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Connecticut offers great food events and festivals throughout 2013. Check out all of the events here.

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May Festivals and Events in Connecticut

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May 4, 2013

Annual New England Regional Chili Cookoff 

– Somers, Connecticut

Sanctioned by the International Chili Society. To benefit the Somers (CT) Fire Department and Patriot Guard Riders CT.  The event is but minutes from Hartford and Springfield.

May 4, 2013  Mother’s Day Chocolate Festival – Danbury, Connecticut
Sample a delicious assortment of chocolate confections and specialty food items, all available for tasting and for sale.  Shop for unique gifts and products.  Perfect for gift giving.  Door Prizes. 12 yr & older $10 – 11 yr and under-free

May 18-19, 2013  Asparagus Festival – Sherman, Connecticut
6th annual asparagus festival. Food, Wine, Tours, Live Music

May 22, 2013  Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation– New Haven, Connecticut
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is the nation’s premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists — all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

May 25-27, 2013  Mystic Seaport Lobster Days – Mystic, Connecticut
Lobsters in the rough are served by the Rotary Club of Mystic. Lobster platters are served picnic-style under Mystic Seaport’s open-air Boat Shed where diners can watch boats cruising on the Mystic River and enjoy music of the sea.

June Festivals and Events in Connecticut

June 6-9, 2013 Blast From the Bayou Cajun Zydeco Festival 2013  – Preston, CT

Four days of great music with Cajun cuisine, music workshops, and dance workshops with instruction on the Cajun 2 Step, Cajun Jitterbug, and Basic Zydeco from expert dance instructors and plenty of room to dance to the authentic Louisiana bands. The 2012 line-up will feature a terrific mix of Cajun & Zydeco dance bands. Six bands will be making the migration north from the southern bayous, with additional regional performers from throughout the Northeast.

June 7, 2013  A Tour of Scotland: Majestic Single Malt Scotch Whiskey – Norwalk, Connecticut

Journey through Scotland and taste four distinctly different Malt Whiskies. We’ll be tasting Dalwhinnie, Oban, Talisker and Lagavulin and comparing the regions and their taste profiles.

June 8-10, 2013  Rhubarb Festival – Sherman, Connecticut

Rhubarb cobbler, Rhubarb compote, Rhubarb ice cream, and more made with our farm grown rhubarb.

June 9-10, 2013 Food Festival 2013 at Olde Mistick Village  – Mystic, Connecticut

Local restaurants from the Connecticut and Rhode Island shoreline will be offering all kinds of ethnic cuisine for tasting and purchase. Food from Beachside Catering, Bestemors, Chet’s Italian Ice, Gourmet Galley Catering, Harp and Dragon, Johnny’s Peking Tokyo, Meriano’s Bake Shoppe, Munchie Food Truck, The Pita Spot, Pizza Grille, Portuguese Fisherman, Rice Box, A Taste Of India, and Homeport! The event will feature cooking demonstrations as well as exceptional live entertainment from around the world.

June 15, 2013  New Horizons Strawberry Festival – Unionville, Connecticut
Sponsored by New Horizons Village, a residential complex for adults with physical disabilities, the festival includes a craft fair, antique car show, music, and strawberry shortcake!

June 23, 2013 BBQ & Vino – Fairfield, CT

Every year our friend William Miller at Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market joins Barcelona Wine Director Gretchen Thomas for a wine dinner on the patio, always our biggest wine event of the year. As our debut patio wine dinner of the warm seasons, we need no excuse to just have some great Spanish wines paired with Executive Chef Helton Da Silva’sfood prepared on our outdoor grill. Fresh vegetables and herbs from our garden, chilled wines, roasting pig…what else could you want on a beautiful Sunday afternoon!

June 29, 2013  Yoga and Wine Tasting – Westport, Connecticut

Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit and Maggie Converse of Pop Up Yoga are teaming up to bring fun and flavor to Westport this summer. Converse will lead a one-hour open level yoga class at Bottlerocket every Saturday in June 4:30 to 5:30. Participants will then enjoy a casual tasting of summer wines and craft beer. Individual classes are $25, and a 4-class package for $85.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes in which they can move and bring their own yoga mat. The open level, alignment-based class is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced yoga practitioners. You can even feel free to bring your dog!

