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I am in Connecticut and looking to plan a couple of trips around food festivals summer and fall

been scouring the net and hard to find a consistent list of events.....

can anyone help out here?

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  1. I was at two last summer: Yarmouth clam festival (yarmouth, ME) and the lobster festival up in rockland, maine.

    Both are pretty standard - clam fest has arts and crafts for sale...don't really remember if the lobster fest had any shopping available. There is always plenty of food though!

    The clam fest is very family friendly, they have tons of rides and stuff set up. http://www.clamfestival.com/home.php

    The lobster fest also has rides and fireworks too - http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/

    1. St Spiridon (sp) Greek festival in Worcester this weekend.

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      1. re: trufflehound

        Isn't the Newport chowder fest this weekend as well?

        1. re: trufflehound

          Newport, RI chowder fest this weekend...

        2. Every town on the coast of Maine, and lots inland, have festivals. Google the town, Maine tourism of Downeast Mag. Ellsworth a salmon festival, Machias blueberry.

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          1. re: Passadumkeg

            Lowell, MA has a great Folk Festival every summer. There are lots of ethnic food stalls with most being Asian. There are also a lot of craft exhibits and pretty good musical entertainment. This is the best summer festival that I've been able to find.

            1. re: hicow

              North Atlantic Blues Festival, Rockland, Me second week in July; WERU Full Circle fair 7/27 and and Shang ra la the week after at the Blue Hill Fair grounds.

              1. re: hicow

                re. Lowell Folk Festival food: On JFK plaza, we love the Polish food booth and the Jamaican booth for good food. The Greek booth is also good and the Portugese booth often has octopus stew and grilled sardines.

                1. re: hicow

                  Lowell International Folk Festival is fantastic. I would not really call it a food festival, but they have fabulous ethnic food there, and you get the real thing. Last summer we had Filipino, Greek, Cambodian, southern BBQ,Caribbean, and more. Everything was wonderful, reasonably priced, and we felt we were supporting a good cause. The music and dance are great too.

              2. Hmm... since a lot of them are spread by ethnicity, it would be tough to find a full list.. greek festivals have their own network, North End feasts in Boston theirs, etc. I suspect you've hit the best path by just asking here. Greek festival in Arlington, MA this weekend!

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                1. re: grant.cook

                  There's also the Chew Chew Fest in Burlington, Vermont at the end of the month:

                  http://www.greenmountainchewchew.com/

                  1. re: katiepie

                    This looks fun and I love the spirit of keeping prices low and portions small. I love that vendors have to add a new menu item each year and not repeat. And there's music. I'm definitely checking this one out...

                2. Duh! The Bangor Folk Festival was a national event a couple of years back. It still is held in Aug. is free, and has lots of street food.

                  1. Not a true festival but my ultimate favorite is the Common Grounds Fair in September. It is put on by MOFGA (the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Assoc). You can park a little ways away and ride your bike in, and there is an awsome farmer's market, not to mention all the super good food. It's not your usual county fair stuff at all.

                    1. Here's one close to home depending on where in CT you live:

                      http://www.charlestownrichamber.com/s...

                      I've never been been, but hope that someone who has will post.

                      Also there is a seafood feastival in Charlestown MA, went a long time ago and it was very good. I'll look for a link.

                      1. There is one close to you depending on where you live in CT:

                        http://www.charlestownrichamber.com/s...

                        I've never been, but maybe someone who has will post.

                        There is also a pretty good one in Charlestown MA. I'll look for a link.

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                        1. re: hummingbird

                          Did you perhaps mean Charlestown RI. Know they have a festival each summer.

                          1. re: Fort Point

                            Yes the link is for the RI one, but MA used to also have one.

                        2. I was just looking at this site, hope it is helpful!

                          http://www.foodreference.com/html/upc...

                          1. I was just looking at this site, hope it is helpful!

                            http://www.foodreference.com/html/upc...

                              1. re: nicolevt

                                My favorite is the Tanglewood Food & Wine festival. Great food great wines, cooking demos and of course the grounds at Tanglewood are amazing. It does get pretty crowded, so my suggestion is to be there when the doors open. We never miss it!!!!
                                http://www.tanglewoodfoodandwineclass...

