By CT.com Staff
2:23 PM EDT, June 12, 2013
Summer Food and Wine Festival: Sat., Jun. 15-Sun., Jun. 16, 12-6 p.m. Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Rd., Stonington, (860) 535-1222. stoningtonvineyards.com. Gourmet food truck vendors, photo booths, father/child relay races, wine tastings, live music and more. Picnics welcome, no outside booze allowed. $15 advance, $20 at the door, kids under 18 free with parent.
The 3rd Burnside Craft Brewers Festival: Sat., Jun. 15, 1-5 p.m. High Meadow Resort, 311 N. Granby Rd., North Granby, (860) 653-3552. highmeadowresort.com. More than 70 breweries from around the world pouring more than 200 beers. Special Connecticut and Belgian brewery sections available for no extra cost. Scheduled breweries include Berkshire Brewing Co., Blue Point, City Steam, Cottrell, Naragansett, New England Brewing, Stony Creek and Two Roads. $35 unlimited sampling pass, $10 non-alcoholic pass.
18th Annual Greater New Haven Pizza Fest: Thu., Jun. 20-Fri., Jun. 21, 12 p.m.; Thu., Jun. 27-Fri., Jun. 28, 12 p.m. New Haven Green, Temple & Elm sts., New Haven, (203) 733-8109. Pizza by the slice $3; Italian ice $2; Beverage $1. Free.
CT Brewer's Guild Brewfest: Sat., Jun. 22, 4 p.m. Ski Sundown, 126 Ratlum Rd., New Hartford, (860) 379-SNOW. skisundown.com. Taste beers from breweries and brewpubs from Connecticut and beyond. Participating breweries include BruRm @ Bar, Charter Oak Brewing Company, Farmington River Brewing Co., Old Burnside Brewing Co., Opa Opa Brewing Co., Hartford Better Beer and more. Live music, food. Rain or shine. Free parking. $25 advance, $30 door, $20 designated driver.
Guilford Rotary LobsterFest: Sat., Jun. 22, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Ln., Guilford, (203) 453-1300. guilfordrotarylobsterfest.com. Complete dinner with 1.75 lobster or 14 oz. New York Strip steak, wine, beer, soft drinks. Kids' meal available. Live music, silent auction. $40, must purchase tickets by June 14; $8 kids, available at the gate.
Latin Style Pig Roast and Cigar Fest: Sat., Jun. 22, 1:30-11 p.m. North of Havana Cigar Shop and Lounge, 55 State St. B, North Haven, (203) 361-9433. nohcigar.com. Food, handmade Dominican cigars and more. $75 members, $85 non-members, $90 at the door.
35th Annual Lobsterfest and Chicken Barbecue: Sat., Jul. 6-Sun., Jul. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Niantic Town Hall Grounds, 108 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic, (860) 705-7800. nianticlions.org. Lobster, corn on the cob, chowder, burgers and more, plus fine art exhibitors. Free.
Berry Fest: Sat., Jul. 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Lyman Orchards, 32 Reeds Gap Rd., Middlefield, (860) 349-1793. lymanorchards.com. Fruit picking, live music, face painting, pie eating contests, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Free.
4th Annual Lobster Fest: Sat., Jul. 27, 5-8 p.m. Old Stone Church, East Haven, 251 E. Main St., East Haven, (203) 467-2907. oldstonechurchucc.org. New York Strip or lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potato, dessert and refreshments. kids' menu: hot dog, chips. BYOB, lawn area only. $25 adults, $4 kids, on sale through Jul. 21.
Fifth Annual CT Wine Festival: Sat., Jul. 27, 12-7 p.m.; Sun., Jul. 28, 12-6 p.m. Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle St., Goshen, (860) 677-5467. ctwine.com. Fine wines from a wide variety of local vintners, wine classes, specialty food vendors, artisanal crafts, and live musical entertainment. $25 advance, available through July 19; $30 door. Tickets include free wine tastings, commemorative festival wine glass (for tastings) and tote bag; $10 under 21 and designated drivers.
North Branford Potato and Corn Festival: Thu., Aug. 1-Fri., Aug. 2, 4-11 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Augur Farm, 383 Forest Rd., North Branford, (203) 315-6017. nbpotatofest.com. Baked potatoes, roasted corn, craft vendors, fireworks, a 5K, car show, battle of the bands and more. Free.
8th Annual Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival: Sat., Aug. 3, 1-11 p.m. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 713-3131. riverfront.org. A variety of musical and dance performances and a sampling of authentic Caribbean fare. Rain date: Sun., Aug. 4. Free.
7th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival: Sat., Aug. 10, 10 a.m.; Sun., Aug. 11, 11 a.m. Bishop's Orchards Winery and Farm Market, 1355 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, (203) 453-2338. shorelinewinefestival.com. Tastings from Connecticut vineyards and wineries, live entertainment and more.
Milford Oyster Festival: Sat., Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Milford and Milford Harbor, High St., Milford, (203) 878-5363. milfordoysterfestival.com. Arts and crafts, a car show, live music (Blues Traveler headlines), oyster shucking and eating contests and more. Free.
Peach Fest: Sat., Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Lyman Orchards, 32 Reeds Gap Rd., Middlefield, (860) 349-1793. lymanorchards.com. Fruit picking, live music, face painting, pie eating contests, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Free.
The Grinder is King Festival: Sat., Aug. 17, 12-5 p.m. New London Waterfront Park, 1 Water St., New London, (860) 437-6346. newlondonmainstreet.org. Celebration of New London as the originator of the term "grinder." Many styles of grinders and Italian foods available.
Blues, Views and BBQ Festival: Sat., Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., Sep. 1, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Levitt Pavilion For The Performing Arts, 40 Jesup Rd., Westport, (203) 505-8716. bluesviewsbbq.com. Wood-fired barbecue, grilled and roasted food, snacks, ice cream and pie, hand-crafted beer, liquor, wine and other refreshments. Pig and rib eating contest. Live blues music. $15-$45.
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