Weekly Nibble: Barnum Festival, Food Truck Festivals, Farm Tours, Brew Fests + More!

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Wednesday June 17, New Haven’s Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers will host a “Foolproof” beer release with owner Nick Garrison.  Try some of his best brews, including a Ginger & Lemongrass Saison, Raincloud Vanilla Porter on Nitro, a vintaged Revery Stout, and more.

Gingerman Greenwich and the Greenwich Wine Society invite you to a special tasting of French wines on Wednesday June 17. Guests start in the Gingerman's private party room, followed by a sit-down tasting. Wine author Paul DeBary will be on hand. $55 per person, all inclusive ($60 at the door). More information & registration here  or call 203.629.1261.

New Haven’s Elm City Market will host chefs from nearby Soul de Cuba Café on Thursday June 18.  They’ll demonstrate how to make Cuban and African dishes… and you can taste them too!

The Summer Solstice Food Truck Festival in Hamden is back this year at Hamden Town Center Park on June 19 from 4:30 to 9 pm.  There will be over 40 vendors, a kids play zone, a DJ Dance Party and more. The only thing you have to pay for is your food and drink!  

Friday June 19, enjoy a community pub crawl in Bridgeport with the Barnum Festival.  Participants will receive a map of participating restaurants and bars, and be free to journey from hotspot to hotspot.  There will be special drinks and free light buffets.  It lasts from 5:30-8 p.m. and costs $20 per person. 

Blue Point Brewery Food Truck Rodeo & Music Fest will take place Saturday June 20 at Mill River Park in Stamford Downtown.  With live music, almost 20 food trucks and kids games galore, it will literally be a fun family day of food and music.  

The Ski Sundown Summer Brewfest will take place Saturday June 20 from 4-8pm.  Enjoy unlimited tastings from over 30 breweries, live music, and food.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.  Space is limited, so be sure to purchase soon.  There are special rates for designated drivers as well. 

CLiCK, Inc (Commercially Licensed Cooperative Kitchen) is a 501c3 non-profit run on co-operative values serving the needs of the local community through its commitment to a just locally based sustainable and healthy food system.  Saturday June 20, CLiCK will host its grand opening from 2 -5pm at its headquarters: 41 Club Road in Windham, Connecticut. The evening will include food, drinks, music, membership specials, kids activities, and food demonstrations.  For more information and to RSVP email clickwillimantic@gmail.com or call 860-786-7907. 

The Hartford County Farm Bureau is pleased to host a Free Farm Tour at Bushy Hill Orchard on Sunday, June 21 from 10am-2pm.  There will be tractor rides, baby goats, baked goods, and more. 

On Saturday June 20, participate in the New Haven Downtown Culinary Tour, which will stop at 9 different restaurants throughout New Haven.  The tour will be hosted by Stephen Fries, Food Columnist and Professor of Hospitality Management at Gateway Community College.  The tour lasts 3.5 hours, so wear comfortable walking shoes.  Reservations are required. Call Visit New Haven at 203-777-8550. 

Sunday June 21 is a “109 Cheese and Wine Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz.”  Meet in the lobby at 7:15pm for a wine tasting, reception, and exhibit of artwork by a local artist.  Music will be by Al Di Meola. 

Looking ahead...

Monday June 22 Cask Republic Stamford will hold a Captain Lawrence Beer Dinner.  Crew members at Cask had the opportunity to brew a double dry hopped session IPA with them that will be featured at the dinner. It is 7pm, $75 ticket (inclusive of tax/tip). 

Thursday June 25 is a “Guys Night Out” at Barcelona Fairfield starting at 7:30pm. Sip on craft beer or a selection from our Scotch bar, while Chef Darren fires up the grill and roasts a pig in our caja China. Take the night off and unwind, Barcelona-style. $70 per person, all inclusive. For reservations, call 203.255.0800 or visit: http://www.barcelonawinebar.com/calendar.htm.