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July  Festivals and Events in Connecticut

July 7, 2013  Wine & Art Gala – Coventry, Connecticut
Wine tasting, cheese tastings, demonstrations, ‘Cook Fresh with a Chef,’ Art, crafts, music, etc.

July 13, 2013 Wine Class (West Hartford)- Catalunya – West Hartford, Connecticut

Gain in depth knowledge of the gastronomy, terroir, varietals and wine-making styles of Cataluña, Spain. This region is probably most famous for being home to the great city of Barcelona, but it is also land of Garnacha, as well as some of the most diverse, terroir-driven wines produced in Spain. Forever a crossroads between Spain and France, Cataluña houses more “Denominations of Origin” than any other Spanish community, and produces a huge array of white, rose, sparkling and red wines. One thing is for sure – Cataluña is in no shortage of talented winemakers and vine growers. Some of Spain’s most famous (and most expensive) wines hail from this area. This class will explore the ins and outs of this region with a tasting of some of Barcelona Restaurant’s favorite Catalan wines.

The style of these wine courses is designed for the beginner looking to become a professional, or an enthusiast looking to gain more knowledge and wine tasting experience. No one is born with the ability to decipher particular aromas and flavors in wine – it can only come with lots of practice, and students of these wine courses will gain great training in palate development. We discuss topics beyond the typical “abc’s,” often focusing on how to describe and understand unfamiliar wines and regions. Students of the wine class will gain experience in wine terminology, wine tasting and evaluation, wine-making techniques and styles, regions of the world, effects of climate and weather on vineyards, and over-all , interesting facts and knowledge about the wines of the world.

July 14, 2013  Fungus & Forage Festival – Coventry, Connecticut
Held at the Nathan Hale Homestead.

July 14, 2013 Long Island Wine Tour – Thompson, Connecticut

Come Join the FUN on The Long Island Wine Academy ‘s Bastille Day Tour!!! Join us for an incredible full day as we sip, eat, learn, laugh and tour Long Island’s World-Class Wine Region!

July 21, 2013 Ice Cream, Blueberry, & Bluegrass Bash at Fort Hill Farms – Thompson, Connecticut

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month, featuring complimentary samplings of the latest flavors of The Farmer’s Cow ice cream topped with fresh blueberries from Fort Hill Farm and The Farmer’s Cow fresh whipped cream. Listen to live bluegrass music, tour the award-winning quintessential gardens, enjoy a wagon ride around the fields and meet the calves that will grow up to join the herd as the next generation of The Farmer’s Cow milking cows.

August Festivals and Events in Connecticut

August 3, 2013 Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival 2013 – Hartford, Connecticut

The upper and lower areas of Mortensen Riverfront Plaza are transformed into a Caribbean village. Bring the whole family to enjoy musical and dance performances while you sample authentic and world famous Caribbean dishes. Other highlights include a children’s village, domino tournament and salsa, merengue and calypso dance lessons.

August 17-18, 2013 Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival 2013 – Hartford, CT

Welcome to the exhilarating sport of dragon boat racing. This event features Asian entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, educational cultural booths, delicious Asian cuisine, Asian games for kids and much more.

August 25, 2013  Heirloom Exposition – Coventry, Connecticut
Market visitors could taste history ~ over 75 heirloom tomato varieties!

September Festivals and Events in Connecticut

September 26-29, 2013  94th Annual Durham Fair
Durham, Connecticut
Connecticut’s largest agricultural fair. Come visit the Durham Fair and you’ll see what a real fair is all about. Live entertainment, rides and games on the Midway, first-class animal competitions and discovery events on the Corn Stalk Stage. Along with a trove of crafts, exhibits, shopping and fun food. Yum! The Durham Fair is easy to reach yet hard to leave. We know you will have a great time!  The Durham Fair is owned and operated by the Durham Agricultural Fair Association, Inc., and is a private, not-for-profit corporation. The Durham Fair is the largest fair in North America managed entirely by unpaid volunteers. Attendance: 200,000.

October Festivals and Events in Connecticut

October 12-14, 2013  Mystic Seaport Chowder Days
Mystic, Connecticut
Enjoy a hot bowl of chowder on a cool fall day during Chowder Days at Mystic Seaport. Coastal Gourmet’s menu is sure to satisfy all appetites and will feature numerous selections of chowders, bisques, stews and gumbos to select from, as well as clam fritters, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and fish tacos. Indulge in seasonal treats such as cinnamon sugar fried dough, berry pie and mulled cider. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.
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