Weekly Nibble: Smoke in the Valley, Oktoberfest, Farm Tours, Harvest Festival, Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Talk & More!

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

On Monday September 28, Sen. Tony Hwang and The Buzz Truck are teaming up to bring free coffee to commuters!  The event is honor of National Coffee Day, which takes place on the 29.  Sen. Look for Hwang and The Buzz Truck in the parking lot side of the station (northbound) from 6-8am.

Even Fairfield Cheese Company is getting into the Oktoberfest spirit!  On Tuesday September 29, their typical cheese class will be replaced with a five-course meal paired with Oktoberfest brews.  It costs $100 per person and will take place at the Fairfield location from 7-11pm.  

Smoke in the Valley returns to Seymour, CT on October 3 and 4.  There will be live music, food trucks, local vendors, beer and wine tastings, and more.  New for this year: a food truck challenge where attendees can vote for their favorite!  Tickets are $45 pp.

Pies and Pints, located in Waterbury, CT, has the next installation of its monthly beer dinner program on Wednesday September 30.  Attendees can mingle during the welcome social from 6-6:30 and then sit down to a three course dinner with beer pairings.  Reservations required: triburyct@gmail.com or call 203.573.1743.

Match Restaurant continues its birthday celebrations with “The Reunion Dinner Service” on Wednesday September 30.  Former staff members will return to dine with guests.  All gratuities will benefit CDSC and Fiona’s Firefighters.  

The Spread in South Norwalk invites you to an Oktoberfest beer dinner on Thursday October 1.  The five course meal includes autumn inspired fare like a sausage and sauerkraut fritter, pork shank, and pumpkin bread pudding.  Each dish is paired with a delicious Oktoberfest beer.  Reservations are required. 

On Thursday October 1, The UConn Hartford Cooperative Extension wants to teach us about where our food comes from.  Their 3rd Annual Notable Farm Food Tour” will stop at prominent food producers in East Central Connecticut, such as the UConn Plant Science Research Center in Storrs, Grow Windham’s Community Garden in Lauter Park in Willimantic, Graywall Farm in Lebanon, and fnally Priam Vineyards in Colchester.  Lunch is included.  Tickets are $85 per person.  

Blue Lemon in Westport will host a Chilean Wine Dinner on Tuesday September 29 at 7pm.  The five course dinner includes dishes like a ceviche of shrimp and scallops, seared wild striped bass, and roast pork loin.  Please call 203-226-2647 to reserve your space.

Nicholas Roberts will host its 10th Annual Harvest Tasting to benefit Turning Wine Into Water on September . This year’s event will be held on October 3 from 5-8pm.  This year, it will take place at The Landing by David’s Soundview Catering in Shippan.  Guests also have the chance to purchase tickets to the “Vintage room,” which features higher end bottles. 

New Canaan’s annual Harvest Festival will take place on Saturday October 3 from 7-10pm.  Guests can taste an assortment of beer, wine, and food from local vendors while listening to music by the Jazzholes.  Tickets are $65 in advance and $80 at the door. 

Miranda Vineyard in Goshen, CT invites you to its Harvest Festival on Sunday October 4.  Attendees can participate in grape stomping and wine tasting, while taking in performances from local troupes and live music.  Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation.  

From October 3-4, visit Blue Slope Museum in Franklin, CT for “Farming Through the Ages.”  The days recreate life on early farms with baking demonstrations, pie contests, a working dairy farm, a farmers market, and more.  Adults are $9 and kids are $4.  http://blueslope.com/BSCM_2015_Farm_Fall_Festival_Flyer.html