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Artisan Made America and Percy Thomson Meadows Farm in Bethlehem, 78 Thompson Road, host a Farmstead Festival Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring cheeses, wine, craft beer, meats, condiments, chocolates, baked goods, produce and entertainment. Admission is $12 in advance; $14 at the door; general admission tickets with entrance to a Heritage Berkshire pig roast are $25 in advance, $27 at the door. 203-273-5821, artisanmadeamerica.com.

The Sun BrewFest returns to Mohegan Sun Oct. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring samplings of more than 150 beers and ciders along with entertainment, games, a cornhole tournament and food tastings from local restaurants. Tickets are $30. The evening also features an exclusive “Taste of New England” event at 6 p.m., with samplings of local beers and food from Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and Jasper White’s Summer Shack. Tickets are $50. sunbrewfest.com.

West Hartford’s Noah Webster House (227 S. Main St.) hosts its annual Real Ale Harvest Festival Oct. 1, challenging local brewers to create casks of “real ale” using an item from Noah Webster’s 18th-century garden. The event hosts two sessions, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance (until Sept. 30) and $50 at the door, and include all beer tastings and a $5 food truck voucher. noahwebsterhouse.org.

The annual Chowdafest at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park returns Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ninth annual competition features 40 restaurants representing every New England state, with many Connecticut representatives. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for children ages 6 to 12. chowdafest.org or chowdafest@gmail.com.

Metro Bis, 731 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, hosts a wine dinner with Jason Sobocinski of New Haven’s Caseus Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The menu features recipes from Sobocinski’s cookbook, including roasted crimini mushroom soup, roasted chicken with cassoulet, macaroni and cheese and grilled lamb. Cost is $85 a person or $155 for two (plus tax and gratuity) and includes a signed copy of the book. 860-651-1908, metrobis.com.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 44 S. Main St., West Hartford, hosts a Two Roads beer dinner Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m., pairing five courses with select beers from the Stratford brewery. Cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity. 860-676-9463, flemingssteakhouse.com.

Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort, 99 Powder Hill Road, Middlefield, hosts an Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. The event features beer sampling, ski lift rides, a home brew competition, a cider-making demonstration by New England Cider Company, food and live music. Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 at the door; designated driver tickets are $12. This is a 21+ event. powderridgepark.com.

Max Restaurant Group hosts a Hoptoberfest on Oct. 9 at Simsbury’s Rosedale Farms and Vineyards from 2 to 6 p.m. The event features beer from more than 45 breweries, Oktoberfest-inspired food and live music. Tickets are $59. A portion of the ticket price will be donated to Journey Home. All guests must be 21 or over with valid ID. maxrestaurantgroup.com

Connecticut Restaurant Week, hosted by the Connecticut Restaurant Association, returns Oct. 10 to 16 with specially priced meals and discounts at more than 50 participating restaurants. Deals vary by location but include multi-course prix-fixe menus, two-for-one specials, a percentage off the check, a specially-priced bottle of wine, or a special on locally-brewed craft beer. Visit ctrestaurant.org/ct-restaurant-week.html for information and a list of participating venues.

House of Naan, 65 Howe St., New Haven, celebrates its grand opening Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. The restaurant, with traditional Indian dishes and twists on classics like tikka fries, a tandoori chicken sandwich and spiced lamb burger, will also offer a full menu of creative cocktails. 203-562-6226, houseofnaan.com.

The 4th annual WeHa Whiskey Festival returns Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at its new location: Hartford Golf Club. The event features samples of more than 200 bourbons, whiskeys and Scotches from around the world.

Hartford Golf Club provides catered food. Advance tickets are $99 in advance for general admission and $189 (in advance) for VIP tickets, which includes a private tasting with Pappy Van Winkle 23-year bourbon. Designated driver tickets are $40. 860-761-2541, wehawhiskey.com.

Worth Tasting, a series of downtown culinary walking tours in New Haven, continues its season Oct. 22. The four-hour tours, led by food columnist and hospitality professor Stephen Fries, include stops at eight to nine different restaurants and eateries in the Elm City. Tours kick off at 10:45 a.m. from the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, where guests will receive a goody bag of Connecticut food products.

Other upcoming tours will be held on Dec. 3. Tickets for the October event are $59; the December tour is $69. Reservations are required: 203-777-8550 and 203-415-3519, stephenfries.weebly.com/culinary-walking-tours.html.

b Restaurants (Plan B Burger Bar) has introduced Sunday brunch at three locations: Fairfield, Glastonbury and Milford.

The menu combines Plan B favorites and new brunch options, including three breakfast-themed burgers and tater tots topped with bacon, cheese, gravy and fried egg. Other entrees include Nashville-style hot fried chicken and biscuits, a breakfast burrito, customized omelets, waffles banana Foster, "twisted Eggs Benny" with sausage patty and smoked tomato hollandaise on a biscuit, and bourbon-soaked brioche French toast.

