Everywhere you go, the signs are clear – Spring is here. Say so long to those winter blues and get ready for sunny days that make you never want to go indoors. Whether you chow down on chowder and sip wine or listen to the blues, there’s plenty going on.
Raise your glasses to one of the tastiest events in New England! The Cape Cod Life’s Food and Wine Festival lets you savor the best of the Cape with a weeklong celebration of food, wine and good times. It all kicks off with the Grand Tasting where you’ll enjoy local cuisine, wines from around the world and a celebrity chef cooking demonstration. What makes the Grand Tasting unique is that it will also feature original works and live music from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (proceeds from the evening benefit the foundation). There’s more fun during the week’s Taste of Culture receptions that are held at different venues each evening with an amazing selection of wines and foods to sample. New to the festival is this year’s Tasting Finale hosted by the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich. The Food and Wine Festival takes place Sunday, May 31 through Saturday, June 6. For more information, visit www.capecodlife.com/events/foodandwine/.
Calling all foodies! If you’ve ever thought of judging, you’ll have your chance at the 25th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival! This is New England’s oldest and largest chowder tasting competition, and you’ll get to taste some of the best chowder in New Hampshire and vote for your favorite. There are going to be more than 500 gallons of chowder, so you had better skip breakfast! The Chowder Festival is on Saturday, June 6 (from 11:30 A.M. until the chowder is all gone) at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.prescottpark.org.
We got the blues! Head to Vermont for the Discover Jazz Festival and help celebrate its 26th year with the sounds of jazz, blues, funk and Latin music. For 10 days, there will be concerts, jams, street parks, dances and cruises on Lake Champlain. The performers this year include Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis and Pink Martini. You’ll even have the opportunity to meet some of the performers at the meet-the-artist sessions and workshops. The Discover Jazz Festival takes place Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 14 in Burlington, Vermont. For more information, visit www.discoverjazz.com.
Get those kilts and bagpipes ready – it’s time to head to Rhode Island for the Scottish Highland Festival. The tradition of the Highland Games will come alive with amateur Scottish athletic competitions including the caber toss, a 56-pound weight thrown for height and the Scottish hammer. There will be plenty of Scottish food, too, including fish and chips, meat pies, bridies and shortbread. Scottish performers and dancers will entertain the crowds, and you’ll have the opportunity to research your ancestry at the clan tent. Also happening throughout the festival: Clydesdale horse demonstrations, dog demonstrations, sheep herding, a Haggis Hurl and Wellington Boot Toss and children’s games. The Scottish Highland Festival will be held on Saturday, June 13 at the Washington Country Fairgrounds in Richmond, Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.riscot.org.
It’s just like they say, “Let the good times roll!”