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Two Roads Brewing Company's "OK2BERFEST" September 27 & 28th!

It may be known as Oktoberfest but the real fun begins later this September. Stratford, CT's Two Roads Brewing Company will be celebrating their 2nd annual "Ok2berfest" on the grounds of their 100+ year old brewery and it promises to be two days of beer, food, music and… more beer!

Building on the success of last year's event, this year's Ok2berfest will be a must-attend festival for beer lovers. And speaking of beer, Two Roads has brewed up two different Oktoberfest style beers just for the occasion dubbed "Ein" and "Zwei," that honor the Bavarian Oktoberfest tradition that originated in 1810.

And since nothing goes better with flavorful craft beers than good food, great local eats will be served by some of the area's top food trucks. If you've ever been to Two Roads, you'll be familiar with some of the amazing culinary creations area chefs have been serving up in these fun gastro-mobiles!

Tickets are on sale through Two Roads website: where you will also find more information about the day including band schedule, the food truck line up and other pertinent information. 

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2014's Chowdafest is October 12th: 36 Restaurants Battle, YOU Vote!

Chowdafest is a culinary competition pitting award winning chefs & restaurants against each other where YOU are the judge! When you arrive, you get a pencil, ballot and spoon. Then slurp down 36 decadent samples of chowder, soup and bisque. It's up to you to determine whose chowda is the best. Chefs will compete in 4 categories: New England Clam Chowder, Manhattan and Rhode Island Clam chowders, Creative Chowder and Soup & Bisque.

We had so much fun last year, we decided to make a short video. Here were the highlights from 2013. 

But this year will even bigger and better! Chowdafest has moved outdoors to Norwalk CT - the Chowder Capital of CT.  It will be held outdoors at the idyllic Calf Pasture Beach which is exit #16 off I-95. Chowdafest remains one of the best deals around. Save $5, compliments of Stop & Shop, when you buy your ticket on-line for just $10 (adults). $15 at the door, $5 kids (6-12) and kids 5 and under are FREE. VIP tickets will be available this year for serious chowdaheads. Kids receive FREE chef hats, stickers and more while supplies last.  Chowdafest will be held rain or shine. Buy Ticket Here.

Every year a large portion of Chowdafest ticket sales go to a local charity fighting hunger in our community. This year Chowdafest will be donating half of its proceeds to Community Plates!

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Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events for Week of Sept 15th

Chef Aarón Sánchez’s new Stamford restaurant, Paloma has started serving lunch daily on Monday from 11:30-2:30pm. The menu includes dishes such as Chile de Arbol Steamed Mussels with Chipotle Lobster Stock; Ancho Cacao Braised Short Rib Sliders; and Camitas. 

After their success at the Mohegan SunWineFest, Casey Flat Ranch Wines have finally emerged on the Connecticut market!  Join Artisan Restaurant and Brenda Bulllington of Casey Flat Ranch Wines for a 4-course wine dinner Sept.16.  Each dish will be paired with a wine from Casey Flat Ranch.  The intimate yet fun event will include 12 people, so reserve a spot @ 203.307.4222.

Parent Child Resource Center hosts "Food Trucks in the Valley" on Thursday September 18th from 4 - 8 pm (rain date the 23rd) at Shelton Riverwalk. The FREE event includs 15+ food trucks, wine and beer, ciders, live music, a car show, and childrens' activities. Proceeds support PCRC's programs that serve children and families, most of whom suffer from trauma, abuse and neglect. 

The SoWe Food + Wine Fest comes to Southern Westchester County September 19-21.  One of their signature events, The Best Chef Battle, will feature celebrity chefs like Rocco Dispirito, Graham Elliot, Franklin Becker & Dave DiBari.  You can also visit the “Culinary Village” which will feature an array of food and wine for you to try.  For tickets, a schedule of events, and details, visit: 

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Nourish New Haven Food Conference on September 19 at Yale Divinity School

Nourish New Haven, the local food justice and sustainability conference with Greater-Yale and Greater-New Haven partners, will take place again at Yale Divinity School on September 19-20, 2014.

Register here. Space is limited.