                                1. re: nicolevt

                                  This one overlaps an even bigger one in Stowe called the Vermont Culinary Classic (http://www.vermontculinaryclassic.com/). We're going to be in Saratoga Springs for the arts festival the kick off weekend, but it's ten days of great looking events in a fantastic area. :)

                                  1. re: Morganna

                                    Every year I go to the Wellfleet Oyster Festival (Cape Cod), which is held the weekend after Columbus Day Weekend, in October.
                                    www.wellfleetoysterfest.org
                                    It's a great food festival with other seafood, live music, and a world-class shucking contest as well. Beautiful time of the year to be on the Cape, too.

                                    1. re: la ciclista

                                      We love this Wellfleet Oyster Festival as well. Great time, good music, awesome food - although we go for the oysters!!!

                                2. Hampton Beach has an incredible Seafood Festival every September. It might be too late for your road trip, but it's definitely worth looking into if you're a fan of fresh lobster, people watching and the Atlantic Ocean!

                                  http://www.hamptonchamber.com/seafood... Try that link, should show you all the details.

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                                  1. re: grub_a_dub_dub

                                    Warren, RI Quahog Festival in July. Great Seafood! Smaller Festival but still draws a crowd, also arts and crafts displayed. Lobster Clam Boil for $30.00 enough to feed 2! Of course you can not forget the stuffies!

                                    1. re: grub_a_dub_dub

                                      I tried the Hampton Seafood Festival last year and all I can say is don't bother!. Most of the food sits out for way too long, nothing is very fresh, and you wind up spending big$ for nothing. Plus the parking is awful.

                                      1. re: terrystu

                                        terrystu, couldn't agree with you more. We were there all weekend last year and what a waste of time. Never again. Not ALL of it was bad but the pickin's were slim.....I gave up after ordering lobster mac & cheese and seeing the server sprinkle some lobster in the bottom of a cup and putting a ladle of poor quality mac & cheese on top of it.....

                                    2. The Taste of Litchfield Hills has been up and down quality-wise over the years, but it looks like they're going back to the formula I like - more food, less shopping stuff. It's June 21-22, and here's a link: http://litchfieldfestivals.com/june20...

                                      The Newport Chowder festival is this weekend (tomorrow), but that's pretty short notice. If you're going, say hi to the Bobette's booth from Milford, CT. Nice people, excellent mussel chowder.

                                      1. The Big E has great food in the state buildings. Biggest problem is deciding what to eat, there are so many choices.

                                        1. 71st annual Strawberry Festival in Cheshire, CT is Saturday June 14th 11:00am-4:30.

                                          1. Here are a few:
                                            Branford Fest, June 13,14,15.
                                            CT Irish Festival Feis and Agric. Fair, June 21-22 at North Haven fairgrounds.
                                            Taste the Shoreline, June 22, Guilford
                                            108th Annual Italian Feast, June 26-29, Wooster Square, 515 Chapel St., New Haven.

                                            Hope this helps!

                                              1. re: EastRocker

                                                HA hA

                                                Moxie - - WHO KNEW!!!!!

                                                THANKS !

                                                1. re: few

                                                  I haven't made it to the festival yet, but I went to the Moxie Museum, run by the same guy that organizes the parade. He had moxie ice cream, shirts, keychains.... He has a car that he drives in the parade that is all decked out in Moxie regalia. He also said that they dump 2 tons on sawdust on the main street with several hundred dollars worth of change hidden in it and let the kids scramble to find it!

                                              2. Try the Harpoon BBQ festival. The dates are on their web site www.harpoonbrewery.com Competitors from all over the country participate and many sell their products at the event.

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                                                1. re: BoVT

                                                  I went to this last year and it was really fun. So much good BBQ to choose from and good beer to rinse it all down.

                                                2. Two more festivals to add to the list:

                                                  Bluefish Festival in Clinton, CT on Sat. July 19. They have food, karaoke, fishing contests, animal picture contest, beautiful baby contest, craft fair, and more. For info call 860-669-1195.

                                                  Annual Baked Potato and Roasted Corn Festival, Sat. Aug. 2, in North Branford.