that starts in a few hours, we sure as damn hell made sure to pack it full of great things to do!

Labor Day Weekend

Have a Ball and HAPA Food Truck The Beer Garden @ Shippan Landing9/4 Check out The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing with live music from 4-7, Hapa Food Truck, happy hour from 4-7, $4 domestic brews, and $20 pitchers. While you’re sipping on some brews or cocktails, play some cornhole and practice your bro-hood by doing some beer pong.

9/5 Camps Road Farm and Kent Falls Brewery are having their annual Hop Harvest. It all starts at 10 am where you can come by and help to harvest all their hops. If you’d like to stay around and chow down, they’ll also be offering up a pig roast with a local chef for just $20 (just to cover expenses).

Centennial Hops being grown at Kent Falls farmhouse Camps Road Farm9/5 Fish Fest flops into The Ballpark at Harbor Yard from 1-11 pm! Tickets are $25 and that gets you into a fest full of seven country music acts like Mark Wills, Girls Guns & Glory, Jump the Gunn, and more. In addition, there will be a mechanical bull, a dunk tank, rides, food trucks, and (YES!) the Two Roads Beer Garden is open for biz-batch.

9/5-6 Bear’s Smokehouse New England BBQ Championships is heating up Riverside Park in Hartford! $60 gets you grub, bbq, music, and brews, or you could even splurge for the VIP BBQ experience and meet some celebrities, nom away on some selective Bear’s Smokehouse treats, crafted drinks and cocktails, and more! There is also a Designated Driver option if you plan to be that good friend.

Judy Roll of Tabouli Grill at Blues, Views & BBQ Festival in Westport, CT9/5-6 Blues, Views & BBQ is back! Two days of awesome bluesy and jazzy music, rib and pie eating contests, an official KCBS contest, chef demos, shopping, food trucks and restaurants and a ton more! To learn more, check out our post

Come on down to Coalhouse Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for their brunch (they have their regular menu, make your own breakfast pizzas, and other classic brunch dishes) that also features bottomless beer mimosas.


Past Labor Day :) 

9/10 Cupcakes and painting? YUP! And they are both going down at NoRA Cupcake Company on September 10 from 7-9. Tickets are $40 and there are only 7 seats left, so don’t wait much longer. Scene Art Bar will provide all the materials for you, you just show up . . . and don’t forget to BYOB.

Taps at Two Roads Brewing Company9/10 Barcelona New Haven is hosting an event that you’ll definitely want to grab tickets to: Two Roads to Barcelona. Tickets to the 7 pm event are $45 and include some nicely paired bar food by Executive Chef Frank Proto. 

9/11-13 The Norwalk Oyster Festival returns with oysters, various food options, live music from Smashmouth and the singer from Styx, shopping, and more. Tickets are $10 for Friday or $12 for Saturday/Sunday. 

9/18 Do you have your tix for the Connecticut Chefs Challenge yet? The winner gets a ridiculously awesome winning prize belt to make even the WWE champion jealous.

Olio will be open anywhere from next week to the end of June.

Mark it and mark it well: Olio in Stamford will start to open for Sunday dinner on October 4 from 5:30-9.

Tigin in Stamford is featuring four new burgers until September 13, so get eating! They’ll have their Cowboy Burger with grass fed beef, bourbon cured bacon, red eye mayo, and cheese that has chive and horseradish whisked in. There is also a Grilled Portobello & Beet Buger, a Double Stack American Cheese Burger, and a Chipotle Spiked Turkey Burger.

Fortina Stamford is closer to opening . . . they now have their sign up!

We graduated too early it seems. That’s because Greenwich High School gets Garden Catering nuggets and cones 5 days a week right in their cafeteria. Dan might want to transfer schools right now . . . just saying.

Hoodoo Brown BBQ introduced their take on a Cobb Salad. This one features their pork belly with crispy skin rather than than normal and expected bacon. Bacon, we love you, but we love you more as pork belly.

Dr. Marc Brodsky is back with his Tart ‘n Soul Gelato that comes in two flavors: Pomegranate and Tart Cherry. It’s low in fat, has natural anti-oxidants, and comes in packs of four. Tart n’ Soul is available at Shoprite in Stamford and Norwalk. To read more about Dr. Brodsky and his gelato, check out our post from last year

Community Plates just received a sizable grant of $15,000 from the Fairfield County Community Foundation. This money will help them to reach even more people with their food rescue service. 


Beer

9/7 Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford is featuring Lagunitas with their IPA, Wilco Tango Foxtrot, Maximus, Cappuccino Stout, Pils, and more.

New Bourbon Beer Bar at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford9/9 Oskar Blues will be featured at Prime 16 in Orange, starting at 4 pm.

A few weeks back we told you about how Two Roads will be staring up a bussing service . . . well, it’s up and running. Call up (203) 449-1425 before you plan to arrive so they get ready for ya. Then, when you arrive at the Stratford train station, they’ll pick ya up and get you ready for a day of fun times and drinking. Oh, and when you get there, enjoy the newly AC’d tasting room. BOOM!

When we went to Thimble Island a few weeks back, Dan tried to get some Ghost Island but they had just run out. He was told that he shouldn’t worry because they’d be bottling the good stuff soon . . . well, that happened pretty quickly because GIDIPA is on shelves now and will show up on draft in more and more places soon, too!

Thimble Island Vanilla Coffee StoutSpeaking of Thimble Island, they also just popped the latest in their Uncharted Series into their tasting room. It’s a Session IPA that comes in at 5% and features Mosaic and Amarillo hops.

Black Pond Brews in Danielson has a killer Groupon deal right now. $12 gets you a tour, tasting, and pint glasses for two or you could get it for 4 people for just $24. This is a limited time offer, so sign up.

AleSmith Brewing Company is new to CT shelves, so check ’em out!

Half Full’s Pumpkin Ale is now available in cans to make your fall a bit cooler.

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