New Canaan's Harvest Festival: Craft Beer & Chef Tastings

CTbites Team

Tickets are now on sale for the first annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 29 at the New Canaan Nature Center!  Held outdoors on the Nature Center’s grounds, the event will feature craft beer tastings, live bands, “local bites” provided by area chefs and outdoor games. This event is open to guests 21 & over with an afternoon tasting sessions from 3pm – 6pm and an evening session from 7pm – 10pm. 

All attendees will receive a tasting mug at the door which they can use to sample a variety of craft beers. Participating brewers are: Berkshire Brewing Company, Charter Oak Brewing Co. - CT, Cisco Brewers, Estrella Damm, GW Beer - CT, Half Full Brewery - CT, Harpoon Brewery, Thomas Hooker - CT, Murphy’s Stout, Palm Breweries. 

Chefs from several area restaurants will provide “local bites” to complement the beer tastings. Roger Sherman Inn, Carpe Diem, Boulevard 18, The Tuscan, Chicken Joe’s, Joe’s Pizza truck, Deep River Snacks, El Rancho de Pancho, Asia Hamachi, Zumbach’s coffee. 

Tickets can now be purchased for $50 online ( or at the Nature Center.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $65.  

Each session will feature live music from popular local bands: The Fry Daddys will play at session 1 from 3-6pm and Otis & The Hurricanes will play at session 2 from 7-10pm. 

Adding to the festival atmosphere, guests may participate in games of Cornhole, Ping Pong and Bocce.  Commemorative Tshirts and beer mugs will be available to purchase as well.  Funds raised from event ticket sales will benefit the New Canaan Nature Center’s educational programming as well as ongoing maintenance of the center’s 40-acres property.