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2016 CONNECTICUT: March, April & May 2016
Food & Wine Festivals & Local Food Events

(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013)

Feb 22-March 6, 2016  Stamford Winter Restaurant Week - Stamford, Connecticut

March 7-11, 2016  National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
Launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children.

March 7-13, 2016  Wilton Restaurant Week - Wilton, Connecticut
Restaurants located in and around Wilton are serving up special prix fixe menus and other culinary selections. It’s a great opportunity to experience some new restaurants, as well as re-visit favorites. Celebrate their fabulous dining scene, which includes a variety of cuisine from Southwestern, Italian and Asian to French, Mexican and American!


March 11-20, 2016
Greater Norwich Area Restaurant Week
Greater Norwich Area, Connecticut
Restaurants throughout the Greater Norwich area will be participating in the inaugural restaurant weeks taking place this Spring on March 11 – 20, 2016 and this Fall on November 11- 20, 2016.

March 15, 2016  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture

March 19-20, 2016  26th Hebron Maple Festival - Hebron, Connecticut
Each year thousands of people come from miles around to enjoy the weekend of maple related events. Self-tours, demonstrations and a variety of maple products at several local sugar houses. Dog sled exhibition, chain saw carvers, crafts, vendors and lots of good food!  Annually the 2nd weekend in March.

March 28-April 2, 2016  Branford Restaurant Week
Branford, Connecticut
The annual event will feature more 20 Branford restaurants serving special menus or multi-course prix fixe menus at for lunch and dinner.

April 3-9, 2016  Stratford Restaurant Week - Stratford, Connecticut
Stratford Restaurant Week is co-sponsored by Stratford’s Chamber of Commerce and the Stratford Economic Development Department.  Over 30 of Stratford’s best restaurants are offering special $16.39 per person or $37.50 per couple Prix Fixe menus for Restaurant Week.

April 22, 2016  Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.  More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

April 24, 2016  4th Annual Lion's Club "90"+ Wine Tasting
Madison, Connecticut
The Madison Wine Exchange will be conducting a Charity Wine Tasting in conjunction with the Madison Lions Club. Admission to this exquisite tasting is only $25 per person. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Madison Lions Club and their selected charities.  We will be tasting through over 50 different wines from all over the world all of which are rated 90 Points or higher. We will be pairing light appetizers from Fromage Fine Foods and Coffees to this amazing selection of wine.  Space is limited to only 100 guests so hurry up and get your tickets today.

April 30, 2016  31st Annual New England Regional Chili Cookoff
Somers, Connecticut
Website has Auto-Play Music.  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.


April 30-May 1, 2016
3rd Annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Downtown Ridgefield will be filled with the sights, sounds & smells of REAL BBQ at the Annual BBQ Festival!  Rides, games, live music & LOTS to eat benefiting local charities.  $10 adults, $5 students, children under 12 FREE. Saturday, 5/2, 11am-9pm; Sunday, 5/3 11am-5pm.  Ridgefield Lounsbury House, 316 Main Street.

May 8, 2016  MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 21-22, 2016  9th Annual Asparagus Festival
Sherman, Connecticut
White Silo Farm & Winery.  Annual asparagus festival. Food, Wine, Tours, Live Music


2015 CONNECTICUT: March, April & May 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

March 27-28, 2015  Feeding the Future - New London, Connecticut
Connecticut College is hosting a one and a half day conference on Feeding the Future. The conference will begin with a sustainable banquet on Friday evening, March 27, followed by a keynote lecture by Dan Barber, chef for Blue Hill and author of the forthcoming The Third Plate. On Saturday, the conference will run 8:30 to 4:30pm, with three sessions – the first focusing on the present food system, second on learning from the past – possible lessons for fixing our broken food system, and the third is looking toward the future – cutting edge work that is being done towards a more sustainable food system & greater food security.

March 31, 2015  Flavors of Connecticut - Plantsville, Connecticut
Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala and provides each table of attendees with a local chef who will prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The meal that is delivered will showcase the signature dishes of our culinary experts and take you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner "foodie" and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.

May 14, 2016  The Food Revolution - New Canaan
New Canaan, Connecticut
The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution returns to the Pop Up Park in New Canaan, Connecticut for the third year running between 10am – 1pm. Hosted by celebrity Chef Plum, and featuring a performance by Dre Towey, who recently released her children’s album In a Pickle. The 15-catchy and fun songs all reference food, to encourage a healthy and fun conversation between parents and their children.  The Bravery Passport was created to highlight Food Revolution Founder, Jamie Oliver’s wish: “To create a strong sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”  Register in advance for a Bravery Passport, which lists participating local restaurants and shops. Kids then go on a food trail, sampling tasters and getting a stamp for their passport. This year we will be welcoming back local band 'Mind The Gap' and are asking participants to drop off non perishable foods to benefit The Connecticut Food Bank.  Registration is essential due to limited spaces, so please visit the website.


2014 CONNECTICUT: March, April & May 2014
Food & Wine Shows & Local Food Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 24-26, 2014  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.


2013 Connecticut: March, April & May 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

April 27-28, 2013  Tanger Taste & Style Experience and Barbecue Contest
Westbrook, Connecticut
15 to 20 Gourmet Food Trucks all weekend by "Food Trucks 2 Go" offering everything from Asian Fusion to Classic American to Fresh, Local Seafood to Exotic Mediterranean and Homemade Desserts. Live Demonstrations, Backyard BBQ Cook Off, Chowder Cook Off, Live music.

May 22, 2013  Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation- New Haven, CT
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.




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