Cruise on out to a Connecticut Classic: Stateís Oldest Food & Wine Festival
Since 1985, A Taste of The Litchfield Hills has attracted thousands of guests to Connecticut's oldest winery for a sampling of the regionís food and wine, live music, shopping, winery tours, wine tasting and strolls on the vineyard walk.
[ClickPress, Fri Jun 01 2007] Looking for a romantic weekend road trip with food, wine, music and shopping?
The 22nd annual edition of A Taste of The Litchfield Hills, Connecticutís oldest food and wine festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 2007, at Haight-Brown Vineyard, 29 Chestnut Hill, Litchfield, Conn.
A visit to this classic festival and the charming Litchfield Hills region makes an ideal day-trip or weekend getaway from anywhere in Connecticut, Massachusetts or Metropolitan New York.
Held on the grounds of Connecticutís oldest winery, this two-day culinary festival annually attracts thousands of attendees for a sampling of the regionís food and wine, live music, upscale shopping, plus winery tours, wine tasting and romantic strolls on the vineyard walk.
Local restaurants, bistros and purveyors will serve grazing-sized portions of house specialties at prices averaging from $4.00 to $8.00. Covered table seating will be available in The Culinary Tent, plus guests are invited to picnic on the grounds with their own lawn chairs and blankets.
This yearís menu will features such items as baby back ribs, barbecued chicken wings, chilled summer salads, cheese and fruit platters, grilled pizza, seafood kabobs, marinated chicken and beef tenderloin skewers, grilled panini, steamed clams and mussels, plus biscotti, cannoli, ice cream cones, cups, floats and sundaes, gelato, gluten-free baked goods and old-fashioned kettlecorn.
Participating culinary vendors will include: AJís Main Street Grill (Watertown), Giggleís (Shelton), Gilbertís Gourmet Goodies (Sandy Hook), La Cupola Ristorante (Litchfield), The Main Course (Litchfield), Maxís Ice Cream (Litchfield), Nonna Mariaís (Litchfield), Starbucks Coffee (Watertown) and Tildenís Seafood (Litchfield).
In the Wine Garden Tent, award-winning Haight-Brown Vineyard wine will be served by the glass, plus ice-cold draught beer, fresh-squeezed lemonade and hot and iced coffee will also be available. For kids of all ages, an old-fashioned soda wagon will serve birch beer, black cherry, cream, root beer and sarsaparilla soda.
In addition to food and beverage, the festival will offer numerous activities including live music, upscale shopping, photography exhibits and presentations on pairing wine with cheese and chocolate. Plus, guests will enjoy guided tours of the winery, wine sampling in the tasting room, the self-guided vineyard walk and the opportunity to create their own custom-labeled wine.
Headlining the live entertainment will be veteran New England classic rockers Tirebiter, recently voted "Best Band" in the annual "Best of Hartford" readers' poll conducted by "Hartford Magazine." Also scheduled to perform are jazz/blues trio Too Human, the eclectic quintet SophistiCats String Band, Beatles tribute band Abbey Road and The Doug Jones Jazz Quartet.
In an outdoor shopping bazaar, several dozen vendors will have exhibits featuring candles, crafts, cutlery, gourmet food products, home improvement, jewelry, real estate and travel.
A Taste of The Litchfield Hills will be held rain or shine Saturday, June 23, 2007, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 24, 2007, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Haight-Brown Vineyard, 29 Chestnut Hill ó off Route 118, approximately four miles West of Route 8, Exit 42.
Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors 60-plus and children under age 12 are admitted free, when accompanied by an adult. Admission does not include food and beverage, which are purchased separately.
More information, directions and a schedule of festival entertainment and events are available online at www.LitchfieldFestivals.com or by calling Haight-Brown Vineyard at 1-800-577-WINE (9463).
One mile West of Haight-Brown Vineyard on Route 118 is historic Litchfield with its picturesque village green, quaint stores, white clapboard churches, stone walls and weathered barns.
Other area attractions include the Litchfield Historical Society Museum, White Flower Farm with ten acres of display gardens and 30 acres of growing fields and White Memorial Foundation, Connecticut's largest nature center and wildlife sanctuary.
Lodging options include dozens of bed and breakfasts, country inns and several resorts. Tourism information is available at www.LitchfieldHills.com or by calling the Northwest Conn. Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-663-1273.
About A Taste of The Litchfield Hills
Since 1985, A Taste of The Litchfield Hills has attracted thousands of guests to the state's oldest winery for a sampling of the region's food and wine, plus live entertainment, upscale shopping, winery tours, wine tasting and romantic strolls on the vineyard walk. More information: www.LitchfieldFestivals.com.
About Haight-Brown Vineyard
Originally established in 1978, Haight-Brown Vineyard is Connecticut's oldest winery, producing 6,000 cases of wine annually with 25 acres of Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Seyval Blanc, and Marechal Foch grapes. More information: www.HaightVineyards.com.
About The Litchfield Hills
Litchfield Hills is known for its unspoiled scenery, lovely colonial homes, stonewalls and classic village greens. The area has 38 bed and breakfasts located in a variety of homes from classic colonials to Tudor mansions and Victorian estates. Plus, there are 20 beautifully maintained country inns, three outstanding resorts and a wide range of hotels from budget properties to four diamond hotels. More information: www.LitchfieldHills.com.