Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings For April 24 - May 1

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Ambler Farm invites you to their Spring Fling Pancake Breakfast” on Saturday April 30.  Stop in between 11am and 12:30pm to feast on pancakes with Ambler Farm’s syrup.  Guests can also visit with the farm animals, watch wool shearing, complete a spring craft, and take home a packet of seeds.  It costs $15 per adult and $5 per child.  Reservations are required. 

The 3rd Annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival returns on April 30th and May 1st to the historic Lounsbury House, at 316 Main Street in Ridgefield. The festival will feature two world-champion barbecue competitions, rides, games, and good eats for the entire family.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children under 12 years old. For a more information visit

Thursday April 28th, 7 pm join top local Baristas as they compete in a bracket-style Latte Art Throwdown at NEAT Westport. $10 gets you in as a participant and drink ticket, but spectators are free. Food, cocktails and music.  NEAT Westport 6 Wilton Rd. Westport. CT. (203) 557-8955

Saturday April 30th, 5 -8 pm, Westport-based broker, Judy Michaelis hosts Paleo + Plate cooking demo and tasting at one of her special listings in Wilton, CT. Watch Chef Danielle Hartog prepare a full Paleo menu.

Westbrook Lobster in Wallingford will team up with Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. for a beer dinner on Tuesday April 26.  The five course meal will feature dishes like firecracker shrimp egg rolls and lobster cheese croquettes paired with ales from Firefly Hollow.  It costs $50 per person, plus tax and tip. 

On Wednesday April 27, visit elm in New Canaan to try new spring wine releases from The Withers paired with light fare.  It costs $30 per person.

Cask Republic Norwalk will host Jack’s Abby for a tap takeover on Wednesday April 27.  It starts at 6pm.  For a list of the beers, see: 

On Wednesday April 27, The Capital Grille in Stamford invites you to an exclusive wine dinner featuring wines from Penfolds.  World renowned “Master” Sommelier Dylnn Proctor will lead you through four course dinner with dishes like a Dry Aged Sirloin with Smoked Tomato Jam and Seared Duck Breast with Vanilla Bean Whipped Potatoes and Blackberry Jus.  The night will highlight some exceptional bottles- including the 2008 Penfolds 169 Cabernet and the legendary 2006 Penfolds Grange.  It costs $175 per person, plus tax and tip.  RSVP to

On Thursday April 28, you can help the fight against AIDS just by eating at your favorite New Haven restaurants!  Approximately 30 restaurants will donate a percentage of the days profits as part of the “Dining Out For Life” fundraiser.  For a list of participants, see: 

Got juice?  McArdle’s in Greenwich does!  On April 28 at 10am, they’ll teach you "How to Grow a Green Juice Garden" with Green & Tonic's Director of Nutrition & Education, Kristina Hess. Enjoy complimentary juices and samples courtesy of Green & Tonic.

Serena & Lily is celebrating the Grand Opening of their Westport store with three days of food, giveaways and activities from Friday, April 29th through Sunday May 1st. Coffee and breakfast treats like brioche donuts, mini quiches and croissants from local favorite SoNo Bakery will be served each morning. Greenwich-based Italian gelato maker La Fenice will serve fresh-made gelato each afternoon in classic Italian flavors like cioccolato, stracciatella, limone sorbetto and caffe. 

Celebrate Overshores Brewery’s second anniversary on Saturday April 30.  From 12-4, enjoy Brewery Tours, Live Music, Food Trucks, Giveaways and Belgian Beer Specials.  Admission is free.

The 9th Annual Iron Chef Elm City goes down on Sunday May 1!  Four firefighters and chefs will compete to prepare an appetizer, entrée, and dessert using a secret ingredient.  Enjoy food samplings from competing chef's restaurants and CT food manufacturers before and during the competition.  Tickets are available here:

Pizza, please!  On Saturday April 30, make pizza with Chef Pat at Bar Sugo starting at 11am.  It costs $40 per person, plus tax and tip.  Reserve your space by calling the restaurant at 203-956-7134.

The Mary Wade 11th Annual Wine Dinner will take place at The Omni Hotel in New Haven on Saturday April 30.  Thomas Matthews, Executive Editor of Wine Spectator, will the event.  The 4 course dinner will highlight Carpineto wines from Tuscany.  It costs $200 per person.  Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.  Proceeds raised from the night will benefit the Mary Wade arts and education program.  Purchase your tickets here: 

The Thread City Hop Fest will take place in Willimantic’s Jillson Square on Sunday May 1 from 1-5pm.  With a $35 ticket ($50 at the gate), attendees can sample beer from 45 New England breweries.  There will be food and entertainment as well.  Proceeds will go to help the No Freeeze Porject and the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry. 

Barcade will be open for business in New Haven on Sunday May 1!  A bar meets an arcade on Orange Street.