Continuing our spotlight on great gifts from local Fairfield County producers, we turn our focus to Jones Winery located in the rolling hills of Shelton. And, when it comes to holiday gifts, is there anything that’s better than wine? You can bring bottles over to your family’s gatherings, give a bottle to a friend, or drink away your sorrows if the in-laws are over. But, seriously, Jones Winery.
We’ve grown to become very picky about our hot wings. Seriously, like super picky. We’ve had some awesome wings around the state, so we’re always keeping a mental wingopedia when we try new ones. So, we’d like to help you to add more wings to to that wingopedia in your noggin with two free tickets to Hoptoberfest Craft Beer Festival & Wing Contest! All you need to do is tell us how you like your wings here, on FB, or on Twitter using #Wingopedia. If we were entering (which we aren’t, that’d be mean if we won our own contest!), we’d say something like, “I like my wings spicy. Like, actually spicy…not fake spicy.” The contest starts now and goes until Friday (10/3) at noon when we’ll announce the winner on our FB page and Twitter feed.
Here are the deets for Hoptoberfest…and note that if you get your tickets online, they are still pretty affordable at only $25:
Food competition shows are fun to watch on TV, no doubt. There’s lots of excitement, panic, stressful situations, and lots of smack talk going down. But, you miss out on a key component: interaction. You can’t talk with the chefs, (even though you might be yelling at the TV and telling them to not cook the pork for any longer, they can’t actually hear you) and you certainly can’t taste all the awesome food that they are making.
Well, you’ve got your chance as the Connecticut Chefs Challenge returns for another year at Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton. This year there are seven CT chefs who are vying to win the title of “Best in Show.” The fun begins at 5:30 with a cocktail reception where you’ll learn about The Optimus Foundation (they construct and maintain medical facilities in Fairfield County for communities in need) who this event benefits and you’ll get to down some great small bites to help prep you for the contest.
So…remember when we wrote about the Meriden Food Truck Festival going down October 25 +26 just a few hours ago? Yeah…well, we’ve got another one to share with ya, this happening much sooner (9/18 from 4-8) at the Shelton River Walk: Food Trucks in the Valley! This feast by the river is being hosted by The Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center and will help to raise vital funding for them that will go towards programs and services such as helping people who have undergone severe trauma, abuse, or neglect.
CT Food News, Vol. 9: Hot Dogs, Cocktails, Free Oysters, Trux, Cooking Classes, Festivals, and More…18 Jun
Well, what can we say but there’s a whole helluva lot going on in and around Fairfield County over the next two weeks. So, in addition to our regular posts, we’ve gathered up some major highlights of things going on such as awesome events, special meals, beer news, beer dinners, cooking classes, farmers’ markets, festivals, ways to give back, and we give some props to a city in CT that just got some major press. Check out more events here, too.
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6/18-6/20: Chef Storch of Match continues his themed lunches, this time with “Super Duper” Match. And, if you’re wondering…yes, he’s featuring some of the greatest dishes from Super Duper Weenie: the best hot dog joint in the world. Check out Match’s FB page for the menu.
6/19: The Chelsea in Fairfield is takin’ things back to ‘Nawlins with food and drink specials, mon cherie. This is all in celebration of Marc Broussard hitting up Fairfield Theatre Company that day.
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.
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.
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.
Jonesing (we made a punny joke) for something to do Thursday and over the weekend? Well, Jones Family Winery in Shelton has got the hook up! Aside from having their wine available for purchase and tasting, they’ll be holding a holiday tea tasting and cooking demo and have other great events going on, too.
First up is their Special Christmas Tea on 12/19 from 2-4 pm. For $60 (register here) you’ll get some wine and will learn how to make some awesome tea time classics such as tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and cardamom walnut cookies. And, you can wash it all down with some Harney & Sons Tea. Pinky in the air while you sip is optional.
Even if you can’t make this cooking classes, there are still other chances to get in that holiday spirit at Jones. You could take the family out to visit Santa on 12/21 or 12/22 from 10-4 pm. Oh, and after the pics and asking Santa for a brand new PS4 or XBox One, travel into the tasting room and stock up for Christmas dinner!
And, if you’re one of those slackers who waits until the last minute to take care of things, they’ve got you covered too because they’ll be open on Christmas Eve from 9-4 pm so you’ll have plenty of liquid cheer, cider, and Christmas cookies.
Stay warm and full of holiday cheer,
Dan and Kristien
Some people sell chocolates, some people grow mustaches, some people run marathons, and there are even some people who go from door to door to raise money for their favorite charities. Well, “some people” have never met Todd Ruggere of Grafton, MA. Last year he traveled to every single town in Massachusetts (351 of them) and had a beer there. His hope was to meet some great people, have some great beer, but most importantly raise some money for children’s cancer research.
But, how could he expect the amazing reaction that he would receive from people who were following his journey? They’d give him suggestions of where to have a drink, would invite him over for a beer, and they’d set up amazing events upon his arrival that would help him to raise about $40,000 by the end of his trip. But, he’s not stopping there.
So, let us celebrate these heavenly creations at Hoptoberfest at the Rotary Pavillion at the Shelton Riverwalk on 10/26 from 1-5 pm. Beer will be pouring and Valley restaurants will compete to see who is “King of the Wing.” While you could go for just the wings (1-3) for just $15, we would seriously hope you wouldn’t get just that. That’s because for just $25 (if you buy online, $35 the day of) you also get lots of beer with those wings. While you glug glug and munch munch you’ll also be able to listen to Howie and the Soul Potatoes (awesome name) then Casey Gorman.