If you’re hungry for some great food and fun activities, check out what’s cooking at any of the area’s many events. You are sure to get your fill of both food and drink as festivals across the region serve up good things this spring!
If you’re in the mood for an Irish-inspired feast, reserve a table at Zorvino Vineyards’ Gourmet Micro Brew Dinner, taking place on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:30 P.M. Located at 226 Main Street in Sandown, New Hampshire, Zorvino Vineyards celebrates St. Patrick’s Day the right way with plenty of food, beer and cheer! The evening’s menu includes a four-course dinner with each dish matched to the perfect beer for the ultimate flavor experience. Start with an appetizer of hearty Irish stew, and finish with a Guinness Stout Cake for dessert! The evening also features a cocktail hour, and the area’s best microbreweries will be on hand to serve samples of their latest ales and lagers. Dinner tickets are $50.00 per person. For more information, visit www.zorvino.com.
Sample and savor local wines as live acoustic music sets the mood at Chamard Vineyards’ Music in the Tasting Room. On March 20, 2010 at 5:00 P.M, Music in the Tasting Room will feature the music of guitarist Reed Waddle. This touring musician is the winner of the New York Songwriter’s Circle Songwriting Competition and has also received attention from several area magazines. Don’t miss this talented young artist! Chamard Vineyards is located at 115 Cow Hill Road in Clinton, Connecticut. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Vineyard’s fabulous wine shop. For more information, visit www.chamard.com.
Things will heat up this spring at Sunday River Ski Resort’s 20th Annual Eat the Heat Chili Cook-Off & Firefighters’ Race, taking place on March 28, 2010 at the White Cap Lodge located at 15 South Ridge Lodge in Newry, Maine. It’s all in good sport as chili chefs compete to be the champion of the cooking contest, judged by a crowd of chili connoisseurs and attendees like you! Sample savory chili as you watch teams of firefighters dressed in turnout gear with fire hoses in hand, as they race on skis toward the finish line to raise money for Maine Handicapped Skiing. Bring your cameras, as it’s sure to be a good time. Other activities scheduled for the day include the Chili-Dog Eating Contest, live music and free prize giveaways. For more information, visit www.sundayriver.com.
If sipping fine wine is one of your favorite pastimes, the 21st Annual Boston Wine Festival will put a splash in your glass! Enjoy a different wine-related event each evening now through April 2, 2010! Activities include wine tasting receptions, delectable dinners prepared by Master Chef Bruce, and seminars presented by both national and international vineyards! The Boston Harbor Hotel, located at 70 Rowes Warf in Boston, Massachusetts, hosts this extravagant happening. Each event is ticketed separately. For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit www.bostonwinefestival.net.
Hit the slopes with some friends and then sample some frosty cold ones at the Mount Snow Winter Brewers’ Festival, taking place in the Main Base section of Mount Snow Resort located at 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vermont. The festivities kick off Saturday April 3, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. This event brings you tastes from some of the region’s own breweries including Harpoon, Allagash and Magic Hat. A live performance by One Jack Move is scheduled to begin at 3:00 P.M. Each guest takes home a complimentary pint glass. Admission is $10.00 per person; attendees must be 21 years of age or older. For more information, visit www.mountsnow.com.
Wine, dine and have a wonderful time while supporting a good cause as Taste of the Nation brings together some of the best chefs, restaurants and wineries to deliver an evening of enjoyment and entertainment. This fantastic event takes place April 8, 2010 starting at 6:30 P.M. at the Hynes Convention Center located at 900 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts. VIP Tickets, which entitle you to early admission, are also available. In addition to savory cuisine and libations, Taste of the Nation also features live entertainment for your enjoyment, in addition to a silent auction, the proceeds from which go to benefit the battle against childhood hunger in America. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Taste of the Nation website at www.strength.org.
Fill your plate or your glass at a festival this spring! You’ll be glad you did!