Weekly Nibble: Guide to CT Farmers' Markets, SoNo Eats, Ninety9Bottles Beer Festival, Book Signings + More

Emma Doody

“SoNo Eats” (formerly SoNo Restaurant Week) is a six-day promotion that features the unique and fine dining options available in South Norwalk with Special Prix-Fixe Dining Deals May 31 – June 5. View participating restaurants here. 

On June 6th, Stamford Museum & Nature Center will host their 6th Annual Food & Wine Celebration Enjoy a festive evening of fine wines, delicious fare from the area's top caterers and restaurants, celebrating the museum's rich history as an educational and cultural treasure for Stamford and the surrounding communities. Buy Tickets here. 

Fairfield Cheese Company has posted their summer Cheese Class School schedule and it's creamy and delicious. 

Kick off the summer "al fresco" season at the gorgeous outdoor patio and restaurant at Artisan Southport on Wednesday June 3 with a Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30pm.  Enjoy creative hors d'oeuvres by innovative Chef Frederic Kieffer and specialty Artisan Margaritas for $39 per person.  View menu and purchase tickets here.

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, a beautiful new cookbook co-authored by CTbites' contributor Christy Colasurdo, launches Monday June 1. The book, a celebration of local food and farms, takes readers on a tasting tour of Connecticut. The authors will be signing books at Stew's in Norwalk on Saturday, June 6 from 11-1.  

Learn how to make “Late spring/summer appetizers” with AMG Catering on Tuesday June 2.  The menu includes Watermelon-Vodka Gazpacho “shooters”, Saucy Chicken Hoison “roll ups”, Scallop “Crudo”, and Green Goddess Crab Tapas.  It costs $90 per person and goes from 7-9pm. 

Farmers' Markets are now open all over CT. Check out this great guide to finding a Farmers' Market near you from Fairfield Green Food Guide. 

Sugar + Olives in Norwalk invites you to a weekly “Nooner” on Wednesdays from 12-2pm.  You'll watch a three recipe demo and enjoy a three-course lunch (cocktails too). $40 per person. 

Thursday June 4, Ancona’s Wine & Liquor in Ridgefield is kicking off a “Summer of Reisling” with a wine tasting from 6:45-8pm.  Space is limited, an RSVP is required. Please e-mail monique@anconaswines.com or call 203-544-8958 to reserve your spot today.  It costs $10 per person.

Friday June 5 is National Donut Day! Celebrate by visiting some of CT’s best donut destinations. Stay tuned for our 2015 Best Doughnuts in CT edition. 

Also on Friday, stop into Darien Discount Wines & Spirits from 4-7pm for a summer wine tasting.  The store is located at 353 Post Rd Darien, CT 06820.

Ninety9Bottles Craft Beer Festival returns for a 2nd year on Saturday June 6 at Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk.  It features New England based brews, local fare, and live music.

Starting opening day on June 7th, J House Greenwich will be hosting a specialty craft cocktail bar at Greenwich Polo Club. The J House mixologists will be pour polo-inspired cocktails and servie beer and wine from sponsors Stella Artois and Whispering Angel Rose.  Whether fans choose to picnic on the sidelines or go the VIP route by purchasing grandstand tickets or private cabanas, there are plenty of food options to delight even the most discerning palettes. Each Sunday afternoon match, food trucks offering fresh local lobster rolls, farm to table wood fired brick oven pizza and freshly prepared gelato will be on site. You’ll want to arrive with an empty stomach to sample delicacies from Caffe Bon, Lobstercraft, Skinny Pines, Bounty, Follow That Cupcake, La Fenice Gelato and more.  In addition to hosting the specialty craft cocktail bar, J House will be the official after party destination for polo fans and players to unwind after the match. Tickets can be purchased online and range from $40 per car for lawn seating, $60 per car for grandstand seating, box seats for $300 (seats 4) and $600 for VIP private cabanas (seats 8). 

This summer, Fairfield & Greenwich Cheese Company will pack your picnic for you with a curated collection of fresh-cut cheeses and meats, delicious dried fruits and nuts, and even an eco-friendly cheese tray with biodegradable serving utensils. These picnic essentials come packed in their custom to-go boxes in two sizes that make a fun and easy addition to picnics, beach-trips, boat rides, and so much more.