2014 CONNECTICUT: October to December 2014
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS
(see also: 2015 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2009 - 2008)
October 3-5 & 10-12, 2014
46th Annual Apple Harvest Festival
Our annual festival is a family oriented community event spanning the first two weekends in October. Over the course of two weekends each autumn, the festival offers a wide variety of live music & entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children's activities, carnival rides and more. Also highlighted each year is our parade, an arts & crafts show and a spectacular evening fireworks display. Attendance: 100,000.
October 4-5, 2014
Fall Tyme Fest
North Franklin, Connecticut
Blue Slope Country Museum Fall Tyme Fest. Old time, traditional agricultural, family focused agricultural education opportunity. Kid Friendly. Wide variety of farm animals, tractors, home equipment, operating equipment, looms, tools, and antique cars. Autumn food options, nostalgic crafts made and sold on site, wagon rides, farm market vendors, and working dairy farm. Learn how farming was done in yesteryear. Step back in time to recall our forefathers roots. A superb opportunity to mix leisure, learning, and fun.
October 5, 2014 Artisan Cheese Festival & Potter’s Market
Coventry Regional Farmers' Market.
October 5-19, 2014 Westport Restaurant Week - Westport, Connecticut
The event offers consumers great deals and the opportunity to experience some new restaurants, as well as re-visit some of their favorites. Produced by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, this two week long celebration of the fabulous dining scene in Westport has become a highly anticipated annual event. Lunch menus are priced at $15, $20 or $25 and Dinners are priced at $25, $30 or $35. Several restaurants are also offering a special brunch menu too.
October 6, 2014 Connecticut Brewers Fest - Stratford, Connecticut
Over 20 CT brewers under one roof at the first ever Connecticut Brewers Fest presented by Two Roads Brewing. $25 gets you a can glass and three oz pours of some of the best beer the Nutmeg state has to offer. Food trucks will be parked outside for your eating enjoyment. Very limited tickets available. All proceeds of this festival go to the Connecticut Brewers' Guild.
October 6-10, 2014 Greater Valley Restaurant Week - Connecticut
Enjoy special menus at more than 20 participating Greater Valley restaurants. New restaurants and old favorites cater to every palate. Contemporary cuisine, traditional fare with a twist and an eclectic mix of international and ethnic dishes make for unparalleled dining. Come out and try a new restaurant or get back to an old favorite with prix fixe meals being served at any of the participating restaurants at very affordable pricing!
October 6-12, 2014 Milford Restaurant Week - Milford, Connecticut
Second annual Milford Restaurant Week event – Ciao Milford. 25 local restaurants will offer multi-course prix fixe menus at $23.75 per person for dinner or $13.75 for lunch – both prices in honor of the City of Milford’s 375th Anniversary Celebration this year.
October 11-12, 2014 Garlic & Harvest Festival
Join us for the area's most unique festival, now in its tenth year! Fresh garlic and farm produce, garlic specialty food vendors, crafts, garlic food court, garlic growing lectures, garlic cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, rides & amusements, and plenty of samples make this a must for the garlic lover. 200+ vendors. Bring the kids, and your appetite!
October 11-13, 2014 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.
October 12, 2014 Fungus Festival - Coventry, Connecticut
Coventry Regional Farmers' Market.
October 12-18, 2014 National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
October 12-18, 2014 Fairfield Restaurant Week - Fairfield, Connecticut
Nearly 40 restaurants from around Town will participate in this week-long special event that will feature prix fixe lunch and dinner menu prices. Restaurants will feature $10 and $15 lunches and $20 and $30 dinners or other discounts on their already existing menus.
October 13-17, 2014 National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
October 13-19, 2014 Connecticut Restaurant & Beer Week
Nearly 100 participating restaurants will offer up special deals for restaurant week, examples may include a $20.14 or $30.14 mutli-course prix-fixe menu, two-for-one specials, a percentage off of your check, a specially-priced bottle of wine or a special on locally brewed craft beer. New for 2014: CT Restaurant Week pairs up with CT Beer Week to highlight both the great restaurants that Connecticut has to offer as well as highlight all of the great local breweries we have located right here in CT. In addition to the special restaurant week menus, you may also find your favorite (or new favorite) CT brewed craft beer too.
October 13-19, 2014 West Haven Restaurant Week
West Haven, Connecticut
The West Haven Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the return of West Haven Restaurant Week. Please join us in our celebration of this special city with the opportunity to visit some of its wonderful restaurants and sample their delightful cuisines at discounted prices.
October 15, 2014 Fall Food Stroll 2014 - New London, Connecticut
Get A Taste Of New London! This fall, savor the new flavors of New London's Historic Waterfront District at New London Main Street's Annual Fall Food Stroll. Sample the offerings of over 40 restaurants and specialty shops in New London's Historic Waterfront District. Snack and enjoy the flavors of downtown as you sample the District's best cuisine. Take advantage of special discounts, promotions and demonstrations at many specialty shops and boutiques. Enjoy diverse musical performances by local musicians throughout downtown.
