Connecticut Wine Festival in Guilford
We were pleased to be spending our third year at the Connecticut Wine Festival held at Bishop’s Orchards Winery in Guilford. The site was slightly rearranged with tent openings facing the stage for better viewing and listening. Food vendors of all varieties were there, including one hawking hot lobster rolls. Sacrilege for purists.
There is much to see and enjoy, including wine tasting from Connecticut wineries: The Wine Press, New Haven; Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington; Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston; Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford; White Silo Farm & Winery, Sherman; Sunset Meadows Vineyard, Goshen; Jones Winery, Shelton; and Chumard Vineyards, Goshen. The wine is flowing and ready for your tasting.
Another approach to wine at the festival is offered by Chris Ann Regan from The Traveling Vineyard with its exclusive wines distributed in Connecticut and 32 other states nationwide. Traveling Vineyard supplies five free bottles of wine and teaching pairing foods with the appropriate wines during invitation only events held in private homes and other venues.
The gourmet food front offers some tasty choices, including: The Flavored Olive who distribute through events throughout the state with retail available at the All American General Store; Capa di Roma in East Hartford with a restaurant and production for its tasty and zesty tomato sauces – marinara, fresh basil, garlic; JD Gourmet with its barrel aged basalmic vinegar and olive oils; Winding Drive Artisan with the “best jams and jellies” in Connecticut; and Kathie’s Kitchen with its Super Seedz, flavored pumpkin seeds – no shell, high protein, no carbs.
There are true artisans and craftsmen showing their wares, including: Mix Design, Be Zen, Pearl Odyssey, Serenity Sea Glass & Sea Tile. Ask the Kitchen Magic representative how to get an event special coupon worth up to $1,500 for your next kitchen update and modernization project.
This is not Saratoga during the summer racing season, nor is it the elegance and glamour of the Kentucky Derby. It is, however, quite a fashion show ranging from the casual, informal look with short shorts and a top to elegant, floor length summer dresses and jewelry. We saw a mother-daughter team dressed in similar bold colors, one with wide stripes, and one with thinner, more subdued stripes. Get the complete ambience by stopping by today, Sunday, August 11th from Noon to 6:00 PM.
From the south, 50-60 minutes from Greenwich and Stamford, I-95 North to Exit 57, Guilford and turn right at the end of ramp. You will find the festival a short distance down the road on the left. ENJOY!