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To Do: Maple Sugar Festival Weekend 2012 at Stamford Museum & Nature Center

24 Feb

Oh divine liquid called maple syrup, we love thee

Update:  and the winner is….

First County Bank is again (12 years) sponsoring the maple syrup utopia that goes down year after year, only this time things are a bit different.  You might remember there was a Chef’s Challenge where local chefs and caterers cooked and baked with maple syrup, then came back a few weeks later for Maple Sugar Sunday for a final face off.  This year both events are taking place on the same weekend!

Yup, Maple Sugar Festival Weekend is just about a week away at Stamford Museum & Nature Center.  If you’d like a preview of what’s to come, check out our past posts on maple syrup comas and our breakdown of Maple Sugar Sunday.  Here are all the syrupy sweet details:

Both Saturday and Sunday, 3/3-3/4, 11-3

$5 for members/$10 for non-members/children 3 and under as well as Family Plus or above=free

• Maple syrup creation demonstrations

• How to tap a tree for maple syrup

• How colonists made maple syrup

• Native American hot rock method

• How SM&NC uses the modern evaporation method to create their maple syrup

SM&NC Maple syrup for sale (we still have a jug left from last year)

• Fun for kids with crafts, scavenger hunts, face painting, story telling, music, and more.

Saturday, 3/3/2012, 11-3

• Chef’s Challenge from 11:30-1:30 with the winner announced at 2 (a must see and eat event)

• Local chefs and caterers use maple syrup to make the most awesome recipes for you to taste and vote on:

     EOS Greek Cuisine

     A Dash of Salt

     Susan Kane Catering

     David’s Soundview Catering

Marcia Selden's Beautiful Spread of Maple-goodness

Sunday, 3/4/2012, 11-3

• A yummy pancake brunch featuring SM&NC maple syrup for just $5 per person from 11-2.

This will be another great time for maple syrup lovers, couples, friends, and families to come down and check out why SM&NC is so awesome.  We bought a membership last year, so really think about the benefits.  You get lower entry fees to special events, you get to visit for free during the year, and most importantly you get to help SM&NC to thrive.  

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Road

Stamford, CT 06903

Chowdafest IV 2012, Baby! It’s Gonna Be Wicked SOUPer!

18 Jan

About a year ago Kristien and I got our chowda on and OD’d on soupy goodness.  Yup, the Third Annual Chowdafest was awesome with tons of restaurants competing for the Classic New England Chowder, Creative Chowder, and Soup titles.  Last year Mansion Clam House won Classic N.E. Clam Chowder, SBC won Creative Chowder with Corn & Poblano Chowder, and Nicholas Roberts won with their Lobster Bisque.  So, who’s winning this year on 2/4/12 from 11-4 at Bedford Middle School in Westport?  You get a spoon, then you om nom nom, vote, and help decide the winners.  Yeah, you can even pretend you’re one of those judges from Chopped or Iron Chef.  We won’t tell.

Well, look at the talent pool here, first:

Ash Creek Saloon
Blue Lemon
Bobby Q’s
The Brewhouse
Cactus Rose Cantina
Crab Shell
The Ginger Man
Liquid Lunch
Los Cabos
Mansion Clam House
Mystic Soup Co.
Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro
Old Post Tavern
River House
Southport Brewing Company
Super Duper Weenie
Tavern on Main

Look at that list!  Some of Connecticut’s best restaurants competing for the fun of it but also to take home bragging rights.  Tickets are a measly $6 for adults, $5 for 65+, and a puny $2 for children and go towards helping out The CT Food Bank.  Also, bring down some nonperishable items to help boost up their food drive.  Yeah, everybody wins on “SOUPer Bowl Saturday.”  Kids will have even more fun this year, too.    Stop & Shop is sponsoring a Kids Cove where there will be stickers, temporary tattoos (why not real ones?), and a chef hat decorating station!  Also, have your kids meet the most savory “SOUPer hero,” Chef Quahog.  There’s still some time to meet him before 2/4, too.

Bonus:  stop by after 3 and you’ll be entered into a special raffle.

Some cool facts from Jim Keenan, organizer of both Chowdafest and Chilifest:

• No restaurant has won the same category back to back.  The Ginger Man almost did last year, coming in 2nd by a mere 5 votes.

• We’re in CT, yes, but no one has been daring enough to enter in a Manhattan Clam Chowder.

• There has never been more than one lobster bisque, but this year there are three on the way.

• They are poised to break attendance records!  How awesome is that?

Chowdafest is now one of the largest competitions going on in New England.

Chowdafest IV


11 am – 4 pm

$6 adults/$5 seniors/$2 children

Bedford Middle School

88 North Ave

Westport, CT 06880

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