October 20-26, 2014 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!
October 25, 2014 6th Annual Old Town Mill Harvest Festival
New London, Connecticut
Horse drawn wagon rides, more than 20 craft vendors, children’s activities, music, apple pie baking contest. Tour the Mill building, explore the grounds. Cider and doughnuts will be served. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
October 31, 2014 Halloween Trick or Treat at Olde Mistick Village
Olde Mistick Village Merchants will be handing out treats on October 31 from 4-6 p.m. Come see your fellow ghosties and goblins as you stroll from shop to shop. Fun for everyone! Event held rain or shine.
November 4-6, 2014 SHFM National Conference - Uncasville, Connecticut
Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management.
November 10-16, 2014 Mystic Restaurant Week - Mystic, Connecticut
Specialty Pricing at Participating Mystic Area Restaurants! We have just begun planning Mystic Restaurant Week 2014, please continue to check back as we update participating restaurants and menus!
(also: www.mysticchamber.org/?sec=sec&s=85&so=105 )
November 13-19, 2014 Greenwich Restaurant Week
Enjoy dining deals at more than 35 participating restaurants. There will be special events taking place at participating restaurants throughout the week including wine tastings, corporate dinners, cocktail parties and menu tastings.
November 16, 2014 Thanksgiving with the Hempsteds
New London, Connecticut
Help prepare a colonial harvest meal over the open hearth and talk with the cook. See and learn about foods and cooking techniques of the time; try out colonial cooking tools and gadgets. Light refreshments. Regular admission applies. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Hempsted Houses comprises two buildings: the 1678 Joshua Hempsted House and the 1759 Nathaniel Hempsted House.
November 21, 2014
10th Annual Not So Snooty Beer, Wine & Cheese Tasting
Windsor Locks, Connecticut
New England Air Museum. Support the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and local craft beer by helping us spread the word, and you could win tickets in the process! Just post the following to your FaceBook and/or Twitter feeds and then post a comment here and let us know when you're done!
November 23, 2014 Holidays Around the World Tea and 'Just Desserts'
Holidays Around the World Tea and “Just Desserts” A fundraiser to benefit the Windham Textile and History Museum’s programs will be held on Sunday, November 23, 2014, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Museum. Desserts from many countries will be served at beautifully decorated tables representing holidays in other countries. Included will be the Netherlands, Canada, Italy and more. This event honors the ethnic diversity of the twenty-six nationalities that worked in the mills of eastern Connecticut. Cost is $12 per person in advance; $15 at the door. Reservations are requested. Limited seating may be available at the door. For reservations call 860-456-2178 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Reserve a specific table in advance, or take pot luck at the door.
November 27, 2014 THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.
November 28, 2014 Light Parade and Tree Lighting
Start the holiday season off with friends and neighbors on Main Street in Willimantic.
November 28-December 13, 2014 4th annual Wood Gingerbread Festival
South Windsor, Connecticut
New England's biggest display of sweet and spicy Gingerbread Houses is returning to South Windsor's Wood Memorial Library and Museum again this year. A holiday favorite, the show opens Thanksgiving weekend. Experience the magic as you enter Wood's "winter wonderland" of dozens of Gingerbread Houses in all shapes and sizes - made by you! We welcome everyone of all levels to enter their masterpieces, whether you are young or old, professional or just beginning! If you'd like to enter your own Gingerbread masterpiece in the show, we welcome all skill levels - there is no entry fee. Professional bakers: we welcome your entries to help publicize your store and bakery. Children and families, school and church groups encouraged. (also: www.woodgingerbread.org/ )
November 28-December 14, 2014
Wesleyan Potters 59th Annual Exhibit and Sale - Middletown, Connecticut
One of the oldest juried craft shows in the country, the Annual Exhibit and Sale represents fine quality works by 260 different artists in virtually every craft. The event attracts nearly 10,000 visitors from across New England and includes more than 10,000 works of pottery, jewelry, sculpture, basketry, fiber arts, wood, paper crafts, metal work, printmaking, toys and more. Sale hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm, Fridays until 9pm. Join us for Cafe Nights! Fridays 6-8pm. Live music and refreshments.
November 29, 2014 Norwich Winterfest Parade - Norwich, Connecticut
Parade can be viewed from either side of the street along Broadway South of Park Church, on Broad Street between Broadway and McKinley Avenue, along McKinley Avenue South to Franklin Street and along Franklin Street South to Franklin Square where the parade ends once it passes the reviewing stand located in the Square.