Cocktails feature the "Meat our Mary," b's Bloody Mary with a cheeseburger slider garnish; bottomless mimosas or bourbon sours for $15 and other "eye opener" libations, including twists on a screwdriver, a cucumber basil gimlet and"Kentucky Coffee" with bourbon and cream. Brunch items, burgers and entrees are priced at $5.99 to $16.99. Cocktails are $9 to $13. Brunch starts at 10 a.m. in each location. burgersbeerbourbon.com

The Halal Guys, a New York-based business that started as a hot dog cart in 1990 and has grown to multiple brick-and-mortar locations in the United States and beyond, has opened its first Connecticut restaurant at 906 Chapel St., in New Haven.

Known for its take on Middle Eastern specialties, Halal Guys will serve a menu featuring its platters of gyro meat and chicken with rice and salad, along with falafel, sandwiches, hummus, baba ghanouj and baklava. Items are priced at $1.17 to $8.46. The restaurant is also known for its "secret-formula" white sauce and "explosive" hot sauce. The Halal Guys will open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with potential late night hours in the future. 203-691-5166, thehalalguys.com.

Also new to New Haven is the Juice Box at 1092 Chapel St., on the ground floor of the Yale Center for British Art. Juice Box offers cold-pressed fresh juices, acai bowls, toast with avocado and almond butter, smoothies and cold brew coffee.  203-562-0068, juiceboxnewhaven.com.

Mohegan Holding Company, LLC, a business diversification entity owned by the Mohegan Tribe, recently announced that its fifth Smashburger franchise location will open in late 2016 at 54 Hazard Ave., in Enfield (Stop & Shop Plaza.)  The company currently owns Connecticut franchise locations in Waterford, Manchester and Southington, and one in Warwick, R.I. , and they have planned more than 20 across New England in the coming years. smashburger.com.

Arugula, 953 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, has recently partnered with GrubHub to offer local delivery. Information: arugula-bistro.com.

Rizzuto’s, 540 Riverside Ave., Westport, has opened its Lobster Shack, a takeout-only seafood spot. The menu features hot and cold lobster rolls, whole Maine lobster dinners, sandwiches, fried seafood boxes with fries or slaw, chowder, salads and pies. It’s open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 203-226-CLAW, ctlobstershack.com.

@ the Barn has introduced a “girlfriends” happy hour Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to close, available in the bar area and on the patio. Specials include drink specials, small plates and sweets for $5 apiece. 860-413-3888, atthebarngranby.com.

Ricky D’s Rib Shack, which began as a food truck, has opened a new storefront at 302 Winchester Ave. at Science Park in New Haven. The menu features pork ribs in quarter, half and full slabs; pulled pork, brisket, wings, sandwiches and sides. 203-745-4998, rickydsribshack.com.  

Millwright’s, 77 West St., Simsbury, has introduced a new happy hour, available Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. in its downstairs tavern. Snacks, priced at $4 to $6, include Nashville hot chicken tacos, a burger, meatball sliders, spring gazpacho, cheeses, root beer float and a lemon tart. Drink specials ($2 to $6) include select beers, wines and cocktails. 860-651-5500, millwrightsrestaurant.com.

At Dish Bar & Grill, 900 Main St., it’s $5 Burger & Bucket Night and you can get two burgers and two buckets of Miller High Life ponies for just twenty20 bucks. dishbarandgrill.com.

At Infinity Bistro, 32 Front St., join the action during Music Bar Bingo Nights for a chance to win concert tickets and other prizes and grab food and drink specials (like $1 oysters). Infinityhall.com.

At McKinnons, 114 Asylum St., it’s Bar Rated Trivia night with $2.50 Miller High Lifes and $1 tacos. mckinnonsirishpub.com.

At the Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello St., buy a $10 mug at the door and you’ll enjoy $1 mixed drinks and $1 domestic drafts all night, plus you can bring the mug back for $1 refills any Thursday after that. therussianladyhartford.com

Juiced Up is now open at 231 Asylum St. in Hartford, serving a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and tonics. Other menu items include oatmeal with toppings, fresh salads, wraps with assorted proteins and vegetables and salads. Smoothies and juices are $5.50 to $6.50; wraps are $6.50 to $8 and salads are $5 to 8. Juiced Up is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 860-247-2292.

Costa del Sol, a destination for fine Spanish cuisine, has been a fixture on Hartford's Wethersfield Avenue for 30 years now. The Feijoo family celebrates its three decades of success with a special anniversary menu, offering three courses for $30.
The menu features choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. Options include camarones al ajillo (shrimp sauteed with garlic,) green-lipped New Zealand mussels on the half shell with pepper vinaigrette, melon and Serrano ham salad and fabada (white bean stew with chorizo and morcilla) to start. Entrees include paella de la casa, salmon with Spanish orange brandy sauce, roasted house-cured codfish, grilled bavette steak with chimichurri or roasted pork loin with mushroom sherry sauce. Choose flan or arroz con leche (creamy rice pudding) to end the meal.

The anniversary menu is only available Sunday through Thursday (excluding holidays.) Cost does not include tax or gratuity. Costa del Sol is at 901 Wethersfield Ave. 860-296-1714, costadelsolhartford.com.

 

Send restaurant news at least 10 days before publication to Leeanne Griffin at lgriffin@courant.com. 

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