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Qdoba Mexican Grill Opens in Westport w/ Fast Tasty Tex-Mexican

Qdoba Mexican Grill is now OPEN in Westport in Playhouse Square. Qdoba is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant, serving up the kind of quick meal you can feel good about eating...or feeding your kids. Qdoba serves burritos made in the San Francisco burrito style, tacos, quesadillas, taco salads, 3-Cheese Queso, Queso Diablo, tortilla soup, Mexican gumbo, and darn good fresh guacamole. Sure, there is some more authentic Mexican food to be had in Fairfield County, but in the "fast food" category, Qdoba is right up there. 

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Kids Eat Free!! Family Happy Hour @ 116 Crown in New Haven

The Family Happy Hour continues in the Garden at 116.  Every Saturday from 4 - 6pm bring your family and meet up with friends in The 116 Garden.  Kids Meals are Complimentary (3 Choices - one always pizza & at least one vegetarian).  Supervised Crafts Table stimulates the creativity for the littles and facilitates relaxation for the the bigs.  Crafts excellent for child self esteem.  Socializing excellent for adult sanity.

Space is limited outside so please forward this message carefully.

Full Menu / Shine only 

116 Crown  @ 116 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510 (203) 777-3116


GIVEAWAY!! Win Tix To Exclusive Greenwich Wine & Food Festival Dinners & Events

Would you like to win FREE TICKETS to the GREENWICH FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL? We've got some seriously sought after tickets to the following events that we are jusy dying to give away....

2 Tickets to Gala Tickets ($325 value. Friday evening)

2 Tickets to On Stage Box Seat Dinner with Red Rooster ($475 value. Saturday evening)

2 Tickets to Oysters & Wine ($125 value. Thursday evening)

TO WIN: Like our Facebook page in the next 12 days, or if you're already a part of our Facebook community, just COMMENT on ANY FACEBOOK POST in the next 12 days & mention The Greenwich Wine & Food Festival. 

We will randomly select 3 winners on September 22nd.

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The Harbor Brew Fest is Back @ Harbor Yard w/ A Bounty of Beer & Food Trucks

This in from the folks @ The Harbor Brew Fest...

On a perfect fall day, there is no better place to sip a frosty than at The Harbor Brew Fest. The festival will feature international, domestic and local beers, CT’s most popular food trucks and talented bands. Harbor Brew Fest is taking place on September 20, 2014 at the Bluefish Stadium at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT.

The Harbor Brew Fest will tap off with a Brewers Special from 12pm – 1pm. General Admission will begin at 1pm and we will pour until 5pm. In addition to adding more Brewers (100!) and 13 food trucks (view full list below) for our 2014 brew fest we will have our CT Craft beer tent, which will feature all of the best CT Craft Beers. Ticket sales will be limited and will sell out before the day of the event. A percentage of proceeds will benefit Harbor Light Foundation. Ticket info here.


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Family Friendly 3rd Annual Slice Of Saugatuck is Sept. 14th w/ Wine, Food & 5 Music Stages!

The third annual Slice of Saugatuck Festival is set to go off on Sunday September 14, from 1-4pm (rain date Sept 21).  The family friendly Wine & Food and Retail Experience has once again expanded, both in the number of participating venues and what is being offered to the festival goer, especially kids.

“The festival is back and it’s bigger,” said WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell, “Not only will there be tastings at over two dozen eateries, and great offerings by all the other merchants; there will be a mini maker space, drones, obstacle courses, bouncy houses, magicians, hoola hoops and rock climbing. The kids are going to love it.”

Also added this year, will be a retrospective of historic Saugatuck created by the Town curator Kathie Bennewitz.

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11 Places for Apple Picking in CT

As autumn approaches, farmers journey out to their fields to begin the harvest.  Apples lie at the heart of the season: apple cider, apple pie, or even a simple Gala or Braeburn apple are beautiful bounties on a crisp afternoon.  CT's farms and orchards are inviting you to pick-your-own apples as the leaves start to change their color.  Here are 10 places where you can enjoy a fall afternoon.

If you love apples, be sure to check out these recipes for a Hot Cinnamon Apple Toddy and a Prosecco Apple Fizz from Sugar & Olives.

  1. Bishop's Orchards, Guilford
  2. Rogers Orchards, Southington
  3. Lyman Orchards, Middlefield
  4. Rose's Berry Farm, Glastonbury
  5. Silverman's, Easton
  6. Blue Jay Orchards, Bethel
  7. Rose Orchards, Branford
  8. Drazen Orchards, Cheshire
  9. Johnny Appleseed's, Ellington
  10. March Farms, Bethlehem
  11. Scotts Orchard and Nursery, Glastonbury

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