November 29, 2014 Mystic Tree Lighting & Lighted Holiday Boat Parade
An annual Mystic tradition. Santa and company light the downtown Mystic tree and then standby to watch the spectacular boat parade down the Mystic River.
December 2, 2014 2nd Annual Beer Tasting Fundraiser
New Haven, Connecticut
Junior League of Greater New Haven.
December 5-6, 2014 Christmas Town Festival - Bethlehem, Connecticut
Follow the star to Bethlehem, Connecticut. More than 70 art and craft exhibitors in seven building, hay rides, strolling carolers, entertainment and food. Visit the post office to mail your Christmas cards with the special Christmas Cache.
December 5-14, 2014 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions
Celebrate the season at the 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions! Established in 1973, Festival has become an annual holiday tradition for many visitors from throughout the state and beyond. Every year community members, artists and organizations are asked to decorate holiday trees and wreaths to be displayed in the galleries. All items are for sale, and profits help fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses. Special events take place throughout the festival.
December 6, 2014 26th Annual Niantic Light Parade & Winterfest
The day will start with the Winterfest beginning at 2 pm on Main Street. This prelude to the parade, typically features a popular Chowder & Chili Cook-off, Pictures with Santa, Magic Shows, Face Painting, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Ice Sculptures and much, much more! Then, fireworks are expected to once again kick off the Light Parade which features beautifully built and lighted parade floats, dance groups and Santa himself as they parade down the beautifully decorated Main Street in Niantic.
December 6, 2014
Olde Mistick Village Holiday Carnival Gingerbread House Contest
Calling all Gingerbread House Enthusiasts! Individuals, community groups, schools, church groups and culinary entities, are invited to enter the First Annual Gingerbread House Contest at Olde Mistick Village. Entries will be divided into three categories: 1) Individuals, Families, and Children; 2) Businesses, Churches and Community Groups; and 3) Professional Culinary Individuals and Groups. All Gingerbread Houses must be 100% edible with exception of the base.
December 6, 2014 Olde Mistick Village Holiday Carnival
Fun events and activities in the shops and around the village. Bring your four-legged friends for a “pets only” visit with Santa. Enter the Gingerbread House Contest.
December 7, 2014 Leffingwell Christmas in the Colonies
Leffingwell House Museum. Christmas in the colonies (Special event $5) 1-5 pm. Experience the history & tastes of Christmas celebrations in the early colonies. The event will enact the evolution of Colonial Yuletide from the prohibition years of early New England through the more elaborate feasts of the Southern Colonies & the more familiar traditions of today. Come & hear Mohegan Storyteller Sister Bette Jean Coderre tell Winter Tales in the West Parlor every half an hour. Complimentary beverages can be sampled. Holiday items will be available in the Gift Shop. Enjoy a holiday bonfire from dusk to 6 pm.
December 7, 2014 The Chocolate Expo - Hartford, Connecticut
Connecticut Science Center. Celebrate your passion… and celebrate life! Chocolate is one of life’s true pleasures. No matter what your age, background or interests, almost everyone loves chocolate. The Chocolate Expo has by far become the northeast’s largest chocolate-themed event. The Chocolate Expo offers tastings & sales of chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses and much more from local and regional vendors. Depending on location, tastings and sales of wines, beers and other “adult beverages” may also be offered. Each Chocolate Expo event combines chocolate and food with a dash of fun such as unique exhibits, performances, demonstrations and/or celebrity appearances.
December 10, 2014 Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.
December 12-13, 2014 A Dickens Parlor Christmas - Groton, Connecticut
Avery-Copp Museum. Spend an evening in Christmas past. Jennifer Emerson, historic interpreter and Dickens enthusiast, will entertain you with a dramatic reading of the classic, “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens. Enjoy the beauty of a Victorian house decorated for the holidays. Christmas cookies and punch will be served. $15.00 Reservations required.
December 13, 2014
Goshen Farmers Holiday Market, featuring Cupcake Decorating Workshop
Fill yourself with the sounds and smells of the holiday season. Live music by Chris Connelly, Fresh brewed coffee (espresso and other warm beverages), Grass fed beef and pork, eggs, Baked Goods, crafts, seasonal produce, syrup, honey, soaps, jewelry, etc.. For our December 13th market we are featuring a Cupcake Decorating Workshop. $2 gets you your cupcake, decorating supplies and take-home box. Children or adults welcome to attend. Workshop is from 1-2pm.
December 13, 2014 Annual Holiday Cookie Sale - Norwich, Connecticut
First Congregational Church of Norwich at the Norwichtown Green. We will have traditional cookies like soft molasses, oatmeal, and chocolate chip. We will also have some interesting variations of classics like shortbread and snickerdoodles. Some international favorites like Baklava and Italian wedding cakes along with some new flavors like smoky bacon ginger cookies. Come get your holiday baked goods while they last.