Nibble: CT Food Event & Happenings for Week of Sept 4-11

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Newly opened Aspetuck Brew Lab in Bridgeport will host a Stoked Flame Fest from 2pm til close in their parking lot on Saturday September 10.

Friday September 9 marks the Grand Opening of The Halal Guys in New Haven.  Starting at 11am, 5 grand prize winners can win free food for one month, the first 1000 guests will receive free swag, and everyone can celebrate the debut of the New Haven location.  Find them at 906 Chapel Street.

Every Tuesday night, join Walrus + Carpenter for a Compin’ + Stompin’ Jazz Jam Session.  The evening features featuring Ian Tait, Scott Packham and Ted Morcaldi playing a mix of swing, modern and fusion.

The 11th Annual Brass City Brewfest comes to Waterbury on Saturday September 10.  The festival brings together over 125 breweries and brewpubs to showcase some of their best beers.  Proceeds go toward Main Street Waterbury, a non-profit organization committed to the continued revitalization of Downtown Waterbury, CT.  General admission tickets are $35 per person. 

If you’ve ever thought of making your own wine, The Wine Press in North Haven can help.  On Friday September 9, their 2016 Fall Wine Tour and Tastings gives you the chance to tour of the facility and try some wines from California.  Light hors d'oeuvres and paired cheeses will be available as well.  The events costs $25 per person and tickets are limited. 

The annual Best of West Hartford Awards Show takes place on Thursday September 8 in the West Hartford Auditorium.  Enjoy great food and drink from readers’ favorite places.  There will also be an auction, giveaways, and more.  

Have you ever wanted to learn more about vegetarian cooking?  On Friday September 9, Cassandra Perdy will lead you through a menu of tahini ginger sauce, caramelized maple sriracha tempeh, emerald brown rice with roasted kale, and more.  It takes place at the Silo at Hunt Hill Farm from 6:30-9:30pm.  It costs $75 per person.  Call 860-355-0300 to register.

Trumbull, CT will hold its 2016 Fall Festival on Friday September 9 and Saturday September 10.  The 2 day festival includes food trucks, brews from Two Roads, a carnival, Saturday night fireworks, and more.  Admission is $5. 

The 5th Annual Slice of Saugatuck Festival will take over Saugatuck on Saturday September 10 from 2-5pm.  Almost 4 dozen restaurants and local stores will invite participants inside to try their food or check out their merchandise.  New this year is 2 beer gardens and specialty drinks.  For the kids, there will be bouncy houses, a climbing wall, and other activities. 

On Saturday, September 10, The Susie Foundation will host its second annual Susie Fest.  The organization’s non-medical support program benefits local patients and families living with ALS in Connecticut.  They are taking over Two Roads Brewery in Stratford and giving participants the chance to try craft beers, play lawn games, and listen live music… all for a great cause.  It costs $40 in advance or $45 at the door.  Admission includes two 12 oz beers or four 6 oz tasters as well as dinner. 

Jones Family Farms has announced their fall cooking class schedule.  On Saturday September 10, get a “Taste of Tuscany” with Tuscan Bean Soup with Squash & Kale, Pork Tenderloin with Greens over Grilled Polenta & Mushrooms, and Berries in Balsamic Syrup.  

Tickets are on sale now for the Wood Fired Pizza Pop-Up with Chef Paul Barron of Weekend Kitchen The event, which will take place at Stonewall Farm, includes a tour of the farm, pizza prepared from locally sourced ingredients, salad, dessert, and wine.  The pop-up runs from 9/16-9/18 with seatings starting at 5:30pm. 

Ki Delicia Brazilian Bakery & Deli in Bridgeport is celebrating their 9th anniversary Saturday September 10th.  Face painting for the kids, balloon activities, + free churros and prizes from 10AM-1PM, but open all day from 5:30AM-8PM.

Bricks and Barley in Shelton, CT is debuting a new Sunday brunch.  From 11-3, drink unlimited bellinis, mimosas, and bloody marys for $14.  Plus, enjoy music from a DJ and brunch dishes by executive chef Billy Weitzler.